Schools & Colleges Improve Education with ECM
How to Manage Paper & People in the Digital Workplace
Despite digital technologies that have transformed -- and that continue to transform – the workplace, “traditional” technologies and problems still exist. Paper and people are still very much a part of the business landscape. Paper just won’t go away – it’s used to print digital documents; it arrives daily from the postal service; and it lives forever in old files.
In fact, the merging new digital technologies with traditional ways of doing business exacerbates old problems and creates new ones as enterprises struggle with the best ways to manage both digital documents and paper documents, while staying on top of the processes that people need to carry out.
While some type of document management system is likely to help with the organization and storage of documents, unfortunately, most DMS stop there. What really needs to be accomplished is to manage the intersection of paper and digital with people and processes. This is accomplished with through Business Process Management (BPM) based in the framework of a robust Electronic Content Management (ECM) System.
Maximize Your Workflow with Electronic Content Management
The Business Dictionary defines workflow as a “progression of steps (tasks, events, interactions) that comprise a work process, involve two or more persons, and create or add value to the organization's activities. In a sequential workflow, each step is dependent on (the) occurrence of the previous step; in a parallel workflow, two or more steps can occur concurrently.
Success Agency says that poor or inefficient workflow causes…missed deadlines, low morale, angry customers, lost revenue and regulatory issues. Business Processes make up your workflow and determine whether…your workflow is efficient.
Wikipedia defines Business Processes as a collection of related, structured activities or tasks by people …which in a specific sequence…serves a particular business goal for a particular customer or customers. Business processes occur at all organizational levels and may or may not be visible to the customers.
How Efficient is Your Company? Take this Test
Most managers and business owners want their companies to run smoothly and efficiently. Many even set up processes and procedures to aid efficiency. But, despite the desire for efficiency, and the processes and procedures designed to aid efficiency, the sad truth is that companies across the globe lose millions every year to inefficient practices. How can this be?
Capture, Manage, Route & Automate Business Information | 5 minute read
The amount of information businesses must process continues to increase. Workers everywhere need a fast, effective way to capture the important information they need to do their jobs, regardless of the informational format (email, snail-mail, electronic, etc.). Once the information is captured, workers, and the organization as a whole, must be able to manage the data safely and efficiently. The importance of ensuring that the right data is routed to the right person at the right time cannot be underestimated.
How would your organization improve if you could capture and extract the data you need, then route it automatically where it needs to go, when it needs to be there? How about using integration and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tools to improve your business processes? Today’s technologies enable all this and more, maximizing the productivity of your entire organization. Executives should take heed!
What You Should Know About Document Archival
Arguably, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration may hold one of the largest collections of archived documents, including everything from historical documents to art work, veterans’ records to genealogy records, and much more. Often times, when we think about archival documents, we think about the type of sweeping historical preservation for which the United States National Archives is known.
But the truth is, that nearly every organization – from major corporations to small businesses -- has some type of archival documents that must be preserved: (1) Incorporation papers, (2) Tax records, (3) Accounting files, (4) Customer information, (5) Personnel files, to name a few. In this respect, then, most of us have our own version of document archival, which is nothing more than the storage and preservation of information.
Afraid of Data Hacking? Ten Reasons Why You Need ImageSilo®
It seems like every time we tune into the news some other major organization has been hacked. Hacking is in the headlines! With the average global cost of a data breach rising to $3.86 million, companies need to be aware of all potential threats to best protect their networks. While hacking is big news, the sad truth is that most of these hacks could have been prevented with some common sense practices:
How to Maximize Your Business Efficiency (and Improve Your Profits)
If you’re like most business owners, your focus is probably on bringing in revenue. After all, revenue is the life-blood of your company. The more revenue coming in – the more profits your company will show, and that’s a good thing.
But it takes more than an eye to revenue to succeed. Even if you bring in very high revenues, if the revenues come with high expenditures attached, you’ll find that your business is not sustainable over the long haul. Remember that PROFIT = REVENUE – EXPENSES. This means that there are two ways to enhance profits: (1) increase revenue in cost effective ways; and, (2) decrease expenses.
You know the drill – you’re on the phone with a client, or a vendor, or the auditor and you need an answer now. The answer is buried in file – someplace. So, instead of providing the answer right then and there, you say “I’ll have to call you back,” and you spend the next three hours tracking down the information you need.
This is no way to run a business!