ECM in MS Office 2007

Microsoft is emphasizing the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) features in Office 2007.

Highlights:

  • Goal is to reduce the TCO and complexity of ECM.
  • Document-wide search.
  • Integrated rights management (especially Excel, to deal with multiple versions of the truth).
  • Works across all Office applications.
  • Integrated business intelligence tools, to help one make sense of data.
  • Custom and out-of-the-box workflows.
  • Extensible infrastructure.
  • Allow users to easily collaborate, while applying top-down ECM rules.
  • InfoPath 2007 is used for forms design and support. It will generate Web-based forms automatically.

Hitherto, third parties have focused on this area. With Office 2007, Microsoft is clearly validating ECM technology and saying it needs to be everywhere. Overall, this will stimulate the ECM market. It's not yet clear whether this will be good, or bad, for established ECM vendors.

... David Ferris

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