Monday, May 16, 2005

Federated ECM

I just wrote an article for Cutter IT Journal about the decline of the "one system to manage all" vision of ECM and now I am seeing evidence of this trend wherever I look. The May issue of EContent Magazine reports FileNet's new strategy of Federated Content Management. In the words of Chris McLaughlin, Filenet's director of marketing
ECM isn't about picking one platform and stuffing everything into that one platform . . . it is about choosing a platform you want to build forward from and giv[ing] your organization a range of options on how to move forward with a CM strategy.

FileNet is now emphasizing standards and interoperability that "creates a union of information across multiple content stores." This is a refreshing departure from the one-size-fits-all rhetoric that lead to expensive projects that under-delivered and left customers hopelessly locked into their vendors.