Computer Output to Laser Disc (COLD), now also deemed enterprise report management (ERM), are systems used to process, capture, archive, store, and retrieve large volumes data such as ERP reports, purchase orders, accounting reports, loan records, inventories, shipping and receiving documents, and customer bills. These capture systems are typically implemented to replace paper creation and outdated microfiche solutions. The term COLD has been superseded by the Enterprise Content Management Industry (AIIM), ANSI, and ISO with the term “Enterprise Report Management.”
ERM (previously referred to as COLD) systems usually work by capturing data from print streams and storing it on hard drives, storage area networks, or optical media. Modern implementation allow print spooling to PDF, with archival into a Document Management System. The data is then retrieved via web browsers or fat clients. ERM systems are part of enterprise content management.