Document Capture and Content Management Terms

Terms about document capture, enterprise content management and forms processing software.


 

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is a formalized means of organizing and storing an organization's documents, and other content, that relate to the organization's processes. The term encompasses strategies, methods, and tools used throughout the lifecycle of the content.

ECM includes much more than just storing a document. It includes all of the properties and methods necessary to index, provide version control, retrieve, add annotations / comments, provide security access controls, audit trails for documents, and a myriad of other things.  

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Enterprise Resource Planing (ERP)

Enterprise Resource Planning systems "integrate internal and external management information across an entire organization, embracing finance/accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, etc. ERP systems automate this activity with an integrated software application. Their purpose is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organization and manage the connections to outside stakeholders. ERP systems can run on a variety of computer hardware and network configurations, typically employing a database as a repository for information." [Definition courtesy of AIIMAIIM]

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