Special Report: The Rise of Cloud Content Management
Aragon Research has a new Special Report that dissects the rapid rise of content in the cloud. Cloud content management has already grown up and moved beyond file sharing. Its expanding role and exploding use is catching enterprises off guard and it is often leaving critical content exposed In ways that can be avoided.
This special report has four different research notes that can help you get ahead of this emerging shift.
Cloud Content Management in a Tablet Era
In “Cloud Content Management in a Tablet Era” we identify the four levels of CCM. The ability to engage with content with the simple form factor and user experience has driven new use cases and expanded to new users. In many situations, the starting point is enabling easy, secure access to key documents from the PC or tablet at work, home or elsewhere.
Enterprises are now in the game as the providers aim for expanded presence and broader acceptance, and as usage grows across organizations. Tablets are mainstream enterprise tools, will drive even faster growth in collaborative content, and need attention with a plan. Users trust that these tools are enterprise ready and secure. The truth is that many are not. Read about your options here.
What Led to the Rise of Cloud Content Management?
In many respects, the capabilities of the new cloud content services are not that different from what has come before. They offer the ability to store and share files, enable collaboration, and provide management services like security and encryption. In the Research Note titled “What Led to the Rise of Cloud Content Management”, we explore how CCM came to be. Mainstream ECM and SharePoint have solved many of these problems, but are often not available to the masses. IT is needed to get things put in place and design systems, taking time, adding to costs and limiting flexibility.
New cloud-based approaches are easy to acquire, cost little to start small, and solve the thorny problems of individual users. Gaining control of this consumer-led movement is a priority. Understanding the multiple levels of capability offered and identifying essential requirements, versus fancy extra features, are enterprise priority. You can access this research note here.
Google and Microsoft: The Battle For Office In The Cloud
Cloud-based approaches are taking root, and implementation is gaining traction. Existing models, like ECM and traditional email and desktop office suites, are under pressure from the new cloud models. For a growing number of enterprises, office communication and productivity suites are ripe for moving to the cloud. In “Google and Microsoft: The Battle for Office in the Cloud,” we compare and contrast their offerings and their approaches, which are significantly different.
In many cases Google Apps has cost advantages, while there are use cases in which it cannot contend with capabilities Microsoft can offer with Office 365. Sorting through the comparisons takes attention to detail, and focus on the different user profiles that may enable flexibility and cost savings. You can access this research note here.
The Changing Role of the Document:
The Paper Era is coming to an End
The era of the paper document is coming to an end, replaced by digital counterparts. In “The Changing Role of the Document: The Paper Era is coming to an End” we explore how digital documents are taking over the transaction role once held by paper documents, and how this digital nature is creating a new rich media model. Growing use of digital documents brings new users into the digital world, and adds to the demand for simple means to store and share files. This is going to have widespread impact on your business.
Mobile is becoming the new transaction model, supplanting the focus on paper. You need to assess the effect on your business, and determine the pace at which process will change, video will become mainstream for you, and tablets should take over document-heavy applications. Find out how this will affect you here.
Cloud Content Management isn’t going away and to succeed with it, you need experts to guide you. To learn more about becoming an Aragon Research client, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (888) 650-2586.