Business processes have long been paper dominated systems. Until the advent of computerized process systems some time ago everything that drove the operations of most businesses relied on pieces of paper to flow within and outside of a business for it to succeed.Read More
Office Document Strategies Blog
As we have discussed in a couple of previous articles AP Automation is one of the fields which can offer significant benefit to most businesses. Currently the average business is still handling at least 50 percent of its accounts payable in a paper format taking time, aggravation and risk when compared to the potential of a more streamlined process using newer technologies.
One of the things which holds many potential adopters back is the concern over installing, maintaining infrastructure and financing the cost of setting up a solution for AP. Like any software implementation it is a challenge to figure out if the returns are going to offset the costs of the hardware, software and the administration of the potential solution. In light of this inertia often prevails and the status quo becomes the default option.
Enter the cloud
One of the reasons that so much interest and attention has developed over the past few years around cloud computing is the potential to reduce the pressure for this default inertia when new system potential is identified.Read More
When I started in the Document Management field the common term for the practice of capturing paper records and converting them to digital images was simply document imaging. While the process involved in doing the conversion seems pretty simple in today's terms back twenty some years ago it was seen as a miraculous change in office environments.Read More
One of the frustrations that many organizations experience when they decide to deploy electronic workflows as part of their document management is dealing with signatures on documents.Read More
Topics: document management
Virtually every multifunction printer (MFP) that is sold today has the ability to scan documents. For many purchasers this scanning capability is one of the attractions about doing an upgrade to a new device. They see it as at least the first step to doing some sort of document management and reducing their dependence upon paper files.
The first step in document management.
They are right, it can be a good step but I suggest it is not the first one. Capturing paper documents through scanning is certainly part of the process which can lead to returns. Storing computer generated documents internally is also a great part of the process. Both of these are components to a well designed document management system. They however are NOT the first step.
The real first step:Read More
In the past two decades the field of document imaging has evolved through many forms. When I first started out in this area it was simply known as Imaging. This typically meant the use of a production
level scanner to capture paper files and then store them into a structured electronic filing system for archive and potentially for later reuse through a search tool.Read More
One of the frustrations we experience is when we see clients doing things that could have been avoided with a little consultation in advance and with some pre planning. Since our role is helping clients to avoid issues with their critical business documents, when we see them facing problems we know could have been solved with some simple and early action, it is frustrating.
One of the things that often happens when office equipment leases come to an end, or when older equipment is being replaced, is a simplistic replacement process gets used. This can be a mistake if the time is not taken to step back and do a process review to ensure that the replacement optimizes the potential for business gains.
One of the great tools the internet provides is the ability to monitor and review others' ideas about topics which have interest to you. A LinkedIn group we regularly follow includes opinions from vendors who work in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) field. For those who are not always looking at this topic area you might hear it called: