According to Colin McArdle, Tikit’s Senior Account Director for the Accountancy sector in EMEA, we’re at the point where firms can clearly see the benefits of a cloud-based document management system (DMS). The question is now, “Which system should I choose?” Here Colin provides some useful answers.

I find that the firms I talk to these days are fully convinced of the benefits of a cloud-based DMS. On the one hand, there’s a really strong recognition that on-premises systems have had their day. They’ve just become too unwieldy and expensive to maintain, update and house – to the point that IT is using up huge amounts of time just “keeping the lights on” On the other hand, cloud-based applications have now proved their value.

Firms are now keen to partner with a cloud provider who takes the burden of on-premise document management systems away and in its place offers high levels of security, seamless updates, high reliability and cost certainty. At the same time, a huge attraction is that all disparate document management systems in use, can be consolidated on to one cloud-based system. This is clearly much more efficient for users and at the same time much better for audit, governance and compliance.

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