Battle of the giants

Speaking of movies, Peter Jackson's latest epic, 'King Kong,' reminded one GCN writer of the computer industry, with all the fleet-footed dinosaurs, sticky creepy-crawlies and that big love-struck monkey stomping about, battling for supremacy. Who's king of the content management jungle?

Forrester Research recently released a survey of enterprise content management systems. The research firm looked at how well ECM companies managed their suites under a single, unified infrastructure and interface. An ECM suite may contain wide arrays of elements, including programs to manage Web content, digital assets and records as well as tools to manage workflow, reporting and search.

In Forrester's view, IBM Corp.'s ECM portfolio and EMC Corp.'s Documentum most successfully contain and coordinate all the appropriate features for an ECM. The report also lauded FileNet Corp., Hummingbird Communications Ltd., Interwoven Inc. and Vignette Corp. as well, although it noted those companies' solutions 'lack an IT infrastructure focus and are better suited for content-centric [applications].'

Other ECM providers'notably Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp., Open Text Corp. and Mobius Management Systems Inc.'have to refine their products a bit more to truly claim the enterprise title, the study concluded

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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