It's a new year and we bring you a new weekly column with a roll-up of what’s happening in the global document management software space. This series will focus on major news events, research and trends, it will complement another new column which will focus on document management and enterprise 2.0 news exclusively for SMBs (stay tuned).

Despite a slow start to the year this week has brought some interesting research from Gartner and AIIM, a stack of fancy awards for Autonomy and some intriguing new partnerships.

A Return To Centralized Capture?

A new report from AIIM (news, site) indicates that over the course of 2010 there will be a move back to centralized document capture and scanning operations. The report entitled Document Scanning and Capture: Local, Central, Outsource - What's Working Best?, says that 2010 and beyond will also see much greater investment in capture and recognition software.

The report says that the push comes as a result of the need for better indexing and easier archiving, which have been seen to suffer when these process are outsourced, however more cost efficient outsourcing might be. Bottom line, it seems, is that companies are prepared to pay when it comes to automated data capture and indexing.

Business Information Management Predictions

New Gartner (news, site) research has identified four IT roles that are gaining importance, but which will become increasingly difficult to fill. Unsurprisingly, one of those roles will be for business information managers who will in the future be expected to combine business management and IT skills.

There will be an increasing trend to combine these in a single role, carried out by a single person, rather than a “business and IT partnership” with two people, two hierarchies and two sets of reporting relationships.

Gartner cites one unidentified company that is already taking this approach and which achieved a cost reduction for the business management costs of 10 per cent in the first year. Gartner expects 20 per cent of companies to employ business information managers by 2013, compared with 5 per cent in 2009.

If you’re interested in this area, Gartner is holding a Business Process Management summit between February 1st and 2nd in London, UK.

Autonomy's Accolades

Autonomy (news, site) is back in the news, this time because of its performance at the Law Technology News magazine awards. Normally, awards come and awards go and you take them all with a pinch of salt, but it would be a tad surly not to acknowledge the achievement to Autonomy who picked up six different category awards for its information management platform.

The six awards given out in the categories of EDD Services Analysis, Identification, Preservation, Records Management, Knowledge Management and Document Management.

Ricoh and Ademero Partner

Document management vendor Ademero (news, site) has just announced that it will be heading north. A new agreement with Ricoh Canada (news, site) will see the office automation equipment and electronics provider distribute Ademero’s flagship document management software Content Central.

As a refresher, Ademero released Content Central v5.0 last year. The update focused on improving business processes rather than adding many new features. As a browser-based document management system, it was created to capture, retrieve and manage information originating in hard-copy or digital form, and is a good fit in with Ricoh’s business information sharing software, and hardware.

This new agreement takes the Florida-based vendor to Canada where Content Central will be distributed across Ricoh’s sales channels, including its IKON locations.