Component content management (CCM) technology allows enterprises to manage text content as componentized chunks of information rather than whole documents or Web pages. It has become increasingly important to modern enterprises, especially given the rapid emergence of the DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) standard. However, CCM technology remains largely the domain of a wide collection of smaller software vendors targeting narrower use cases, according to research released by CMS Watch, a vendor-independent analyst firm that evaluates content technologies.


The report also found:

  • As the first major content technology vendor to play in this space, EMC is the sole exception to this pattern. EMC actually offers multiple CCM offerings. However, EMC’s CCM tools suffer from a legacy of feature overlap as well as high complexity and cost.
  • Some enterprises have employed structured authoring tools with mainstream enterprise content management systems to handle CCM requirements by enabling authors to work with content components in traditional repository structures.
  • Software usability remains a constant challenge for nearly all CCM implementations and currently limits broader adoption among business users across the enterprise.
  • No significant open source players have yet emerged in the CCM space, but buyers can find a diversity of commercial license models, including several software as a service (SaaS) suppliers.

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