When the updated version of Europe's records management software standards are ready for adoption in 2008, Open Text says it will be poised to deliver compliant solutions and assist customers with preparation.Affectionately known as MoReq2, the latest iteration of the original set of records management standards has been in the oven since it was introduced at the DLM-Forum in 2005.
The initial set of standards, unsurprisingly named MoReq, have been in place since 2000 and have struggled to remain relevant as information technology and the sophistication of records management has evolved in recent years.
The ultimate goal of MoReq2 is to unify records management software practices and standards across Europe. Achieving said goal will be no small feat, but once the standard is adopted it will provide a single approach for organizations to manage important information even as the overall amount of data increases.
By participating in industry forums - including the most recent DLM-Forum in Lisbon, Portugal - and leveraging implementation experience with records management engagements in Europe, Open Text is actively positioning itself to both shape the new standards and capitalize on the adoption.
Peter Lipps, Vice President & General Manager, Enterprise Records Management Business at Open Text, had this to say:
"Be it private or public sector, records are frequently created in one format, archived in another and documented in a third. Information is maintained in multiple systems and those systems and record formats are always evolving. MoReq2 will give us the standardized approach we need to apply records management to content, no matter the format or where it's stored..."
Despite the intricacies of updating a widely used standard across multiple languages and locales, our hat is off to the members of the European Commission for accepting the challenge.
U.S.-based organizations could learn a thing or two from the EU, and maybe someday "standard" would cease to be such a dirty word in the States.