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Business leaders in Europe are divided over the validity of cloud technologies for business processes, a report by Ricoh has found (A new perspective: Ricoh Document Governance Index). Technological change is happening rapidly, and many business leaders felt under pressure to keep up with the pace of this.

78% of leaders invest in technology for their firm before fully assessing its functionality. However, 68% of businesses felt that smartphones had made the management of business critical document processes easier, but that there can be a pressure of bringing together the processes and the technology effectively.

Over 70% of businesses use the cloud to enable mobile access to documents, but when asked leaders were divided on whether this actually benefitted processes.

Retail led the way in particular, with 70% of businesses in this industry using cloud tools for collaboration, and 61% using social networking tools. Overall, just as PCs redefined business in the 1980s, so today cloud-computing and big data will redefine business today.

This means that businesses should adopt a more mobile and social way of interacting with customers, suppliers and co-workers.

Ricoh Workstyle is no longer active. You can keep up to date with the latest thinking from Ricoh UK on our new blog, Ricoh Insights.

To find out more read the full report ‘A new perspective: Ricoh Document Governance Index’.

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