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Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

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Enterprise Content Management - Enterprise content management (ECM) refers to the strategy for the management of unstructured information throughout an enterprise. Unstructured information can include documents, images, email and multimedia. The strategy includes how to govern content lifecycle processes and how to store digital files to support organizational objectives.

From an IT perspective, enterprise content management refers to a number of supporting technologies including document management systems (DMS); content management systems (CMS); digital asset management (DAM); workflow management (WMS); and web content management (WCM); and enterprise search together with authoring, collaboration and publishing tools.

One of the driving forces behind the adoption of an ECM strategy is the increased demand for compliance with regulatory standards. ECM can support compliance requirements through process governance, content accountability and traceability.

Product master Data Management_ (MDM) and product information management (PIM) provide structured product information specific processes and tools that can support an enterprise content management strategy. PIM can integrate to the information architecture through unstructured digital files exchange and collaborative content lifecycle processes.

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Stibo Systems, 18 May 2011 09:45:50, External 

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enterprise content management (ECM) - Enterprise content management (ECM) is a set of tools and methods that allows a corporation, agency or organization to obtain, organize, store and deliver information crucial to its operation. The fundamental objectives of ECM are to streamline access, eliminate bottlenecks, optimize security, maintain integrity and minimize overhead.

According to the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), ECM can be broken down into five major components called capture, manage, store, preserve and deliver. The purpose of each component can be briefly defined as follows:

   * Capture: Create, obtain and organize information.
   * Manage: Process, modify and employ information.
   * Store: Temporarily back up frequently changing information in the short term.
   * Preserve: Back up infrequently changing information in the medium and long term.
   * Deliver: Provide clients and end users with requested information.

ECM has become increasingly important and complex in recent years for a number of reasons. Financial fraud and data breaches and regulations designed to prevent them have made effective information governance essential. There are new sources of content, such as unstructured data from social networking websites. Enterprises also need to manage content effectively for integration with business intelligence/business analytics (BI/BA) applications that help them to use the available information to guide business decisions.

See also: compliance, enterprise document management, enterprise information management (EIM), enterprise search, text mining, social media analytics

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