I need to point out that all the controls in the world won't do much good for your content if it isn't clear who owns what and which rights you have to use the content in your enterprise. That's where ERM (Enterprise Rights Management) comes into play.
Thanks to the Doc's buddies at The Gilbane Group, you can now have free access to a terrific white paper on the subject by content gurus Bill Rosenblatt, David Guenette, and Bill Trippe. Here's what Gilbane has to say about the paper:
Gilbane Group's new report presents the most comprehensive publicly available research on the ERM market ever undertaken. ERM: Business Imperatives and Implementation Readiness is backed by qualitative and quantitative research on general awareness of ERM, the current state of ERM deployments or plans to deploy (or decisions to avoid the technology), and target applications. According to study data:
- Protecting confidential information from leaking outside the organization is the primary motivation driving ERM adoption.
- ERM is becoming important for supporting information usage regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (accounting) and HIPAA (healthcare).
- Apart from regulatory compliance, client/customer communications and financial processes are other types of business processes involving confidential information that are the most prevalent for ERM implementations.
- 55% of ERM implementations are integrated with content management solutions (including knowledge management and groupware/collaboration)
Gilbane Group's study methodology included a survey of over 200 senior IT, security, and content management professionals across a range of vertical industries, conducted in cooperation with the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The research also draws on in-depth case studies on ERM deployments at six multinational companies; the case studies are included in the report. The 67 page report is available at no charge, though you will have to register for the site, which the Doc highly recommends.
Simply go here for this and other highly helpful free reports.