If you think that the annual DIA annual meeting is a good place to find out where our industry is heading, then one possible conclusion could be that the time for Microsoft Sharepoint has finally arrived.
There are several reasons why this would be the case:
- Customers who have made large investments in a Documentum-based EDMS environment are fed up with high maintenance costs, poor customer service and low user satisfaction scores;
- The same clients have witnessed a shift in the regulatory climate with a move to eCTD and SPL/PIM and a corresponding opportunity to get away from monolithic electronic publishing;
- A growth in outsourcing and increased internal workloads have led companies to place a higher value on collaboration and information sharing, something that the existing EDMS environments have a tough time providing;
- Small and medium-sized companies that have not yet made EDMS investments are looking for BMW performance at a VW price and know they can get it!
With that as background, it is no wonder that several software and services firms see a tremendous opportunity for MS Sharepoint to take significant market share. Two companies that exhibited at DIA stand out in this space: NextDocs and First Consulting Group (FCG).