Since its initial definition, ECM has seen itself in the role of completely consolidating weakly structured, unstructured, and structured information. In reference to ECM, it is also possible to talk about a “self-fulfilling prophecy” with the appearance of EIM. By achieving its goals, ECM smoothes the way to EIM. One obstacle to the consistent use of the term EIM is that information management is broadly defined and actually includes everything that has to do with the processing of information.
Enterprise information management (EIM) represents a further development of enterprise content management.