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June 2014, Volume 2, Number 3

Is the future of ECM software in the cloud?

Choosing cloud-based enterprise content management (ECM) over on-premises software has been almost a no-brainer for some organizations. Lawrence Gianneschi, a legal information and technology manager at a New-York-based consumer products company, didn't want to bear the albatross of managing his company's ECM system and hardware. Moving to hybrid cloud-based ECM meant the company could avoid up-front IT costs and management headaches associated with on-premises technologies. "I want to get out of the provisioning business," Gianneschi said. ECM in the cloud has become an increasingly attractive option for companies with distributed workforces that need anywhere, anytime access to information. But it has taken some time for the market to catch up with user needs. Indeed, over the past several years, the ECM market has seen users run in exile to file-sharing applications because of their easy access to information and forum for collaboration, despite security concerns. Others have defaulted to shared company drives out of ...

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