Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is finding its way into conversations across growing organizations looking to empower business agility within their IT applications and processes. ECM, in the past has either been viewed somewhere between highly transactional document/image processing (ex: invoicing, medical claims) to a means to represent dynamic news, articles and information on websites. A new train of thought is to not just consider ECM as just a tool, but more as part of an enterprise’s strategic direction. ECM will allow the business better capabilities to react to an ever changing environment without IT interaction. Content authors can create/manage/govern their content within its own lifecycle. Applications can then consume that dynamic information and use it in any way needed. This last point sets up our topic of discussion. While ECM systems typically provide toolsets to manage and govern unstructured content, the true value comes from the ability to integrate with this system. These days, integration lends itself to SOA. Service-Oriented Architecture is a software practice where services are provided in some way, shape or form over a network-enabled protocol. Consumers can utilize these services to fulfill reusable functionality within their applications and processes. ECM plays well as part of an organization’s SOA strategy. At a high-level, applications across the enterprise can integrate with an ECM system to easily present dynamic enterprise content/information. Previously, applications would maintain “content” either statically within the application source code or dynamically within an application’s specific database. Changing content would require change requests and alignment with deployment timelines. This all changes when ECM is introduced within an organization’s SOA platform. ECM systems allow content to be reviewed and approved. Additionally, ECM provides audit trails and annotations, comments and notes as part of the content’s lifecycle. The same content can then be safely reused across the organization knowing it has been properly governed. As a business grows, the demand for audit trails and adherence to governing processes will also grow.