Enterprise Content Management came in as a pure content management requirement, which started growing by the need of building intelligence and collaboration in the ECM solutions. That’s when the terminologies of Enterprise Content Management and Enterprise Collaboration Management came in being.
The Enterprise Content Management consists document management, web content management, content database management, business intelligency and data warehousing, building workflows around the solution, so it requires workflow management, there will processes created around the content management so business process management will also be part of the Enterprise Content Management.
The tool which is used for Enterprise Content Management nowadays are mainly Web Based tools called Portals. The portals are kind of websites which can do document management, web content management, content database management, workflow management, business process management, Reports management, Enterprise Search and lot of other collaboration and content management related activities.
There are many tools available in market today for this purpose namely: Microsoft SharePoint, Documentum, Livelink etc. also, there are lot of IT service provider companies like Zensar Technologies, which provides specialized ECM solutions.
Considering the rush among the companies to streamline the information flow and looking at the growing market of ECM products like Sharepoint and Documentum the ECM boom is here to stay atleast for a while.