SOURCE: Questex Media Group

January 15, 2008 09:00 ET

AIIM - The ECM Association Presents the Top Enterprise Content Management Trends of 2008

AIIM International Exposition & Conference Takes Place March 3-6 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

NEWTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - The AIIM International Exposition & Conference (www.aiimexpo.com), the largest, most comprehensive content and information management event in North America, today announced the top enterprise content management trends of 2008 according to AIIM - The ECM Association. John Mancini, president of AIIM, will present these trends as well as the intersection between collaboration and security concerns within organizations at his State of the Industry keynote entitled "Corporate Knowledge: Share It, Secure It" on Tuesday, March 4 at 9:30 a.m. The AIIM International Exposition & Conference will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, March 3-6, 2008.

"The changes we have seen in this marketplace over the past few years -- in terms of both the composition of the vendor community and the scale of implementations within the user community -- are just the tip of the iceberg. The market is maturing to a point where ECM is being driven by collaboration and innovation as well as the more traditional need for information control," said Mancini.

AIIM's Top 10 trends for 2008 are:

--  The evolution of Microsoft SharePoint as a serious player in the ECM
    infrastructure marketplace.
--  The entrance of "alternative" delivery systems for document and
    content capabilities; specifically, the entry of meaningful SaaS players
    and Open Source players.
--  Supplier consolidation driven by the movement of ECM to the
    infrastructure.
--  The three trends above add up to a dramatic decline in price point for
    core document functionality at the desktop. As a result, the market is
    exploding in two directions -- across large organizations and into the mid-
    sized market. From a cost versus functionality perspective, this is the
    golden age of end users. The part of the industry focused on large
    organizations that need to integrate and standardize on an ECM
    infrastructure is vastly different than the part of the industry, typical
    focusing on smaller organizations, that simply is looking for a better
    solution to paper and/or network drives.
--  The renaissance of capture. As the market expands into mid-sized
    organizations, there are untapped opportunities in organizations still
    reliant on paper processes.
--  The rise in importance of Channel and Solution Providers. As core
    technologies become viewed more as infrastructure, the capabilities of
    those who actually deliver and implement solutions become critical. The
    AIIM 2007 Document Management Service Providers Forum (www.aiim.org/dmspef)
    had its highest attendance ever and countless new players are coming into
    the Solution Provider marketplace each day from the copier
    dealer/distributor Channel.
--  An accelerating need for quantifiable best practices in the user
    community. The 2008 AIIM International Exposition & Conference brings
    insight, advice and experienced end-user speakers on virtually every major
    issue and application area associated with information organization and
    access.
--  The blurring of technology lines. What does your business need --
    records management, content management, document management, business
    process management, and/or e-mail management? Most likely, all of the
    above. This year, for the first time, AIIM will offer its six certificate-
    based training programs in the AIIM Conference programs special pre-
    conference sessions. For additional information, visit:
    http://aiimexpo.com/aiimexpo2007/v42/index.cvn?id=10168
--  Increasing tensions between "control" and "access." These will be
    exacerbated by the heightened power of search tools and the entry of
    younger workers into the workforce. The pendulum has been on the "control"
    side for a while; it's now swinging toward access issues.
--  A need to connect in new ways. End users need to find each other and
    learn from each other more than ever.
    

For more information about the AIIM International Exposition & Conference, or to register, visit http://www.aiimexpo.com or call 888-824-3004.

Keynote sessions are free to all AIIM International Exposition & Conference attendees. For additional information, please visit www.aiimexpo.com.

For information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Leo Squatrito at 617.219.8378 or lsquatrito@questex.com.

AIIM International Exposition & Conference

The AIIM International Exposition & Conference is the world's largest and oldest educational conference and exposition. The place to go to gain control, meet compliance standards and access important information from structured and unstructured data, the AIIM International Exposition & Conference assists IT professionals turn content and information into a powerful business tool. The exposition and conference attracts business professionals and executive management seeking the latest technologies to capture, manage, share, and store documents and digital content to support business processes, comply with governmental regulations, drive down costs, and gain the competitive advantage.

About AIIM - the ECM Association

AIIM is the international industry association connecting users and suppliers of enterprise content management (ECM) technologies -- tools and methods used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content in support of business processes. For more than 60 years, AIIM has been a neutral and unbiased source for education and industry information, standards, advocacy, and community.

About Questex Media Group, Inc.

Questex Media Group, Inc. is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA. Questex serves multiple industries including technology, beauty, spa, travel, hospitality, leisure, home entertainment, industrial and service industries through a range of well-established, market-leading publications, events, interactive media, research, information and integrated marketing services. The company's media properties include over 100 print and digital media publications, 45 conferences, tradeshows and events, as well as a range of research, data and information products. The company's businesses are managed through operating companies including Questex Media Group, InfoTrends, Inc., Imaging Networks and McLean Events International, Ltd, a world-leading producer of appointment-based events. The company's combined operations include more than 400 employees in offices throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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