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More Autonomy rumours again part #96

Another day, another batch of Autonomy rumours, this time in the Financial Times which reports that shares in the company fell 6% yesterday after the company announced that its highly anticipated “major acquisition” was being deferred while other opportunities were being explored. Follow the link for the full story – but the FT piece suggests the major acquisition will be OpenText.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/fe5dbaca-f826-11df-8875-00144feab49a,dwp_uuid=9a36c1aa-3016-11da-ba9f-00000e2511c8.html?ftcamp=crm/email/20101125/nbe/InformationTechnology/product#axzz16HyGKMhJ

Comment: Microsoft must be thinking this is their best Thanksgiving ever for if OpenText with its DM eDoc DMS and Autonomy with its iManage Worksite DMS all become one big happy family, there is going to be a surge of interest in a Sharepoint DMS alternative.

3 replies on “More Autonomy rumours again part #96”

There is a surge of interest in SharePoint DMS anyway.
The DMS market is undergoing the transformational change seen in many other software applications before it.
DMS for law firms reached the point of diminishing returns for their authors, who sold out to larger players targeting ECM. ECM players are reaching the point of no return and selling out to consolidators and software infrastructure firms (EMC, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft) as content management becomes part of the infrastructure – as Microsoft already is. The value-add layer offered by ISVs will be on top of only a very few platform vendors. Microsoft leads that field right now with no obvious challengers. Microsoft costs more than “open source” but less than the complex, highly customises applications you refer to above. Law firms will pay a lot less for solutions nearly as good at the functional level, but better integrated with their other applications and much less expensive to manage and maintain.

Dont forget netDocs, its low cost, reliable, robust, does all the integration with Outlook out of the box, and its been in the cloud since the beginning……..

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