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Updated Apr 29, 2024

7 Stats That Will Make You Rethink Your Document Management Strategy

How you manage documents affects your business's and customers' security and privacy.

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Kimberlee Leonard, Senior Analyst & Expert on Business Operations
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Your document management system is critical to your team’s productivity, directly impacting the security and privacy of your business, customers and vendors.

Consider your current file management practices, including how you create invoices and handle sales documents, proposals, contracts and other legal documents. If your document management system is outdated, you could be losing money, leaving critical data vulnerable and wasting your team’s valuable time.

We’ll explore some eye-opening statistics that underscore the importance of a comprehensive document management system. You may decide it’s time to choose a document management system that better meets your current needs. 

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Document management statistics

These document management statistics show how crucial effective and modern document management is for your company.  

80% of employees request cloud-based file sharing.

With the rise of remote work and the move away from physically printing, copying, filing and manipulating documents, cloud document storage has become essential. In fact, McAfee reports that 80% of the employees surveyed want their employers to make documents available via cloud services. 

Cloud-based file sharing also reduces the influx of emails to employees’ inboxes and organizes document handling among collaborators. When many hands touch a document, it’s essential to have a central hub where everyone sees a real-time version.

83% of employees recreate missing documents.

Manual document management can lead to massive productivity losses. For example, M-Files found that 83% of employees will recreate documents if they can’t find them on the company network. Employees often need documents or checklists on demand; if they can’t find them, they’ll recreate them for their local database. This is a waste of time and, ultimately, money when the document already exists but isn’t filed correctly. Businesses must make a habit of centralizing all key documents. 

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By centralizing documents, you can eliminate one aspect of the "brain drain" that occurs amid a retiring workforce and when key employees leave their positions.

97% of organizations have minimal document processes.

According to a Forrester report commissioned by Adobe, a staggering 97% of organizations had minimal or no digital document processes, and 72% used a mix of paper-based and digital processes. Without comprehensive, streamlined digital document processes, companies lose critical time when team members apply changes to outdated document versions. There’s no way fast-moving organizations can maintain high productivity levels when using paper document versions.

52% of small businesses say understanding app deficiencies is a top challenge.

There is still much confusion about how cloud-based apps operate, what they can and can’t do, and how to integrate them into daily operations. In fact, according to a Flexera report, 52% of SMBs and 51% of enterprises say understanding app deficiencies is a top cloud migration challenge. 

When there’s a lack of clarity about how cloud-based apps function, business leaders may be less likely to move to cloud-based document management systems. 

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Consult a document management expert to demystify how the apps work. They can show you demos to illustrate how the apps can save time and improve productivity.

35% of CIOs say cloud technologies are among their top investments.

Chief information officers (CIOs) see the value a document management solution can have on a company. In a KMPG survey, 35% of CIOs cited cloud technologies as one of their top three most important tech investments. 

This figure aligns with the anticipated growth of the document management market: According to Fortune Business Insights, the industry is expected to reach $16.42 billion by 2029.

32% of company budgets are allocated to cloud security.

Organizations are spending more to keep their information out of the hands of hackers and other cybercriminals. Netwrix found that 32% of business cybersecurity budgets are being allocated to cloud security, including cloud data encryption. As more companies realize the risk to their document database, they’ll do what’s necessary to secure their confidential information. 

Business owners should consult with security experts to understand the risks of cloud-based document management systems and respond accordingly to keep both the company and its clients’ information safe. 

E-signatures improve close rates by more than 5%.

Taking the pen and paper out of the signing process can significantly reduce document turnaround time, thus improving close rates by more than 5%, according to SignNow. A faster turnaround means your team can close more deals.

Automate the signing process by allowing clients or prospects to sign digitally. Make it interactive; let them choose a color and font style to add a personal touch. Without extra steps, like printing and scanning, document recipients can sign contracts more efficiently.

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Familiarize yourself with e-signature laws and requirements to ensure privacy and security.

Learn more about document management

Document management is any system or process designed to capture, track and store electronic documents. There are many documents a company may need to manage, including PDFs, word processing files and digital images. Many organizations use document scanners to scan paper documents, such as contracts for central access and easy viewing. 

The best document management software

Your document management software should be intuitive, budget-friendly, secure and collaborative. To help businesses find the right solution, we reviewed the best document management software and made recommendations based on ease of use, scalability and security. Here are some of our top picks: 

  • Microsoft SharePoint is our choice for overall best document management software. This collaboration tool fits businesses large and small, and is particularly helpful for organizations that already use Microsoft 365 products. 
  • M-Files is our choice for the easiest-to-use document management software. It has a sleek, intuitive user interface that evokes the feel of Windows File Explorer, reducing new users’ learning curve. To find out more, check out our complete M-Files review.
  • Dokmee is our choice for the most secure document management solution. It’s easy to use and features data encryption and a HIPAA-compliant audit log to track user access to sensitive data. 
  • FileHold Express is our choice for the most scalable document management solution. With competitive pricing and an intuitive interface, FileHold Express accommodates organizations with 5-20 employees, while larger companies can upgrade easily to FileHold Enterprise. Read our FileHold Express review for more details.

Mikita Mikado contributed to the writing and reporting in this article.

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Kimberlee Leonard, Senior Analyst & Expert on Business Operations
Kimberlee Leonard is an insurance expert who guides business owners through the complicated world of business insurance. A former State Farm agency owner herself, Leonard started her decades-long career as a financial consultant advising on investment strategies before switching her focus to insurance and risk mitigation for businesses. Leonard has developed insurance primers on everything from small business insurance costs to specific policies, such as excess liability insurance. She has also reviewed business software tools, analyzed employee retirement plan providers and continues to share insights on financial topics as they relate to business. Leonard's work has been published in Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Fortune, Newsweek and other respected outlets.
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