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How to Develop a Document Management Plan for Your Business

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Management of documents is a big and complex subject that needs careful consideration. It is an expensive proposition so everything must be planned carefully before implementing any software or process. There are two types of document management systems. The first involves storage and management of paper documents, while the other system refers to the digitization of the paper documents. Nowadays most companies prefer the electronic document management system because of various advantages associated with it. Under this system, details of the documents can be captured, processed and stored using a combination of hardware and software.

There are two ways to do this. The first is to keep the scanned copies of the original documents. The second is to convert the text matters printed on the papers into digital format. This not only makes it easy to retrieve the required information quickly but the data collected takes up minimum space on the servers. Images have to be scanned into image format and take up large server space. When the data present in the documents is converted into digital format, it becomes easier to retrieve, process and use the information and records. The required number of documents can be retrieved quickly as and when needed. This is simply not possible with paper documents that take up lots of space.

A company that relies on paper documents has to hire employees to handle the whole setup. The manual setup proves an inefficient method. It is difficult to store, process and retrieve documents. This problem simply does not exist when electronic document management system is used. Business owners interested in implementing document management system have to consider several things. The first is to be sure about the requirements. Different types of documents, such as invoices, bills, contracts and other documents are generated during the course of the business. These documents relate to sales, account, buying and selling. The document digitization goal must clearly identify how the documents must be stored. One should be sure about the techniques and processes that would be used to convert documents into digital format.

Developing an effective plan for document management is the most important thing. If documents are stored incorrectly under the wrong headings then it creates a big problem for the future. It is important to use document management software that is reliable, secure, and upgradable with all the required features. The business owner needs to be careful of using an application program that requires regular annual payment. The applications should be able to validate and upgrade over the Internet. It ensures that only the latest version of the software is used.

An important part is to plan the budget for the whole setup and process. In some cases, it may require hiring additional employees or temporary workers. They are needed to convert the paper documents into digital format. Initially, workers are needed if there are lots of documents that require scanning and handling. The document management setup is an integrated system that involves a combination of hardware, software, techniques and processes. Correct implementation of document management system speeds up the business process and makes the company more effective, efficient and economical. It becomes easier to authenticate, index and retrieve the required information with a few clicks.

Document Management Software Should Be Your Next Asset

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Steve Breault, Vircosoft Founder / CEO

Steve Breault, Vircosoft Founder / CEO

How to manage information for your business purposes has become a very important issue. Loss or misplacement of important business document, distribution of wrong documents for important projects, cases of stealing confidential business and security data are surfacing every day. So, equipping your business with the most reliable and efficient business document management software in order to prevent any unwanted incidents is indeed one of the needs of the hour and an important asset that must not be undermined. A tested electronic business document management solution will help you to create, scan, index, store, retrieve, edit, fax, email, share information securely within company departments, improve your business customer relationship, maximize profits for you, improve employee productivity, help you to meet industry regulations, preserve your business information from being destroyed in any disaster, and even print your documents when you need to do so.

The importance and asset nature of digital business document management software is illustrated in the following scenarios:

1. A renowned civil engineering construction company submitted a bid for a project with the wrong set of drawings due to the use of poor in-house document management system. Being famous for quality deliverable, the project was awarded to them and the construction works advanced so much after which one of the project supervisors suddenly realized the drawings being used were the wrong set of drawings. The constructions already completed had to be demolished and rebuilt to keep off litigation which resulted in the loss of millions of dollars to the company. If they had integrated efficient document management software, this professional disaster and misjudgment won’t have happened and there are many companies that have lost lots of money due to inefficient document management practices in use.

2. Imagine manufacturing companies that have manufactured tons of parts and even shipped them before coming to realize that the engineering drawings used for manufacturing the parts were out dated and not the currently approved standard drawings.

3. There are many companies that usually have multiple projects and tons of employees accessing many documents across these projects. Imagine two people editing the same document simultaneously and one person’s edits gets overwritten in the process because the business document management application in use is archaic. What this implies is that such document will be shared and much damage would have been done before someone gets to realize rather too late that the document distributed was actually the wrong document.

If there is any reason you have to integrate the electronic document management software into your business processes, it is to avoid an extremely costly error commonly associated with the use of inadequate or outdated document filing solution as it has been revealed in the instances stated above. There are many companies that have practically lost millions of dollars while some have been locked in avoidable legal battle with their clients as a result of distributing wrong project files or documents. Good business document management software is reasonably priced compared to the value of costly mistakes that comes with the use of inefficient document filing system. In fact, the price of an efficient business document management application is indirectly an asset that keeps on helping your company to maximize profits and run efficiently.

Document Management Software is a Necessity

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

steve-in-white-1Every organization strives to grow in terms of profit, revenue, consumer base and geographic or global presence. However, an organization can achieve its business goals only if the growth is managed carefully. For instance, a company growing at a fast rate may not be able to handle increased workload or capital costs successfully. Modern technology such as automatic data capture incorporated using optical character recognition is aimed at helping small, medium and large companies increase productivity and profitability.

