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The Cloud: Why e-forms are an ideal starting place for moving to the cloud

Daniel Bett | National Practice Lead - Power Platform - Modis Australia Posted 15 March 2021

Moving applications or workloads to the cloud isn’t always a straightforward proposition. According to a recent Cloud Security Alliance report, the top concerns that business leaders have include the moving of sensitive data (65%), security (59%), compliance challenges (54%), disruption of business operations (47%), and time to migrate data (46%).

In our experience, it can also be a case of simply not knowing where to start, or what steps to take first. For this reason, we often recommend businesses start their cloud journey by digitalising their paper-based or PDF forms using the Microsoft Power Platform. Here are a few reasons why: Tech Republic, 69% of enterprises moving critical applications to the cloud, [online], available here.

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1. Quick, easy and low-risk

For customers who are concerned about the difficulty of moving their applications to the cloud, forms can be a logical, low-risk starting point. Converting a paper-based/PDF form to a digital, cloud-based format can be a quick and straightforward exercise, and one that’s easy to justify from a financial point of view.

At Modis, we recommend that our clients leverage the Microsoft Power Platform – through which it’s possible to create beautifully designed and easy-to-use forms very cost effectively, and in just a few days, not weeks.

2. Positive user experience

Today, users expect to be able to fill out a form digitally. Paper-based forms can quickly turn a user away and make them frustrated. When was the last time you happily and willingly printed out a form, filled it in manually, scanned it and sent it off via email as a completed PDF?

The Modis UX/UI team can work with you from the beginning to ensure that your forms are built in an intuitive, simple and logical way that will work for your audience. When you build forms using the Microsoft Power Platform, you also have the benefits of using in-built design and formatting tools that enable you to add your own branding elements.

3. Low-cost way to kick-start digital transformation

It’s often important to make small wins in order to justify a larger project. Forms offer an ideal opportunity in this respect. By working with Modis and the Power Platform, you can move a form online very cost-effectively and, as mentioned above, in a short time frame. This means you have a handy success story to illustrate the benefits of more large-scale digitalisation initiatives.

4. Test the waters for business process automation

Digitalising forms can also help you experiment with things like automation and data capture, so you can start to see (and justify) how these things could deliver wider benefits for your business.

If you’re interested in learning more about digital forms and why they are a great starting point for your move to the cloud,download our whitepaper today.

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