March 15, 2011 – There is a lot of talk about organizations pulling back their data from the clouds due to the challenges of integration and the concerns of inaccessibility. Many predict a hybrid delivery is in our future. How does content management fit into the clouds, especially with a hybrid delivery model?

Sys-Con Media brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Hybrid Enterprise Content Management and Cloud Computing.” Enterprise content management is about managing the life cycle of electronic documents. Electronic documents take many forms – data, text, images, graphics, voice or video – but all need to be managed so that they can be properly stored, located when needed, secured against unauthorized access, and properly retained.

It is important to remember that enterprise content management will only be useful of you can locate the documents. So capturing metadata about the content is critical. Typically this metadata  is stored in a separate metadata repository outside of the content store itself. Since the metadata is searched more frequently than the document itself, it seems logical to store it in “inside.”

Check out the rest of the article. It is worth the read. After all, making content findable is ultimately our goal.

Melody K. Smith