Impact of Sharepoint on ECM

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 continues to be an important element in today’s Enterprise Content Management Discussions. The weblog of the AIIM refered to a meeting in which Industry Analyst Dan Elam gave his take on the impact of SharePoint. It’s a … pretty big actually:

At Friday’s meeting of the North American Advisory Trade Group, industry analyst Dan Elam shared his perspectives (and those of AIIM’s Emerging Technology Advisory Group) relative to the impact of MOSS on the ECM industry.

Among his conclusions:

• Will educated users more quickly
• Significantly change VAR landscape(especially for vertical)
• Bring ECM to the SMB market
• Confuse the customer base
• 2Q07 and 3Q07 will be exceptionally hard on traditional vendors as customers delay decisions
• FileNet/IBM and Hummingbird/OpenText mergers are also causing customers to wait and see what happens
• Simultaneous Vista, Sharepoint, Exchange, Office upgrades putting pressure on IT and stretching resources
• A key opportunity: Federal rules of evidence changes have Legal pushing for ECM