DITA CMSes

DITA-capable CMS Listing
DITA-capable CMS Listing

The following are all the CMSes I can find that claim to be DITA-capable. There are separate listings for DITA CMSes in English, Dutch and in Japanese.

This initial version of the listing (think of it as “Mark I”) is pretty basic. The main goal is to capture in one place all of the DITA-capable CMSes out there rather than to provide a mechanism for comparison – that will hopefully come later. I have recently written an article about how to choose a DITA-capable CMS that best fits your department’s needs, which is also worth taking a look at.

More information about the categories and some observations made while doing this survey after the lists (which is also captured in this front-page article). Here they are:

List of English DITA-capable CMSes

NameManufacturerDB TypeCMS TypeCore Software HandlesWorkflow Mgmt. Built-inL10n Features Built-inStandalone or SaaS
Astoria On-DemandAstoria SoftwareNative XMLCCMSDITAYYSaaS or Hosted
"Astoria On-Demand enriches Global 2000 organizations with the greatest benefit from their most valuable content: technical documentation. We do this by delivering the industry's most comprehensive on-demand solution for building, managing, and assembling DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) content."
Author-itAuthor-itRelationalEAP / CCMSDITA, XMLYYSaaS
"Author-it's purpose-built component authoring solution for Life Sciences helps companies achieve what most successful enterprises do in the 21st century: leverage information to meet business needs. By revolutionizing the way information is created, collaborated and delivered, Author-it helps you increase productivity, efficiency and reliability of your content."
CinnamonCinnamonRelational (PostgreSQL, MS SQL, MySQL)ECMS with support for DITADITAN*Standalone
"Cinnamon is an Open Source Enterprise Content Management System (ECMS), capable of managing digital assets of all types and formats. Cinnamon is a particularly sophisticated system, more powerful than most other solutions. And on top of this, Cinnamon has the immense advantage of being Open Source, abolishing "vendor lock-in", speeding up bugfixes and improving the user-experience at drastically reduced cost."
ComponizeComponizeNative XML (Alfresco)
ECMS with support for DITA
DITA, DocBook, XMLY*Standalone
"Componize is a DITA content management system that optimizes the authoring, management and publishing of high-volume product information such as product documentation or learning content. Combining enterprise-wide collaboration, ease of use, scalability and an open architecture, it provides the full range of features that organizations need today for their content strategy. Spend less time organizing, searching for and re-doing content, and more time creating real value through better reuse and faster multi-channel production."
DITA CMSIXIASOFTNative XML (TEXTML Server)CCMSDITAYYHosted, Standalone
"DITA CMS is the leading component content management solution (CCMS) worldwide. Specifically designed to manage the entire DITA documentation process, DITA CMS provides all the tools required to “go big” and supports a complex documentation workflow from authoring to reviewing, localizing and publishing. DITA CMS hit the market in 2006 and has a solid track record among the documentation industry, having been deployed within leading organizations such as SAP, AMD, and BlackBerry. DITA CMS allows end-users to focus on creating valuable content for their customers without wasting time on search or formatting."
DITATooiG5 Authoring ToolsRelational (MySQL)CCMSDITAYYStandalone
"DITAToo is a DITA Content Management System (DITA CMS) that automates and facilitates many of the tasks you have to do everyday. Whether you’re changing the structure of your DITA content repository and need all the links to be updated automatically, want to track how each DITA topic is reused, wish to produce an output based on DITA conditional attributes, or need to manage translations – DITAToo DITA CMS will provide a simple and easy-to-use solution."
DITAworksPRODITAworksNative XML (Alfresco), Relational (IBM Filenet)CCMSDITAYYSaaS, Standalone
"DITAworks is an enterprise-grade DITA CMS (Content Management System) for authoring, managing and publishing DITA content. It is designed for enterprise content management of structured content and complex documentation or documentation arrays with a unified content reuse mechanism."
DocZoneRSI Content SolutionsNative XML (Alfresco)CCMSDITAYYSaaS
"Robust end-to-end cloud platform for technical publishers. DocZone has blazed a new trail as a pioneer in the XML component content management and single-source publishing software and technical publishing community. DocZone is the industry’s first “on-demand” solution for authoring, managing, reusing, localizing, and publishing content to any output format, in any language."
DX4DITA ExchangeSharePointCCMSDITAY **NSaaS, Hosted or Standalone
"Dx4 is a structured authoring and management solution that makes it easy for organizations to create, manage, deliver and re-use important content, while enabling them to publish it anywhere, consistently, in the format you need for your readers. By adding structure to content development, organizations can standardize information throughout the business, increasing document quality and decreasing costs as well as review and approval time significantly. Dx4 extends the Microsoft SharePoint platform to help organizations standardize their content creation."
easyDITAJorsek SoftwareNative XMLCCMSDITAYYSaaS (Cloud)
"More than just a Content Management System, easyDITA gives you control over every detail of content components. easyDITA gives you the power to manage publications, topics, and media all in one place. This granularity improves findability, enhances reuse, and ensures accuracy of information in all of your documentation."
