By Johanna Blair
For as long as humans have been making groundbreaking discoveries and developing life altering technologies, we’ve needed ways to document, preserve, and share our hard work. A scientific breakthrough is only as good as its repeatability. A new way of doing things can only effect widescale change if it is documented accurately. And regulatory bodies will only let you get so far without a trail of due diligence.
Throughout modern history there have been major advances in the way we store and distribute knowledge. Hard-copy paper in filing cabinets was at one time kind of a big deal. However, it wasn’t without its setbacks. Scanning became part of the lexicon in the 1980s allowing for easier tracking and storage of documents. Adding to that, email sharing and document management software is a more recent development with more room to grow. These have ultimately led to the cloud-based document management storage of today’s advanced digital document management systems.
Continue reading to learn more about the history and purpose of a document management system and look into the future with cloud-based electronic document software.