EMC recently participated in sponsoring an AIIM survey report titled “Process Evolution: moving your business from paper to PCs to tablets”. In the report, it surveyed individual members of the AIIM Commnunity, focusing the questions around where companies are in terms of moving processes to a paper-free environment. There are several technology factors that are exploding right now – social, mobile, governance. and the cloud that are certainly impacting how businesses look at the future of automation in their organization.
If you’ve been following the latest news within the EMC Information Intelligence Group (IIG), you have come to realize that mobile is a big part of our strategy. One cannot ignore the fact that the use of mobile devices for consuming and acting on information is becoming the standard way. I personally have several apps on my iPhone, and I have not once felt the need to actually sit down in front of my laptop and login into the actual Web application. Everything I need to do is right there within the APP. Now that may not be the case for all use cases, but a lot of what we do within an application is very task oriented. We perform a task and logout.
With 2011 coming to an end, I thought I’d go back and do a quick review of the top 5 most popular blog postings from 2011.
It is not surprising this was the #1 read blog posting in 2011. I just made the switch from a Blackberry to an iPhone two weeks ago, and I can see why people love all the apps. There is an app for just about everything, and being able to access and act on your enterprise business content is no exception. My old Blackberry was great for email, calendaring, and browsing the Web, but the apps is where businesses are going to benefit.
In August 2011, EMC released Documenutm Mobile for the Apple iPad extending the power of enterprise content management to the Apple iPad enabling users to act on information faster than ever. EMC Documentum Mobile is now available in the Apple App Store, and users of Documentum can take advantage of it today.
It is an exciting time to being working in technology and I thought I’d offer up some personal ideas on what vendors should be considering in the next generation of apps, and how customers and partners are playing a key role.
These five points certainly should not be looked at as the authoritative answer to all your technology questions, rather I hope it leads to further discussions that will help guide strategies among all interested parties - vendors, partners, and customers.
1. Built for the cloud
This should not come as a surprise. Software apps need to run in the cloud. No longer should we be building software products that can only be used when users download and install the application onto servers and desktop PCs. There is already as proliferation of cloud services for everything like sharing files, collaboration, scheduling events, creating to do list, email, customer communications, document creation, and so on. Many of these apps are targeted at small businesses and consumers, but enterprise apps need to be built for the cloud as well.
Deploying and managing enterprise software can be a daunting task, but Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors like SalesForce.com are changing the game. Plus new cloud deployment models like EMC OnDemand give enterprise businesses other options when deploying enterprise solutions like enterprise content management (ECM), enterprise capture, and customer communication solutions.
For the new user of today it is all about choice computing and being able to have the same flexibility and access to enterprise content as they do with their personal information via various social media platforms. EMC Documenutm Mobile for the Apple iPad delivers just that to business users, extending the power of enterprise content management to your Apple iPad enabling you to act on that information faster than ever. EMC Documentum Mobile is now available in the Apple App Store, and users of Documentum can take advantage of it today.