Wadih founded PairSoft and PaperSave, and he currently advises non-profits on business process improvement and technology.View all posts by Wadih Pazos
Wadih Pazos • June 25, 2014
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Unfortunately, many are scared off from document management software based on their nervousness on the transition process, specifically around scanning that is a critical part of organizing and archiving data to be used within the system in the years to come.
Though it may seem daunting, project managers and office employees need not be afraid. If they put these simple practices into action, scanning won’t give anyone gray hair.
One of the many reasons why businesses abandon their clunky old filing cabinets is because they tend to grow disorganized. The Paperless Project, a leading advocate for electronic document imaging technology, stated that the average office worker wastes over a full day rifling through old papers every year, using up company money and damaging employee morale.
This can be avoided in the digital sphere simply by giving the documents a once-over before electing to scan them into the new document management system. By eliminating unneeded or outdated forms, you will save time while scanning in necessary files and simultaneously dodge the risk of leaving any sensitive information in a cloud system where it may be compromised.
There are a number of useful applications that have surfaced in the past several years that improve a project manager’s electronic workflow while scanning data into a paperless system. Mashable writer Stephanie Buck made a comprehensive list of solutions for companies to use, available at a relatively low price.
Amongst them are Android and Apple applications DocScan (sold for $4.99), ScannerPro (sold for $6.99), Genius Scan (free), CardMunch (free), and CamScanner (sold for $4.99).
Each of these programs has its own strengths and premium features that a business can explore, and at this low price can remove the tedious process of the scanning solutions of old, which historically takes up much more time. Information from these apps can be easily transitioned to a paperless document management system to be organized in the cloud.
Another rookie mistake that many businesses make when transferring their documents is dumping all the data at once without an organized system to sort content into. This is by no means an effective use of document imaging workflow.
Project managers should be sure to work with a business to design a template that employees and executives can access and share documents within. Sharon Profis and Jason Cipriani of CNET recommended in a piece on photo scanning that not one item should be scanned in before a system is decided upon.
Following the scanning and organization of data within the office’s new document management software, all paper should be disposed of appropriately to ensure that no information is compromised. The best practice is to ensure that the former contents of your filing cabinet are shredded.
When done properly, the scanning process can be a painless first step in finding freedom in paperless technology.