Document Composition and ECM
Document Composition, as the name suggests is dynamic assembly of documents based on business rules and templates. Examples include creating insurance policies, credit card communications, customized investment advice, bill presentment and so on.
Many of our clients, especially in the BFSI space have been asking for document compositions solutions. Most ECM solutions do not have document composition features in place yet. Some of them do try and force fit their solutions but most of them work with niche products in this space. Interwoven for example, works with Whitehill Technologies and Perfectus Solutions. Other leading vendors in this space that I know of are:
Among the bigger vendors, Adobe leads the show.
I think document composition should be part Content Management systems. However, the integration with ECM products is still not very common. Based on the trends that I have seen, I think this is a feature that more and more clients would want to implement. Hence, the ECM vendors will certainly need to offer this feature to differentiate from others. They will either need to build this capability or buy niche products and integrate them.
In another post, I’ll write about how document composition differs from what most ECM systems already do – separate presentation from format and create templated output?