Organizations have been advised to familiarize themselves with software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing technology - just in case uptake of the software becomes obligatory.
The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) Europe has warned that companies may find that decisions relating to adopting the service could be thrust upon them.
"Some of these decisions about what you're going to use will not be made for technical reasons, it will be mandated," Doug Miles, the body's UK managing director, explained.
Because of this, the expert recommends that businesses look at and learn about both of the offerings.
However, he added that he thinks SaaS is more tangible than cloud computing because providers and servers tend to be more accessible.
Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by Iron Mountain found that over half of its respondents were already using SaaS technology for mission-critical applications.
The research also suggested that uptake of the service was set to become even more popular, with 65 per cent of those questioned planning to add new SaaS services in the next 12 to 18 months.
Posted by Richard Jones