Genesis launched a survey,in 2010, to determine the CMIS Adoption Plans 2011. In this post, I examine the results of the survey and make a few observations.
CMIS Adoption Plans 2011
I’ve been following the CMIS protocol from when it was a “cool idea” till when it became a ratified protocol and have been seriously wondering what impact it would have on the ECM world (click here for an earlier post).
there needs to be application vendor adoption to really create impact.
A Short Survey on CMS and CMIS
I’m not sure how scientific Generis’ survey was or how many companies were surveyed. And the resulting whitepaper is…I have to say it…ugly.
In any case here is a summary of their findings:
- Most of the companies that responded to the survey use multiple Content Management Systems
- 26% of the respondents are looking at moving to a common platform, while 52% have no plans, and will keep the systems they have
- 40% are planning a new system, and 43% are planning system upgrades. Just under 40% are planning content migration. (Note – each respondent may be planning more than one project next year).
- CMIS doesn’t seem to play a big part in the projects.
- 87% state that Usability and UI are critical, while 75% consider Richness of Functionality as a High requirement.
You can read more about the survey here in Generis’ “Content Management Plans for 2011 – A Short Survey on CMS and CMIS“
What does this all mean?
What does this all mean? Well, based on Generis’ survey, it seems that CMIS will not be pushed by the users in 2011.
However, other bloggers have also made comments on the future of CMIS in 2011. Laurence Hart predicted at the end of 2009 that 2010 would not be the year of CMIS. In his predictions, he quoted Lee Dallas who said, “there needs to be application vendor adoption to really create impact.” True! Especially looking at the survey results from Generis.
Will it happen?
So will a vendor step up and “force” the others to follow suit? Many vendors have already put into place CMIS functionality (either in the form of a server, or a client). Microsoft introduced in it SharePoint 2007 (administration pack), and it is included as out-of-the-box in SharePoint 2010. Drupal have been busy. As has Alfresco. IBM (FileNet) introduced support for CMIS in V5.0 of the FileNet Content Manager. EMC promises CMIS support in Documentum 6.7.
It seems that each ECM vendor has been quietly toiling away to support CMIS.
But to what end? Is it a case of “Field of Dreams”, where (to paraphrase) “It has to be built before they come”.
- CMIS is here … but where?
- AIIM’s CMIS Product Guide!!!
- Latest CMIS survey from Generis
- The true value of CMIS
- An update on the use of CMIS/a>
Mark, quick correction, EMC has offered a CMIS binding since CMIS was finalized. It is currently separate and will be part of the core product in 6.7 (the first release testing cycle post CMIS approval).
I think that 2011 will be the year of CMIS. I think adoption has just about reached critical mass and awareness is slowly reaching that point. It is going to grow in use as people roll new projects out. I don’t see people ditching old integrations for CMIS (unless they are flawed), but I see them building new ones.
Thanks for the correction Pie.
I’m aware that many of the CMS vendors have been busy with implementing CMIS support. Also agree with your comments, and as new systems are built, then it is a logical step to identify how the new system can interact with the old system. Even though, as you mentioned in your CMIS 2.0 post, there is still a long way to go, at least the content from multiple systems will be visible from one interface.
Great post. I agree with you that the awareness of CMIS is not great. I hope you keep blogging about it to help raise more awareness. The potential value of CMIS, especially to messy intranets, seems huge.
Thanks for your comment. I’m really curious as to where the CMIS train is going. It just seems to be chugging along at the moment, but it does look like it’s getting more and more carriages. Just waiting to see whether passengers start getting on.
By the way – good luck with your book – it’s look interesting
I also firmly believe that CMIS is going to have a huge impact on ECM within a few years. The majority of the development and configuration work that is done when implementing ECM solutions is traditionally done with a specific ECM product in mind. With the introduction of the CMIS standard , I believe that this status quo will soon completely turn on its head. See my blog (http://mcgratha.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/the-spawning-of-a-new-construction-boom/) for my thoughts on the implications of CMIS.
Thanks for your comments.
I checked out your post – excellent! I see we are of the same thought.
Thanks for the posting, and mentioning our survey…. we had some comments about its non-scientific nature, but unfortunately we could only report on what we found from the respondents! We as a company have committed to CMIS and our tools already use CMIS extensively, so from a technology standpoint that is definitely the way of the future in my book. There is just not sufficient awareness of the “use cases” yet – while end users / business units might like the concept, I think vendors have to do a better job in presenting some real-life advantage use cases before it becomes a “must-have” for them.
By the way, any feedback on what made our White Paper “ugly” is gratefully received so we can improve on that next time 🙂
Indeed – it seems that CMIS is a good idea, and “makes sense”. It just needs that extra push to make it more popular. I know that more and more vendors are introducing the CMIS functionality into their applications, but there hasn’t been a lot of noise about it. Your survey was a good one to get a “feel” for the acceptance of CMIS.
The only thing I found “ugly” was the formatting. The border around the pages made me cringe, and I would have preferred to see the information not in columns.