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Enterprise content management eyes mobile technology

by | Aug 21, 2009

Some ECM companies have started developing software for mobile platformsEnterprise content management (ECM) has started to shift toward the mobile computing market, according to a recent study from CMS Watch.

Many ECM providers have begun developing mobile platforms, CMS Watch found – SpringCM, for example, is building a network of value-added resellers from its SaaS platform, and Nuxeo is creating industry-specific packages for museums, libraries and energy sectors.

Most of these initiatives will be developed in collaboration with SharePoint software, instead of in competition with it, CMS Watch predicted.

"Information within ECM systems typically remains highly secured, but outside the application environment it becomes uncontrolled and unsecured," said CMS Watch principal analyst, Alan Pelz-Sharpe. "The move by ECM vendors to develop and support applications for remote and offline environments is an important step toward dealing with that challenge."

CMS Watch cautions eager customers that this "important step" of moving to mobile ECM software is just that – a step. The company said that the technology is still in its "nascent" stage and currently is little more than "eye-candy."

This move is likely a smart one for ECM providers, as a recent study from eMarketer projected that the amount of mobile internet users in the U.S. will increase from 73.7 million in 2009 to 134.3 million in 2013.