Cloud computing may be the only solution to making ECM projects realise benefits within months of implementing. Cloud computing represents the future of business empowerment - and isn't that what technology is supposed to do in the first place
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Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is a set of strategies, methods and tools to capture, manage, store, preserve and deliver content and documents to enable an organization’s business processes. It involves managing a document or file electronically through its life cycle – “from cradle to grave”. ECM deals with the flow of content, systems and processes key content. ECM creates value by connecting people, processes and content.
For a long while ECM vendors have had a stronghold on the market and larger enterprises have not had the inclination to move toward a completely hosted solution. ECM solution have traditionally taken between 6 to 18 months to implement, and in most cases the business drivers have changed by the end of that period. I always felt that had to be a better solution to this delime that large enterprise organisations faced.
Cloud computing may be the only solution to this problem of an unachievable benefits realisation programme. For the first time in years, employers get an idea of how technology can tame the Goliath of information. And, finally creates opportunities for IT managers to focus on real value added of their own (internal) customers while delivering via a cost effective route.
Cloud computing represents the future of business empowerment – and isn’t that what technology is supposed to do in the first place? Leave the IT stuff to the companies with core competencies in those areas, and the economies of scale to manage it effectively. More functionality in more hands on more devices all at less cost. Cloud computing sets the business free to focus on its absolute core mission – serving its customers better than anyone else.