09 Feb 2017
In September 2016, inRiver launched our new global inRiver PRIME Partner Program. Although the program is new, the inRiver partner community has been in existence for nearly a decade. It is because of these partnerships that inRiver has been able to evangelize product information management throughout Europe and the United States and assist enterprises in the retail, distribution, and manufacturing industries take control of their “content spaghetti” and tell better product stories.
Forrester Wave Highlights Leaders in the CMS Space
We are delighted that several of our long-time partners have been highlighted in a recent Forrester Wave™ report. The report, which focuses on leaders in web Content Management System (CMS) features and functionality, recognizes the superior offerings of Adobe, Episerver, and Sitecore in this dynamic marketplace. All three of these leaders are noted for their deep expertise, vision, execution.
“Customer experience” is still the phrase of the day in the CMS marketplace, and these three partners are ensuring that their respective offerings address the need for “contextual digital experiences.” Enterprises are looking for ways to offer personalized, dynamic content to web site users while deploying a solution that is agile and user-friendly.
Among the 15 vendors that Forrester evaluated, Adobe, Episerver, and Sitecore rose to the top of the list. Each of these solutions has been proven successful in Forbes Global 1000 enterprises within at least two major geographical regions.
For each of the partners below there is an adapter or connector that integrates with the inRiver PIM solution. This CMS/PIM integration speeds data transfer and eases the display of product information.
Episerver Expands Its North American Presence
inRiver has been partnering at customer sites with Episerver for years because of our Swedish headquarters and strong presence in the Nordic countries. However, we have also worked with Episerver at several customers in the US and are excited to continue to build our relationship and joint customer base in North America. With the inRiver Epi Commerce adapter you can publish your product information directly into Epi Commerce.
The Forrester Wave points out the key benefits of Episerver’s platform—solid architecture, scalability, and modular approach to marketing features. In addition, Forrester is impressed with Episerver’s vision for new capabilities such as cloud-native scaling, automation, and machine learning support.
Sitecore Provides a Full Suite of Features
Due to Sitecore’s Danish headquarters, inRiver has a number of joint customers in the Nordics with Sitecore. Sitecore has provided many marketing tools within its product, such as testing, optimization, and customer data profiles. Sitecore will also be adding a cloud solution in 2017 to complement its extensive partner and developer network across the globe.
The Sitecore adapter enables publishing product information from inRiver PIM to the Sitecore CMS. When the products in the inRiver Marketing Model are enriched and ready for display, they are loaded and automatically released into Sitecore CMS.
Adobe is Tops for Marketers
inRiver has a long-time partnership with Adobe, and there is a plug-in for managing automatic print support of high-quality product information.
In the Wave report, Forrester commends Adobe’s vision for speeding time to market, employing machine learning for analytics, and enabling integration with other marketing modules. Adobe’s Experience Manager Sites solution embeds tools that marketers increasingly find critical—digital asset management (DAM), analytics, and targeted content marketing.
Read the Forrester Wave Report
Episerver has provided an opportunity for you to download and review the research compiled by Forrester Research in their CMS Report. Download the report to learn more about these leading-edge partners in the content management space.
Visit the inRiver Partner web page for more information about these and other partners in the inRiver PRIME Partner Community. The inRiver Marketplace provides additional information about connectors to and from inRiver PIM.
Kathryn Zwack, Senior Content Marketing Manager North America, inRiver