I recently came upon this white paper from Docuware – Plan Your Move to Cloud Office Automation. There’s a lot to like in this white paper. This particular section caught my eye – particularly re organizations that are still “philosophically” resistant to the cloud – “Why cloud matters to you. And your customers.”
Reason 1 -- The “weight” of on-premises. Despite the commoditization of storage, on-premise scale is difficult to achieve. And enterprise software, typically consumed by licenses, is expensive to buy, install and integrate.
Reason 2 – The “lightness” of cloud. Benefits of cloud solutions include:
employee “centricity” (anywhere, anytime, any device);
cost structure -- the entire model of expense is flipped: lighter subscriptions to services can be categorized as operational expenses rather than capital expenditures.
scalability and operational flexibility
security leverage by scale
Reason 3 – Benefits of scale available to even the smallest players. Cloud services now enable even the smallest competitor to deliver a game-changing experience via massively scalable storage and computational firepower to crunch the largest sets of data, to provide the analytics to understand it, and the security to lock it all down.
The cloud content management gap is closing; we are approaching a tipping point. In a recent AIIM survey, 78% of organizations say that “if they were considering a new, replacement or consolidated ECM system,” hybrid cloud capabilities would be important. 18% say these capabilities would be “vital” and an additional 32% say they would be “very important.”