In general terms EIM can be understood as a consolidation of company information, strategies and technologies. This allows both a comprehensive approach to the integration and administration of content as well as the provision of reliable information. Therefore EIM manages the seamless integration of data from application databases, as well as all other types of structured and unstructured data and content.
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is a branch of information management that deals primarily with unstructured, or loosely structured, data. AIIM (the Association for Information and Image Management) defines Enterprise Content Management as covering technologies such as the capture, management, storage, protection and retrieval of content and documents related to organizational processes.
In contrast, EIM covers all the areas covered by ECM with the added advantage of also being able to deal with structured as well as unstructured data. EIM approaches information management based on the needs of the user. FILERO EIMS offers the following advantages in comparison with a classic ECM system: structure and a hierarchical view of all data.
When developing FILERO, LIB-IT DMS drew upon their library expertise. This means that FILERO has particular expertise in storing and searching all types of structured and unstructured data, by using sophisticated and user defined hierarchical data structures. The following article gives an insight into how LIB-IT’s experience in the library field offers a good basis for Enterprise Information Management - Technology meets Tradition.
In the last decade, organizations have had to cope with increasingly vast amounts of data. This can range from the “classical” physical and electronic object types to newer object types such as email, digital assets (audio and video), and web content.
The rapid changes in information technology and the way that we use data have caught many organizations by surprise. A particularly prevalent problem is that a lot of companies have built up a disjointed collection of different applications and database systems to manage the day-to-day functioning of their business. The use of different interfaces for individual applications and systems is often the cause of technical problems, long response times and high costs.
This has lead to a serious fragmentation of information across organizations, which has in turn lead to the failure of organizations to gain control of and profit from their enterprise information assets. Employees and customers are becoming increasingly unsatisfied and cannot understand why data is not being presented to them in the form of useful and relevant information.