5 ways cloud content management can give you a competitive edge
by Mark Stewart
Five ways cloud content management is beneficial
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When employees who are located in various departments access and share content without a centralized document management system, data redundancies and disorganized files are the inevitable result. This can lead to information bottlenecks, increased data security risks and higher costs.
IT departments also feel the burden when managing content onsite — spending a significant amount of time fielding help desk calls and maintaining local servers. It's difficult to stay competitive when these types of inefficiencies interrupt workflows and tie up funds that could otherwise be used for more strategic business initiatives.
Here are five ways you can overcome these challenges and get a competitive edge by moving your content management system to the cloud.
2. Enhance collaboration with more convenient data access
Without the ability to upload and view documents from smartphones, laptops and tablets, information processes can slow down when employees are in transit or working in remote areas. By empowering your employees to share ideas and get work done from anywhere at any time with convenient cloud access, you can minimize lost productivity that results from information lags, and see a big increase in innovation and productivity. With a cloud content management solution, all services are readily available for you to use via a web browser. Consider the simplicity and efficiency of the following scenario:
An employee at your corporate office creates a Word document and then checks it into your cloud content repository.
A remote employee logs into the content platform online via an easy-to-use URL, reviews the document, and makes changes or provides feedback without altering the original document.
The corporate employee is automatically notified that it's available, and other employees across the globe can also review and edit the information.
When you have paper documents located in file cabinets throughout your organization, sharing this information with employees in other offices can be difficult and time-consuming. A good cloud content management solution will enable your team to digitize documents by scanning them directly into your content management account from multifunction printers (MFPs) or other devices. Then employees can access, share and collaborate on these documents by logging into the system — just as they can with any other digital document located in your content management platform.
4. Seamlessly integrate information processes with business applications
Since one of the main points of a cloud content management system is to centralize data and documents to avoid issues that come with siloed information processes, you'll want your IT department to weigh in on your solution's integration capabilities.
In the past, workflow and document management software could only be integrated with existing applications when deployed on-site. With cloud technology, that's no longer the case. Now you can connect multiple applications that are located in separate environments.
Centralize content and automate data processesHow cloud content management helps you gain competitive edge
5. Enable business growth with low maintenance and scalable content management
Managing content on-site keeps your IT staff busy with time-consuming tasks that are counterproductive to pursuing innovative business strategies, such as:
Taking help-desk calls related to data storage issues
Maintaining data servers and hardware
Dealing with system disruptions during software updates
Finding a solution that lets you render in-house document management virtually non-existent by eliminating most or all of your on-premise data servers would be a huge win for IT. Since IT is critical to driving strategic business initiatives and innovations that can lead to business growth, finding a cloud solution that can help you reach this goal should be a top priority.
Make sure that finding a solution with no upfront costs and low monthly payments is just the beginning of your potential savings. You'll also want to consider how future business growth will affect your service costs. If your cloud content management solution allows you to add new users and storage with a simple increase in subscription fees based on a per-user basis — without delays — you'll be in good shape.
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