CMIS could arrive by early 2010
I was surprised to open J Boye's blog this week and find a post called "Don't Worry about CMIS." The post suggests that you shouldn't be thinking about CMIS for 18-24 months. I think Boye is being conservative here. All indications are that CMIS will be locked and loaded by the beginning of next year, and several vendors are preparing to hit the ground running as soon as it's ready.
Regular readers of this newsletter know that I consider the CMIS standard, which will allow vendors to share content across a variety of content repositories from a variety of vendors, to be a major initiative because it will remove any obstacles that prevent content from being moved around the enterprise. What's more, it has the backing of every major player including EMC, Microsoft and IBM along with Alfresco, Open Text, Oracle and SAP and others. While it's certainly not fully baked, all indications are that it could be in place as soon as the end of this year, certainly no later than some time in the early part of 2010 provided there aren't any set backs.