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AIIM: Is The “ECM Era” About To End?

Consumerization, the expansion of cloud and mobile capabilities, and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating an explosion of content and information that will require a new “post-ECM” Era by 2020. AIIM, the global community of information professionals, bases this conclusion on two new reports.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 3 Business Challenges Solved By Managed Print Services
    3 Business Challenges Solved By Managed Print Services

    As organizations move toward digital workflows and traditional printing continues to decline, resellers and dealers are promoting managed print services (MPS) as a way to drive growth. With MPS, businesses can simply turn the entire process of office printing over to a third-party service provider to reduce overall printing costs and optimize the entire print environment.

  • Advice For The IT Channel: 4 Ways To Market Your Business
    Advice For The IT Channel: 4 Ways To Market Your Business

    If you ask CEOs to name the most difficult aspect of their businesses, most will say the greatest challenge is reaching and retaining customers. The best way to educate your customers about your brand and the services you offer is through a strategic and coordinated approach to marketing.

  • 10 Things Effective Leaders Do
    10 Things Effective Leaders Do

    Here is a list of things I find effective leaders doing — and doing well. See how many make your list of accomplishments.

  • The Biggest Threat To The Channel? Manufacturers That Sell To End Users
    The Biggest Threat To The Channel? Manufacturers That Sell To End Users

    The biggest threat to the channel is the same as it has always been — manufacturers. Businesses are constantly seeking growth and expansion. Part of this formula requires keeping investors and shareholders happy. The need for manufacturers to always have constant and accelerated growth has become the new normal but there are only so many ways in which this can actually occur.  Being a channel friendly company allows manufacturers to sell their products or services through the channel without dealing with end users.

  • Trends That Are Driving Healthcare IT Revenue Opportunities
    Trends That Are Driving Healthcare IT Revenue Opportunities

    Financial analysts have once again identified healthcare as a leading growth market for 2015. Government-driven IT requirements continue to push healthcare providers to comply, creating opportunities for VARs and ISVs to sell software, hardware, and services to a wide range of healthcare facilities to support their implementations.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Diversify Or Die: A Copier Dealer Moves Into Managed Services
    Diversify Or Die: A Copier Dealer Moves Into Managed Services

    To remain in business as long as East Texas Copy Systems (ETCS), which was established in 1945, you have to be vigilant of industry trends and embrace change. During the 2008 recession, ETCS unquestionably demonstrated these abilities, first by recognizing that copier, printer and paper usage were on the decline. And, secondly, noting that if it wanted to remain relevant, it needed to become an expert in selling the systems and solutions that were replacing its former office staples.

  • Knight Office Solutions Successfully Shifts To Managed Services With RMM Solution

    Knight Office Solutions (KOS) got its start more than 25 years ago supplying and servicing HP ® printers for its customers in the San Antonio, Texas region. Established in 1989, the company saw early success as an HP reseller and service partner, later adding other copier manufacturers into the mix, and opening a second location in Austin.

  • Electronic Signatures, Essential For Paperless Processes

    Picture this: you have got enterprise content management (ECM) figured out. Your documents are stored electronically, you route them electronically and you have abandoned the world of paper. You have arrived! That is, until, BOOM, one of your electronically stored documents needs a signature.

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ABOUT ENTERPRISE CONTENT MANAGEMENT

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is the way in which companies store and organize their documents and other content. It covers the management of all forms of information within an organization, from paper to electronic documents, email, and more. It encompasses the functions of records management and document management along with document conversion processes. Other aspects of ECM include capture, scanning, digital asset management (DAM), search, web content management, and collaboration.

The purpose of ECM is to manage the full information lifecycle, from creation through archival and disposal. ECM solutions are available on-premise as an application on an organization's network, as a service (software as a service or SaaS) where data is stored in the cloud, or as a combination of the two known as a hybrid solution.

ECM aims to increase organizational efficiency and reduce costs by allowing anyone in the organization to easily manage many documents from any location. ECM can simplify the storage, retention, version control, security, and regulatory requirements and provides superior control when compared to paper records by allowing organizations to set access levels and put viewing and editing restrictions on specific documents. In addition, by digitizing documents organizations reduce the risk of them being lost, stolen, or damaged.

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