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There are many types of content management systems out there, which makes it difficult to select the type that is the best suited for an industry, department, or function. To help make your search easier, we created this filterable list. Use the filter options to narrow down the list of content management system types based on your needs. We will be updating this page periodically to make the list and filter criteria more robust.

Select Your Content Management Level:

  • Document: These systems enable management of content at the file level.
  • Content: These systems enable management at the file level and editing the text within the documents.
  • Component: These systems enable management at all levels, including editing the paragraphs, phrases, or keywords within a document.


Select Your Business Functions:

  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service Support
  • Sales
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Distribution
  • Research and Development
  • Administrative
  • Production
  • Operations
  • IT Support
  • Purchasing
  • Legal Department

Types of SystemsDescriptionDocumentContentComponentHuman ResourcesMarketingCustomer Service SupportSalesAccounting and FinanceDistributionResearch and DevelopmentAdministrativeProductionOperationsIT SupportPurchasingLegal Department
Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP)When you search for "ERP" on the web, the sheer amount of information that comes up can be overwhelming—not to mention a little confusing. Every website seems to have its own definition of ERP, and one ERP implementation can vary widely from the next. YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Enterprise Planning Systems (EPS)Systems and software packages used by organizations to manage day-to-day business activities, such as accounting, procurement, project management and manufacturing.YesYes
Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)EPM is a process designed to help organizations link their strategies to plans and execution. EPM software is designed to support the EPM processes, including budgeting, planning, forecasting, financial consolidation, reporting, analysis, and modeling.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Enterprise Content Management (ECM)ECM tools and strategies allow the management of an organization's unstructured information, wherever that information exists. Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is the strategies, methods, and tools used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content and documents related to organizational processes.YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)Customer relationship management is an approach to manage a company's interaction with current and potential customers. It uses data analysis about customers' history with a company to improve business relationships with customers, specifically focusing on customer retention and ultimately driving sales growth.YesYesYesYesYes
Content Management System (CMS)A content management system (CMS) is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content. CMSes are typically used for enterprise content management (ECM) and web content management (WCM).YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Content Delivery Platforms (CDP)Content delivery platform. A content delivery platform (CDP) is a software as a service (SaaS) content service, similar to a content management system (CMS), that utilizes embedded software code to deliver web content. YesYes
Component Content Management System (CCMS)A content management system that manages content at a granular level (component) rather than at the document level. Each component represents a single topic, concept or asset (for example an image, table, product description, a procedure).YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Document Management System (DMS)A document management system (DMS) is a system (based on computer programs in the case of the management of digital documents) used to track, manage and store documents and reduce paper. Most are capable of keeping a record of the various versions created and modified by different users (history tracking).YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Database Management Systems (DMS)Data management software (DMS) is software that takes in data and converts various kinds of data into a single storage container, or aggregates diverse data into a consistent resource, such as a database. In many cases, the specific term is used interchangeable with the broader term data management software, in which many data management resources may direct the incoming data to a database or series of databases.YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)Enterprise asset management (EAM) involves the management of the maintenance of physical assets of an organization throughout each asset's lifecycle.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Digital Asset Management (DAM)Digital asset management (DAM) helps you get more value from creative assets like images and videos by making them easy to organize, access and distribute.YesYesYesYes
Desktop Publishing Systems (DTP)Desktop publishing software is a tool for graphic designers and non-designers to create visual communications such as brochures, business cards, greeting cards, web pages, posters, and more for professional or desktop printing as well as for online or on-screen electronic publishing.YesYesYesYesYes
Help Authoring Tool (HAT)Help authoring tools are programs designed to assist technical writers in designing, publishing, and maintaining software help documentation. The resulting text is used in explanation guides, manuals, and help files.YesYesYesYes
Knowledge Management Systems (KMS)Knowledge management systems refer to any kind of IT system that stores and retrieves knowledge, improves collaboration, locates knowledge sources, mines repositories for hidden knowledge, captures and uses knowledge, or in some other way enhances the KM process.YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Healthcare Management Systems (HIS)A hospital information system (HIS) is an element of health informatics that focuses mainly on the administrational needs of hospitals. In many implementations, an HIS is a comprehensive, integrated information system designed to manage all the aspects of a hospital's operation, such as medical, administrative, financial, and legal issues and the corresponding processing of services.YesYesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Translation Management System (TMS)A TMS can help gather all this data with ease since all work is managed centrally through the same system. Integrated Machine Translation: Most modern translation management systems offer API connectors for popular machine translation providers.YesYesYesYesYes
Learning Management System (LMS)A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of educational courses or training programs.YesYesYesYes
Web Content Management System (WCMS)A web content management system (WCMS) is a software content management system (CMS) specifically for web content. It provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools that help users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages create and manage website content.YesYesYes
Environmental Management System (EMS)Environmental management system (EMS) refers to the management of an organization's environmental programs in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented manner. It includes the organizational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining policy for environmental protection.YesYesyesyes
Quality Management System (QMS)A quality management system (QMS) is a collection of business processes focused on consistently meeting customer requirements and enhancing their satisfaction. It is aligned with an organization's purpose and strategic direction.YesyesyesyesyesyesYes
Total Quality Management (TQM)Most companies, especially manufacturers in regulated environments, use TQM software (or TQM system) to help them instill total quality management procedures in all aspects of their operations. TQM software that exists in the market today is designed based on total quality management principles that can be found in quality standards and regulations.YesYesYesyesyesyesyesYes
Process Safety Management System (PSMS)Process Safety Management Systems (PSMS) are the framework of policies, processes and procedures used to manage Process Safety throughout an organization.YesYes
Human Resources Management (HCM)HRM systems encompass the elements known historically in human resources information systems focusing on the core payroll, time and labor management difference between HCM and HR management components (originally and oftentimes called HRIS or Human Resources Information Systems.) YesYes
Supply Chain Management (SCM)A supply chain management (SCM) system is a set of software solutions that manages and oversees the flow of goods, data, and finances as a product or service moves from point of origin to its final destination. Supply chain activities encompass everything from product development to logistics, including production and manufacturing, sourcing, transportation, inventory and warehouse management, and shipping.YesYesYesYes
Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS)A computerized maintenance management system (or CMMS) is software that helps maintenance teams keep a record of all assets they are responsible for, schedule and track maintenance tasks, and keep a historical record of work they perform.YesYesYesYes

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