Over the past decade, organizations of all types and sizes have experienced significant growth in the volume of business information they generate and maintain. That information and the technology architectures that house it have also become increasingly complex. The Butler Group, a division of Data monitor, estimates that approximately 80 percent of vital business information is currently stored in unmanaged repositories, making its efficient and effective use a nearly impossible feat. Enterprise information management (EIM) is a strategic business discipline that combines many of the key principles of enterprise integration, business intelligence (BI), and content management to streamline and formalize the activities associated with data storage, access, and handling. Comprehensive EIM initiatives blend processes and technologies to significantly improve the way information is managed and leveraged across a company. With EIM, organizations can boost the value of their corporate information, tapping into it to increase operational productivity, reduce overhead costs, and gain a substantial competitive advantage.