Content never stops growing. Research firm IDC estimates that by 2011, enterprises will be responsible for 1,530 exabytes of digital information - a 10-fold increase in only five years.1 As enterprises gain both more content and additional kinds of content, they also face significant fragmentation. According to a 2005 study by Forrester Research, 78 percent of companies have more than one content repository, while 43 percent have more than six.2 This number has probably jumped significantly since then, driven by new forms of digital content as well as corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Providing easy access to all this content becomes more challenging every year, but its essential for business success.IDC found that the typical information worker spends close to 25 percent of their time searching for and accessing content and can waste up to three and a half hours per week looking for information that is never found.3 Meanwhile, the Web has led both information workers and consumers to demand seamless communication and collaboration forcing the enterprise to support real-time sharing of content and ideas.In this new environment, deploying a comprehensive content integration system that permits enterprise-wide searching and content access is a must.
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