A Short History of Mergers and Acquisitions in the WCM Space

Press releases about WCM acquisitions are not usually helpful — they make vague claims about cutting-edge solutions and operational synergies. They are written to please and protect the companies involved, not to help customers decide what they need to do when their WCM vendor is acquired. One way to be more savvy about M&A in WCM is to look back at what worked in the past and what didn’t, and why.

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Decluttering your digital presence: thoughts on Web Governance and Digital Quality Management

Web content grows at an astonishing rate. Thanks to modern technology, publishing a new webpage, creating a new website, launching a new online community is fast and easy. Or is it?

Predictable but unwanted side effect of decentralised content management practice is the decline in quality of the published digital content. Diluted brand, outdated content, broken links are only a few examples of issues which – if left unresolved – can affect customer experience and cause reputational damage.

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OpenText acquires HP TeamSite

OpenText announced an agreement to acquire HP TeamSite, a web content management (WCM) platform, previously known as Interwoven TeamSite and Autonomy TeamSite. As part of this acquisition, OpenText also acquires other customer experience tools: HP MediaBin (digital asset management solution), HP Qfiniti (contact center management tool), HP Explore (analytics), HP Aurasma (augmented reality tool), and HP Optimost (A/B testing). The transaction purchase price is quoted to be approximately $170 million…

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A Closer Look at the CrownPeak and ActiveStandards Merger

Although mergers and acquisitions in the WCM space are a fact of life, CrownPeak’s merger was particularly unsurprising. The senior team is made up of leaders with a track record of managing rapid growth, and with two rounds of venture funding firmly in the past, securing more funding and growing through acquisition was an expected next step. For ActiveStandards, a digital governance vendor often considered alongside Siteimprove and Sitemorse, this merger represents an escape from drawn-out sales attempts generating lots of enthusiasm at the web practitioner level, but not making it to the C-suite.

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Digital Transformation in Higher Education: How Content Management Technologies and Practices Are Evolving in the Era of Experience Management

Tiffany Elliot, Marianne Kay, Mary Laplante

Delivering an experience – rather than publishing content – is aspirational for higher education institutions. Web managers, content strategists, marketers, and leaders acknowledge that more advanced applications of digital content, technologies, and practices are becoming essential. They recognize the growing need, and they want to be able to respond. But cultural, organizational, and technology obstacles are significant.

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Web Content Management Round-Up, April 2015

What’s new in web content management industry? TerminalFour won eight new university clients. eZ Systems is actively working on the new generation of its products: eZ Platform, eZ Studio, and eZ Studio+. CoreMedia announced CoreMedia v8. Blue River Interactive Group, the company behind Mura CMS (a Cold Fusion based Web Content Management System), announced Mura Experience Platform. HannonHill improves its Web CMS training…

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