By Virgina Backaitis, CMSWire. See original article here.
In this, the digital age, we’re still using paper, and a whole lot of it. About 80 percent of document-based processes are at least partly dependent on paper, according to research by the IDC.
“People are still being forced to print, scan, fax and/or mail documents at some point in the process,” said Mark Grilli, vice president of product marketing at Adobe.
It slows the pace of business to a snail’s crawl because we’re living in an increasingly mobile world. People aren’t tethered to their desks waiting to fill out forms and sign things, let alone fax them back or put them in an envelope in need of postage. And when it comes to circulating documents, forget about it.
It's a Digital World
As we wrote earlier this month, the print, pass around, sign, scan cycle has to be stopped —it’s so 1990.
Ditto for entering the same tired information, like name, phone number, address, email on form after form, over and over again.
Not only does it impact productivity, customer and worker satisfaction, and your brand, but also your top and bottom lines.
There has to be a better way. And now there may be.
“We took a good, hard look at what working with documents might look like in a digital, mobile world,” said Grilli. And while things like Adobe Reader and EchoSign (eSign) are great and have been available mobile for a while, they weren’t game changers.
Today Adobe introduces its Adobe Document Cloud (DC), a revolutionary way to work with documents in the Cloud Mobile era. It includes:
This Is Different
And yes, we have heard about things like digital signatures and collaborating in the cloud with solutions like Box, Dropbox, Citrix ShareFile, EMC Syncplicity by Axway. But Adobe with its brand new Adobe Document Cloud leverages Acrobat to offer something entirely different.
It doesn’t compete with Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) solutions said Lisa Croft, senior product marketing manager, Adobe, it’s complementary. Not only that but it already works with SharePoint (which offers some of these services internally, but not externally) and, according to Grilli, it will work with many EFSS vendors as well.
When it comes to document dependent services within the Enterprise, the Adobe Document Cloud for the Enterprise has you covered with introductory solutions for Workforce Productivity, Sales Acceleration, HR Efficiency and Procurement Contracting.
Companies who use Adobe’s Creative Cloud and Document Cloud for the Enterprise helps can centrally manage user accounts and licenses with single sign-on (SSO) in the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard.
Time for Revolution?
As Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of technology and corporate development at Adobe, pointed out, it’s prime time for us to be able to work with documents digitally. Books, music and movies went this direction years ago.
“Adobe Document Cloud will revolutionize and simplify how people get work done with critical documents,” he said.
We’ve got our fingers crossed.