I speak with many customers who rightly or wrongly approach electronic document repositories with the notion that their use will remove file servers and certainly file volume from their environments. I’ve blogged about this before but this is becoming increasingly common so I’m going to repeat my views.
It is very simple now within the windows shell to see document repositories. In the image in this post you can see SharePoint document libraries and QuickR document libraries within explorer. This allows us to save documents directly from applications into these repositories. But will we? We being the end user. In order for these solutions to drive down the use of file server and local storage then customer behavior, corporate culture and usage scenarios need to be considered (especially for offline working).
It is this influence in usage and culture within the organisation which will be interesting. Once you have influenced the culture and use of these team based document repositories then like me you’ll find them an excellent tool.