Emerging Cloud Applications & Services
Hopefully I've done a decent job of demystifying the "cloud" and broken it down into it's core components in a easy to understand way in this quick cloud overview. Now I would like to briefly elaborate on the opportunity of document capture for Emerging Cloud Applications & Services. In essence, everything described above was logical, had structure and most people are familiar with how to use. Internet applications and services such as e-mail, browsers and social networking sites all make sense and are easily understood. What is not easily understood or defined by most is how to implement an effective cloud strategy. I can appreciate this struggle because the cloud is new, emerging and dynamic. What a cloud application might be today can be drastically different in just weeks for sophisticated integration/functionality or literally minutes for simple expansion or additional functionality. This is because adding new functionality or capability to an open cloud platform is far easier than in the past using standard communication protocols as were described above in the HTTP example. Most cloud applications utilize HTTP, Web Services, XML, SOAP, REST and other common standards to reduce development time, decrease costs and eliminate unnecessary complication.
Cloud applications and services are developing quickly and will become exponentially powerful as different technologies are collaborated. As more and more organizations rely on the cloud to reduce on-premise IT infrastructure there will still be a need for scanning hardware to digitize documents into the cloud. Therefore, the near term future for document capture and scanning into cloud applications is extremely bright.
If I was vague about what a "cloud application" is and you are looking for a definition, well, I would suggest there are many opinions that can be found with a simple internet search. I, however, once read an article about how an industry expert was asked to define "the cloud". After he pondered the question for a bit he finally came to the most appropriate definition he could think of and it was just one powerful word; Innovation.