Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped dozens of companies choose the right enterprise content management software to better manage content and improve workflows.

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eFileCabinet

eFileCabinet is a document management solution (DMS) that is suitable for companies of all sizes and in a wide range of industries such as accounting and financial services, manufacturing and healthcare. The solution can be hosted... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 49 recommendations

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Box

Box is a cloud content management platform for companies of all sizes and industries. It offers security and controls for admins as well as sharing and collaboration capabilities for end users across the globe. The Box platform allows... Read more

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NAVEX Global

NAVEX Global is a fully integrated compliance management system that allows businesses to consolidate their entire GRC program onto a scalable cloud-based platform. The suite of GRC software and training tools offers functionality... Read more

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M-Files

M-Files is a content management tool that helps users organize, manage and track documents and information. The solution is suitable for small and large businesses in multiple industries. On-premise, cloud-based and hybrid deployments... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 17 recommendations

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FileHold

FileHold Enterprise is a document management solution that helps large organizations to transition to a paperless work environment. FileHold can be installed on premise or on a secure private or public cloud. Features include multi... Read more

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Centralpoint

Centralpoint by Oxcyon is a content management solution that can be installed on-premise or accessed on the cloud from any mobile device with an internet connection.The modular applications can be deployed in a configuration that suits... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 13 recommendations

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ViewCenter ECM Suite

ViewCenter by ICM Document Solutions is an enterprise-level content and document management system designed for businesses looking to automate and streamline the storage of their critical records. The program is web-based, allowing... Read more

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Contentverse

Contentverse is a cloud-based content management system designed to work on desktop and mobile devices. It is suitable for large and midsize businesses in all industries and allows users to upload, store and edit documents, search... Read more

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Document Locator

Document Locator is enterprise document management software that is uniquely integrated into Microsoft Windows. The platform is integrated with Microsoft Office and other business applications, and works directly inside of Windows... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 9 recommendations

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Dokmee

Dokmee from OfficeGemini is a document management solution for businesses of all sizes. It can be installed on-premises as well as hosted on the cloud. Key features include document management, multi-user access, file and folder restrictions,... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 8 recommendations

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Workfront

Workfront (formerly AtTask) is a cloud-based project management solution that helps teams to prioritize, route, manage and report on their work. It is suitable for businesses of any size and industry including IT, architecture and... Read more

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IntelligenceBank

IntelligenceBank is a cloud-based Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution that helps businesses to streamline marketing processes. The solution gives users a way to control, centralize, create and distribute brand assets in the cloud,... Read more

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HotDocs

HotDocs is a document automation solution designed for businesses of any size or type. It enables users to convert frequently used documents and forms into ready-to-use templates to automate customer documentation. The solution offers... Read more

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Amplifi.io

Amplifi.io is a centralized digital asset management hub designed to help medium and large size companies manage and share images, documents, logos, messaging, specs, videos and other marketing collateral.  Amplifi.io offers controlled... Read more

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Brandfolder

Brandfolder is a cloud-based asset management solution that provides various processes to organize, store and retrieve media assets and manage digital rights and permissions. The solution can be customized for businesses in industries... Read more

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Wedia

Wedia is a cloud-based marketing resource management and content management solution designed for midsize and large businesses. It allow users to design, manage, distribute and score content across multiple teams and channels. Key... Read more

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Widen Collective

Widen Collective is a cloud-based digital asset management solution designed to support the content lifecycle from creation to distribution.  The product offers a centralized library to manage images, documents, audio and video files... Read more

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Libris

Libris by PhotoShelter is a cloud-based digital asset managemnt solution for businesses in many industries. Users can upload, organize and share digital assets such as photos, videos and more, with no limit on asset size. Users can... Read more

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Synergize

Synergize is a document management solution designed for large and midsize transportation businesses. It offers business process management, image capturing, workflow management tools and records management. The software is available... Read more

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Doc.It Suite

Since 2001, Doc.It Suite, a document management platform, has been available to accounting and tax professionals. Doc.It Suite offers the user a variety of applications including document management, document capture & image-processing,... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: June 1, 2019

Enterprise content management (ECM) systems could very well be the most complex, feature-rich type of business software. These systems have all the complexity of a Swiss watch and, when selected with care, can keep a company's workflows running with the same precision.

As the ways companies use content have changed and grown over time, ECM systems have also adapted and expanded. In fact, they've changed so much that the term itself is now a little outdated. (More on that in the Market Trends to Understand section.)

Despite all that change, the need for content management tools and platforms is stronger than ever before.

Hold on, you might be thinking, why are they making this so complicated? I just need something simple to manage my sales, marketing and service content. If that's the case, you're probably better suited for a simpler content management system or something purpose-built to manage company documents.

However, if you still have your sights set on the most feature-rich system for managing content, then read on! This guide will give you the perspective and understanding you need to move forward with an ECM system purchase. In it we cover:

What Are Enterprise Content Management Software Systems?
Common Features of Enterprise Content Management Software Systems
Market Trends to Understand

What Are Enterprise Content Management Software Systems?

Content includes nearly all of the written information companies use internally and externally. This can range from (internal) process documents, policies and projects to (external) marketing and sales-focused content, content for websites and content only available to paying customers. While content can refer to audio-visual and graphical content, it typically refers to text-based digital content.

ECM systems are designed to manage all of the processes within the content life cycle, from creation and collaboration, revision and review to publication and even promotion. ECM systems contain a variety of tools to assist with each of these stages and typically include centralized reporting and analytics functions to help monitor these processes individually or on the whole.

Example process workflow diagram in enterprise content management software system DocStar ECM

Example process workflow diagram in