5 Reasons You Need to Meet in Person

I have been with ImageSource for almost 11 years and in the computer industry almost 47. My journey has taken me from field engineer, to systems support engineer to management and finally to sales. To say I have seen it all is an understatement. Anyone who knows me has always heard me say that email, voicemail, Twitter and Facebook are all great sales tools, but that is exactly what they are – tools. There is no substitute for face-to-face meetings.

Just this past week the ImageSource executive team and I completed our third week of Nexus ’14; a week of personalized, private sessions where we meet with customers to discuss their unique ECM needs. We met with all of our customers face-to-face; listening to them, (I repeat: listening to them), taking notes and presenting the future direction of ImageSource. The results exceeded any of our expectations.

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I Am Not a Fan of the Cliché

I am not a fan of the cliché “Best Business Practices”. It is a very over used term and seems to imply there is some magic solution out there that will make everything better. The truth be known, best business practice is leveraging knowledge gained through experience at someone else’s expense. Why would you reinvent the wheel if someone has already figured it out? You wouldn’t. Many times I see companies selling software to customers for the sake of selling something, only to have it sit on a shelf and collect dust.

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AP and Government: Explore Your ECM Solutions

Join ImageSource’s VP of Product Development, Randy Weakly, as he presents solutions for automating and improving your processing methods.

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10 Ways to Improve Capture OCR and Indexing

The recognition phase of capture may seem to be the most important step relevant to automated indexing – since it is, after all, the phase where OCR is performed. But at least half of the factors relevant to successful indexing occur during the pre-recognition steps, particularly in obtaining appropriate image quality for OCR and indexing.

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ImageSource: A Fujitsu Premier Partner X 9

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Fujitsu Premier Partner of the Year

In June, ImageSource was named Premier Partner of the Year, 2012 for the Western Region by Fujitsu Computer Products of America. This marks a whopping ninth time ImageSource has earned this status.

You could say, without question, that ImageSource likes Fujitsu scanners. We like them because Fujitsu invests in R & D and quality control to ensure an exceptional product line that continually evolves to meet the demands of an ever changing capture landscape.
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Leadership: It’s Not All About You

As a 46 year veteran of the Electronics/Computer Industry, I wanted to share this article I came across from two of the most respected people in business. No matter what you do in your career, at some point we are all faced with role of providing leadership. Whether it is a promotion to management or just mentoring someone with lesser experience, trust me,  it’s not always going to be about you.

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130708115451-86541065-how-to-think-like-a-leader

Bob Garrido
Senior Account Executive
ImageSource, Inc.

Marketing for ECM: Developing a Social Media Strategy

Have you ever attempted to explain ECM technology in under 140 characters? It’s tough, if not impossible.  Luckily, we have blogs and websites to highlight and describe, in detail, the technology solutions we have to offer.  But how do we drive traffic to said blogs and websites?  Often, it’s through those pesky outlets that limit our characters…

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ILINX Capture 5 – Do you need to capture information anywhere, anytime?

ILINX Capture 5 upcoming Webinar

The ILINX suite of products are flexible, lean, and highly adoptable web based tools. You can capture information whether electronic or paper on a desktop, multifunction device, scanner or mobile device. Capture anywhere, anytime!

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5 Reasons You Need to Meet in Person

I have been with ImageSource now going on 9 years, any of my peers that know me have always heard me say at various meetings: e mail, Voicemail, Tweeting, Facebook are all great sales tools, but that is exactly what they are – TOOLS. There is no substitute for Face-to-Face meetings. I recently came across this article that I wanted to share in my blog with my peers. I think you will find it helpful and practice it in the future.

5 Reasons You Need to Meet in Person

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300 Million Pounds of Frozen Vegetables

If you haven’t seen our National Frozen Foods customer success video yet, take a break for less than 3 minutes and see how this corporation that produces over 300 million pounds of frozen vegetables a year utilizes their Enterprise Content Management system to increase their business efficiencies.

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What Helps Make IBM’s Watson So Smart? Content Analytics

If you got to see IBM’s Watson compete on Jeopardy a few months ago, you probably thought that it was interesting that a computer could compete (and win) against humans in a game show. What was not as apparent was the technology behind Watson, or how it could be applied to solve business challenges and provide insight into the massive amounts of unstructured information in your organization.

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San Jose State University Enrolls Students with Oracle and Peoplesoft SIS

San Jose State University Campus

There is a new way to process students into Universities that are using Peoplesoft SIS. It is called WebCenter Content and it is built by Oracle.  The first installation in the country is in full production at San Jose State University (SJSU).
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ImageSource Achieves Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialization for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

ImageSource was recently approved for the Service Oriented Architecture, Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialization. The SOA specialization provides insight to Oracle’s newly released SOA 11g platform, a foundation for innovation. This platform is composed of many products like Adapters, B2B, ODI, OSB, BPEL, HWF, Rules, CEP, BAM and Governance, which work together to provide the benefits of SOA.

