Fierce Content Management - Moving beyond ECM
Early records management
In the beginning there were papers. Papers were organized in files and files were organized in file cabinets. Over time, the files became old and were put in boxes and labeled and placed on a shelf in a storage facility. To keep track of those boxes, somebody recorded the contents in a ledger and placed the ledger on a shelf.
The records probably remained in the storage facility until they rotted, or if the company was really on the ball, periodically they would weed through those records and destroy what they no longer were required by law to keep.