Last year, I attended training session on xCP and was excited that building a simple content management application in several days was really becoming a reality. Fast forward to today, even third party vendors are looking at xCP as integration platform to deliver quick customer centric applications.
EMC just announced that they are partnering with FatWire to deliver solutions for Web Experience Management (WEM). FatWire will provide the web experience management suite of software, while EMC will provide brand management through Digital Asset Management offering.
The interesting point of this partnership was listed on CMSWire. According to the author, Barb Mosher, “FatWire will be working with EMC to figure out how to leverage xCP to create marketing applications.”
I anticipate more EMC Documentum vendors jumping on the xCP bandwagon. The product release cycle at EMC is becoming longer and longer. If EMC wants to keep customers, it will have to rely on its partners to provide solutions to gaps in functionality. To succeed in this, the xCP platform needs to evolve and become more vendor friendly. Hopefully, the next generation of xCP will provide a better framework so that vendors can build custom xCP components that will facilitate rapid development of content centric applications. Maybe one day, xCP will become like Visual Basic and a market place for custom components will appear.