This is the second ImageSource Oracle Specialization which are designed to recognize distinguished Partners that have experience and knowledge in one or more product pillars. The first specialization ImageSource received was for Enterprise Content Management.  As a leading provider of Enterprise Content Management technologies and integration experts for Oracle WebCenter Content, ImageSource proved their high level of SOA expertise though testing in sales, support and implementation. ImageSource also demonstrated their experience with validated solutions and customer references.

We are proud to announce this specialization and look forward to announcing more certifications in the near future. We are also proud to share our latest video which showcases a successful Oracle WebCenter Content solution. Enjoy!

Debbie Horton
ImageSource
Communications Director

N.E.X.U.S. 2011

Nexus our ECM Solutions Conference is less than a week away. Our pre-conference training starts this Monday, October 31st at the Bellevue Westin Hotel. The  training is kicked off with the AIIM ECM Practitioner Certification, as well as the AIIM Capture Practitioner Certification, Conflict Management Course with James Brown and Oracle ECM 11g.

On November 2nd 2011 at 7:00PM come meet us at the Cypress Lounge in the Bellevue Westin for some light appetizers and cocktails to start the conference off right. Come mix and mingle with people in and out of the ECM industry.

We have a number of great organizations such as Fujitsu, IBM, Oracle, Kofax, AIIM, Kodak and many others which help make this an outstanding conference.

If you want to attend our conference register online http://www.nexusecm.com and don’t’ miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Learn How to Save Your Business Processes at Nexus

If you’ve got paper, mismanaged files, labor-intense and risk-prone processes that you want to fix, you NEED to come to Nexus! Nexus is a two-day Content Management Solutions conference held in Bellevue. This year’s conference is Nov. 3-4.

As the host of the conference, ImageSource brings industry professionals to Bellevue to discuss a variety of topics from scanning and capture to workflow and business process management to storage and records management. A number of organizations like Oracle, IBM, Fujitsu, Kodak and many others will be exhibiting at the conference.

Also this year, there is a session on the ECM Ecosystem. The ECM Ecosystem is a process that explores your current “As Is” business state, and based on a series of interview and prioritization, allows us to make a recommendation on the future state. You don’t want to miss this session!

This two-day conference has four keynote sessions and more than 25 breakout sessions jam-packed with valuable information. There are three tracks – ECM Fast Track for those just starting their ECM journey, Management for management-specific sessions, and Technical for those looking for a more hands-on experience and a deeper look into the technology.

You also don’t want to miss our fabulous evening event Thursday night at Lucky Strike Lanes. There will be food and bowling and you won’t want to miss this!

For a complete look at the conference, visit http://NexusECM.com. Contact the ImageSource Nexus Team at (360) 943-9273 to secure your spot and get a special $100 off discount code!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kristina Parma
Account Executive
ImageSource, Inc.

When Free Isn’t Free… Details as to Why!

Have you been offered free capture/imaging software lately?  Or are you competing against someone who is offering free imaging software?  I’m sure most of us in ECM have come across this scenario. This blog isn’t about generalities about why free isn’t free, but specifics of why these solutions are not ready for prime time and may not be your best investment.   Here are things we’ve learned about to ask those vendors when considering their technology:

  • Will they do a POC (Proof of Concept) for you? Or even a custom demo?
  •  Will it cost you to put in the POC?
  •  What amount of time does it take the vendor to set that up for you?
  •  Does the application have the ability to be configured easily?
  • Are there wizards for configuration?  How long will it take to set up the software?
  • Can you set up data base look ups through wizards?
  • How do you search and retrieve existing batches to make modifications?
  • How many of the references they provide were given “free” software?
  • What does it cost year after year once its installed?
  • What are the recognition rates, once set up?
  • How much does it cost to pay for services to install the software and configure it?
  • How many staff do they have to support you once the product is installed and there are issues?
  • Have you ever been installed in financial services, retail, transportation? Or what are your references?

This blog is to arm you with things to look out for, so you get the best solution for your enterprise.  Good luck with evaluations!

Michelle Semple
Vice President ILINX Capture and IBM/FileNet Sales
ImageSource, Inc.

Unsure Economy Holding Your Business Back from ECM?

There’s no question that the US economy is still troubled.  Whispers of a double-dip recession have been heard from Wall Street to Main Street, and it has some business leaders hiding their wallets under their mattresses.  The market nosedive of 2008 is still fresh in our minds, and every business is hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.

A common management response to a potential downturn is short-term cost cutting.  Though it’s important to watch cash flows carefully, being financially prepared does not necessarily mean a spending freeze.  This mindset ignores long-term financial prospects, and does little to safeguard a business from future economic slumps.

