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SharePoint 2010 All-in-One For Dummies by Veli-Matti Vanamo, Kevin Laahs, Emer McKenna

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Chapter 5: Enterprise Content Management

In This Chapter

Getting started with Enterprise Content Management

Dealing with large document libraries

Controlling the lifecycle of your information assets

In the language of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), content is information that you work with in your organization’s day-to-day activities. That information is usually in the form of Office documents — and almost always at the heart of any business process where Office applications rule. In SharePoint, those documents get used heavily for collaborative purposes.

technicalstuff.eps Chapter 4 discusses Web Content Management — where “content” refers primarily to the Web pages you construct from many information sources (and ultimately publish for consumption by their users). Those sources include, but aren’t limited to, Office documents.

ECM is all about managing the lifecycle of your content — its whole journey through your business processes, from the moment someone dreams it up until it’s put to use. SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010 deliver many features that make it easy for end users to participate in the ECM process. Lifecycle management refers to activities such as these:

Creating content

Storing content

Discovering content (that is, finding it as needed, in a timely way)

Sharing content

Working with large quantities of content

Ensuring that your content adheres to your corporate ...

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