Sometimes I find I could really use a portable document scanner. I have access to MFP based document scanning in the office so I can easily convert paper to electronic records and create PDF's of paper documents for e-mailing. There are times however when I really would like to have a small portable scanner that could be taken with me for travel or use at home.
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Scanning has become a staple of most offices that use multifunction printer - copiers. Through these devices users have the ability to capture paper documents and use them in their everyday business. E-mailing has overtaken faxing largely due to the ability of businesses to easily adopt scanning.
There are three primary ways that you can choose scanners for your document imaging system. You can use scanning capability from a multifunction (MFP) based print device. You can install a dedicated scanner with network scanning capability or you can use desktop connected scanning from your PC.
For over 15 years I have sometimes felt like I was an evangelist as I quoted, configured and promoted document imaging in our area of Ontario, Canada. In the past couple of weeks I have been gratified to meet and talk to people who have really understood the benefits and are adoptees of the tool.
When looking at the users of document management (document imaging) technology one of the largest groups of adoptees are professionals. Business professionals like lawyers or accountants and personal professionals like doctors or dentists are learning that storing their records in paper format has become a tedious, risky and expensive process.
Many MFP manufacturers are trying to catch up with the market with introductions of more powerful letter/legal MFP devices. Kyocera Canada has recently joined the club with the introduction of two units based upon their strong FS-3920 monochrome laser printers.
Converting a paper filing system into an electronic record system requires several steps and impacts the workflow of the office. Here is a case in point.
Wikipedia defines a Document Management System (DMS) as a computer system ( or a set of computer programs) used to track and store electronic documents and/or images of paper documents. Smeadsoft defines it as the imaging, storage and retrieval of documents and information scanned into an electronic system. This includes both documents and files orginally created in electronic format as well as paper documents, photos and other items scanned into digital form and saved with keywords.
Both definitions start with STORAGE of documents.
If you want to store documents away- never to be looked at again - then get a brown cardboard box, fill it with paper, seal it up with tape, and store it in the basement- and in 20 years when you move- open it up- and finally decide to throw it out. Rather extreme case in point. Because if you really have documents that you will never have the need to look at again- shred them now.
But most documents do have to be looked at again for numerous reasons.
In your company is there any one type of document that seems to have the most “handprints” on it. Are invoices passed around for approval and payment processing? Is customer correspondence shared with different departments? Are meeting notes distributed to several team members.
Where to start- I’ll share my experience with Accounts Payable.