Some of the best defensive measures a business can take are forward-looking investments.  A carefully executed Enterprise Content Management System is a perfect example of this.  On face value, ECM seems like an expensive route to financial prosperity, meant only for large corporations with almost limitless cash.  But the long-term (and even short-term) benefits of an ECM system far outweigh these initial costs, and there are systems available that fit almost any size company and business need.

Stripping a company of its valuable employees or other key assets should always be a last resort for cost savings.  A savvy manager will look to business processes first, and ECM streamlines this practice.  ECM allows business leaders to take a close look at their information management, and pinpoint inefficiencies.  Sometimes these inefficiencies present themselves as nickels and dimes on a micro-level.  But, in the larger scheme of things, the removal of these small costs across an entire organization could mean the difference between net profit and net loss.

Getting started with Enterprise Content Management is all about having the right information.  Attending an ECM conference such as Nexus is often the best way of finding the solution that fits your business’ needs.  Whether you’re an ECM pro, or even if this is the first time you’ve encountered the acronym, Nexus ’11 has sessions that will deliver any of the information you want or need.

So go to www.NexusECM.com and find out how to save your business money while keeping your focus on the long-term.

Kyle Miller
Corporate Communications Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Why a good ECM Integrator is important?

I am a big fan of HGTV, especially one particular show “Holmes on Homes.”  For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is about a general contractor who is on a crusade to weed out bad contractors who take short cuts when performing the job they were hired to do. Because the “bad contractors” took short cuts and didn’t do the job right in the first place, they created more problems over and above those which they were originally hired to fix in the first place. “Doing it Right the First Time” has become the mantra of the show.

By now, you may be asking yourself what one of my favorite TV shows has to do with ECM…well, frankly, everything. After 43 years in the computer industry and having worked in many aspects both in the technical and sales side of the business, it will still continue to amaze me that I see as many failed implementations as I do.

The sad part is that it does not have to be if customers would take more care in the evaluation process and place more focus on the integrator who understands solutions and less on the software vendor who provides a tool.

First let’s define an expert. An “expert” is someone who does 12 things, 12 thousand times, not 12 thousand things 12 times.  A good integrator is just that, they are” good” and can be an asset to the customer looking to implement any ECM solution.  Many times a customer will focus on the software vendor to provide this expertise. Software vendors sell software. The problem with this is the software vendor is interested in selling their software or selling you additional software and possibly ignoring the fact you already have what you need or supplying you with the incorrect software for the solution you need.

I have witnessed this many times and to say it can create a messy situation is quite an understatement.  In one such case, the customer purchased well over a million dollars in software, but the software vendor and his reseller never understood the requirements of the implementation and certain costly components were left out of the solution. Worse yet, false expectations were set for the customer regarding professional services and implementation costs.

How does this happen? First and foremost, neither the software vendor or reseller had any actual experience with ECM nor the costs associated with implementation. Neither understood the solutions requirements and they purposely deflated the services costs fearing they would jeopardize the software sale. Using an “expert” integrator would have provided the necessary solution, protected the customers’ interests and a positive experience would have been the outcome for the customer.

Another unfortunate circumstance we all share is the state of our economy. Economic times like the one we find ourselves in have a way of bringing out all kinds of new so called “experts.”  In this environment the customer must make sure they are able to separate “the contenders from the pretenders”.

I am a firm believer you get what you pay for. It continually irritates me to see a customer pay for the same real estate multiple times because they hired someone unqualified to implement their solution.  Following a few simple steps can prevent this from happening.

  • Remember the definition of an expert
  • Check  multiple references
  • Ask for a list of customers with similar solutions and have honest and open conversations with these customers about their experiences
  • Beware of the integrator who tells you they can have someone on site in just a couple of days to begin work. Any integrator worth working with will be worth the wait.  An expert integrator will typically have a 30 – 90 day interval before project start date.
  • You get what you pay for

Bob Garrido
Senior Account Executive
ImageSource, Inc.

ImageSource Achieves Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialization for Enterprise Content Management

This week ImageSource was approved for the Enterprise Content Management Specialization from Oracle. Oracle Specializations are designed to recognize distinguished Partners that have experience and knowledge in one or more product pillars. As a leading provider of Enterprise Content Management technologies, consulting, and integration services ImageSource proved their high level of expertise though testing in sales, support and implementation. ImageSource also demonstrated their experience with validated solutions and customer references.

ImageSource has been implementing ECM technologies since 1994 working with Optika, Stellent and now Oracle Enterprise Content Management, recently renamed Oracle WebCenter Content.  We have a vast customer partner network where ECM solutions have greatly improved business processes and created efficiencies for government, higher education, finance, healthcare and many other industries. Our Website hosts multiple case-studies showcasing our Oracle solutions for Costco, Mazda, Suzuki, Swedish Medical Center, San Jose State University and more.

