In March of last year HP acquired Tower Software, a company known for its enterprise content management software. Yet one year later, HP still is not a major playing in the ECM marketplace. Alan Pelz-Sharpe at CMSWatch says that may change in 2009.
Pelz-Sharpe says the Tower Software ECM product – which is now called HP TRIM – has limitations, but many companies should feel comfortable using a product from a large, well-established company like HP.
It”s also true that products like ECM software can get lost in a company like HP. Pelz-Sharpe says the same could be true of EMC”s Documentum or Oracle”s UCM, yet they are still relatively well established brands.
However, he says he expects to see the company make another acquisition this year and predicts that consumers will see more from their ECM unit.
"Quite how it will all work out on the ECM front is yet to be seen though, but I am pretty sure we will be writing a lot more about HP in the next year, and no doubt bumping into them more often among our enterprise subscribers," he writes.
When HP acquired Tower last year the company said the combination would be specifically beneficial to the IT and legal community.