Hewlett Packard Co. has made a major move in response to evolving technologies and is now offering cloud solutions in Canada with a focus on small businesses. It is HP’s first cloud-based venture in the country.
Last year, HP launched Flow Content Management Professional; a cloud based content management solution which provides options such as document capture, storage, search and much more.
HP FLOW CM IN CANADA
In recent times, HP has been looking to climb aboard the cloud bandwagon and has made some major breakthroughs with solutions such as HAVEn, which caters to big data. However, the Flow CM is a more composite solution.
The technology behind Flow CM is fairly simple and yet effective for small businesses. It is a cross device cloud based storage solution that works and connects devices such as smartphones, PCs and printers.
The app for Flow CM is available on both the iOS and Android platforms, indicating cross-platform and industry capability. Users in Canada would find great utility with the HP multi-function printers because they can upload scanned documents using the printer’s control panel, reducing time consumption.
One large scale benefit of the Flow CM for businesses in Canada would be that HP converts traditional printing solutions into intelligent solutions with options such as data mining. HP is already a thought leader in the market, and this cloud based content management means that the work flow of businesses can be optimized, leading to a reduction in costs.
DATA STORAGE AND INTEGRATION
Printing is a common task among offices, but adding data storage options means that companies can improve their organizational behaviour without making a lot of investment. In the technology arena, HP has made serious in-roads not only to offer the best solutions, but also to cater to the wide scale market.
The cloud also means that businesses can buy HP toner without incurring heavy cost, as cloud printing doesn’t require setting up complicated computer systems. All that is needed is an internet connection.
This impact can be fully realized with the recent strategic cloud partnership of Salesforce and HP. HP and Salesforce will be generating a multi-tenant cloud and will help in the creation of next generation data centers.
HP’s move to Canada with its Flow CM comes at a time when a lot of people are wondering about the security of data in the cloud. With Flow CM, HP now underlines security as its core objective.
Another significant advantage of HP’s cloud solution is that companies own their data, even if it’s in the Flow CM.
The pricing is fairly moderate at $20 per month, which gives you 10GB of storage. The cost has to be weighed against the advantages that businesses gain from it. With all data management on one platform, a lot of inefficiencies and costs are removed.
The general response among Canadian small and medium enterprises is expected to be good since Flow CM has seen above average performance in U.S.