Oracle WebCenter Content provides organizations with a unified repository to house unstructured content, and deliver it to business users in the proper format, and within context of familiar applications to fit the way they work.  It provides strategic content infrastructure for managing documents, images, and rich media files, End-to-End content lifecycle management from creation to archiving and contextual enterprise application integration.  ImageSource has certified staff and extensive experience implementing this technology. We are proud to announce this specialization and look forward to announcing more certifications in the near future.

Debbie Horton
ImageSource
Communications Director

Where’s My College Application?

A foreign student has applied to four different schools across the US. She spent two years in a community college where she received her Associate of Arts degree. She applied online at all four schools where she hopes to be accepted into a School of Engineering.

It has been three weeks and she and her family have not yet heard from any of the schools as to the status of the enrollment process.

In the meantime, hundreds, if not thousands, of new applications are being handled by enrollment services. Documents, including letters of recommendation, visas, foreign document permits, health records and transcripts are pouring into these universities. Additionally, there are automated transmissions imported into these schools in an attempt to reduce the workload of already overworked university staff.

Phones are constantly ringing with calls  from concerned applicants and parents. Emails are accumulating and can no longer be answered due to volume and reduced staffing requirements.

At most institutions, this happens to be standard practice during the enrollment time period, and universities are looking at better ways to service their applicants and to help break the bottleneck in the work process.

At AACRAO in Seattle next week, ImageSource will present the answer – a view of how the student services operation will look. A major university on the west coast has accepted the challenge and is determined to change the process through true Enterprise Content Management. It should be made clear that this is not document imaging. This university will continue to use their student information system, but documents entering the university will be processed immediately and will be sent to various workflow queues where they will be pushed through the system. As information is processed, it will be uploaded to the student information system, work packages will be distributed automatically to knowledge workers, and plans are being considered to update information to student portals for self-service.

Terry Butler
Chief Solutions Officer
ImageSource, Inc.

Calling All SMBs!

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked into my doctor’s office, my dentist’s office, a community college office and seen rows and rows and rows of file folders filled with information about patients, students, customers, etc.

So let’s take the process at my doctor’s office as an example. I had an appointment not too long ago and my insurance information had changed. The receptionist made a photocopy of my new insurance card and then printed out about half a dozen new pages for me to fill out. Then she input the information into her computer and filed the forms into my folder.

I think about how much paper they use, how much space they need to store all those documents, and how much they’re spending in time and labor.

All small- to medium-sized business – there’s a product that can decrease the time spent on capturing that information, retrieval and can securely store your documents! ILINX® Content Store was designed with SMBs in mind. It captures documents and stores them securely for easy retrieval down the road. What’s awesome about this product is that it installs in a matter of minutes and users can be trained in about 30 minutes!

Kristina Farma
ImageSource, Inc.

Are Your Documents Controlling You?

As your business grows and expands, so does the paper that supports it. Important information can easily be lost or duplicated because the paper has gotten so out of control.  Your employees are spending hours that could be spent on growing your business even more on manually handling, searching and coping that paper mess.

Now there is an economical, paperless way to do business! ILINX® software gives you the ability to scan, securely store, search, send or share all of your business content.  It doesn’t just have to originate from paper either- you can import Microsoft Office files, email, digital media or just about any other type of file.

Another benefit that ILINX offers is that it works hand in hand with your other business applications. You have the ability to be able to click a button and it will instantly pull up any documentation that relates to what’s currently up on your screen. Without ever leaving your business application! Think about how efficient this will make your office- seamlessly joining together your paperless office with paperless processes.

By having a digital office, it also will allow you secure and quick input and access to all business documents- from anywhere. Any computer, any browser. You will be in complete and total control of your documents. ILINX is also very reliable, scalable and manageable. It is designed to have minimal impact on your IT resources, its user friendly and easy to maintain over time.

Interested in learning more about the technology and making your office go paperless? Check out our webinar:

Jennifer Jepson
ImageSource, Inc.

ImageSource, IBM and Enterprise Content Management for Healthcare

Back in March, ImageSource® became an authorized reseller of IBM ECM Products as a ValueNet Partner. As the partnership settles in, we are excited about the momentum we have with IBM. IBM recently participated in the Nexus® 2010 conference as a gold sponsor. At Nexus the IBM ECM product line was featured in two breakout sessions, IBM was formally introduced as a partner and the validated IBM solution developed by ImageSource was presented.

ILINX® ECM Connect for EpicCare® is a validated solution that utilizes IBM FileNet Enterprise Content Management to solve core content management needs in healthcare organizations. It is designed to extend the power of EpicCare Electronic Medical Records by equipping healthcare organizations with the ability to capture ALL content that is external to the EMR. The solution allows healthcare workers to stay in the familiar Epic environment for the capture process or when retrieving an image at any point.

