Hippo CMS : A new name in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WCM

Gartner released the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management today, and there’s a new addition to the list of usual suspects. This year the Magic Quadrant includes Hippo CMS. As CTO, I couldn’t be more proud.

You can read the full report here, but for context let me emphasize that the Magic Quadrant offers Hippo’s technology an unprecedented amount of exposure. Like our partnership with EMC earlier this year, I see it as a major stamp of approval, confirming what I’ve known all along: that our open, standards-based architecture, our consistent belief in a WCMS based on the separation of concerns, and our refusal to follow some of our competitors into the realm of the extensive marketing suite fuels a truly enterprise-grade product. We’re the only open source Java CMS on the list. I want to take this moment to thank my team for their excellent work-- our placement in the quadrant is their achievement.  

Enterprise CMS, Open Source Roots

As we doubtless enter an unprecedented number of shortlists, I’m confident and proud to put our product up against competing systems. We’ve been refining the Hippo product for over a decade, and I’m proud of the solid architecture we offer. Our open source roots--in the Apache Software Foundation in particular-- have been monumental in shaping our vision and roadmap. Openness, a focus on integrations and a belief in the value of sharing knowledge and best practices remain a central part of our DNA.

Our open source heritage is traceable in our approach to innovation: we’ve stayed very consistent with our belief in best of breed and a separation of concerns, regardless of the current hype. We’ve remained a company that chooses innovation in the web content management space over continuously reinventing the wheel. When we founded Hippo, page-centric Web Content Management dominated the market. With extensibility in mind, we stuck to our content-centric model. Years later, we see some of our competitors jumping on the decoupled architecture bandwagon. We’ve been content-centric from the start, which has made us uniquely suited to create very rich and relevant digital experiences on any channel.  

Best of Breed Java CMS over Marketing Suite 

Within the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Hippo is the only Java-based open source alternative to a marketing suite. Why open source? For Hippo, open source versus proprietary is a question of engineering the best software for our clients. We find that our customers prefer flexibility, extensibility and integration with the systems of their choosing. Our architecture is predisposed towards this kind of agility. In the Apache Software Foundation, various actors want to use components for various purposes. As a result, projects become lightweight, with flexible and extensible core components. We take great care to keep our entire stack in top shape, and I’m extremely proud of the Hippo CMS platform team for the way they’ve worked with the open source community and for building and maintaining such an architecture that’s strong and sustainable through and through. I also want to thank our VP of Engineering Stefan Westen, his incredible engineering team, as well as our QA team for constantly maintaining the stability and quality of our product through continuous testing of the entire platform.

Hippo CMS supports on premise and cloud--Amazon Web Services, WebLogic, various databases--constant testing for quality assurance takes a tremendous amount of effort, but results a product of the highest quality. Why Java? As an object oriented development language, Java was built for reuse and extensibility-- it’s what it was designed for. It’s my personal opinion that there isn’t a better language out there for sharing code, flexibility and integration than Java.

A CMS for both Marketers and Developers  

I’ve been working in the Web Content Management industry for 15 years. I’ve encountered lots of great technology in that time. What I’ve noticed, though, is that Content Management Systems tend to make a choice: either they’re a developer’s tool or identify as a technology built exclusively for marketing. Hippo CMS rejects the either/or, and holds on to the mission statement of facilitating collaborative innovation between both IT and Marketing.

Closed Source Doesn’t Have a Monopoly on Great Support 

There’s a misperception out there that open source CMSes don’t provide professional support. For some open source WCM systems, that’s the case. But while Hippo has an open source background, we really act as a support organization. As a company, our goal is to make our customers successful in whatever they want to achieve digitally. Beyond our great community, we’ve got an incredible Professional Services team that goes above and beyond for our clients. I’m certain we wouldn’t be in the Magic Quadrant without them. 

Overall, I’m really proud of the Hippo team for making it into the Magic Quadrant. They’ve put many years of constant innovation into the product, and it’s great to see them recognized by experts in the field. Here’s to many more years of innovating together.  

Article written by Arjé Cahn, CTO and Founder of Hippo.

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