Whilst on my travels in the CMS world I am lucky enough to get opportunities to interact with customers from many different countries and in doing so I often like to know more about the challenges facing their region. One of the things discussed is what vendors are active in their region and of course the usual suspects always come up but, Japan has some vendors that I have never heard of that I thought I would share. The four that I was pointed towards by the SDL Tridion APAC team were:
- Noren 5 Content Server
- KBMJ – looks a little more like a consultancy company
- Kanata (ALAYA R6)
Now I searched for some statistics on who was the market leader but I could not really find anything that gave me a complete picture – maybe someone else has access to that information. Using Google Translate I can read about the usual features but nothing more than what a normal brochure ware website contains but I would be interested to know more than just this… maybe I need to learn Japanese?
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You might try Rikaichan (http://www.polarcloud.com/rikaichan/), a handy dictionary extension in Firefox, to help you decipher Japanese.
Alternatively, you could ask a colleague who is a native speaker, or a colleague who is learning Japanese and needs the exercise. Guess who.