Posts Tagged ‘indexing’

What Are the Benefits of Document Indexing Software?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Steve Breault, Vircosoft Founder / CEO

Document indexing is the process of adding tags and marks to documents. These tags and marks are then stored in an index and used when someone wants to search for a document. Document indexing is normally used by engines to help retrieve information from different websites. It helps search engines to be fast in document retrieval. Document indexing can also be used by an organization which wants to optimize its filing system.

An organization which needs document indexing done automatically should use document indexing software for automation of the indexing process. There are many benefits which an organization can get from document indexing. Some of these benefits are discussed in detail below.

Faster retrieval of documents:

When the documents are indexed tags and marks are used to identify them. These tags are normally derived from the content in the documents and/or a short description used to describe the document. When a user searches the document index using a certain keyword the index quickly returns a list of documents with tags same as the searched keyword. Therefore a user can quickly select the document that he/she wants. Unlike document filing which requires a user to search the content of each file individually so as to find what he/she wants. There indexed documents are easily accessible.

Allows easy orientation for new employees:

When your organization recruits new employees you will need to familiarize them with the filing system and other aspects of the organization. With document indexing software the new employees will be quickly shown how to search for files in the organization. If you are using the old filing system for document organization then you need to go through the whole filing system so that the new employees can understand how to find files.

Faster Decision making:

In an organization decision making is normally made by using files which have important information about the organization. If the organization uses document indexing software they can quickly search through and find what need quickly enabling them to make faster decisions.

Increases efficiency and reduces running costs:

In organizations with indexed documents, document access speeds are highly increased. This makes the overall efficiency of the organization to increase especially when the organization deals with a large number of documents. When the efficiency of document retrieval is increased the running costs for document retrieval services is reduced. This is because you can employee fewer employees to do the document retrieval work.

Improved security of documents:

Tags can be used to represent security levels on documents. This can be used to restrict some users from accessing documents with certain tags. This greatly helps the organization to protect its organizational secrets.

Gaining a competitive advantage:

Many organizations do not use document indexing software. This makes their file retrieval system cumbersome. If your organization uses a document indexing and retrieval system you gain a competitive advantage. Better customer service and reduced cost are two examples.

Faster batch processing of documents:

Some documents have similar characteristics thereby they have similar tags. By using document indexing software you can quickly search through your documents and arrange them to be batch processed. Batch processing involves the manipulation of documents with similar characteristic in a queue. This also allows for faster and easy updating of documents.

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”

Document Management Software Aids in HIPAA Regulation

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Steve Breault

Technology has changed the way the world functions today. People today want instant solutions to their problems, technical or administrative, and immediate access to information. With most organizations maintaining millions of records in the form of personal information of their clients, financial statements and policies, compliance with HIPAA is one of the biggest concerns.

HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, formulated and enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996. The act has two parts, Title I and Title II, each stating different regulations to be followed with respect to health records. Title I covers availability, portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the individual as well as group markets. Title II covers accountability of information so as to avoid fraud and abuse of health insurance coverage. It basically covers the Administrative Simplification and requires maintenance of national standards with regard to digital document management of health related information.

It is a wrong notion that HIPAA is only related to healthcare institutes. The law is applicable for all organizations maintaining health records and health insurance information of their employees or clients. This is where document management software can be of tremendous help. The storage and security features of document management software can help you monitor flow of information, retrieve desired data at any time and regulate access to the records.

The Security Rules under HIPAA was formulated and released for compliance in 2003. The law covered different aspects regarding security of information, including administrative, technical and physical safety standards to be followed when maintaining electronic data. With document management software you can easily take care of all these points and ensure compliance with HIPAA. Ways in which document management software can help are:

Administrative safety standards: The access control and privacy settings of document management software allow you to prevent unauthorized access to all type of information. This ensures that the confidentiality of health related data is maintained at all times. As per HIPAA, information related to health insurance should not be accessed by anyone without prior approval. With a document management system, the flow of documents and information, from creation to storage can be easily tracked. This allows you to monitor changes and check if there was any unapproved access.

