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Having built huge product portfolios, the large ECM vendors are now breaking them down into smaller, more manageable solutions, which will provide organizations with more freedom to build their own ECM solutions using a best-of-breed approach.


  • Five key technology trends have been identified that will influence ECM in 2016. Theses are: a solutions approach to ECM, content analytics, content security, compliance and governance, and cloud deployments.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates how organizations can ensure successful ECM adoption by selecting the appropriate solutions, tools, and deployment models.
  • Discusses how organizations can improve the way in which they manage content.

Key questions answered

  • When should a best-of-breed approach to ECM be considered?
  • Why is it important to understand the value of content compared to its risk?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Business trends and technology enablers

  • Addressing ECM issues in 2016

Disruption will occur in ECM as major vendors adopt a solutions approach

  • ECM vendors are breaking up their massive portfolios
  • The adoption of a solutions approach should make it easier to select the ECM capabilities required

New opportunities for ECM in the cloud will emerge in 2016

  • Enterprise file sync and share has proved an appetite for the cloud in ECM
  • A hybrid cloud model provides additional flexibility
  • Where data is stored can have legal ramifications

Content analytics provides a better understanding of how content is being used and its value to the organization

  • Organizations need a better understanding of how content is being used
  • Content analytics provides insight into how content is being used

Records management and e-discovery provision are important components of a compliance and governance strategy

  • The requirements of compliance continue to create confusion
  • E-discovery is often a neglected part of compliance

Information rights management and encryption help in the battle to secure content

  • Employees are deploying their own consumer-grade file sync and share solutions
  • IRM goes a long way toward protecting content
  • Encrypt content in transit and at rest outside the firewall


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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