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.
2. Open Source getting traction: With Sun opensourcing the entire JES suite and other OS products getting matured, this would be something to watch out for. Launch of Alfresco was also an important happening.
3. Industry consolidation: The consolidation continues and niche vendors start disappearing. Some of these included:
- Sun’s proposed take over of StorageTek to enable it to compete better with EMC
- Hummingbird’s takeover of RedDot
- Oracle buying out Context Media, IBM buying Venetica and DWL, thus heating up the ECI space
- Interwoven buys Scrittura and getting a broader footprint in financial services
- BEA acquires Plumtree
- IBM buys Bowstreet
- EMC taking over Captiva and Acartus
4. Emergence of AJAX and Rich Internet clients giving a push to usability
5. Standalone portal servers evolving to include collaboration and other features
- Absorption of DAM, DRM, WCM, **M etc into ECM
- Integration of BPM with ECM
- Portals evolving to include Process and Collaboration
6. JSR 170 and its successor JSR 283: Some people call them JDBC of content repositories while others call it CRAPi (Content Repository API).