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Enterprise Content Management: A Business and Technical Guide by Stephen A. Cameron

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An ECM technology review

Integration challenges

Most organisations in the early part of the 21st century are geared to working with numeric and structured data. This means that to categorise, file, or report on the progress or value of, their work is straightforward.

However over the past 25 years most systems integrators and software suppliers have focused on the relatively straightforward task of integrating structured data systems using databases. They have ignored the ever growing unstructured data piles which now exist in many organisations.

ECM started off storing large unstructured data in Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in databases or in file systems. Its technology kept close to the infrastructure of the file and storage systems, using ...

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