Technical safety standards: Digital document management allows you to back up all types of information, thus ensuring retrieval in case the data is accidentally erased or modified. This also ensures data integrity, as the copy of original information is always intact in the form of a backup. As per HIPAA, you are also required to enforce data encryption when it is transferred over open networks. Since data can be shared through email or web-based document management, with a professional document management system, you can be completely sure of security of information.

Physical safety standards: As per HIPAA, the software and hardware used for maintaining health insurance records should be in proper condition and free from frequent breakdowns. With the access control features you can ensure that the information is created, modified, stored or deleted by authorized personnel only. This way the information will be accessed only when needed, resulting in better maintenance of both hardware and software. This will also ensure that any personnel coming for repair or maintenance of hardware and software are unable to access any information.

The implementation of Privacy and Security Rules has changed the way health related information is handled by various organizations. Confidentiality is a major concern of both clients and employees when it comes to their health records. Document management software provides a foolproof way to protect the privacy of all information pertaining to your clients or employees and ensure security at all levels.

Steve Breault “DocMeister”

Document Management Software is the Future and it’s Here Now

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Steve Breault

Document management is one of the primary concerns of any type of organization, be it a law firm, a retail store or a government entity. An organization without a robust document management system in place is sure to face problems such as loss of documents, delayed processing time and lengthy workflow. The result is slow progress of the business and consequently slower returns on investment. In today’s competitive world, a business can only succeed when it has document management software to record its documents and data systematically.

Documents maintained by any organizations are usually of two types, in image format and in file format. Data such as monthly reports, databases and forms are generally in file format and can be modified. However, data such as invoices coming from other organizations and brochures may be required to be scanned and saved in image format. And these cannot be modified. Whether your business is big or small, you may be receiving a large amount of information on daily basis. With document management software you can ensure that all this information flows smoothly and is available when required.

Mismanagement of documents invariably leads to several problems such as time-consuming retrieval system, loss of information, slow productivity and consequently, reduced customer satisfaction. A document management system offers a solution to these problems through document indexing and identification based on date of creation, author, purpose of the data, and so on. Though earlier systems required scanning of paper documents, today’s systems have features such as automatic data capture to scan and save documents in a digital format. In fact, data in the form of text and table files can even be modified and updated regularly.

Some benefits of installing a document management system include:

Prevents loss of information and enables quick and easy retrieval: When data is saved in digital format using automatic data capture, it becomes easier to manage compared to paper documents. A paper file often moves from desk to desk and is very likely to get misplaced. However, such a risk is completely eliminated when documents are in electronic format, which can be easily recovered. In addition to this, automatic data capture requires details such as date of creation, modification and updation, name of author and how the document moved, so it’s easier to keep track of data at all times.

Increased efficiency: Searching for a document in file cabinets is the number one reason for delay in processing time in almost every organization, not matter how efficient their workforce. Even the most qualified engineers, managers or technicians cannot eliminate human error. For instance, a paper document on the wrong desk is very likely to get misplaced and may even end up in the garbage bin! However, with document management software, every document scanned and every piece of information is stored systematically. Information cannot be stored till the time it fulfills all the criteria for its creation and storage, thus eliminating human error to a large extent. For instance, if an employee does not conform to a particular naming convention, the file will simply not be saved.

Increased productivity and ROI: With a professional document management system you can be completely sure of precision in processing of various documents in different stages. Some documents may be moving from one department to the other, finally reaching the higher levels of management. Unlike paper documents, movement of digital information is much faster, as data is integrated, saved centrally and shared electronically. This ensures that less time is consumed in searching, analyzing or even recreating content in any form.

