Content management continues to grow

The worldwide market for content management systems (CMS) will be worth US$7.2 billion by 2006 as they increasingly become an essential part of the overall software infrastructure stack.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  January 31, 2002

The worldwide market for content management systems (CMS) will be worth US$7.2 billion by 2006 as they increasingly become an essential part of the overall software infrastructure stack, says Butler Group.

As this trend continues, the analyst house says, the market will polarise into two sectors - providers of content management infrastructure, and providers of content management applications.

"Content Management Systems exhibit a wide divergence between the capabilities of different vendors' solutions, reflecting both the immaturity of the market and the differing backgrounds of the participants," explains Tim Jennings, research production director, Butler Group.

As such, he continues, the larger software vendors such as IBM and Microsoft will continue manoeuvring to establish their position, both through acquisitions and strategic alliances.

"Although the market is experiencing strong growth, there are too many smaller vendors to share the available revenues. This means there will be further consolidation over the next 12-18 months," he adds.

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