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CMS Survey Report 2009

By Econsultancy,

This is the first Econsultancy CMS Survey Report, carried out in association with, and contains a comprehensive analysis of the landscape for Content Management Systems.

The research gives an insight into the key features of content management systems, how much companies are currently spending on their CMS, the type of software used, satisfaction with different types of CMS and barriers to successful implementation ... plus much more.

The 43-page report is based on an online survey of more than 800 respondents, and was live during March and April 2009. Respondents include both client-side (in-house) organisations currently using a CMS, and supply-side respondents (those working for CMS vendors or for third parties implementing CMS).

The report findings are divided into the following sections:

  • Purpose of CMS and key features
  • Spending and value
  • Type of CMS and vendor selection
  • Barriers to success

Highlights include:

  • Just over a quarter of companies surveyed use their CMS primarily for publishing, while slightly fewer (23%) use it mainly for marketing purposes.
  • Over half of companies (53%) are spending less than £5,000 on their CMS licence annually.
  • Only 18% of respondents rate their CMS as 'excellent' for ease of use.
  • The majority of companies (60%) use proprietary software as their CMS, while 31% use either open source CMS (24%) or 'supported open source' (7%).
  • The difficulty in using a CMS is deemed to be the biggest reason for an unsuccessful CMS implementation. 

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