ECM vendors offer a wide array of functionality, but few offer multiple deployment options.
So when you’re looking to deploy your solution, it’s good to have options. You might even want to consider it critically important when determining which enterprise content management (ECM) solution is right for you.
Identifying which deployment option is best for your organization starts with an assessment of your business needs, infrastructure and policies. Do you want to install and manage all your software in-house? Do you prefer cloud-based solutions? Would a hybrid of these meet your needs?
A high-value ECM provider will deliver flexible deployment options, including:
- On-premises: Deploying on-premises allows you to keep your solution in-house and grow the solution as it makes sense for your organization. With an on-premises solution, your solution lives on your infrastructure and your IT department or other resources maintain and evolve your solution. An on-premises deployment means you can become the in-house expert on your ECM solution, and changes and enhancements to your solution are at your fingertips.
- Cloud-based, hosted solution: When deploying cloud-based ECM, you own your solution, but it doesn’t have to live on your infrastructure, allowing you to take advantage of unlimited server retention. It also allows you to take advantage of infrastructure you may not be able to afford or don’t want to put the effort into just yet. You save on capital expenditures and free up your IT resources.
- Hybrid: Strategic ECM vendors will also provide a hybrid deployment approach that allows you to use both on-premises and cloud-based solutions. This approach provides a replication of your solution in the cloud, giving you a real environment to test new features, prepare for disaster recovery and more.
A nimble vendor will also give customers the ability to move between these options as their organization’s needs change or business expands.
ECM solutions are highly-valued assets used every day throughout an organization for as many as five to 15 years. An organization and its users’ needs will no doubt vary over the course of those years. An ECM vendor must be able to give users a choice of deployment options to meet their current needs as well as the ability to switch deployment options as changes occur in the organization.