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2017: A Year Of Change But Also DM Opportunity

EASY SOFTWARE UK’s Howard Frear peeks into his crystal ball for a look at what he sees shaping our market in the next 12 months

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Are You Set Up To Cope With The New EU Data Protection System?

For Mike Davis, author and spokesperson for independent global information professionals’ organisation, AIIM, recent European data protection regulation changes need to be tracked by anyone interested in storing and managing cloud content. How aware are you of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? (There’s a good Information Commissoner’s Office guide to all things GDPR here, on their website by the way – bit.ly/1njMqkC) Chances are, not as much as you should be. That’s possibly a problem if you’re at all involved in storing cloud content, though – because GDPR is the European Union’s imminent scheme to bring all 28 member countries under a single regime of rules, with similar penalties for breaches right across the Union. (Adoption is currently scheduled for late 2014 and the regulation is likely to take effect after a transition period of two years.) There’s good news, though – as GDPR actually represents an opportunity for cloud providers to deliver consistent EU-wide services under a single

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The Sky Could Be The Limit, But Only If Your View Isn’t ‘Clouded’

By Howard Frear of EASY Software UK They say that in the light of recent scare stories about US intelligence monitoring, the successor to the KGB has ordered its spies to use manual typewriters again. Quite an astonishing thought. While there are legitimate questions about PRISM, do we really want to go back to that unsafe, unwieldy and expensive storage medium of paper and carbon copy printing? After all, centering processes around the physical item of paper ushered in onerous requirements around duplication, storage and retrieval that created significant and unnecessary burdens on business. The traditional way of removing these burdens has been the electronic capture of a snapshot of these documents as they come into the organisation. By storing a document a central electronic filing cabinet, it is accessible to all relevant users through the company’s information systems. That is very powerful. Now we have another possibility: cloud. Take-up of a cloud-based document management approach has gained increased momentum.

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