How to choose the right ECM vendor for you

With hundreds of enterprise content management (ECM) vendors to choose from, picking the right one can feel overwhelming. For many organizations, consulting the Magic Quadrant is the first step on a journey toward information management nirvana. But how do you use the report? Should you only focus on the vendors in the leader quadrant, or are there other factors to consider? Check out this guide, “How to choose the right ECM vendor for you.” Following this step-by-step methodology will help you quickly narrow down your choices to only those best-suited to meet your organization’s specific needs. Specifically, it provides step-by-step advice to help you:

  • Interpret the Garter Magic Quadrant Report
  • Put out a Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Prepare for an on-site demo

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management

We believe starting your search with the Gartner Magic Quadrant provides an excellent overview of vendors and can help you begin highlighting those that might be a good fit for your organization. Determining what’s important to you and your organization is key. Some go straight for the vendors in the “leadership” quadrant and start there. Others have very specific requirements in mind – such as a cloud offering – and look through the descriptions to identify vendors who have a great story to tell in that area.

Guiding Factors

When evaluating vendors, there are certain traits your should consider. Firstly, you should consider the ability to offer a range of content and information management capabilities on a single platform. Secondly, it’s important to factor in potential long-term viability within your market and organization. Thirdly, a concern that has come to the forefront in recent years is the investment in the cloud as a deployment option. Finally, one should consider the proven track record addressing your solution requirements. These traits should help you to narrow down your choices to three to six vendors before moving onto the next step.

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