First of all thanks for you patience, as we all have day jobs the truth is we have not had the time to work on this recently. However……we are hoping to release a Version 2 of the model in late summer. For those of you who have asked to become contributors we will get in touch with you shortly. By necessity we will keep the actual editing work to a smaller group but we will certainly be taking the comment and review cycle out to a much wider group.
We continue to be amazed at the success of this initiative, and the feedback to date has been really encouraging. So onward and upward!

BTW: We have over 2000 downloads of the model as of today, and feedback we have received tells us the model is being widely used in larger organizations and by major consulting organizations all over the world….

We have received a lot of new input since the models launch last month, and it is time for us to start work on Version 1.1.  As things stand we have a lot of viewpoints, comments and angles to explore for this next point release and we hope to get this out in the next month or so.

However, its also very clear that we need to move more quickly to build a true community supported development environment for the model and  we plan to build that in parallel with 1.1.

So to those of you who have expressed an interested in being involved further,  we really appreciate your interest, and hopefully by late Spring we should have something more substantial in place to finally bring you on board with.

By the way – it looks like we are well over the 1000 downloads point as of today….



As the others have mentioned it has taken a lot of work to get the model this far, in fact it has taken about 2 years.
We had some great feedback from some ‘guru’ level reviewers before release and special mentions certainly need to be made to Ganesh Vednere, Paul McTaggart and Len Asprey for their great reviews that really helped inform version 1.
We all hope that this will prove to be of value to the industry as a whole, and that it’s applicability and practical uses can be further fleshed out over the coming months and years. In the meantime do continue to send in your thoughts, comments and potential revisions – we will take a first look at AIIM Expo, Philadelphia, and then get the development and maintenance processes launched more formally.
I have to echo Apoorv of Wipro, and say this has also been an excellent experience for me – and I too have learned lots in the process, I think the model has much more to teach us 🙂

In the peer-review process of the model, some of our readers thought our definition of ECM was too narrow.  To quote from the document:

For the purposes of this model, we focus on the commonly understood scope of ECM as concerning principally document and records management, along with associated services and processes like imaging, workflow, and archiving, among others.  The model does not directly concern itself with Web Content Management (WCM) and related, publishing-oriented disciplines, although some of the concepts below apply to those programs as well.  Similarly, the model does not address data-oriented information management, such as Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing.

In theory, much in this document could pertain to cognate disciplines in the information management universe, but at that point, we thought it would get too abstract and lose its practicality.  (Erik Hartman, one of the participants in this effort, is working on a broader “Information Management Framework.”)  If the past eight years — since the term ECM came into vogue — have taught us anything, it is that enterprise document management and web publishing are two very different (albeit related) practices.  At some point, it might be worth putting together a WCM Maturity Model.  And as you might know, there are already several different BPM maturity models.

But, first things first.  Let’s tackle what is already an enormous problem set, in ECM.

Welcome to ECM3


Welcome to the Enterprise Content Management Maturity Model (ECM3) blog.

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