Enterprise Content Management, when I heard of this term first time I was thinking it should be something related to companies and their documents. But when I get into this, I get to know that it is not only related to company documents but it is like an ocean which covers all the information and contents around us.
The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) International, the worldwide association for enterprise content management, defined the term Enterprise Content Management in 2000. AIIM has refined the abbreviation ECM several times to reflect the expanding scope and importance of information management. The latest definition from 2010 is:
“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. ECM covers the management of information within the entire scope of an enterprise whether that information is in the form of a paper document, an electronic file, a database print stream, or even an email.”
It encompasses areas that have traditionally been addressed by records management and document management systems. It also includes the conversion of data between various digital and traditional forms, including paper and microfilm, and new trends like Social Business and Big Data.