eXact learning SuiteeXact learning solutionsRelational (MS SQL, Oracle)
LCMSAICC, IMS, DITA, SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 YYSaaS, Standalone
"eXact learning LCMS is the industry reference, Learning Content Management System that responds to today’s varying business pressures, supporting instantaneous, company-wide collaboration for the creation of critical learning content. eXact learning LCMS maximizes your existing content investments, while supporting learning content strategies that improve on your key business processes."
IBM FileNet P8IBMRelational (Content Engine)ECMS with support for DITADITAYYStandalone
"IBM FileNet P8 DITA Publishing provides a DITA-based information development solution that is built upon the following IBM FileNet P8 functionality: Documents (subclassing and custom properties), Compound Documents, Document Classification, Query, [and] Publishing."
PTC WindchillPTCRelationalECMS with support for DITADITA, S1000D, SCORMYYStandalone
"Today’s groundbreaking products are more complex than ever before. Innovative new designs must leverage a combination of mechanical, electrical, software, and connectivity – requiring a robust, multidisciplinary approach to product development that starts as far back as defining requirements. To beat the competition, today’s cutting-edge products must be released to market faster, with better quality, at a lower cost, and with more desirable features."
SDL Knowledge CenterSDLNative XMLCCMSDITAYYSaaS, Hosted or Standalone
"SDL Knowledge Center is an enterprise solution for creating, managing and delivering high quality structured content for technical documentation and self-service support."
SiberSafe DITA CMSSiberLogicRelational (MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL, MS Access)CCMSDITA, DocBook, MIL-STD-2361, S1000D, SCORMYYStandalone
"SiberSafe DITA CMS offers a collaborative, state-of-the-art content development environment for teams producing topic-based documentation in DITA XML. SiberSafe DITA Edition feature set delivers comprehensive support for DITA content creation, management, maintenance, and delivery, dramatically increasing the efficiency of DITA content processes and performance."
SiberSafe DITA Team5SiberLogicRelational (MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL, MS Access)CCMSDITA, DocBook, MIL-STD-2361, S1000D, SCORMYYStandalone
"SiberSafe DITA Team5 is an optional SERVICE PACKAGE for SiberSafe DITA CMS, offering a turn-key set of implementation services for SiberSafe DITA CMS on a reasonable and affordable fixed budget of $6,000."
Sirius DITAAcoladaNative XMLECMS with support for DITADITA, DocBook, SGML/XMLNYStandalone
"Sirius DITA is the XML content management system from Acolada that fully integrates the DITA standard. The simple handling makes Sirius DITA equally suitable for beginners and experienced users in the documentation with DITA and XML. Sirius DITA brings together in one application the technology of the Sirius CMS XML system with the DITA standard."
TeamcenterSiemensSharePointPLM with support for DITADITA, S1000D, SGML/XML??Standalone
"Teamcenter document and content management solutions manage documents and technical publications in the same product lifecycle management (PLM) system as all your other product-related information. Your authors have direct access to product information as the products evolve, and can work to the same milestones. You can keep your product design and documentation aligned with product changes to reduce the time and cost of documentation while improving quality and delivery."
Vasont DITA CMSVasontRelationalCCMSDITA, DocBook, S1000DYYSaaS (?), Standalone
"The Vasont DITA Content Management System (CMS) focuses on the DITA standard by providing DITA-specific functionality and reporting. Our DITA XML content management system allows you to search content with ease, control user access to content, and analyze reused content’s ROI, all under a protective umbrella of advanced security."
XDocs CCMSBluestreamRelational (MySQL)CCMSDITAYYStandalone, Hosted
"Bluestream’s flagship product is the XDocs Component Content Management System (CCMS). XDocs is an out-of-the-box enterprise DITA CMS that installs and deploys in hours, rather than days. The XDocs CCMS addresses your increasingly complex demands for content. End-to-end, you and your content team can create, find, update, manage, translate, and deliver content with unparalleled agility. XDocs components were designed with your authors, reviewers, editors, managers, translators, publishers, and customers in mind."
XML Documentation Add-on for Adobe Experience ManagerAdobeRelational (MongoDB Enterprise, IBM DB2, MySQL) WCMS, CCMSDITA, XMLYYStandalone
"XML Documentation Add-on for Adobe Experience Manager empowers authors to create content using any offline DITA authoring tool, such as Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release), or an easy-to-use built-in web editor. The solution provides all core component content management system (CCMS) functions, such as collaboration, review, approval, translation, search, and reports for DITA content – enabling authors to do more in less time through efficient content reuse and powerful workflows."
Zoomin DocsZoominSharePointCCMSATA, DITA, IETM, S1000D, SCORMYYStandalone
"Zoomin Docs extends the reach of your product documentation, giving your customers easy and personalized access to the answers they need from any location or device. Provide customers with a single portal that moves your content from a world of documents to a world of answers."

