Even Conservative Companies Agree, the Cloud is Ready for Enterprise Content Management
June 8, 2017
Recently I had the opportunity to present to a room full of IT directors and executives at, what most would consider, a relatively conservative company in an industry noted for being particularly conservative. The subject involved on-premise and cloud options for a certain application workload. Much to my surprise, the reaction from several of the participants was “why would we even consider on-premise?”
To me, that means that the idea of using the cloud over computers in a corporate data center is very much in the mainstream now. Even the conservative among us now believes there are efficiencies to be gained by allowing dedicated professionals to operate at least some of the enterprise workload.
That's where Enterprise Content Management (ECM) cloud content services and solutions come into play.
Enterprise content management (ECM) is a workload with a long tradition of on-premise deployments. Other application workloads—notably CRM—established a home in the cloud long ago. But content stored in the ECM repository always seemed to have a higher enterprise value and status than the text data encased within an application like CRM.
Whether the value of the data differs is certainly a point for discussion. However, protections for all forms of data in most cloud deployments are at least as good, and in some cases, better, than any on-premise option—including for ECM workloads.
Consider the options available from Box.
In spite of its start as a simple enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) offering, Box has done more than any of its competitors to equip its base file management capability with ECM features and functionality. Box’s CEO Aaron Levie is quick to publicly tout this fact.
The sheer simplicity of integrating content into an application without the need to independently acquire hardware, or provision all sorts of software components, dramatically shortens the time to value for any digital transformation effort. Yes, enterprise content is a valued asset, but proper protection in the cloud is available. The tremendous development productivity gains, and likely cost savings, far outweigh even the comfort having all those documents in the basement might bring.
While some organizations may always insist on on-premise solutions, even conservative companies agree, the cloud is ready for ECM.
Submitted by Randy Dufault
Director of Solution Development