Information management is one of the most wanted endeavors of this decade. It is not the information in itself that is important, but the processes that enrich them.
Software applications able to support information management have been developed since ever. Down from the dawn of computing era until today and beyond, information management reached several stages of fulfillment.
Local information management
It is late 80s. The personal computer, due to IBM generous strategy has finally found its ally in Microsoft and Linux. Coming on the market with many variants of Linux, DOS and then later with Windows operating systems, the big software houses opened the world for standalone SOHO applications.
SOHO applications were just ready to capture information, update it and report it. Consider software applications able to manage the information on one computer only: text editors, spreadsheet editors, local engine database management systems.
Local networking information sharing
Year 1995 is the turning point on information management. After Windows 3.1x, Microsoft launches Windows 95, with networking and internet access. The need for information management grows exponentially, since enterprises are now able to share information across local networks.
Client server applications are built on solid database management systems. EDI comes around, but still long way to go before it’s widely used. People are able to manage information completely around their enterprises. ERP systems are built and slowly the information becomes process. People are interested not only on how the information is created, but more actively they are looking to whom created the information, why, and what needs to happen with the information.Read more...