Yes, You Need Maintenance on Your Scanner

As budgets get tighter it’s inevitable that the need for hardware maintenance will come into question. It’s like insurance in your own personal life; nobody likes to pay for it but you definitely dont want to get caught without it.

If your equipment is mission critical, you need to keep it covered under a service contract.
If you don’t have the budget to replace it immediately, you need a service contract.
If you are unsure what model it would  be replaced by or where or how to get it you should definately maintain your service contract.

There does come a point in time when it is more practical to put those renewal dollars towards a replacement.  If you’re working with a good company such as ImageSource we will let you know at renewal time that you should be planning for your replacement either this year or the year after. We can help you select a model and also review compatibility.

Upgrades can be tricked and can trigger software upgrades at the sametime, these are best planned for rather than inadvertenly discovered.

If you need assistance planning, renewing or replacing your scanner please give us a call.
Thank you for your time!

Ruben Kerson
Inside Sales Manager
ImageSource Inc.

Do You Know Where Your Records Are? Are They Safe?

Just recently I attended a thought provoking round table discussion involving records management. I, being directly immersed in enterprise content management, have bypassed the times when people stored physical records in an outside storage facility or in cabinets upon filing cabinets solely for records. Oh wait, that still exists!

One topic of discussion was what to do during a disaster. What do you do to save all the paper records when there is a flood or a fire? The various answers ranged from putting them in a trash bag if it involved flooding or putting your records in a freezer if there is a fire. These do seem like practical solutions but I’m not sure how efficient this would be when you are racing against a fire or flood and there are thousands upon thousands of papers that need to be saved for a million dollar corporation.

I do understand the physical storage of paper and it is a practice that has been around forever, but now there are alternative solutions that will not only bring a great return on investment but also you do not have to stress about these “what if” situations. The solution is going paperless with Enterprise Content Management.

Did you know:

  • The cost to manage a 4 drawer filing cabinet costs $25,000 on average. (futurelawoffice.com)
  • It costs $20 to file a document
  • It costs $120 to search for a misfiled document
  • 7.5% of all documents get lost and 3% of the remainder get misfiled (Inc. Magazine)
  • Companies misfile up to 20% of their records (ARMA International)

If you implement an Enterprise Content Management system, these systems are designed to capture, manage, store, deliver and preserve structured and unstructured content.
If you are worried about who will have access to these records and documents, ECM is the answer. You can create restrictions so only certain people are allowed to access certain content.
If you are worried about the retention schedule of your records, ECM is the answer. ECM enables automation of records management so after the 5 year retention period comes up you will get a notification to dispose those records.
If you are worried about your files getting ruined from water or fire, ECM is the answer because you no longer  have to worry about maintaining physical copies.
And an ECM system can allow you to access your information from remote locations with multiple people accessing that info at the same time.

The possibilities are endless!

If you think Enterprise Content Management and going paperless sounds like the ideal solution then you are right. So come and explore the possibilities and capabilities of the various ECM technologies at our Nexus ’11 ECM Solutions Conference in Bellevue, Washington and we will help you get on the right track.

Tracy Lim
Communications Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Eagerly Awaiting Nexus 2011

Not your average conference.

Nexus ’11 will be my 3rd Nexus conference.   I had the overwhelming, yet fortunate blessing of starting my first day of work for ImageSource at Nexus 2009.   I have been in sales for 10+ years but at the time I was 100% new to ECM.    Questions running through my head:  1) What is ECM?   2) Who uses ECM?  3) Why doesn’t everyone have ECM?   4) Now what is ECM??

ECM is interesting after you understand the depth of what it can do for your business.   As many of you have heard INFORMATON IS POWER.  ECM is the practice of leveraging information.    It empowers employees within a business to access information that solves problems in the day-to-day ins and outs of running a business.

I am excited to participate once again in this conference.  We have an amazing Key Note Speaker who was incredible last year, so of course we have asked him to return – Dr. James Brown. This year we are staying at the Westin Bellevue which we will all secretly long for after our action and information packed days. Although we are at a new hotel this year, some of you may be concerned that our evening event will no longer be at Lucky Strike… but fear no more! We will take over Lucky Strike Lanes and it will once again prove to be an outstanding place to meet other attendee’s where you can strut your best bowling moves.

Come enjoy Nexus 2011 with me.   I am eager to share the experience.

Geetha French
Inside Sales
ImageSource 

What value does Virtual ReScan Software (VRS) provide with my scanner?

