Essentially, an integrator in the UK, The Content Group, is teaming up with BSI Group, an engineering standards company out of the UK, to create a group of ECM Standards. The Standards that they plan on creating are a collection of definitions and best practices. This seems like a marketing ploy to me.
- Are these standards, once developed, going to be freely available?
- Why not involve AIIM in the process?
- Will the standards be vendor neutral? (Probably not as important as they are just defining terms)
I do think that the outcome of this process could benefit the ECM community. I worry about the short list of participants and the motivations behind this effort. I also wish that they would describe the effort without using the word “Standard”.
In short, I’m not going to pay much attention for now and will wait to see what happens. I would not be surprised if the result was a pricey White Paper that told us things most ECM practitioners already knew.
Of course, maybe we’ll be lucky and I’ll be wrong.