The combination of EpicCare and IBM Enterprise Content Management provides healthcare organizations a multitude of benefits. By integrating the two through ILINX technologies, users can access all information through EpicCare, without having to know how the backend content management system works. There is one point of access. Patients can be assured their information is dept confidential, because security parameters are inherited with the integration and privacy regulations are kept intact.

Although validated for EpicCare, this solution can be implemented for a multitude of EMR systems.  No matter what EMR system you are running ImageSource can implement a solution to integrate ECM technologies and help you gain 100% Electronic records.  Contact us for more information or for an invitation to a Webinar scheduled for January 26, 2011.

To learn more about the solution visit our vimeo channel named “IBM / FileNet Integrations for Healthcare” or visit our IBM solution page.

Debbie Horton
ImageSource
Communications Director

Compliance = ROI

Following up on my last post (Invoke Change) and in preparation of my upcoming segment at the annual ImageSource user conference, Nexus, I found some very interesting ROI metrics surrounding compliance enablement. This is thought provoking content when factoring in some of the more intangible reasons to make technology investments in ECM. I have worked with organizations that actually have budget for fines levied through the normal course of a fiscal year. This should tell you that there is REAL savings potential as a result of acknowledging the impact ECM technologies may yield on compliance.

According to PriceWaterhouseCooper, each $1 invested towards compliance saves $5.21 on average! I had the opportunity in the last 12 months to work with an organization that was levied approximately $1 million in fines due to their inability to recover documents tied to the gaming industry in Las Vegas. Ouch! Another interesting find was made by Cohasset Associates. They have found that for every 100 people, annual savings of $240,000 can result from technology investments towards compliance.

As we work aggressively within our organizations to streamline and evolve business processes with ECM technologies, don’t overlook or underestimate the compliance savings that can be realized!

Knowledge is Power

At an increasing rate, I am getting asked the question “Is SharePoint a good fit for our business”?  I shouldn’t single out SharePoint as the question really is “What XYZ product would be best for my ECM needs?”  Before this question can even be considered, the business processes need to be understood.  Inputs, outputs, systems in place, and platform preferences are all very important to consider.  Is there a workflow process to be considered?  Where and when is data keyed into systems?  Is it keyed into multiple systems?

Talk to similar companies / organizations / departments that have gone through the process.  Go on site visits to see how companies are using technology to solve business problems.  Get educated.  Seek out your local AIIM chapter.  Go to relevant conferences that have a large congregation of people who are using solutions for content management.  Seek out systems integrators that have multiple offerings and address full end to end processes.

When information is gathered from the RFP process, it usually results in software manufacturers responding with one thing in mind – license revenue.  You shouldn’t worry about licenses or product until you have determined your end goal, efficiencies, and points of integration.   Also, keep it simple.  Successful projects don’t need to overly complex, long, and expensive – they need to solve a business problem.

I don’t usually go to the doctor and ask for a prescription until the doctor has done a thorough diagnosis.

Thanks for listening.

Jeff Blissett
Senior Account Executive
ImageSource, Inc.
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Why Training is Important

I recently had a conversation with an individual about ECM training.  This person needs to learn how to build a new application for both capture and her ECM system.  When I described the training and associated cost to her, she could not understand why the training is a comprehensive as it is or why the cost is what it is.  Her feeling was that the system must not be “user-friendly”.

What we tend to forget is that a successful implementation of a new application includes much more that creating fields and assigning properties.  It is essential that the entire business process be taken into account.  ECM systems are designed to replace your paper manual paper and other  processes.  Throwing together some fields that hopefully allow you to find your information is not enough.  It is necessary to know your processes inside and out and to  look at other processes that might touch your application as well.

As with everything else, it is the up front planning and effort that make the end result “user-friendly” .

One place to learn more about the subtleties of ECM is at the 2010 Nexus ECM Conference in Bellevue, WA on November 4 and 5.  Please consider attending this event.  It will be well worth your investment.

Higher Ed Institutions Learn to Bridge Information University Wide

On May 12, ImageSource hosted a webinar titled “Information Management for Higher Ed: Bridge All of the Information Across your University”

The Webinar looked at how Universities are experiencing an explosion of information and how the need to control it, even leverage it, has never been greater. From registration to transcripts to financial aid and more, today’s students expect online services and electronic forms facilitating faster decisions and timely responses. Ensuing departmental document management solutions result in silos of information, and redundancy in content, technology and processes.

In the webinar, we explored how Enterprise Content Management (ECM) allows institutions to optimize specific, departmental business processes while providing a common platform for all information processes across the enterprise. We discussed how ECM provides a reliable way for all departments to securely access the same, current, accurate information. And when content is managed by a common platform, Universities share more than information. Sharing the cost for implementation and ongoing IT resources can provide big benefits to their bottom line.

