Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Document Management can drive you crazy!


It is hard to believe but here we are, approaching 2014, and many companies find themselves as befuddled as ever over basic document management challenges. At least, I think they should be "basic" by this time. After all, document and content management technologies have been around for a long time now. Shouldn't most companies have solved these problems and moved on by now?  Turns out, the answer is a definite NO and arguably, the problem is worse than it has ever been.

In a article published by CIO Insight earlier this year, the results of a Harris Interactive poll showed just how pervasive document management challenges are. With more than 1000 knowledge workers across the U.S. and the U.K. participating in the poll, here are some of the interesting results.

Downtime  
83% of knowledge workers lose or waste time every day on document-collaboration issues

In Search Of ... 
73% meet with challenges in simply looking for files.

Identity Crisis  
57% get confused about whether the documents they're accessing are the "right" ones.

Oops! 
48% admit they've emailed the wrong version to a boss, client or coworker.

Mistaken Situation 
47% say they've worked on the wrong version of a document.

Anger Management
33% will yell at their computers.

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere ...
21% will head to a bar.

Grounded  
78% feel these situations are more frustrating than locking their keys in the car.

Overtime  
64% say these situations are worse than having to work on a weekend.

Why does this happen? Most organizations already have some sort of document management system. Doesn't that solve basic versioning and search problems? Not necessarily! Sometimes they have too many of them which simply magnifies the "where is that document located" problem.  Now factor in the use of multiple consumer-oriented cloud file sharing systems like Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive and the business challenges simply get worse!

So what is the answer? Here at Oracle, we help customers use WebCenter to simplify their approach to document and content management by consolidating wherever possible so that older systems can be put into maintenance mode and information can be more easily discovered by users or even within key business processes. But it is never that simple when humans are involved and users have to see the benefits of keeping their files in a single location before they will really get in the habit of using a content management system on a daily basis. It takes time but once users experience the joys of being able to find the right files quickly and in the context of their daily work, they tend to see the light pretty quickly.

It's not a problem that can go ignored as the impacts on business are too significant. Check out our latest infographic on the subject to learn more about why storing information in a scatter-shot manner is a very bad idea.

Be sure to check out our new WebCenter Content home page where you can find additional information to make the best decisions for your business when it comes to document and content management.  It will help make sure the knowledge workers in your company do not have to work weekends, they won't feel the need to yell at their computers and you won't drive them to drink.

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