Research has shown that on an average, employees spend about 27 hours per week searching for information. More than 3 hours a week is spent in looking for data that is not there or has been misplaced. Apart from this, more than 3 hours per week is spent in recreating or getting a copy of this lost information. If your knowledge workers have been employed at $15-$20 per hour, you can calculate the loss in business. Document management software almost completely eliminates these issues, providing a robust and foolproof system for creation, storage and retrieval of documents.

The Benefits of a Paperless Office

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Steve Breault, CEO

In 1975, a technology expert predicted that offices would be handling records electronically by the year 1990. Nearly two decades later, the basis for this idea, a paperless office, is yet to achieve fruition.

A paperless office encourages a work environment which eliminates or has minimal use for paper. In an age where technology continues to make life easier, a paperless office is ideal for companies looking to save at cost and production. Instead of shelling out huge amounts of money to buy printers, copiers, paper and envelopes so information and documents may be disseminated or filed, a company may save more by investing on a set of scanners and filing their records digitally. Going paperless also saves a lot of space, especially in a small office. Filing cabinets tend to be huge, take up a lot of room, and can only be used for a single purpose. Computers, on the other hand, can be portable and used for a variety of things.

Digital records are also more accessible to those who want to view them, thus saving time and energy. Imagine having to open dozens of drawers and browsing through hundreds of folders just to acquire a single document – that would be frustrating and exhausting. However, if records are stored electronically, a few clicks and typing a few keywords is all it takes. Also, if copies need to be circulated, sending the files via electronic mail is more convenient and only takes a few seconds to be received.

Plus, with the help of gadgets like cell phones, PDAs and portable computer tablets, you can view whatever you need anytime, anywhere. Tablet PCs also save people from having to walk around carrying pads of paper to meetings and conferences. Anything they have to jot down they can draw on the tablet and it can be saved and viewed at a later time.

It also doesn’t hurt to know that a paperless office helps care for the environment. With the ever looming threat of global warming and other environmental risks, more and more people are looking to save the planet, going paperless will encourage conserving trees.

All in all, the prospect of a paperless office may sound a little scary, especially to established companies who have gotten through years of paper dependence. Surely it will take a lot of work to transfer every record electronically, but in the long run, a paperless office will be more efficient and beneficial, especially in a generation where people witness technological advancements every day.

Steve Breault “DocMeister”

Go Paperless – Small Price, Huge Value, Fast ROI

Monday, May 24th, 2010

steve-in-white-for-blogsLet me let you in on a secret… vFiler Rapid Indexer makes document imaging, capture and indexing easy and inexpensive.  Hundreds of businesses world-wide are saving thousands of dollars with this powerful Paperless Office solution.

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Imagine all of these features for $995

  • Hardware Independent – Monitors / Watches folders
  • All MFPs and Scanners Supported
  • Capture from Multiple Folders
  • Capture from Outlook
  • OCR Multiple Zones, Full Page, or ALL Pages
  • Batch Process & Separate Documents while Indexing
  • Create Pull-down lists for RAPID-INDEXING
  • Database Lookup (Query) for RAPID-INDEXING
  • Creates searchable PDFs
  • Metadata Publishing
  • Interface to YOUR accounting system through ODBC for data validation
  • UNLIMITED DOCUMENT PROCESSING – no click charges
  • File documents to Windows Folders
  • File documents to ODBC databases
  • Automatically File documents to HighPoint™ or KnowledgeTree™
  • Launch HighPoint™ or KnowledgeTree™ Workflows automatically by publishing document types or to specified folders
  • Links HighPoint™ or KnowledgeTree™ metadata

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Steve Breault, “Doc Meister”

The Paperless Office, Beaten to a Pulp and Then Some!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

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The Paperless Office has more definitions than, well, definitions. Everyone has an opinion. After over ten years in the business we have pretty much seen them all.

This sound like you? “I want to capture and file incoming images from fax and email. I want to convert & store hard copy paper to an electronic format at bargain basement pricing.  Then I want to easily (automatically if possible) file, store, find and share them and while I save big money.

