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Cloud-based ECM still has room for improvement, report says

by | Jan 18, 2011

Businesses are cautious to deploy cloud-based ECM solutions.In recent years, cloud computing has become one of the most talked-about, sought-after technologies by businesses both large and small. And as more companies deploy cloud solutions to access high-level services at relatively affordable costs, enterprise content management vendors are seeking ways to snag a piece of the growing market.

However, according to a recent CMSWire report, there are still a few hindrances blocking widespread cloud-based ECM deployments.

Many companies are concerned about the safety and privacy of their information stored on the cloud. Because most ECM content is private, moving it to the cloud poses certain data security threats that dissuade businesses from seeking cloud-based solutions, according to CMSWire.

"Adopting a cloud ECM requires trusting someone else to protect your information, and that’s not a risk that some are ready to take," the report stated. "Nobody wants to wind up on the front page of a trade journal for exposing something that should have never been exposed."

CMSWire notes that many vendors, such as SpringCM and Alfresco, are seeking to improve the cloud's reputation for ECM solutions. However, according to research firm Gartner, the cloud's effect on the ECM market is still up in the air.