Nuxeo was pleased to host 100+ customers and partners, from 8(!) different countries, at Nuxeo World 2010. Two full days packed with solid session content that appealed to developers, content architects, integrators and business managers. Over the next couple of weeks, the Nuxeo team will be blogging on some of the key sessions, highlighting many of the workshop slide decks, now substantially posted on our Nuxeo SlideShare channel.

My session "Market Trends in Enterprise Content Management" was the part of the morning keynote, along with CTO Thierry Delprat's session on the technical roadmap for 2011. CMSWire, our Nuxeo World media partner, covered the highlights in an article by Irina Guseva.

I've been reading, writing and presenting on ECM trends for several years, but really do see 2010 as a turning point year. The historian in me sees too many converging trends and shifts to not recognize this as a transitional era between first generation ECM products and vendors, and the now-emergent second wave. Nuxeo, Sharepoint, SaaS vendors - these alternative delivery and license acquisition models are steadily gaining traction, often built on new, cohesive architectures: not assembled patchwork via acquired products and companies.

The Microsoft Sharepoint juggernaut continues to spread, solving the basic collaborative content management problems for an ever-wider range of enterprise, chewing into the traditional base of many of the ECM vendors established in the 1990s. Interoperability and open standards became a hot issue this year, with the rapid adoption of CMIS and quick emergence of cool use cases, integrations and new apps built around this common ground of document management functionality. It means basic DM is truly a level playing field, forcing vendors to move up the application stack and compete more creatively. Open standards also help highlight the tragically neglected topic of digital preservation, and continuity of access to electronic artifacts. Open source and open standards combined present one of the very few realistic solutions to the looming crisis in electronic content preservation that will be a nasty surprise decades down the road. I explored this topic in more depth in a recent article, "From Information Overload to Dark Ages 2.0".

But the biggest shift? Honestly, must be the move from viewing ECM through the lens of a "suite" to that of a "platform" on which to build content applications. Feature/function checklists drive the assembly of a suite. Often standalone applications for DM, RM, Workflow, Collaboration, DAM or WCM are built then integrated... or acquired then integrated. Regardless of product quality or usability, rarely is the sum as good as the individual parts to meet real, hairy, challenging content management use cases.

As one of the few true 'platform' providers, Nuxeo has invested serious engineering and software development resources into the underlying end-to-end architecture that is Nuxeo EP. It's the palette of services, extension points, APIs delivered as packaged distributions for common business use cases - but perhaps even more importantly - application development use cases. This is the unique differentiator that we bring to the ECM market. And this is key to the amazing customer success stories we heard last week at Nuxeo World. Content Apps built for your enterprise's needs, because we've given you the platform and design tools, such as Nuxeo Studio, to do it. Fast, cost effectively, and covered by world-class<a href="/services/ target=/"_self"> support via Nuxeo Online Services.

Want to learn more about ECM trends and how Nuxeo is part of this next generation platform? Check out our new resources page, with links to recent slides, white papers and videos.