"ECM Suites serve the needs of automating processes involving mission critical documents. For many organizations, however, the costs, complexity, and eventual vendor lock in of ECM suites are daunting prospects. What do you do when your needs are not that sophisticated or your budgets miniscule? How can you provide content management for information workers who don't need full-blown ECM? Basic content services tools can be a first step on the path to broader enterprise content management for some organizations. They can co-exist with full ECM suites or they can satisfy companies' more modest needs alone ."
Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management, 2006:
"By 2010, basic content services will be essential infrastructure, deployed across 60% of enterprise desktops (0.7 probability)...//…The content management market is changing rapidly, driven by the commoditization of some content management components by Microsoft, Oracle and IBM, and by the recognition by end user organizations that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to content management. These trends are causing basic content management features tobecome part of the infrastructure, shifting the vendor landscape toward the software stack vendors (such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP), and driving the remaining content management vendors to focus on content-enabled vertical applications (CEVAs) or heritage functionality like imaging or Web content management (WCM). The rapid change is also driving mergers and acquisitions, as shown by Open Text's acquisition of Hummingbird and IBM's of FileNet.
…as BCS offerings mature and expand their capabilities, they will present a significant challenge to wellestablished ECM technology providers. ECM suite vendors are moving quickly to differentiate themselves from BCS providers and stack players by developing horizontal and vertical solutions.
Aiim.org, " ECM Trends and Developments – an 18 Month Vision":
"We expect that the numbers of full scale ECM deployments will not increase in 2006 because the promise of cheaper and lightly capable basic content services (starting with SharePoint and extended by Oracle, IBM, then SAP) will hold spend back… By 2008, most of the G2000 companies will have desktop-focused and processfocused ECM implementations, with Basic Content Services (BCS) provisioning around 65% of casual employee content contribution and consumption. Leading ECM suites will go vertical, and BCS will serve horizontal needs."
"Oracle's move to offer Content DB and Records DB as add-ons to its database products also changes the dynamics in the overall information infrastructure market: We can expect to see the major platform providers (such as Oracle) begin to play the central role in regard to basic content services including access control and security, library services (check-in and check-out), policy management, and workflow . Enterprises are struggling to get their documents under control. Content today is scattered across file shares and portals, and the problem is proliferating. Bringing database management services to bear on this problem is an attractive solution that lets enterprises leverage existing investments."