According to a newly released IDC study, the same four vendors that led the content management market two years ago still lead it today, although their individual rankings have changed. The study, which presents vendor shares for over 50 worldwide content management vendors, reveals that EMC's acquisition of Captiva catapulted the company into the top spot. FileNet, IBM and Open Text rank second, third and fourth, respectively. The study also finds that these top four vendors collectively account for over 37 percent of the total market, and the top ten players account for over 55 percent.

"The content management market grew nearly 10 percent in 2005, considerably outperforming the software industry as a whole," said Melissa Webster, program director for Content Technologies and Digital Media research at IDC. "Although growth slowed somewhat for some of the leading vendors as they worked to consolidate their many acquisitions, we continued to see strong demand for content management solutions. Many of the pure-play vendors that are addressing content management, capture and image management, Web content management, records management and digital asset management posted extremely strong growth in 2005."

Although the content management market has continued to consolidate, the study reveals that many organizations still lack content management systems or are relying on homegrown solutions that are ripe for replacement. IDC believes that the market is still in the early days of next-generation content applications, and cites ample opportunity for smaller, innovative players to grow at an accelerated rate.

Webster adds, "As the content management market continues to mature, enterprises will increasingly seek out solutions that integrate with their IT infrastructure and enterprise applications. IDC expects to see growth in content-centric applications that are built atop the platforms of the leading content management vendors, or atop the content management and records management services of Microsoft, IBM and Oracle."

The study, Worldwide Content Management Software 2005 Vendor Shares (IDC #202317), provides vendor-specific revenue and market shares for the leading content management vendors for the 2003-2005 period. The study also provides in-depth profiles of leading vendors, and identifies characteristics that vendors will need to be successful in the future. Additionally, IDC's Worldwide Content Management Software 2006 - 2010 Forecast: Continued Steady Growth (IDC #201781) provides an updated five-year forecast for the content management software market for the 2006 - 2010 period.

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