(ERM, Enterprise Report Management) The capture, archiving and publishing, in digital form, of (typically mainframe
generated) documents such as accounting and financial reports. ERM often replaces systems based on paper or microfilm
ERM usually captures data from print streams
and stores it on hard drives
, storage area networks
or optical disk
drives. The data is indexed and can be retreived at the desktop with a web browser
or a fat client
. ERM systems are part of enterprise content management
or electronic document management
An example application is PearlDoc QuickFile Information Management System (http://pearldoc.com/) (IMS).
An early replacement for greenbar
printed reports was Computer Output on Microfilm (COM, not to be confused with Microsoft
's Component Object Model
). This was superseded by Computer Output to Laser Disk (or Disc - COLD) which used optical media.
In 1999 the AIIM
renamed COLD to ERM/COLD to reflect the variety of media in use. This was promoted, in 2002, by Mason Grigsby - widely reputed as "The Father of COLD" for his seminal work with INSCI
in the late 1980s. Judging from their web site, AIIM don't seem too sure whether ERM is "Electronic", "Enterprise" or both.