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7 Pain Points For Doc Management

Even after all the years of document and enterprise content management, enterprises are still buckling under the stress of trying to manage even their basic structured data. We saw yesterday, for example, in new research from Docurated, that 68 percent of organizations have five or more repositories.

We also saw that despite the rise of cloud computing and storage, the majority of content is being kept on premises and that workers spend up to nine hours per week just finding documents.

Why Your Doc Management Strategy Isn't Working

There’s no getting away from document management chaos. Even with the development of file sharing technology, cloud computing and agile document management, workers are still drowning in sea of untraceable and hard to track documents.

In fact, according to recent research from document management vendor Docurated, the average sales or marketing professional is spending up to nine hours every week just looking for documents as they wrestle with legacy and contemporary file system architectures that haven’t been overhauled in years.

Enterprises Still Crippled By Document Management Chaos

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Even with the vacations, there is still some notable news in the document management space — and not all of it is good.

Docurated this week discovered that enterprises are still drowning in content and documents despite the large number of vendors that have introduced apps to manage both.

And both Kodak and Parascript released or upgraded new capture solutions and M-Files upgraded its mobile apps. 

Is NSA Leaker Edward Snowden the Info Governance Champ?

AIIM information governance in the enterprise 320 x 240.jpg Whatever you think of US National Security Agency leakerEdward Snowden, you have to concede he has done a lot for information governance (IG). He didn't build the ultimate IG technology.

But his behavior over the past 12 months have forced a large number of organizations to sit down and ask themselves, "What if?"

What if your information is not governed properly?

New research from AIIM shows only 10 percent of organizations have an effective IG policy in place, while 21 percent have polices that are mostly ignored. Most of the rest consider IG a work in progress.

4 Things to Know About SharePoint Metadata

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Nearly 30 percent of organizations are still using SharePoint 2007, only 34 percent of organizations have turned to Office 365 and very few organizations have information governance strategies in place around their SharePoint environments. Those are just some of the research findings from semantic search provider Concept Searching.

The focus of the report was on the use or lack of use of metadata in SharePoint data management. But it also highlighted some interesting future projects for SharePoint-centric enterprises, including migration to newer editions of SharePoint and even the deployment of text analytics with SharePoint environments of the future.

Enterprise Collaboration Tools a 'Must' For Business Success

AIIM lede.jpgMost organizations see collaboration as crucial to their success, but nearly two-thirds of those organizations feel confused about the dovetailing of collaboration and social tools.

And while document and content sharing outside the firewall is considered a necessary evil, many onsite systems have been secured against access to outside systems, forcing business workers to rely on unsecured file sharing systems.

These results and more from recent AIIM research points to a C-Suite that favors collaboration, but puts many obstacles in the way to achieving it.

Businesses Should Manage Records - Not 'Keep Everything'

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Many businesses claim they have been busy over the past two years developing and implementing records and information management strategies. But scratch the surface and you find many of those strategies aren't especially effective.

Blame a lack of employee engagement, a lack of commitment at the management level and the absence of meaningful ways to measure the strengths and weaknesses of these efforts.

What You Should Know About DocuSign's Integration with Office365

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DocuSign is bringing its electronic signature apps to Office 365. While it’s not a game-changer for Microsoft given Office 365’s traction in the enterprise, it will likely create heightened interest among businesses that might normally have an aversion to cloud computing.

Most business deals that are done through the cloud also need to be signed off with an e-signature cloud application like DocuSign or Adobe’s EchoSign app for Reader — a fact often overlooked.

A Look Back : A Mobile, Cloudy World for Document Management in 2013

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Looking back over the year in document management, one thing stands out. And that is that organizations still appear to be struggling under the weight of paper despite developments in enterprise technologies that should make managing all that information a lot easier. 

In fact, the view from December 2013 is much the same as the view was in December 2012, with some subtle but notable changes. The first of those changes is the growing importance of mobile, while the second is the demand for agile products that can respond to changing market conditions quickly.

SharePoint 2013 Success Barriers Call for Governance Actions

document management, SharePoint 2013 Success Barriers Call for Governance ActionsThe AIIM report on SharePoint 2013 sings a familiar tune: people have security concerns with SharePoint in the cloud; people consider SharePoint as a platform for building a comprehensive content management system and records management system; Microsoft’s three-year upgrade cycle has caused many companies to have multiple versions of SharePoint which has added IT support issues. 

We know some are not happy with SharePoint, and AIIM reported this last year, too.

So the question remains -- what to do about these concerns?

AIIM: Paperless Office Still A Pipe Dream As Mobile Capture Market Gets Set To Explode

Document Management: AIIM: Paperless Office Still A Pipe Dream As Mobile Capture Market Gets Set To ExplodeDespite the growing number of technologies that facilitate easy, secure document capture using centralized, disparate and even mobile devices, the move towards the paperless office and processes is tediously slow. According to new research from AIIM, only 5% of the processes that could feasibly cut paper out of the workflow in paper-intensive organizations have been put in place. 

AIIM: Enterprise Content Management at a Crossroads as Content Chaos Reigns

The Enterprise Content Management (ECM) space is shifting again. Research just published by AIIM shows that enterprises are still looking for a one-system-fits-all approach, even if the evidence shows that information consumers are accessing data in numerous ways that traditional ECM deployments are finding difficult to cope with. Content chaos, it seems, still haunts enterprises.

AIIM Research Shows Shortcomings in Records Management, Risk, Information Governance Practices

The paperless office appears further away than ever before. According to recent research from AIIM we are using more paper records than ever before, there are still significant problems capturing and storing information for records and, even worse, senior management is sticking its head in the sand and ignoring the inherent risks in these practices.

The Big Data Skills Set Conundrum: 4 Human Elements that Can Aid in Resolution

We talk often about big data and big data technologies. However, in all the discussion around the best deployments and the best enterprise strategies, the human element in the equation is often overlooked. In the introduction to the AIIM Executive Leadership Council’s examination of this problem, John Mancini and Thorton May argue that this needs to be addressed in order for enterprises to achieve an acceptable level of ROI with their big data deployments.

New AIIM Report Finds 'Perfect Storm' Benefitting Information Professionals

A “perfect storm” of change in information technology -- including cloud, social, mobile and big data -- is helping to remold the opportunities for information professionals. That’s one of the key findings in a new white paper from AIIM, which paints a picture of a fast-moving industry in which practitioners have to run to keep up.

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