In recent years, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) has widely gained recognition as a strategic imperative for most organizations, with Workflow solutions being some of the most numerous and intricate projects to be implemented. As business requirements were added or modified, ever increasing investment needed to be made in a wide variety of applications. Companies have been putting increasing pressure on their IT organizations to reduce the cost of ownership of ECM and Workflow solutions, enable – not inhibit – growth, and clearly demonstrate value to the enterprise. This led IT managers to look for enterprise-level solutions rather than unique application for each department or set of requirements.
The set of challenges faced by a typical IT organization in planning and implementing an ECM solution includes, but is not limited to:
- Reducing the cost of ownership
- Ensuring supportability of the solution under the conditions of corporate growth
- Consolidating disparate business content distributed among different departments, applications and platforms
- Enforcing a corporate standard for applications rather than having each department implement their own solution
- Providing application scalability and interoperability
- Providing a workflow driven framework for integration with various core business systems
These factors make an implementation of a successful enterprise-wide ECM and Workflow solutions a significant challenge. Galantis has long specialized in providing solutions for organizations facing such challenges. Based on this experience, Galantis has introduced a unified development approach based on a best-practices framework.
Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
ECM is the management of content throughout an organization and automating and streamlining business processes related to the content. It also means putting that content to work and using it for enterprise decisions.
ECM integrates content with business process. It ensures that the content can be used across all the departments of the enterprise, across the world, if necessary.
The purpose of ECM is making better, faster decisions. Decisions are what drive the business. Intelligent decisions require information, or content, that can be retrieved quickly, easily, and across the entire enterprise.
The three pillars of ECM are:
- Content: access and manage structured and unstructured content.
- Process: streamline and automate complex, exception-rich processes. Put content to work for your enterprise.
- Connectivity: connect enterprise information systems and foster collaboration. Distribute and use content in every application in your enterprise, through the Internet or intranets.
A framework is an extensible structure for describing a set of concepts, methods, technologies, and cultural changes necessary for a complete product design and manufacturing process.
A framework enables IT organizations to:
- Greatly lower the time and cost of development by providing the core runtime engine and a set of reusable components
- Allow building a set of applications serving different business needs on top of a common runtime environment
- Establish corporate development methodologies and technological best practices in application development
- Implement different business applications for different departments smoothly with a set of pluggable custom components
- Streamline application support by having one core application instead of an “application zoo”
- Implement a “perfect” or “typical” scalable and interoperable solution once, and then simply replicate it for other departments or sets of requirements, modifying it as needed