Enterprise content Management and Enterprise Architecture

Spara favorit 29 nov november 2012

Background/ importance of the research field All systems in an enterprise generate enormous amount of different information, electronic documents, and electronic records. Altogether, there is a need of coherent digital information management. The management of an organizations entire digital information asset affects how the organization is organized.

Background/ importance of the research field

All systems in an enterprise generate enormous amount of different information, electronic documents, and electronic records. Altogether, there is a need of coherent digital information management. The management of an organizations entire digital information asset affects how the organization is organized.

Enterprise content management (ECM) has been a response to the need enterprises has in a coherent digital management of all information assets (Nordheim & Päivärinta, 2006; Päivärinta & Munkvold, 2005). However, the research in this field is rudimentary, an existing research is mostly focused on large enterprises (Munkvold, Päivärinta, Hodne, & Stangeland, 2003; Nordheim & Päivärinta, 2004, 2006; Päivärinta & Munkvold, 2005).

One major challenge is the overwhelming array of products, technologies, and services, all promising easy solutions to new business challenges (Cummins, 2002). Architecture is referred to as one of the most important issues for control of the interfaces and the integration of all components into the system (Pereira and Sousa, 2004), being a link between business problems and IT solutions (Britton and Bye, 2004).

The key benefits of enterprise architecture are: - To improve current business by enabling business initiatives, by efficient use of IS assets, and by improved standards’ adherence and exploitation giving reduced cost. 

– New business models by enabling the unification of the corporation, by a clear and visible link between strategy and IS implementation, and by improved decision support and dialogue.

– A most important “mechanism” for improvement of the co-operation between the business and IT organisations. The enterprise architecture creates a process for continuous adaptation between the business and IT organisations. A shared frame of reference is today lacking between the business and IT organisations.

Enterprise content management contains document-, records-, and archive management. Enterprise architecture includes information architecture and provides descriptions of applications and infrastructure. Thus both fields relate to and can be considered as umbrellas to the field of archives and information sciences. 

Enterprise content management and enterprise architecture are issues that increasingly need to be dealt with at management level, or at least enterprise-wide levels. When an organisation-wide view is taken, the importance of information resources is highlighted and thus also the field of archives and information management.