List of Dutch DITA-capable CMSes

NameManufacturerDB TypeCMS TypeCore Software HandlesWorkflow Management Built-inLocalization Features Built-inStandalone or SaaS
SitecoreSitecore??DITA?YStandalone (?)
"Iquality levert software, internet en media oplossingen op maat om informatie zo effectief mogelijk te delen. Standaarden en in het bijzonder DITA spelen daarbij een belangrijke rol. Uitwisseling van informatie tussen mensen en organisaties wordt veel effectiever als de interpretatie van gegevens geen drempels opwerpt."

List of Japanese DITA-capable CMSes

NameManufacturerDB TypeCMS TypeCore Software HandlesWorkflow Management Built-inLocalization Features Built-inStandalone or SaaS
AlfrescoPlusReKnowledgeRelational (Alfresco)CCMSDITAX?Standalone
"オープンソースであるAlfrescoをCMSとして採用し、DITA入力はArbortextEditor、またPDF、Web出力はDITA-OTを標準として、お客様の要望によりAPE(Arbortext Publishing Engine)や他の商用ツールを利用可能にします。システムの概略図を示します。"
Author-it (Japanese)
ida Corporation (Reseller)Relational
EAP / CCMS
DITA, XML
Y
Y
SaaS **
Author-it は、企業活動に必要な多種多様なドキュメントを一括管理し、様々なレイアウトや形式に出力できるソフトウエアです。一つのソースデータから、トレーニング用資料、製品マニュアル、カタログ、オンラインヘルプ、提案書、規定書など多様なレイアウトやアウトプットに対応できます。
Componize (Japanese)
Componize
Native XML (Alfresco)
ECMS with support for DITA
DITA, DocBook, XML
Y
*
Standalone
"Componizeは製品情報やeラーニングコンテンツなどの大量の文書の生成・管理・出版に向け最適化されたDITAコンテンツ管理システムです。これにより巨大な組織であってもDITAコンポーネントコンテンツ管理の最新のイノベーションの恩恵を受けることができるようになりました。文書の整理、検索、作り直しの時間を短縮し、より良い再利用の仕組みと高速なマルチチャネル出力機能を活用して本当の価値を生み出すために時間を使いましょう。"
DanteInfo GreenRelational (IBM DB2)CCMSDITA??SaaS
"Danteは、CMS専門メーカーのインフォグリーン株式会社が開発した純国産のDITA-CCM(Component Contents Management)システムです。 DITA形式で作成されたマップとトピック及び関係する画像データなどの各種ファイルをサーバーデータベース上で一元管理します。 データベースには、DITAの提唱元であるIBMのDB2を採用し、リレーショナルDBとXML-DBのハイブリッド機能を活用し、柔軟なメタ情報管理ときめ細かな検索を実現しました。"
DITA CMSIxiasoftNative XML (TEXTML Server)CCMSDITAYYStandalone
"DITA CMS は業界最高の CCMS (Component Content Management System) ソリューションです。DITAドキュメント作成プロセス全体を管理する DITA CMS は、オーサリングからレビュー、ローカライズ、パブリッシュまでの複雑なワークフローに対応し、コンテンツ作成及び管理に必要な機能のすべてが揃っています。

