ECM systems have evolved from, and share much in common, with a number of related systems.
- Records Management Systems (RMS). Such systems grew from practices associated with the management of physical records management systems – namely the capture of physical records, and the tracking of such records throughout their records management life cycle.
- Image Management systems. Such systems grew from the scanning and capture of scanned images. Typically, such systems also permit the tracking of such images through verification checking and action tracking to responsible action officers.
- Document Management systems (DMS). Such systems capture unstructured content, and manage it using metadata, security controls, and document version controls.
- Workflow systems. Such systems streamline and track the completion of key business processes.
- Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS). Such systems unite the capabilities of Records Management and Document Management systems.
- Collaboration Systems. Such systems promote the active collaboration between individuals in content authoring processes.