Enterprise Content Management Solutions for Higher Ed are:
Extensible
Although it may originally be implemented in any department, an Enterprise Content Management system is designed to be expanded to include the entire organization.
Secure
ECM systems allow for control of access to sensitive information, protecting student confidentiality and University liability.
Compliant
Access records completely and immediately. Automated retention schedules allow for effective storage.
Efficient
Immediate access to critical information means Higher Ed organizations can do their job better and faster. This can improve the competitive edge through improved service to applicants and enrollees.
Economical
Reduce the footprint and expense of storing and accessing paper records. And when distributed across the entire enterprise, cost savings are realized through shared IT resources, hardware and software investments.

To view the Webinar please visit our Website: ECM Solutions for Higher Ed

To learn more about ECM solutions in Higher Ed and the many benefits it provides consider attending our ECM Solutions Conference, Nexus 2010.

Debbie Horton
ImageSource
Communications Director

 

ImageSource Wins the Business Examiner’s Top Places to Work Award in the Appreciation Category!

ImageSource was proud to accept the award for the Business Examiner’s Top Places to Work in the Appreciation category. ImageSource was one of 30 finalists and one of eight companies who were honored last week at the awards ceremony. The Appreciation Category highlighted a company whose employees are consulted on relevant decisions, professional development is supported, personal lives are respected, and much more.

CEO, Terry Sutherland, and a few ImageSource employees attended an awards dinner hosted by the Business Examiner and accepted the award. Congratulations to ImageSource and all the employees for making ImageSource such a great place to work.

Kristina Parma
Communications Manager
ImageSource, Inc.
@KristinaParma

 

“Today’s Trends in Capture”

Are you manually processing documents? How much time are you spending on this? How many employees does it take? How much is it costing you in paper, ink and other supplies? Have you ever thought about implementing a solution to automate your processes through document capture and workflow processing?

ImageSource recently held a webinar titled “Today’s Trends in Capture” that highlighted different aspects of document capture, including centralized capture, distributed capture, real use cases, benefits and challenges as well. The webinar also discussed how there are a variety of capture products available depending on what you’re looking for and what business challenges you are looking to solve. If you would like to view this webinar, please visit our website. ImageSource will be hosting additional webinars, so please stay tuned for dates and topics. If there is a topic you would like to see discussed, please let us know.

One product that was highlighted was ILINX© Capture. ILINX Capture is a web-based capture product that allows users to access it from anywhere in the world wherever there is an Internet connection. ILINX Capture is a perfect example of a product that is great for distributed capture. ILINX Capture provides businesses with a variety of different benefits, including the following:

  • Requires minimal training
  • Supports distributed and centralized environments
  • Streamlines business processes
  • Reduces costs associated with paper (shipping, printing and copying, tracking lost documents)
  • Configurable based on user needs

Document capture has proven to be a success in many organizations world-wide. Nexus ’10, ImageSource’s annual ECM Solutions Conference, offers a variety of tracks on capture. Nexus ’10 will be held in Bellevue, Washington at the Meydenbauer Center November 4-5. To learn more about Nexus or to register for the ECM Conference, visit http://NexusECM.com.

Kristina Parma
Communications Manager
ImageSource, Inc.
@KristinaParma

 

How Twitter Taught Me the Importance of Change Management

In the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industry, I probably hear on a weekly basis how crucial Change Management is. We talk about it with our Customer Partners, in our press releases and case studies. I knew it was something that was important, but I didn’t get a true idea of HOW important it is until we decided to have everyone in our company blog and use Twitter.

I thankfully have a boss who embraces social media and understands the value it can bring to an organization. However, it was tough getting everyone in our company to be as “gung-ho” as we are. We started with blogging and rolled out our eight ECM blogs in late June of 2009 and have been contributing to each one for the last nine or so months. After the blogs came Twitter. When I first started using Twitter about a year and a half ago, I thought it was stupid and that there was no value in it. Now, I’m not so sure what life would be like without Twitter – well my life anyway. I attended an unofficial Twitter Conference a few weeks ago in Seattle and I couldn’t believe how many people attending had jobs that revolved around this social media tool. That to me said that Twitter is more popular and more useful than many people realize.

I was having a hard time understanding why my colleagues weren’t as interested in blogging and Twitter as I was. I’m a Millennial and have grown up with the Internet, instant messenger, MySpace, Facebook, etc. I think a huge part of Change Management is helping the users see exactly what the value is in the new product, environment, whatever. For us, our different departments have different ideas of what is valuable to them. The “Aha” moment was realizing that we had to specifically show different groups of people where the value was for each of them. Since realizing this, we have had seminars and hands-on workshops to show employees the value and give them the confidence to use the tools.

I have truly realized that Change Management doesn’t just exist in projects and installs. It can be important in things that may not seem like a big deal, like blogging and Twitter. Whatever the circumstance, it’s important that the users see what the true value is and understand why they are making a switch. You have to show them why what they’re going to be doing is better than what they’re doing now and how it’s going to bring value to them.

