Weighing the Pros and Cons of Your Journey in the Cloud
Kevin Craine

By: Kevin Craine on September 10th, 2019

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Your Journey in the Cloud


There is a lot of interest and discussion about the cloud these days— and for good reason. As business leaders and department heads identify impediments to their teams’ effectiveness, they are beginning to recognize that the cloud is not just about storage; it’s about flexibility, process improvement, and savings. But it will take a balanced perspective to cash in.

As with any important business decision, a crucial step is to weigh the pros and cons to determine its suitability for your unique use case. Here is a list to get you started:


  • A hybrid approach leverages the best of both worlds in what could be called a mash-up of on-premises and off-premises resources
  • Allows workloads and data to move between on-premises repositories and private or public clouds in a flexible and compliant way as demands, needs, and costs change
  • Regardless of whether the user is accessing a document in the cloud or behind the firewall, they would see the same version using the same simple, easy-to-use product across all of their devices.

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  • Many cloud services are only used for day-to-day file sharing and not content management heavy lifting
  • Much ECM content remains on-premises - or migrated to the cloud in "private clouds"
  • Cloud at scale isn’t a cheaper option
  • Sometimes there’s not enough of a compelling reason

Need help evaluating these pros and cons and how they relate to your specific business? Check out this Webinar On-Demand, “The Pros and Cons in Your Journey to the Cloud: Mapping the Criteria That Will Make Business Users and IT Happy.”

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About Kevin Craine

Kevin Craine is a professional writer, an internationally respected technology analyst, and an award-winning podcast producer. He was named the #1 Enterprise Content Management Influencer to follow on Twitter and has listeners and readers worldwide. Kevin creates strategic content for the web, marketing, social media, and more. He is the written voice for some of North America's leading brands and his interviews feature today's best thought leaders. His client list includes many well-known global leaders like IBM, Microsoft and Intel, along with a long list of individuals and start-ups from a wide variety of industries. Kevin's podcasts have been heard around the world, including the award-winning weekly business show "Everyday MBA". He is also the host and producer of "Bizcast"​ on C-Suite Radio and the producer behind podcasts for Epson, Canon, IBM and AIIM International, among others. Prior to starting Craine Communications Group, Kevin was Director of Document Services for Regence BlueCross BlueShield where he managed high volume document processing operations in Seattle, Portland and Salt Lake City. He also spent time at IKON as an Enterprise Content Management consultant working with national and major accounts. He was the founding editor of Document Strategy magazine. Kevin has also been, at one point or another, an adjunct university professor, a black belt martial artist, and a professional guitarist. Kevin holds an MBA in the Management of Science and Technology as well as a BA in Communications and Marketing.