We first published our list of Trend-Setting Products in 2003, when portals and smart enterprise suites were hot, and robust content management offerings were entering adulthood. Folks were wondering about the scope of the Tyco case, and Enron was just starting to show up on the radar.
Service-oriented architectures were beginning to take shape, and both memory and storage were quite expensive. Software as a service (not merely hosted applications) was at its very early stages. The cloud existed only outside.
A lot of things have change since then, but our criteria for inclusion on the list haven’t changed a whit. Although the composition of our judging panel includes some different names from the 2003 edition, it still consists of editorial colleagues, analysts, system integrators, users and vendors themselves. Like usual, they request anonymity so they are protected from any negative feedback.
We’ve selected some 130 different products upon which we all agree—more than we have in previous editions because the landscape is far more challenging than it has been in the past. They represent what we believe are the solutions that best exemplify the spirit of innovation demanded by the current economy, while providing their customers with the unique tools and capabilities to move and grow beyond the recession.
Some have been around for a while, a testimony to the limber execution of their initial mission of adaptability. Others are relatively new, and their uniqueness points to (what we believe should be) their much wider adoption. Are these the only trend-setting products on the market? The answer is a resounding no. They do represent the ones best suited to meet the needs of KMWorld readers. They all have been designed with a clear understanding of customers’ needs.
I hope you’ll spend the time required to explore what the products can do to solve at least some of the vexing problems we all face today.