Nexus ’10 is a great place to learn about the importance of Change Management and how critical it is to a project. Nexus is ImageSource’s annual Enterprise Content Management Solutions Conference held in Bellevue, Wash. This year’s conference is Nov. 4-5, 2010 at the Meydenbauer Center. Register for only $195 using discount code BLOG100. For more information on Nexus ’10 or to register for the event, visit http://NexusECM.com or check out the Nexus Blog for up-to-date information.

Kristina Parma
Communications Manager
ImageSource, Inc.
@KristinaParma

 

Executive Roundtables – Register Now!

ImageSource will be hosting two roundtables for CIOs/Executives – one in Newport Beach, Calif. and the other in Olympia, Wash. Registration space is limited!

The first is a roundtable held in Newport Beach, Calif. on Feb. 5, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The title is How Social Networking, Mobile Computing & the Millennial Workforce will Shape Corporate America. In this session, you are invited to join local technology executive, Shadrach White – ImageSource CTO, and other corporate executives in an interactive roundtable to explore how a new set of social technology dynamics are affecting how we do business.

During the hour, attendees will examine how social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, together with Mobile Devices like the iPhone, BlackBerry and Netbooks are shaping the way information is created and disseminated. Like cell phones, email and Internet, social media has the capacity to transform our work environment and processes. Future success will depend on how this new media is embraced and how the newest generation entering the workforce – Millennials (Generation Y) – is leveraged. How well this business shift is understood will undoubtedly affect the success in recruiting new employees, managing information and training current workers, now and in the future. For more information, or to register for the event, visit the Events tab at http://imagesourceinc.com.

The second roundtable will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, Wash. on March 11, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The title is The Millennial Workforce – Information Management Solutions for Web 2.0. This is Part II in the series, and the follow up to How Social Networking, Mobile Computing & the Millennial Workforce will Shape Digital Government. This roundtable will explore solutions around collaborative tools and how to best utilize them. Issues, such as security, compliance and archiving will be explored in the second part of this popular roundtable session. For more information, or to register for the event, visit the Events tab at http://imagesourceinc.com.

To register for either event, please visit the Events tab at http://imagesourceinc.com. We hope to see you there!

Kristina Parma
Corporate Communications Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

“How Social Networking, Mobile Computing & the Millennial Workforce will Shape Corporate America”

I wanted to take an opportunity to tell you about a great Executive Roundtable event, “How Social Networking, Mobile Computing & the Millennial Workforce will Shape Corporate America”, that we are holding at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, CA on February 5, 2010 from 9:00am to 10:30am.

I am certain that, like all companies, you are facing a new set of Social technology dynamics and have concerns on such things as security, compliance, and archiving. This event will provide a open platform discussion among business executives on how current technologies for Social Media and Mobile Devices are changing and shaping the way we do business and process our information. Also, new generations (Gen Y) are entering our workforce. They have been educated and are accustomed to using these tools to Capture, Connect, and Share their information immediately. It is the new generation workforces and our constant need for information that will be changing the future of your business processes.

I hope that you will take the time to join us! Seating is limited and there is no cost to attend.

Register now!

 

How ECM Solutions can help Reduce Your Organization’s Cost and Carbon Footprint.

Happy New Year! Let’s go to work on Monday and save some trees and the environment! With the New Year upon us, it is a good time to review the way your organization manages its manual paper processes, i.e., Invoice Workflow, HR documentation, etc.

It has been my experience that once an organization has made the decision to investment into an Enterprise Content Management solution, they have significantly reduced the amount of manual processes, which in turn reduces cost and streamlines a once slow manual process. While this is a great thing and usually the main reason organizations make this investment, many have not considered the environmental benefit that an ECM solution can bring. I reflect back to the time that I worked in an office, that did not employ such technologies, and I remember all the paper that I used in order to share information. Did you know that the average American office worker is estimated to use a sheet of paper every 12 minutes—a ream per person every two and a half working weeks—and to dispose of 100-200 pounds of paper every year? Think about that statistic!  That is just one employee. Studies have also shown that the number of pages consumed in U.S. offices is growing by about 20% each year. This is huge when you think about this on a national and global scale. Because of this unnecessary paper creation, forests are being depleted and there is more pollution due to the creation and disposal of this paper. Over the years we have all gotten a little more conscious about recycling, however, only about 45% of the paper generated in the U.S. is recovered.

