The number of UK organisations now deploying and implementing content management systems has nearly doubled since 2005 according to the annual survey results from the Enterprise Content Management association, AIIM Europe.
The survey reveals that 29 per cent of UK organisations are now using enterprise-wide document and records management systems, compared to 15 per cent in 2005.
A further 19 per cent have begun integrating document and records management projects across departments, up from 13 per cent last time.
The international survey also shows that UK adoption rates are now remarkably similar to those in the US.
AIIM also found a strong correlation between a company's ability to handle electronic information well and perception of that company’s level of business success.
The 16 per cent of respondents who rate their organisation 'very good' or 'excellent' in managing, controlling and using electronic information are twice as likely to consider their organisation more effective than the industry average in terms of overall profitability and effectiveness.
It seems the benefits of electronic information handling are clearly understood. AIIM found that 46 per cent of organisations plan to spend 'more' or 'much more' on document and records management technologies in 2007 compared to 2006, with only 13 per cent planning to spend less.
However, when asked to identify the most challenging aspect of document and records management in their organisation, 28 per cent cited justifying the investment and gaining board commitment, while 27 per cent considered managing the change to a new system to be the tougher aspect.
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