Content Management and Change Management are connected. Change Management is needed for successful Content Management. These two subject matters support each other.
Companies can benefit from the positive relationship between these two subject matters and suitable processes about them, starting with content management.
Improved visibility and management of documents is particularly beneficial for change management. Employees across an organization can use the same, current documents with up-to-date facts and figures, and with an automated document management system, they can do it quickly, boosting the organization’s agility in times of change.
When Content Management Takes the Lead
With a reliable and efficient content management system, individual departments and change management teams can better:
* Integrate siloed information and standardize operating procedures across the organization, thereby allowing everyone to pull from a single source of truth.
* Communicate any changes quickly throughout the entire organization.
* Increase product and process quality by ensuring employees have the right document at the right time.
By-products of these activities include improved decision-making and reduced possibility of errors, miscommunication, and regulatory actions through enforced compliance. In short, Content Management helps keep Change Management in control.
When Change Management Takes the Lead
How does change management helps to keep the content management processes in check? Whether change is driven by FDA, EMEA, or ISO regulations, or by competitive business forces, it is undeniably critical to operations. It doesn’t matter whether the change being addressed in an internal change, or a process change that must be efficiently and accurately documented to ensure adherence going forward. It must be kept in control, and to do so, it commands that other inter-related processes, including content management, be reliable at all times.
To effectively manage change, an organization must be agile. Bottlenecks to operational agility might include an inability to locate data, or outdated SOPs that expose the company to noncompliance or financial, operational, or legal risk. These bottlenecks might rest within the content management processes, rendering them unreliable. Change Management would help to resolve these problems.
An effective change management system will take charge and guide content management by starting document updates during the implementation of an approved change. This action:
* Provides a comprehensive workflow for documenting change from the initial change request through to the approvals and implementation.
* Reduces the risk of losing documents, or storing incomplete or unapproved documents.
* Increases the available transparency of what is being documented.
Content Management and Change Management are Better Together
On their own, these subject matters are strong but together they are extremely agile, and they drive continuous improvement and overall organizational quality. They are also high-achievers in the higher-level view from Quality Management point of view. Working in tandem, Content Management and Change Management benefit Quality operations through:
* Accessibility: Organized, current, and visible documentation provides an easily accessible audit trail to keep the organization on track and to satisfy regulatory requirements at a moment’s notice.
* Collaboration: When electronic change requests integrate with electronic document management, they expedite the document update process and enhance project collaboration among impacted departments and functions.
* Security: Concise storage and accessibility of current documents, particularly SOPs, ensures that the right individuals are receiving the right documents at the right time. When change is in the focus, incomplete documents or those not applicable to certain departments cannot be accessed through a “back door.”
Organizations Should Consider Adoption
Organizations would do well to adopt both quality management processes, whether on their own or as part of an automated enterprise-wide Quality Management System (QMS).
An effective automated system will integrate document and change control procedures. It also will integrate with other solutions, providing access to approved, controlled documents in other areas of the quality system, including audits, CAPAs and employee training. In these cases, an automated system’s search and retrieval capabilities, dashboards, and repositories expedite the processes.
Industry standards and regulatory guidelines recommend quality management processes which are integrated across the entire organization.