With Google, Microsoft, IBM, Zoho.com and any number of other services making it easier to store documents in the cloud, you can't help but wonder how the way we think about managing documents is going to evolve.
Some of the more obvious shortcomings of most of the better known cloud computing services are their non-existent workflow tools and general lack of security. On the other hand, there are a number of existing cloud services, such as Intralinks and Mimosa Systems, that provide sophisticated workflow tools wrapped around some fairly sophisticated security policies.
So the question is that as cloud computing continues to gain momentum among users of productivity applications, how long will it be before corporations look for more robust platforms that provide the economic benefits of the cloud without all the apparent risks?
Intralinks, for example, has a cloud computing service for managing documents that includes a search engine, robust programming interfaces and the ability to control access to documents that can be limited to specific individuals with certain roles within the company.
None of these services are exactly new, but as cloud computing continues to take off the odds are good that more IT organizations are going to find value in some of the richer services out there, as opposed to wondering when one of the larger providers is going to be eventually compromised.