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Fixed or Semi-Structured

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.

Could SharePoint Online Be Your Perfect Storage Solution

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?

Starting Your OCR Search

“Oh, I’m just starting to research OCR” are common words I hear as a representative of a company that specializes in the software. There are some essential items to know when starting your search that will allow you to get the best answers from a solutions specialist (or software salesperson):

Where The "User" Stands With OCR Technology...

Automating a business process can entail many things - repurposing staff, changing corporate mindsets, and implementing new technology. Although the idea of this can seem daunting, rest assured that it is well worth the investment after you look at the savings and the assurance of business continuity! This article will focus on the user-based technology, in other words, the software that those who are actually doing the work will use.

Disruptive Innovation Part 2: Invoice Processing Software

Summary:

Learn how invoice processing software is rapidly becoming a disruptive innovation that allows companies to automate the tiring process of paying bills.

As we stated in Part One of this series, sometimes when a new technological invention comes along we wonder how we ever lived without the new device or technological innovation. A “disruptive innovation” is a particular category of innovation which creates its own demand. For example, the invention of the automobile created a demand for its purchase when it didn’t exist and the available substitutes were of a qualitatively different nature. In the technology field, the pace of innovation is increasing to the extent that it is commonplace to hear our customers make statements like, “I don’t know how I have lived without this.” Within the past two years, we have been hearing this about a particular type of software application: invoice processing software. This trend towards the adoption of invoice processing software by companies of all sizes has created a trend in which this labor saving software has almost become a commodity much like word processing software.