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Enterprise content management makes a difference in disaster recovery

by | Aug 12, 2009

Tulane University was prompted to increase their ECM usage after Hurricane KatrinaMany businesses are realizing the benefit of enterprise content management (ECM) solutions in helping them reduce time and cost in document processing.

Yet what many businesses do not realize is that ECM can help them significantly in their disaster recovery should a situation arise, said a recent article on SearchCIO-Midmarket.com.

The article discussed the safety net potential of ECM solutions, citing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Tulane University”s disaster recovery and continuity planning.

Following the disaster, "a plan to digitally convert, archive and provide access to roughly 6,000 student advising records through the underused ECM system moved into high gear," the article reported. "If another major disaster strikes, Tulane”s professors can now access Web-based advisee files and help students figure out how and where to keep learning."

Not only national disasters such as Hurricane Katrina can endanger the safety of a business” documents – minor fires and floods can wreak havoc on business operations if all the documents are solely paper-based.

ECM programs such as Documentum, SharePoint, FileNet and Open Text ca n help mitigate disaster risks as well as save money and time in document processing.ADNFCR-1861-ID-19310233-ADNFCR