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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.

10 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Document Scanner

We consider ten factors that will help a company select the proper document scanner.

User Friendly Consulting consulted with a high-volume document scanning department at a large telecommunications company by providing expertise in the selection and operating of scanners. During their over two decades of experience with this client, they learned a lot about the selection of document scanners best suited to solving the particular needs for the ultimate end users of the scanned information. There was a wide variety of factors that they considered for the selection of the proper scanner. In light of the latest technological trends in the scanning hardware industry, here are some of the most critical factors to consider in the selection of a document scanner. It is helpful to rank the desired features in terms of “must haves” versus “desirable” ones in order to maximize the available budget. These features are not presented in any particular order as each of them may become the governing factor for selecting a scanner to solve a particular need in a company.