How? Do your homework on the Search Engines or find a professional to conduct an evaluation of your processes. Buy a good scanner. Buy a good low-cost imaging system that can be easily upgraded as you determine what features you actually need.

Powerful feature-laden systems starting at under $1000.

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The Paperless Office: Defying The Bad Economy

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

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Sales of vFiler™ our document imaging software are UP, UP, UP!

Some people are buying vFiler™ to automatically file documents hands-free into their current document management system and others are creating their Paperless Office by bundling vFiler™ with our HighPoint™ or KnowledgeTree™.

Offering great products and services is one thing. Reaching NEW motivated customers, especially; during a recession (not over yet regardless of what the politicians say), when the private sector is under attack and tumultuous economic times, is quite another!

When the catch is dwindling, add bait and throw a bigger net. Right?

Today, I don’t think a conversation about market expansion and increasing sales can take place without focusing on Search Engine Optimization.

SEO saved our bacon this past year. I have to tell you, SEO work on Vircosoft has paid dividends, in spades. Our consistent Google Page #1 position (often #1 on #1) has provided a visibility we could hardly dream about one year ago.

It’s all about DOMINATING your market whether it is local, regional, national or international.

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SEM Masters may be able to do it for you, if you act now.

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Thank you,

Steve Breault “DocMeister”

The Paperless Office Lowers the Cost of Managing Your Business

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Steve Breault

Is your office a beehive of paper-chasing activity? Most have employees scampering around searching for mislaid or lost documents. The time wasted adds up to really big dollars! The Paperless Office makes it easy when anyone wants to find a document by using the retrieval tools available in the document imaging system. Having access when needed is critical. If the documents are easily accessible the cost falls through the floor. Access is provided by the document imaging system. There continues to be major enhancements in scanning technology enabling the conversion of paper documents to electronic images fast, cheap, and easy. Purchasing a business quality scanner moves paper documents into your database system simple.

Your storage system provides long-term and reliable repository for your electronic paper. A reasonably priced storage system will accommodate changing documents, mounting volumes and advancing technology. Indexing creates an organized document filing system and makes future retrieval simple and efficient. A good indexing system will make existing procedures and systems more effective. The Vircosoft retrieval system uses information about the documents, including index and text to find images stored in the system. A good retrieval system will make finding the right documents fast and easy.

Storing records in an imaging system both maximizes retrieval ease and speed and markedly lowers storage cost and employee expenses. Envision being able to look throughout all active and inactive files for any buyer from your desktop. Document Indexing enables you to allocate or route a document to anyone anyplace on the network. Taken in its entirety imagine how much you can reduce the cost of managing your business while increasing your efficiency.

Steve Breault “DocMeister”

Document Indexing Software Easy on Any Budget

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

steve-in-white-for-blogsEveryone wants the most features at the lowest cost, right? Well if you are on a budget but still in need of fast, 100% accurate indexing then you need to stop for a minute and look at what is referred to as manual Indexing or Rapid Indexing at far less cost of jumping into a fully automated system. Document Indexing Software is often referred to as “Rapid Indexing” you get a big bang for a small bite. Many systems offer an easy upgrade to automated systems.

Let’s look at a few benefits:

You do not have to be a techno-whiz to operate vFiler Rapid Indexer. The best of both worlds is the ability to connect to a myriad of document management software applications through Rapid Indexer’s ODBC (Open Data Base Connectivity) connector. Automatic conversion to PDF. 100% accuracy. Low, low cost. ROI super fast.

Imagine this…load your document indexing software onto a workstation or server, easily design work flows (video training comes with the solution) that do what you want done and start scanning. Rapid Indexer plows through your documents like a rampaging wild bull elephant on a mission. Everyone has virtually instantaneous access to the documents from their PC located anywhere in the world at a cost that so much less than manual indexing & filing that to attempt a clever comparison is ludicrous.

Take a peek, watch document imaging software in action and see first hand want all the buzz is about.

Thank you,

Steve Breault “Doc Meister”