Forrester® report: ‘The future of documents’
Forrester principal analyst Cheryl McKinnon and her team did publish an interesting report by the end of 2020. This report, ‘The Future of Documents’, highlights the coming disruption they expect to see over the next five to seven years in the very first phase of the classic content lifecycle: content authoring.
Documents will be designed for their audiences, not their authors
Despite more than 30 years of mainstream use of office authoring tools, not much has changed. Increasingly, enterprises deliver documents to customers in forms that aren’t fit for purpose. The next decade will reveal new cloud-native, data-driven, and structured approaches to document authoring — and enterprises must get ready now.
- Documents are ready for their own digital disruption
- Adjacent markets are sources of inspiration
- Traditional ECM Systems aren’t architected for the future of documents
At Fonto we believe that the Future of Documents is shaped by a fundamental change in how information is shared and agreements are secured. This future sees a shift from traditional ‘e-paper’, formatted and optimized for reading by humans, towards semantically tagged information in an open digital format. We’re moving from documents to data.
We believe that the Future of Documents is shaped by a fundamental change in how information is shared and agreements are secured
The Future of Documents: the Fonto perspective
At Fonto, our mission is to open up structured content authoring (SCA) for anyone.
By doing so, we help organizations make the strategic shift from traditional documents to structured content. We help them by engaging the people who are the most important stakeholders in any authoring process: the authors.
Fonto allows users to write, edit and review structured content – in a user-friendly and intuitive manner. It is a browser-based word processor and supports collaborative authoring without knowledge of XML-specifics such as schemas.
Thought leaders on the Future of Documents
We have been interviewing thought leaders from several industries. In these interviews, they share their feedback on the ‘Future of Documents’ report, as well as the industries and cases that are inspiring to them.
- Val Swisher (Content Rules): “Highly regulated industries such as finance and life sciences, should be the next target for structured content”
- Victoria Ichizli-Bartels (Optimist Writer): “A document is a story; data are the words”
- Thomas Weinberger (SiteFusion): “Whenever content is surrounded by structured data, the content quality directly increases”
- Manuela Bernhardt (fme): “We see the increasing need and urgency to find structured document solutions within different processes of our Life Sciences clients”
- Maarten Cleeren (Noordhoff): “Structured data will be the key to finding and retrieving documents”