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Is open source ECM worth it?

by | Jan 9, 2009

ECM can be extremely expensive, but it may be worth using open source technologyA business” enterprise content management (ECM) system can cost an exorbitant amount of money, making picking the right ECM platform very important.

According to CMSWire, a report from open source ECM company Alfresco finds that the cost of a 1000 user configuration for one year of service of a ECM system can cost almost $900,000.

The numbers show that EMC”s Documentum would be the most expensive at $863,938, followed by Open Text at $637,304 and Microsoft SharePoint at $318,738.

By contrast, Alfresco says its open source ECM software costs only $33,500.

But CMSWire says initial cost is not the only factor to take into consideration, saying it”s unclear where an open source company like Alfresco stands in the ECM marketplace.

The website says Gartner categorized Alfresco in the "niche quadrant" last year, while it called SharePoint, Documentum and Open Text "leaders." However, CMS Watch said all four were major suite vendors.

CMSWire says that with its dramatically reduced costs, Alfresco may be a viable alternative for some companies, but reminds users to make sure the ECM platform they are acquiring fits the company”s needs.

In addition to Alfresco, CMS Watch also named Nuxeo, another open source option, as a major suite vendor. The other major open source player, KnowledgeTree, was named a specialty vendor.ADNFCR-1861-ID-18965994-ADNFCR