In recent years, nothing has sparked more controversy in the information management industry than the 2017 Gartner post officially retiring the term “Enterprise Content Management (ECM)” in favor of a new term, content services. Here at AIIM, we’ve been providing independent research, educational training, and certification for over 70 years. For a good majority of that time, the focus has been on ECM and the practices associated with ECM to capture, store, manage, and preserve information. Heck, we even standardized the term Enterprise Content Management way back in the early 2000s, so in a lot of ways, AIIM is uniquely positioned to help clarify some of the confusion that may still remain.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industry go through some significant changes. Many would say it goes even deeper than change and have been calling it a metamorphosis. In nature, metamorphosis is the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages – a good example is a tadpole turning into a frog.
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Recently, AIIM released an eBook titled, State of the Industry – Content Services that examines the current state of Content Services technologies and how user perceptions about them are changing. For this research study, we surveyed over 300 decision-makers from around the world about their focus on Content Services to answer these three core questions:
This is part 3 of a four-part series based on our new State of the Industry – Content Services market research study. Part 1 -- What exactly is the link between IIM and Digital Transformation? Part 2 -- What kinds of critical business problems are users trying to solve with Content Services? Part 3 -- How is content services automation revolutionizing records management and information governance? Multi-channel next-generation information capture is clearly the least mature of the four core Content Services technologies. Multi-channel capture is poised to assume an increasingly important role as the tide of incoming information rises and accelerates. There is still a long tail in the market that views “capture” as primarily something you do to paper in order to more effectively store it somewhere. That is clearly changing, and next-generation capture is focused on the capture of information from all forms of incoming information, translating that information into a machine comprehensible form and using it to directly engage business processes.
This is part 3 of a four-part series based on our new State of the Industry – Content Services market research study. Part 1 -- What exactly is the link between IIM and Digital Transformation? Part 2 -- What kinds of critical business problems are users trying to solve with Content Services? The rising volume of information and its potential value to customer experiences is changing what is needed from records management and information governance. Organizations clearly understand that they have an information governance problem but are struggling with solutions as the tide of information chaos rises. Convincing management that they should even “care” about information governance is a problem for 48% of organizations. Core records management and governance concepts remain critical, but organizations increasingly seek to automate implementation and make these capabilities as embedded and invisible as possible. [Free Research: State of the Industry - Content Services]
This is part 2 of a four-part series based on our new State of the Industry – Content Services market research study. Part 1 -- What exactly is the link between IIM and Digital Transformation? The past few years have created many new challenges for the Information Professionals who are entrusted with managing an organization’s digital assets. Information is cascading down upon every organization in unprecedented volumes and forms, challenging traditional and manual concepts of records management and information stewardship. Every organization – regardless of industry – is now a technology organization. But rising information chaos is a very real and strategic threat to the ability of organizations to succeed, or even survive. An effective Content Services strategy is key to addressing these challenges.