Organizations are faced with the challenge of providing a flexible and secure environment supporting the agile needs of their remote workforce, partners, and clients. In fact, AIIM Research found that 30% of respondents are seeing increasing use of unofficial cloud content management and file shares. Only 5% indicated they have an “official” cloud-based option. 19% prevent access to non-approved sites. Not only does this create additional information silos – that for the most part are unseen by the business – the also present a risk factor from a security, and compliance view.
In today’s business model, organizations must provide support and flexibility in addressing the needs of a growing mobile workforce, and interactions with external partners, suppliers, and clients. In short, today’s business model must look beyond corporate walls and extend their business processes and access to business information in an effective, and secure manner regardless of device type. In this way, cloud applications can be leveraged to enhance and extend business processes beyond their corporate walls and support the increasing use of mobile devices.
This paper presents the challenges and benefits of implementing an integrated cloud solution that provides the flexibility, agility, and security business organizations need to increase operational efficiency, and responsiveness.