AIIM, an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) standards and research organization announces a plan to develop a service oriented architecture (SOA) framework for Interoperable Enterprise Content Management (iECM). The project, currently referred to as iECM, intends to address the growing need for a common integration layer between different Enterprise Content Management systems and multiple business applications.As organizations increasingly integrate content into business processes there is a need for a common set of standards for accessing, exchanging, managing and integrating structured and unstructured content. "The document is the fundamental unit of government information. As government becomes increasingly collaborative, documents control the flow of information between different organizations, agencies, departments, and levels," said Christopher Baum, Research Director and Vice President, Public Sector, Gartner, Inc. "Consequently, it is critical that content be accurately and efficiently maintained and updated, so that decisions are made with real-time information; particularly decisions effecting public safety and homeland security. In an environment with a myriad of content management systems and styles, this crucial step becomes practically impossible. This standard would be the basis for a solution." The concept includes a suite of web services that provide a common set of interfaces by which ECM solutions and Enterprise Applications can interoperate and manage content and content rich processes within a secure environment. These services will provide a standardized approach for content centric processes that span organizations utilizing a services oriented architecture (SOA). "The iECM standards activity that is based on web services and XML is critical to addressing one of the biggest information technology challenges organizations face by integrating diverse applications and the information that they process to enable," said Frank Gilbane, President, Bluebill Advisors and The Gilbane Report. The committee will take into consideration efforts defined by OASIS, the JAVA Community and others as it drafts an international standard. This committee formed by AIIM will identify issues to be addressed, as well as proposed solutions, and will develop a draft document that will then be presented to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for development and approval as an International Standard. Interested folks are encouraged to participate in effort and may do so by contacting Betsy Fanning (bfanning_at_aiim_dot_org). Additionally, an organizational meeting is scheduled for May 18, 2005, at AIIM OnDemand 2005 in Philadelphia. Find out more by contacting Renee Georges (rgeorges_at_aiim_dot_org).