CMS Watch, who keep close tabs on Content Management, has, for the last few years done industry predictions for the coming year.
Last year, I captured CMS Watch's 2008 predictions, which I primarily highlighted as:
b) Google will make a bid to become the World's Content Repository (which did occur as Google opened up their Knol site),
c) Search is NOT dead (which we have seen a continuing interest in), and
d) There will be a move toward productization of Search Platforms.
Also predicted and areas that certainly saw some movement:
- Finally bridging web analytics and online marketing
- Social Software vendor collision
- Facebook backlash in the enterprise
- Security and Identity Management trump functionality for buyers
- MOSS (Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server) enters the valley of disappointment
- Return of the buyers' market (in content services) - which due to the economy was very visible.
- Web 2.0 exhaustion (and the rise of Enterprise 2.0)
Of course, CMS does this more out of fun that being serious, but draw your own conclusions on their 'hit' rate. Certainly most of these saw press and activity during the last year.
But what of 2009? Here's a couple of the predictions for this coming year.
- Based on the the current economy, Open Source ECM will be an important part of the new year, a prediction that I believe began during this past year, but will increase in 2009.
- There will be more regulatory compliance issues that impact the industry.
- There will be a new emphasis on application search.
- There will be some consolidation in the WCM sector, also brought on by today's economic climate.
For details and the remaining predictions, the short and interesting read is available at CMS Watch's site.