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The first thing your boss needs to understand is that all of these features (and more) are available out of the box from a number of EDM vendors.  Vaporware (aka internally developed) generally costs more and has a longer time to availability.

Why is he intending to develop something?  Are the developers bored?  Does he think it will be cheaper?


Bernard Chester, CDIA+, ICP, EDP
Principal Consultant
IMERGE Consulting, Pacific Northwest Office
7683 SE 27 Street, #316
Mercer Island, WA, 98040
Office: 206-230-9253; Mobile: 206-979-7389



-----Original Message-----
From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Barrett Walker
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 8:22 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Internal Solutions to Document Management

Good Morning All-

     I am on the eve of a recently scheduled meeting with my boss and an IT 
representative who is responsible for building a customized application to 
manage documents in a compliance department.  This application (currently 
vaporware) is being requested to solve some document management pain 
points.

(These are verbatim from my boss's mouth)
1.  Revision Control
2.  Workflow
3.  Security Control
4.  Filing System

Are there any personal experiences or "watch out for" scenarios that can be 
shared with me on or offline so that I can have some professional foresight 
into what I may experience in this meeting.

In my experience, vaporware, has not had a great track record of meeting 
short term, but also long-term needs for document management.

Naturally, no names or company names will be shared at all.

Thank you,

Barrett L. Walker

Disclaimer:  The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know anything.  And, 
this is submitted on my behalf and not that of any company, person, genus, or 
species.

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