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We are pleased to present articles dealing with a variety of topics centered around document capture, forms processing and OCR. Our articles come from our employees who have decades of experience each in the document capture area.

Fixed or Semi-Structured: Which Form Do You Have?

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Have you ever been looking into Optical Character Recognition (OCR) trying to find out more information about it, and you notice that everything you come across mentions that you have to know the difference between fixed vs. semi-structured form design. “I just want to find the right software!! Why does this have to be so complicated?” you might think to yourself (If you are starting your OCR search here are some more things you should be prepared to know). Well, then you’ve come to the right place. By the end of this article you will know the difference between these two forms, understand why everybody asks these questions, and be better prepared moving forward with your OCR search.

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Could SharePoint Online Be Your Perfect Storage Solution?

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As I followed the senior accountant back to her office, we passed aisles of massive cabinets. Only later would I learn that those cabinets are where their vendor invoices went to die! I say “die” because, although it seemed like a proper storage option, it really was an expensive, never-touched solution. The reason I took that dreaded walk was to show the customer our invoice processing software which we would later implement.

There was one missing piece to this customer’s invoice automation strategy though: where would they store the electronic documents when our software was done extracting the data from them? They knew they wanted some sort of software, but which software would be best for them? We proposed SharePoint Online and after showing them how well our software connected to it, the customer chose to go that route. But why?

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