So with all of this said… what the solution is? One solution is to capture documentation when the document enters the organization. One can do this by using ILINX Capture to scan the document, once this is done the document no longer needs to be copied or recreated, it is now in electronic format. Better yet, if the document is email or faxed, ILINX can pull right from the source, electronically, and it never has to be printed at all, viola you have already saved a tree. That handles the capture aspect, but what about sharing information. Instead of a having a 200 page document copied five times to reviewed in a meeting, through ECM it can be easliy scanned an distributed electronically with our Image/Process Management Software. Now, I can write about many other bad habits that are due to not have having information electronically, but let’s talk about some real numbers. A Global Manufacture estimates an up to $10 billion cost reduction in the coming years through digitizing many of its processes. This company also has identified approximately $1.5 billion in potential cost-savings, WOW! A large Gas Company has saved 100 tons of paper and $320,000 through the use of making their processes electronic. A Global Aerospace company estimates savings of 8 million sheets of paper and $250,000 by digitizing one of its 100-page manuals.

So, when we all get back to the office from the holiday season, rethink what you do and what your organization does when it comes to collecting and sharing information. If you feel like you would like to learn more feel free to contact us ImageSource.

Happy New Year!

Shon D. Mueller
Senior Account Executive
ImageSource, Inc.
www.imagesourceinc.com

 

Come Play in the Social Media Sandbox!

Okay, so now I have 30+ days under my belt, in “my” new world of ECM ( Enterprise Content Management).  To say it is a new “world” is the understatement of the year.   So much to learn, so much to know, and so much to share!

One of the big things that I hear “buzzing” around is the concept of COMPLIANCE and RISK!   What does that mean?  What does that include? How do we begin to manage that?  As IT/Record Managers in the content management space, how can we keep pace with the many new forms of communication,when the traditional forms of communication and business interactions kept us quite busy.  Now that Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, Blogs,Wiki’s etc. are all the rage, it has become more challenging than before.

Take a look at this branding, advertising, marketing company’s home page: http://www.exclaimllc.com/  In summary, their client’s customers are demanding to be  reached through many different avenues.  Many companies are choosing some of these communication methods, but I think Exclaim did a brilliant job of showcasing all the options plus their expertise in understanding messaging in these new forms of communications.

Now the question is, what does this mean as far as compliance and risk?  Is your company ready to manage the amount of data that is coming in and out of your organization on a daily basis?   Take a look at this slide provided in a recent AIIM Orgainziation Webinar.   Very interesting percentages to consider.  There are many different approaches to tackling this issue.  Companies are now beginning to evaluate the risk they have while participating in these new communication channels.  We can provide some insight on these different approaches. What are you doing to minimize the risk?

Read : AIIM – White Paper – Enterprise 2.0

Geetha French- ECMP

Account Executive

ImageSource, Inc.

 

Enterprise Content Management Brings Efficiencies to Government

In a press release dated December 3, 2009, Governor Gregoire announces several significant reform measures to ensure Washington State delivers services more efficiently and effectively. One area of focus is information technology opportunities.

“Wide adoption of IT shared services allows agencies to concentrate on mission-critical needs while achieving savings through economies of scale and standardization,” said Tony Tortorice, state Chief Information Officer. “This is better for the agencies as they work with fewer resources to provide better service, and it’s better for Washingtonians who will receive better service at a lower cost.”

At Nexus 2009, the ECM solutions conference hosted by ImageSource, two government entities received ECM awards for improving services and creating efficiencies in their daily operations.

The recent ImageSource press release, dated November 10, 2009, highlights the two ECM solutions. Below are highlights from the press release.

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) received the award for Best Use of Complementary Technology for a solution that automates the routing, monitoring and management of imaged checks and supplementary documents received by DFI.

“This solution assures that all checks and supplemental documents are imaged almost immediately, facilitating the rapid deposit of checks received by DFI.” said Ron Seymour, CIO, Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. “Being recognized at the Nexus conference highlights DFI’s commitment to develop technology that benefits the State of Washington,”

The City of Richland received the award for the Largest Return on Investment for an ECM solution that streamlined their agenda process by creating electronic workflows.

“Technology is rapidly changing how cities in Washington can gain efficiencies, improve processes, network and share information. Our objective is to make Richland a leader in information management,” said Jon Amundson, Assistant City Manager, City of Richland. “We are honored to be recognized by this award which demonstrates the economic benefits this technology can bring to the City and its constituents.”

Debbie Horton
ImageSource
Communications Director

 

 

Excellent Planning and Project Management Earn Awards for City of Richland, Washington

 

Congratulations to the City of Richland, Washington.  Their ECM solution deployed earlier this year has earned  two prestigious awards within the past month.

In early November, the City of Richland won the ImageSource Customer Partner Award for best return  on investment.  The award was presented to Jon Amundson, Assistant City Manager and Christina Palmer, Project Manager at Nexus 2009.

Last week it was announced that the City of Richland was also named to the Info World top 100 list of IT projects.  The solution consisted of Oracle IPM, Cardiff Liquid Office,  a Bundle of ILINX products http://www.imagesourceinc.com/Products/ILINXProducts/index.htm which were used to extend the capabilities of the Off The Shelf Software.

The vision, professionalism and standard of excellence exhibited by the Richland team is to be commended.  Congratulations, City of Richland!