Enterprise Content Management is the technologies, tools, and methods used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content across an enterprise. At the most basic level, ECM tools and strategies allow the management of an organization's unstructured information, wherever that information exists. Numerous terms are used, depending on whom you're talking to, nearly interchangeably with ECM-integrated document management, digital asset management, integrated document and content management, and total content management to name a few. Regardless of the precise terminology, ECM capabilities manage traditional content types (images, office documents, graphics, drawings, and print streams) as well as the new electronic objects (Web pages and content, email, video, and rich media assets) throughout the lifecycle of that content.
As with any technology, the most important thing isn't how you define it or categorize it, but successfully applying the technology to your particular business processes. The technologies included in this poster will enable you to manage your content at the various stages of that content's lifecycle. Implementing all of these technologies together will allow you to manage content throughout its complete lifecycle-from creation to either long-term preservation or deletion.