Goodbye 2005, Welcome 2006

Here are some of the happenings of 2005 that might have an impact on the future of the PCM space. They are in no particular order.

1. Emergence of Google: Google appears much closer to “taking over the internet”. It launched services like My Google, Desktop search and Google Talk. These services are in the portals space and were aimed at making Google more than just a search engine. There were other services too.

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EMC building a more complete ECM suite

Recently, EMC announced acquisitions of Acartus and Captiva in a bid to offer an end to end ECM offering. Both these products are on the opposite ends of the content life-cycle spectrum. Captiva is for managing content input (by scanning and digitization), whereas Acartus provides solution for content archival. So, now EMC has all the … Read more EMC building a more complete ECM suite

IBM acquires Bowstreet

So, another niche and stand alone player in the PCM space has been acquired. IBM announced acquisition of Bowstreet. Bowstreet, a hot company during the dot com days survived the crash and became a reputed company in the portal based tools space. I recently participated in a webinar by Bowstreet and was simply amazed by the portlet factory’s capabilities in building and deploying portlets. It not only makes it easy to build portlets but also has a lot of pre-built portlets. However, it would be interesting to see how this acquisition turns out because of the following factors:

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Sun enhances portal offering

Earlier this month, Sun announced that it’s making JES and developer tools free and open source. After all, open sourcing is the ultimate outsourcing. Today, they announced a new version of portal server (Sun JES Portal Server 7) with enhanced community, collaboration and identity based features. With improved AJAX support, people can build collaborative and … Read more Sun enhances portal offering