2006年に市場に発表して以来、DITA CMSは堅実な実績を残し、SAP、AMD、BlackBerry などの大手企業に導入されてきました。DITA CMSでは、検索や書式の設定に時間を費やすことなく、顧客向けのコンテンツ作成に集中できます。"
NEXTDarwinNext SolutionRelational (IBM DB2)CCMSDITAYSaaS
"NEXTDarwinは、文書の執筆から、最終成果物の生成、コンテンツ管理までをサポートする、オールインワンタイプのWebシステムです。Webブラウザ上のエディタで、ワープロライクにXML文書を編集できます。そして、最終成果物は、用途やデバイスに応じて、PDF、HTML、EPUB形式で作成できます。"

Not All CMSes are Alike
First, a word on what’s in the list: I had to start somewhere and the very basics struck me as the following:

  • Name of DITA-capable CMS software
  • Manufacturer
  • A description (from the manufacturer’s web site) about the CMS

As I went on, I realized that a number of these systems were not what I would call a traditional CCMS (Content Component Management System) that I have the most direct experience of. Several of these CMSes are in fact ECMS (Enterprise Content Management Systems) or EAPs (Enterprise Authoring Platforms) that have had DITA capabilities bolted on. There’s also one LCMS (Learning Content Management System) in the list, which is aimed squarely at the training market.

SaaS or Standalone Systems?
Another interesting aspect I noted while doing this survey is a move towards DITA-capable CMSes that operate as SaaS (Software as a Service) and in a few cases as a fully hosted system held by the software manufacturer. For example, I had always thought that Astoria was a standalone product (and old articles I ran across supported that idea , and at least one person on LinkedIn mentioned it as such, but their website now makes no mention of anything other than their SaaS or Hosted solution.

There are still plenty of standalone systems out there for those technical documentation groups who require that these types of systems be in-house, and there are definitely advantages to both types of systems. SaaS and Hosted systems do not require the capital outlay necessary for buying servers and software, though you can expect to be tied to a service contract. Standalone systems offer the possibility of greater flexibility and security, though with the additional IT and development costs that come with it. Each documentation team and their circumstances are different, so knowing the types of options available in this area is important.

More than Just DITA?
Another aspect that stood out while doing the survey is that many of these DITA-capable CMSes were originally designed as a more general-purpose XML authoring system, so that some systems are not just DITA-capable but can also be used for other documentation specifications, such as S1000D, ATA, various flavours of SCORM and other standards. If you are looking to author in any of these other specifications the additional functionality will be a bonus.

Database, SharePoint or an XML Repository?
The type of database in which the XML information is stored is another factor that can play into the decision-making process of choosing a DITA-capable CMS. XML repositories offer the advantage of working in with DITA in its native environment where an XML topic is the fundamental unit of storage and is more readily manipulated using other XML-based languages such as XQuery, XPath and Microsoft SharePoint. Having said that, relational databases can often perform just as well and there are many more experienced relational database administrators out there than XML repository experts. For many organizations Microsoft SharePoint is already available under a corporate license, and it may make the most sense for some documentation groups to leverage what you have rather than going out and getting a system based in a database/repository that is unfamiliar.
Workflow and Localization as Built-in Features

When deploying a DITA-capable CMS, many documentation departments are not just looking to make their processes more efficient, but also to formalize them. This is where having built-in workflow mechanisms within a CMS can be a big plus.

Similarly, many firms justify their purchase of a DITA-capable CMS on the basis of localization cost savings, so having access to some mechanism that allows users to create localization kits or has some direct tie to a system where translators can work with the content is clearly worth having.

In my listing I have noted where CMS vendors have mentioned that such processes are considered part of the overall product, so ties to third-party software (which may exist and in some cases may be more suitable) are included. Also note that in some cases these features are considered “extras” which need to be paid for.

Acknowledgements
A big thank you to the folks in the DITA Awareness forum on LinkedIn who helped me fill several major gaps in my original list – this list would not be where it is today without them and their suggestions. Kudos also to several CMS software manufacturers who responded to my calls for more information, as this list would have had many more question marks in the columns without them. (As a result of the contacts made I am also planning on doing reviews of several CMSes in the near future).
Finally, if you spot something in this list that is either incorrect or absent, please let me know !

25 thoughts on “DITA CMSes

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  2. You’ve left off the RSuite CMS product from RSI Content Solutions.

    RSuite CMS is not a DITA-primary CMS but it provides many DITA-specific features and is used to manage DITA content. RSuite CMS is targeted primarily at Publishers so it does not provide out of the box some of the features that technical documentation requires (integration with localization tools like XTM, integration with desktop versions of the common DITA-aware XML editors).

    RSuite CMS is highly customizable and extensible.

