5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your ECM System

As we start a new year, now is the perfect time to take a look at your enterprise content management (ECM) system and see if you are using it to its utmost potential. Here are five ways Ascentas can help you reach those ECM resolutions in the New Year.

Upgrade your current ECM system

The start of a new year is a great time to evaluate your current ECM system and see if it still meets your business needs. For example, does your system allow you to find documents as quickly as you’d like it to, notify you of records that are up for destruction or make sharing documents with co-workers and people outside of your organisation simple? Here are some resources to help you decide whether to migrate to a new ECM system or upgrade your current one:

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Declutter your repository

That repository that you’ve been stuffing with content all year may have become cluttered and disorganised. Now is the best time to clean it up. Not sure where to start? Check out these resources to help you decide which aspects of your repository need reorganising, and how to do it:

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Make sure your content is secure

Be sure to evaluate your ECM security policy. Take control of information across the enterprise by restricting access to folders, documents, fields, annotations and other granular document properties.  Don’t forget about your social media posts—approving content before it is published can help you avoid potential PR mishaps. Here is some information to help ensure that all of your content is secure using metadata:

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Import all of your documents into the repository

Organising the content that is currently in your repository is just one aspect of a new year’s clean up. It is also time to get the records you’ve been storing on paper or on network drives into your ECM system. Here are some resources to help you scan paper documents and migrate content into the repository from a shared network drive:

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Optimise your current processes

As the new year approaches, you’ll want to think about how to optimise your current business processes. From improving document searchability with metadata to reengineering your existing business processes and shortening lengthy electronic forms, these three resources will help you achieve this resolution:

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