Companies could reduce their enterprise content management (ECM) expenditure through the adoption of a shared services model, Gartner has asserted.
In a statement, the research organisation said that the solution has become a practical means of ECM service provision.
Additionally, the ongoing effects of the global economic downturn have resulted in vendors becoming increasingly happy to work with the model as a means of driving business forward.
Commenting, Mark Gilbert, research vice-president at the company, said: "The troubled economy has forced many IT organisations to cut ECM costs, but traditional approaches to consolidating are slow, complex and costly."
He claimed that the ECM as a service - or shared services - approach offers "at least a partial solution" to the problem.
Earlier this month, Gartner asserted that, for most firms, a move to Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system - which will be launched on October 22nd - is "all but inevitable".