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e-Spirit Inc.
Industry Computer software
Founded 1999
Founder Jörn Bodemann
Stefan Walgenbach
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, Dortmund, Germany, USA, Germany
Area served
Key people
Jörn Bodemann (CEO)
Robert Bredlau COO
Oliver Jaeger VP Marketing
Website [1]

e-Spirit is a commercial software company that develops and markets the FirstSpirit CMS Web content management system. The company was founded in 1999 in Dortmund, Germany, has offices in the UK, Austria, Switzerland, and established a US presence in 2011.[1] The company's FirstSpirit CMS is a Java-based offering now in its fifth major release.[2]


e-Spirit was founded in 1999 by former employees of the Fraunhofer Institut for Software and Systems Technology – ISST (FhG ISST) in collaboration with the IT service provider adesso in Dortmund, Germany.[citation needed]

In 2004, e-Spirit released FirstSpirit Version 3.1 that included a graphical editor to map database schema to Web content. This allowed content from different sources to be published via multiple output schemas. Integration support with SAP was added.[citation needed]

In 2009, e-Spirit released FirstSpirit Version 4.2 that focused on usability with a number of new functions including integrated WYSIWYG preview, content highlighting, extended drag and drop, and multi-tabbing. During this period, integration support was added for Microsoft SharePoint, Liferay and IBM WebSphere. Through the AppCenter, integration for any web application was added.[citation needed]

e-Spirit introduced FirstSpirit Version 5.0 in 2012. A new module “UX-Bridge” was introduced as an integration and update platform for a live website and usability was further enhanced. Other capabilities included social media, personalization, content targeting, recommendation engines and support for user generated content in live websites. Integration for IBM WebSphere Commerce was added.[3]

Content Integration Platform[edit]

e-Spirit developed FirstSpirit integrates with SAP NetWeaver, Microsoft SharePoint,[4] JBoss Application Server,[5] IBM WebSphere, Liferay and a number of other third-party offerings. The FirstSpirit AppCenter also allows integration of online marketing and analytics tools and external Web and cloud applications such as iStock, Google, Brightcove, Eloqua and Woopra.

e-Commerce support[edit]

FirstSpirit integrates with enterprise e-commerce platforms, product information management (PIM) systems, media asset management (MAM) systems, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, as well as other data sources, or sales and logistics solutions. Examples are hybris, Demandware, IBM WebSphere Commerce, Intershop, Oracle ATG.[6]

Personalization and Real-Time-Targeting[edit]

FirstSpirit offers Personalization and Real-Time-Targeting funcionalities


e-Spirit has been included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant[7] for Web Content Management every year since 2011 based on Gartner’s criteria for revenue and market impact. Other analysts covering the FirstSpirit CMS are ArsLogica[8] and Gleanster[9]


FirstSpirit is deployed by over 250 customers world wide within the midsize and enterprise market segment. Customers include Daimler, Speedo, Santander Bank, Nintendo, Airbus, BASF, Bosch, Commerzbank, Geberit, KLM, Olympus.


  1. ^ "e-Spirit Opens US Office". Intranets. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  2. ^ "FirstSpirit CMS Announces 5.1 Release". EContent. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  3. ^ "FirstSpirit™ Content Management for IBM Solutions FirstSpirit v5.1". IBM. 2014-07-11. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  4. ^ "e-Spirit Delivers SharePoint Integration for FirstSpirit CMS". CMSWire. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  5. ^ "JBoss Portal Integration with FirstSpirit CMS". How to JBoss. 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  6. ^ "E-Commerce, Content and Closing the Gaps: A Look at e-Spirit". CMSWire. 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management". Gartner. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Compass Guide Report e-Spirit FirstSpirit 5.0". ArsLogica. 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  9. ^ "2014 Web Content Management Vendor Flash". Gleanster. 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 

External links[edit]

e-Spirit official site: e-spirit.com
FirstSpirit 5 site: fs5.e-spirit.com
Blog: Content Unlocked: [2]