Moving beyond ECM: 5 emerging trends

What is the future of ECM?

There are digital transformation trends that will mold and shape the world of content management in both the short- and long-term. As they’re increasingly adopted, they will create a need for a broader and more encompassing industry description than enterprise content management (ECM).

Let’s explore.

5 emerging trends in information management

1. The Internet of Things

Explosive growth in the volume and variety of data AND content. Billions of new connections between objects — the Internet of Things.

Impact on content management:

Users need to do so much more than just capture documents and information; they need to ingest information of ALL sorts as early as possible into business processes, and standardize and automate these processes. They then need to extract insight from this exploding volume of information and prepare for the era of machine processing and artificial intelligence.

Finally, they need to develop policies and automatic processes to dispose of information without business value.

2. Data-centric technologies

We’re talking Blockchain.

Impact on content management:

The availability of new tools to manage data at a massive scale increases the need for effective management of metadata.

3. Old dogs up to new tricks

Incorporation of core content management capabilities in file platforms (Office365, Amazon, Google, IBM/Box, DropBox) and collapsing prices for storage.

Impact on content management:

Add-on core content management is increasingly under price pressure, driving many solution providers to shift their focus to applications and solutions.

4. Increasingly customized governance needs

Expanding and increasingly challenging national and regional compliance and regulatory demands — and the growth of cloud and privacy “nationalism.”

Impact on content management:

Organizations need to take as much of the human element as possible out of governance by first converting everything to digital form (i.e., tackling the paper problem head-on) and then by applying semantic and auto-classification technologies.

5. On-premises deployment gets left behind faster

A clear shift among the leading solutions providers to cloud-first R&D investment strategies; large-scale end users with major on-premises legacy systems are left playing catchup.

Impact on content management:

Users want content management solutions with a clear cloud strategy — even if they say they’re not ready for the cloud right now.

Embracing tomorrow’s opportunities

As time goes on, people will view content management capabilities much less as a monolithic “solution” and much more as a set of capabilities that will be consumed in a much more modular fashion — tied to the needs of particular business processes. Content capabilities will be tied to processes — both custom and software as a service (SaaS).

In the end analysis, this is the world that Gartner now calls “Content Services.”

> Read more | How ECM became content services (and why you should care)

Amy Oliver brings more than 10 years of marketing experience to her role in healthcare global programs at Hyland where she develops marketing programs to support the healthcare business. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Marketing from Mercyhurst University. Outside of living the #HylandLife, Amy enjoys rooting on the Cleveland Indians with her husband, spending time with their three (very cute) dogs, or reading a good book in the sunshine.
Amy Oliver

Amy Oliver

Amy Oliver brings more than 10 years of marketing experience to her role in healthcare global programs at Hyland where she develops marketing programs to support the healthcare business. Amy... read more about: Amy Oliver