Even with Thanksgiving, there are still some interesting developments in document management. IDC is predicting a massive growth in sophisticated peripherals, iOS 5 has new, added document syncing, Perceptive releases ModusOne, DataMotion’s SecureMail technology goes mobile and IIS partners with OPEX.

Document Software Sales to Jump

According to IDC, worldwide document solutions software revenues will grow from US$ 3.4 billion in 2010 to US $ 5.5 billion in 2015 as the global market shifts from for hard-copy peripherals to more comprehensive document solutions that increase efficiencies.

The findings are contained in the newly published Worldwide and U.S. Document Solutions 2011-2015 Forecast, which identifies a number of trends for which we have seen considerable anecdotal, but no concrete research.

The fact that it’s IDC making the prediction gives the research added clout. It also says that the mobile device explosion is also positively affecting document solutions.

The growing adoption of mobile devices within businesses offers new output opportunities, while creating a need for new content management solutions to secure business-critical information. Worldwide, mobile printing solution software will grow from US$ 68.3 million in 2010 to $1.0 billion in 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 71.2%.

Other interesting findings include:

  • Authentication, authorization, and security software revenues will experience double-digit growth rates through the forecast period.
  • The worldwide paper/digital document management solutions segment continues to be the largest in dollars.
  • Networked hardcopy peripherals (hardwire or wireless) and mobile devices are putting additional strain on IT for secure monitoring and management.

The IDC study examines the market for document solutions software that leverage MFPs, document imaging scanners and printers. It also analyzes the worldwide and U.S. document solutions markets with specific emphasis on paper-to-digital document management, device management and output management. If you’re interested in more, you can buy the full report.

iOS 5 Document Syncing

While the most publicized improvement in Apple’s iOS update, iOS 5.0.1, focused to a large extent on improvements to a major battery issue with iPhone 4, there were also a number of tweaks that fixed issues around document handling.

One of those fixes was around the document syncing issues with Apple's iCloud. As a result, users will have fewer problems pulling up documents globally and consequently, there will be fewer issues updating the document.

According to reports, the iCloud bug was hitting everyone from iPad 1 users to those who just acquired an iPhone 4S.

Though Apple products are favored by many, while this bug issue is worked out, businesses may have to hand out flash drives to employees to more easily transport information. Reports also suggest that while the document issue has been resolved with this new upgrade, there are still issues around battery life.

DataMotion Secures Mobile Email

Meanwhile, email encryption provider DataMotion has announced that its SecureMail technology has been optimized for mobile users. SecureMail ensures that all critical business communications are sent securely and are compliant with privacy regulations.

SecureMail's new mobile support also improves the users' experience for recipients when they gain access to secure messages from their smartphones and tablets. Mobile users can create, read and reply to SecureMail encrypted email messages just as they would on a desktop or laptop, through an experience optimized for their device.

SecureMail integrates natively with major mobile devices including the iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry.

As a mobile skin, SecureMail does not require additional applications to install and learn, or additional training. It supports file attachments of up to 100MB per message with encryption.

Perceptive Releases ModusOne

Earlier this week, enterprise CMS vendor Perceptive Software, creator of enterprise CMS and business process management solutions, announced the general availability of its ModusOne document output management (DOM) product.

With the ModusOne document creation and output solution, businesses can create customized, automated correspondence with or without Perceptive Software's ImageNow product suite.

ModusOne supports simultaneous access from multiple data sources (including ImageNow) and the ability to pre-populate document templates for dynamically individualized correspondence to clients and customers.

IIS, OPEX Partner

Finally, Image Integration Systems (IIS), which offers the DocuSphere solution for accounts payable automation, announced that it has entered into a cooperative partner agreement with OPEX, a mailroom automation and document imaging vendor.

IIS provides solutions for business process management (BPM) including workflow, document management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration, specializing in accounts payable automation for Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards and SAP solutions.

Both companies offer products that reduce manual steps, improve business efficiency and lower transactional costs. Together, OPEX and IIS offer a combined solution that goes from incoming envelope to electronic routing to a ready to pay transaction -- offering visibility to invoice documents when they enter the organization and allowing for improved process efficiencies and a lower average cost per invoice.