With so many paper records tucked away in filing cabinets and storage boxes that have been untouched for years, a bulk scanning project is no small undertaking. There are so many steps required to turn your stack of documents into an easy-to-access digital database, from prep work to scanning, organizing and more.
For centuries, paper has been the dominant means of record keeping and communication. This has always been despite the fact that paper has a significant number of limitations that interfere with your ability to manage your documents. In recent years, however, the limitations of paper as a document management resource have become more glaring as newer technologies are developed to overtake paper as the primary document management resource. Here are seven of the biggest limitations of paper document use that can be easily overcome with a document management system upgrade:
We are exposed to more types of data in a growing number of formats as information technology continues to advance. Despite this growth, we typically find it both easier and necessary to deal with more mundane forms of information transfer, primarily in the form of paper documents. To expedite the communication between the past and the present, and to bring the sharing of information up to speed, equipping your staff with portable document scanners is key. Below is an outline of some of the features and useful capabilities that you can expect when you choose a portable document scanner.
What should you do with your old paper documents? As your portfolio of older documents continually grows, this is likely a question that has come to your mind. The reason that you are keeping your old paper documents in the first place is so that you can retain those records for the long-term, so any step that you take towards managing them should also help you preserve them.
Why go paperless? Apart from the environmental value, going paperless is an efficient way to streamline your manual paper-based processes, saving you time and money and also improving the management of business processes. To put it simply, paperless document management allows your business to complete and process more work – with fewer resources. Below are a few on the key areas of your business that can benefit from going paperless.
Every month our document scanning team converts over 5 million paper files into useful digital images. For us, document scanning doesn't mean feeding a handful of sheets through a multi-function scanner, it means high volume, high security and high accuracy conversion so you can focus on your core business activities.
One of the most common questions we face on a day to day basis is "How do you convert my paper files into digital images?". It's not a surprising question, the process watching 200 boxes of documents leave your office for scanning and come back on a hard drive about the size of a deck of cards is a pretty amazing. The truth is the entire event is a systematic process with a heavy focus on security and quality.
If you're like most organizations, your collection of paper files probably consists of filing cabinets, document shelving, record storage boxes and of course those loose documents piling up on everyone's desk.