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Divide and Conquer Content Management With Hybrid Cloud ECM

Published: 08 April 2016

ID: G00280430

Analyst(s): Darin Stewart


Moving document and records management into the cloud is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Content and capability can be split between the enterprise data center and a hosted environment to create a hybrid solution while still providing a cost-effective and secure ECM environment.

Table Of Contents


  • Bimodal Content Management
    • The System of Record
    • The System of Engagement
    • Hybrid ECM
  • What Goes Where?
    • Cloud Content Characteristics
    • On-Premises Content Characteristics
    • Sorting It All Out
  • Hybrid Architecture Options
    • On-Premises ECM — Cloud Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing
    • On-Premises ECM — Cloud Archiving
    • On-Premises Thick ECM — Cloud-Based Thin ECM
    • Hybrid Content Network
    • The Hybrid ECM Roadmap
  • Bridging Components
    • Identity and Access Management
    • Connectors and APIs
    • Shepherding Metadata
    • Hybrid and Federated Search
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Focus on Identity and Access Management First
    • Define a Basic Metadata Framework
    • Keep the System of Record On-Premises
    • Don't Migrate Legacy Content
    • Establish or Revitalize ECM Governance

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