  3. Hello Keith,
    regarding IBM FileNet and DITAworks I’d like to add following Information: as an IBM Partner we are now offering DITAworks Webtop pre-packed with IBM FileNet. This package provides full Enterprise-rage DITA support. How DITAworks adds substantial DITA support to IBM FileNet is listed on DITAworks product site: http://ditaworks.com/products/ditaworks-webtop-web-based-dita-authoring/ditaworks-webtop-with-ibm-filenet/
    Kind regards,
    Gunthilde

  4. It would be a good idea to reference the requirements in ISO/IEC/IEEE 26531, which was edited by me, Casey Jordan, and Bob Boiko. The title is: “Content management for product life-cycle, user, and service management documentation.” The draft standard, which is in its final stages of completion, can be purchased from ISO or IEEE. We did not make it DITA specific but extended it to XML environments, such as DocBook and general SGML. However, the details about the management of the content by the CCMS will provide a solid set of requirements for anyone evaluating a CCMS that claims to be DITA compliant.

    1. That’s a good idea JoAnn, and as I review the feature-sets of the latest DITA-capable CCMSes I am finding less quantitative differences between them. What I mean by this is that most of the CCMS out there share similar basic features, but it is how they are implemented (their “quality”) that makes all the difference, and that’s not something I am easily capable of covering, and am not sure the new proposed spec will help me much.

      From what I can make of summaries of the ISO/IEC/IEEE 26531 spec., the chief features to use as a basis for searching for a good CCMS are:
      – Structured authoring
      – Single sourcing
      – Content reuse
      – Content conditionalizing
      – Multilingual publishing
      – Workflow/governance
      – Metadata/search
      – CMS should have an API

      Many of these are already pre-requisite conditions for DITA-capable CCMSes. So we come back to the question of “quality” that I cannot easily answer, such as “how good is Product A’s workflow?” or “how efficient is Product B’s localization process?” or “how robust is Product C’s API?”

      Am certain that the draft spec would help determine which products would not make it to this list (am pretty sure Madcap Flare would fail on a couple of these points for example) but wouldn’t act as a differentiator for those that do make it to this list.

      Am planning on doing an interim update to this list shortly, certainly before the end of this month. For the next full revamp though I will certainly seriously consider utilizing the draft spec!

  5. Hello ditawriter, I would like to add the following to the existing information:

    DITA and Sitecore CMS as single source for technical documentation

    Writing technical documentation, providing this via a range of channels and translating it are demanding tasks. Particularly if the number of products, versions and various authors increases. This also means that increasing numbers of different parties in various environments would not only like access the documentation in general, but also specific information within the documentation. Add to this a desire to work more efficiently and save costs and the challenge is complete.

    On the basis of this challenge, we implemented a content management system (Sitecore) with the xml standard DITA as the basic principle for Neopost. The content management system is the single source for the technical documentation (topics, files etc.) Publication from the content management system takes place in DITA, PDF or to one or more websites. DITA can also be imported and a connection has been made with a translation service.

    1. Could you contact me separately about this at: keith@ditawriter.com please? Based on the link you provided the SiteCore/iquality combo might qualify for inclusion on this list, but I need answers to a few specific technical questions that I cannot find on the iquality website. Cheers!

    1. Thanks for the info! It appears as though they have gone back to their old “Windchill” name in a fresh re-branding effort, so their listing now appears under “PTC Windchill Service Information Manager”. Thanks for mentioning the database you use with it–I derive much of my information on these systems from what is published online, and in some cases the vendors do not make it easy to discover specification details like this. Much appreciated!

  6. DitaExchange now offers its latest version of the product, now called Dx4, in two deployment options: SharePoint on-premise or with SharePoint Online (part of Office365). With SharePoint Online, Dx4 is already available as a ‘Provider Hosted App’ and set-up is a breeze! And with robust support for DITA content (using a number of available authoring tools) and native Word content (“Word topics”), the appeal to a broader set of content authors, contributors and reviewers has also grown!

  7. Inmedius is no longer selling DITA Storm. The URL (inmediusdita.com) redirects to a Japanese site, and DITA Storm no longer appears on the Inmedius product pages.

    1. Thanks for that info! I have taken the opportunity to do a full update. Inmedius has been removed (and ditto for another vendor which appears to have left the DITA CCMS marketplace), and the info for all of the other vendors’ info has been updated. I also found a way to fix the problem of the table display width at the same time.

  8. Just wanted to note that easyDITA no longer offers an on-premises (‘standalone’ in your parlance) solution. Our SaaS solution offers much greater flexibility and regular upgrades.

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