The very first image scanner was developed and built in 1957. Earlier image scanners consisted of a single photo detector along with a rotating drum. Image scanners have undergone a variety of changes in terms of their size, quality and speed. With technological advancements image scanners now come in compact format and can be easily placed on your desktop. Apart from this, modern image scanners can be easily integrated with document management software to capture and store data automatically.

As your business grows, the number and types of documents handled by your company will also increase. Imagine a situation where your office receives thousands of invoices and remittances per month. Even if the entire system of documentation is computerized, there may be instances where managing data can become problematic. For example, a customer paying multiple invoices with one check can complicate document processing. In fact, this would involve manual entering of the amounts against each invoice. One small error can lead to repeat work, wasting precious time and effort. This will also reflect on the productivity of your company and seriously hamper its growth prospect.

Document management software coupled with technologies such as optical character recognition (OCR) helps simplify document processing. OCR software is an artificial intelligence system able to recognize, scan and store sequences of characters or lines. The characters are scanned, checked against a database and relevant information is stored for later use or forwarded for further processing. Automatic data capture using OCR and other such technologies can be of tremendous help to organizations that receive large number of documents on daily basis.

Every office has a document management system in some crude form or other. For instance, there may be some naming convention in place so a particular type of document or information can be easily searched in the computer. Similarly, your computer systems may have different folders for different types of documents, aimed at easy search and retrieval. However, how many times has an employee accidentally deleted a folder or forgotten where a certain information has been stored. It may also happen that a document has been stored in the wrong folder, resulting in unnecessary search or recreation of the document. Document management software greatly reduces such errors by automating the entire data processing system.

A document management system can be programmed for automatic data capture to scan and store data in certain format and location. The data is indexed so it can be easily retrieved whenever required. Such a system usually has a document feeder that feeds paper documents into the scanner. The document scanner then captures required information and stores it on the computer in a systematic manner. This stored data can be easily backed up reducing the time wasted in searching or recreating deleted or lost information.

Both information and time is of great importance in the success of any organization. Document management software provides a combination of different solutions with the sole aim of leveraging the process of document creation and retrieval. Such a system helps provide accurate information in a timely manner, thus increases productivity and helps manage growth effectively.

Steve Breault “DocMeister”

Document Management Software With Automatic Data Capture

Friday, March 4th, 2011

steve-in-white-1Computer systems were incorporated by many businesses and organizations with a view to automating document processing and reducing administrative burdens on their staff. However, without particular types of software systems, electronic documents are no better than paper files. For instance, even if you save all your documents in digital format, you may still end up searching for the files in the numerous folders on your computer. Document management software provides the very solution to such problems.

With computerized systems most businesses started dealing with electronic documents in every possible way. However, many were still handling paper documents created prior to adoption of a digital system. Organizations usually require older files such as contracts, agreements and other legal paperwork, client information, policies and financial documents. With automatic data capture feature of document management software, paper files can be easily converted into digital format. In fact, such files are also easier to save and store, eliminating the need for massive storage spaces needed for archival files. Apart from this, digital files are also easier to search and retrieve when required.

Many businesses thought it impossible to have a system that requires minimal manual intervention. The macro and coding options provided by some database management systems and customized software based on them, were thought of no less than a miracle. However, with digital imaging incorporated into document management systems, the automatic data capture provides a system which minimizes manual entry to a large extent. Software with form recognition facility captures relevant data from a document and automatically enters it into a tabulated format. For instance, fields on an invoice such as date, invoice number, order number, number of items and so on, are captured through a scanner or OCR system and fed into the software. The software then saves this data systematically for later use.

There are tremendous possibilities presented by such a system. Ask any employee the amount of time taken in manually entering scores of invoices or order forms coming in every day. The amount of time saved with automatic data capture is truly phenomenal, where the time saved can now be utilized for better purposes. Such a solution also helps in streamlining the documentation process. With document management software, your employees and administrative staff can concentrate on achieving the business goals and work towards better services for your clients and customers.

Some processes that can be achieved using document management software are:

· Scanning and capture of relevant information from printed documents

· Capture of electronic documents including emails

· Systematic saving and indexing of data captured

· Easy storage and retrieval when required

· Integration with existing hardware and software systems including spreadsheets and word processing solutions

· Document processing including auto-submission of final draft or delivery of an item to clients

Document management systems were usually associated with large organizations dealing with thousands of documents, which is true. However, timely and accurate information is of utmost importance to every organization, no matter how big or small. Every decision is virtually dependent on how fast information can be retrieved and processed for use by higher management and your clients. In this regard, every establishment handling documents will require a document management system at some point in time. Usually thought of as expensive, document management software have become more affordable and accessible today. They have also become more user-friendly and easy to incorporate into the existing system.

Apart from remote access, data backup and disaster recovery, document management systems is one of the top ten technologies that businesses must adopt in order to stay ahead of the competition. Clients and customers today expect quick solutions to their problems and faster delivery of information or items. The work environment has also become more competitive. With professional document management software, your staff is equipped to handle such an atmosphere and you can surely hope to achieve success for your business.

Steve Breault “DocMeister”