Enterprise Content Management (ECM) has become a business critical application, and while EMC® Documentum® , IBM® FileNet® , and OpenText® have dominated this space historically, Microsoft® SharePoint® is achieving significant traction as the “ECM for the masses” by reducing the high cost, large footprint and long implementation times often associated with traditional solutions.
To date, SharePoint’s proven collaboration and portal capabilities have driven adoption; however, adoption of SharePoint as a full ECM remains low. Despite the added features in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013, many users claim that SharePoint still comes up short in a number of critical ECM functional requirements, such as records management, rich media, workflow, governance, and Document Output Management including Advanced Rendering capabilities that scale across the enterprise.
SharePoint functionality is often enhanced by the Microsoft ecosystem of partners who provide 3rd-party add-on solutions. The flexibility to add the required capability is proving popular with 54% of organizations “using or planning to use 3rd party add-ons”.
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