February 24, 2009 - A new enterprise content management tool to align business and technology efforts was developed by three consulting firms and an independent analyst.

Wipro Technologies, Hartman Communicatie and Smigiel Consulting Group, along with analyst company CMS Watch released the ECM Maturity Model.

Enterprises can use ECM3 to asses their ECM status and guide their roadmap going forward.

ECM3 is designed to manage the high demand of increasing volumes of content, particularly the challenging human, information and systems aspects, by enabling the planning and development of strategy to deploy successful ECM.

The ECM Maturity Model provides a structured framework for setting priorities to address these challenges.

"Like all maturity models, it is partly descriptive and partly prescriptive," said CMS Watch Principal, Alan Pelz-Sharpe. "You can apply the model to audit, assess and explain your current state, as well as inform a roadmap for maturing your enterprise capabilities."

The model proposes a variety of dimensions of maturity, across five levels. It suggests graded levels of capabilities ranging from information collection and basic control to increasingly sophisticated levels of management and integration. ECM3 also provides descriptions those maturity levels.

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