When purchasing a scanner for document imaging, software is bundled with the scanner that automatically examines documents and applies the correct settings to deliver high quality scanned images. Or in simple terms – it enables image clean-up and clarity to occur automatically at the point of scanning the document.  This software SAVES a great deal of TIME and is EASY to use…This little piece of magical software is called Virtual ReScan or VRS.

Many scanner manufacturers include the Kofax VRS software in the scanner purchase price. Fujitsu includes Kofax VRS Professional software with their scanners and Panasonic includes the latest version of Kofax VRS called Kofax VRS Elite bundled with their scanners.  Other manufacturers do offer the software at an additional cost (Canon, Kodak etc.).

Some of the features in Kofax VRS Elite software:

  • Auto-rotation
  • Auto-cleanup
  • Hole punch removal
  • Blank page deletion
  • Color detection
  • Color smoothing
  • Automatic crop and deskew
  • Improved recognition (increases the accuracy of OCR & ICR software)
  • Scan at the scanner’s rated scanning speed
  • Network-friendly images

Take a look at the Image Processing video on Kofax VRS Elite to get a visual on some of the functionality. I have customers that use the software and will not purchase another scanner without it!

Megan Lane
Inside Sales
ImageSource, Inc.

Going Green with Document Imaging

Green business isn’t just talk anymore!  Many companies today are working on Green Initiatives to make them more environmentally friendly.  One popular initiative is to go “paperless” and implement a document imaging system.  What could be more environmentally friendly than saving some paper, hence saving trees?  Document management reduces paper creation, storage requirements, and travel costs.  Online forms and signature eliminate paper at the source.  There are many resources on Green Initiatives in the document imaging world provided by participating in groups such as AIIM, ARMA, and attending conferences that discuss these initiatives such as the ImageSource conference, “Nexus.”

When it comes to deciding what kind of scanners you need for your document imaging system, many companies are taking a harder look at which manufactures are producing environmentally friendly equipment.  Some concerns include what type of chemicals used in the products, energy-saving modes, duplexing options, and if the manufacture recycles.  Compared to other office equipment, (According to the EPA)  a scanner consumes significantly less energy than a photocopier, resulting in lower green house gases.

American office workers use four million tons of copy paper annually, equivalent to 10,000 sheets of copy paper per worker.  If the United States were to reduce office paper by 10%, 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases could be eliminated, the same as removing 280,000 cars from the road.  As more companies implement document management systems, their paper creation and use goes down and therefore create less greenhouse gases.  Although our world is far from being completely paperless, we are surely making great strides in that direction and lessening our footprint on the environment in the process.

Andrea Latham, CDIA+

Inside Sales

ImageSource, Inc.

Phone 360.943.9273

www.imagesourceinc.com

NEXUS ’09

ImageSource’s annual ECM solutions conference, Nexus, is one of the Northwest’s premier conferences for people with all levels of enterprise content management expertise. This year’s conference is no exception. Nexus ’09 is two-days packed with more than 28 breakout sessions and four keynotes from world-class speakers and experts.

Breakouts include sessions in the ECM Fast Track, Management Track and Technology Track. These breakdowns allow attendees to attend sessions that fit their level of ECM expertise the best. The four keynote sessions are from speakers who are experts in the field. One of the keynotes will be a case study panel with individuals who have implemented different types of systems in a variety of verticals.

Right now, Nexus is only $295! This early-bird price only lasts through July 15th, and after that, the price will increase.

This year’s conference is November 2-3, 2009, with post-conference training on November 4, 2009, at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. Nexus attendees have the option to stay at the Hyatt in Bellevue for a discounted rate.

Members of PMI, ARMA, AHIMA or IAPP can earn credits toward their membership at this year’s Nexus conference.

PMI: PMI members were able to receive 12 Professional Development Units at Nexus ’08. This year, ImageSource is applying for the same number of PDUs.

ARMA: Nexus ’08 was approved for 9 ICRM credits and we expect that Nexus ’09 will be offering the same.

AHIMA: AHIMA members who attended Nexus ’08 were able to receive 11 Continuing Education Units. ImageSource is applying for the same number for Nexus ’09.

IAPP: IAPP members will be able to use Nexus ’09 toward continuing their membership with the organization.

For more information about Nexus ’09 or to register for the event, please visit www.NexusECM.com.

 Kristina Parma
Corporate Communications Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

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