Published: 06 June 2001
Analyst(s): Amy Hedrick
The Enterprise Commerce Management (ECM) blueprint helps organizations create an architecture to support the next generation of collaborative systems. So why should your company evaluate the ECM framework? Here are five reasons:Bring new ventures to market faster. The ECM framework provides your company the foundation to be more nimble than competitors. New ventures become a matter of reassembling familiar components with familiar tools.Make Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) easier. M&A is commonplace among the global 2000, but integrating the resulting multiple and disparate systems is anything but commonplace. An ECM framework can shorten integration by identifying key functionality and how existing systems cooperate.Avoid costly technology mistakes. Without an ECM framework, it's common to invest in costly software, especially for urgent mission-critical projects, only to find that another unit in your company already solved a similar problem with other technology, or the new technology's fit isn't right with other components in the architecture.Minimize technology duplication. You'll pay more for six different tools (doing roughly the same thing) than for six instances of the same tool. Using an ECM framework to solve a problem once for your company makes better economic sense than solving that same problem repeatedly across different operating units.Ensure complete architecture. Building technology is tough without an ECM blueprint for reference. Inevitably, something will be forgotten and trivial things overlooked often turn out to be crucial. A comprehensive framework is the only way to guarantee all the right pieces will be in place.--Amy Hedrick
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