Register now to join the public consultation process for Enterprise Content Management Standard

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The public consultation process for the availability of the first ever Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) will formally commence on 18th April 2011 for a four week period, concluding on the 16th May 2011.

Content Group www.thecontentgroup.co.uk has been leading the development programme with the British Standards Institution (BSI) together with the Steering Group since the original announcement of the PAS in 2007 (http://www.bsigroup.com/en/About-BSI/News-Room/BSI- News-Content/Disciplines/Information-Management/ECM-PAS/).

The aim of this work with BSI is to develop a best practice standard for ECM and establish a frame of reference for the entire ECM market.

Once completed, the PAS will provide definitions and a common understanding of ECM. It will enable benchmarking and ensure consistent, measurable ECM and will be an important frame of reference for any organisation involved in an ECM initiative. The PAS is intended to be the first step moving towards an internationally agreed standard for ECM.

Any organisation or individual that is keen to take part in the public consultation should contact Bhavisha Patel (bhavisha.patel@bsigroup.com) at BSI and register their interest. All those who register before or during the consultation process will receive full details and an opportunity to comment.

Ben Richmond, Founder and CEO of The Content Group, is the lead author and heads up the team involved in producing the standard. The Content Group led the industry steering group panel which included organisations from a vast array of interested parties representing; industry associations and analysts, systems integrators, technology vendors and end user organisations from the public & private sectors.

Richmond comments, "The ECM industry has been in need of further definition, standardisation and best practice guidelines for some time. As the PAS approaches completion, having had the input and involvement of many of the industry’s foremost experts, it is now important that we have a clearly defined and fully inclusive public consultation. We anticipate that following the conclusion of the process at the end of May, the BSI will be in a position to proceed to final output in the Summer."