Gartner Foresees the End of On-Premises ECMs in 2019

A recent Gartner Inc. report predicts the current enterprise content management (ECM) market will “devolve into purpose-built, cloud-based content solutions and solution services applications.”

According to an article on, the Gartner study finds that organizations are increasingly adopting cloud solutions rather than on-premises ECMs. Software as a service (SaaS) remains the biggest segment of the cloud market, with global revenue predicted to grow 17.8% to reach $85.1 billion in 2019.

“The increasing adoption of SaaS applications and other cloud services impacts the management, dissemination and exploitation of enterprise content,” said Craig Roth, research vice president at Gartner.

While SaaS use is popular and increasing, the fastest-growing segment of the market is cloud system infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which is expected to grow 27.6% in 2019 to reach $39.5 billion.

By 2022, Gartner expects that 90% of organizations that buy public cloud IaaS will do so from an integrated IaaS and platform as a service (PaaS) provider and will use both capabilities.

According to Sid Nag, research director at Gartner, the demand for integrated IaaS and PaaS offerings will drive the next wave of cloud infrastructure adoption. “We expect that IaaS-only cloud providers will continue to exist in the future, but only as niche players, as organizations will demand offerings with more breadth and depth for their hybrid environments,” he said. “Already, strategic initiatives such as digital transformation projects resulting in the adoption of multicloud and hybrid cloud fuel the growth of the IaaS market.”