Source: Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Out with the Old, In With the New

On Feb. 1, the Ionia office joined Eaton County, the state pioneers in going paperless, as well as Livingston County in filing case files electronically instead of by paper. “This has really changed the way we do business,” Ionia County Prosecutor Ron Schafer said. He said going paperless was one of his priorities when he was elected prosecutor of the county. As a result of the transition, everything from subpoenas, police reports and summaries typically filed in a paper folder and stored on in a filing cabinet are now all filed electronically using a computer software program called Laserfiche.

Source: WordPress.com

Paper-Mess to Paper-Less – By Larry Phelps

If you are concerned about the environment, there is a technology that is making huge strides to help the environment, but it is probably not something you would normally think of. Larry Phelps links to the Laserfiche press release that explains how Laserfiche document imaging is helping our environment.

Source: AME Info

Bright Wires Joins Laserfiche as Value-Added Reseller

Laserfiche welcomes Bright Wires Co. Ltd as the latest authorized value-added reseller (VAR) that will focus on providing electronic document management solutions for customers in the Riyadh area. IT General Manager Ibrahim Mohammed said that they plan to help healthcare organizations implement records management solutions and the government sector to fulfill workflow and document archiving needs.

Source: AME Info

Laserfiche Launches its Latest Version

Laserfiche has just launched the English release of its latest version 8 application, which kicks off the next generation of Laserfiche products and represents over three years of direct development work. Abdulaziz Al Sania, president of Integrated Business Solutions in Saudi Arabia, said that Laserfiche’s next generation software, which will soon have an Arabic version, will provide his organization with a complete document management solution for the small business owner all the way up to the largest enterprise customers in Saudi Arabia.

Source: Zawya

Laserfiche Launches its Latest Version

Laserfiche has just launched the English release of its latest Laserfiche 8 application, which offers enhances scalability, robustness, and full Unicode support, as well as a powerful new search and indexing framework. Administrative tasks are simplified by direct interaction with Active Directory, more granular contro over documents and metadata through security features and auditing, and the HTTP/WebDav protocol.

Source: Tehachapi News

Council Approves New Records Management System

Tehachapi City Council has approved the purchase of a new software system to scan and index city document to replace the old DataNet system now. According to Christopher Kirk, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, they plan to bring the new Laserfiche system inhouse to scan and index the documents. An additional benefit of the new system is the enhanced disaster recovery options.

Source: Government Computer News

SharePoint Cast Shadow Over AIIM – By Joab Jackson

Jackson said that this year at the AIIM International Exposition and Conference held this year in Boston, he observed that the direction many were taking was the Microsoft SharePoint Office Server collaboration portal. One of the most highly touted improvements in Laserfiche’s recently released Laserfiche 8 content management software is its SharePoint integration, said strategic solutions director Brian LaPointe. Jackson warned that although SharePoint is easy to deploy, content management software analysts CMS Watch warned that “rogue SharePoint instances set up by employees threaten security at many companies. Meanwhile, EMC released a survey showing that 47 percent of 200 IT executives felt today’s content management offerings “require too much effort to implement.”

Source: Infochannel Mexico

Laserfiche Digitizes State Government – By Leticia Mandujano

The government of Tampico is seeking to offer more clear communication and transparency to the citizens of the State of Tampico by implementing Laserfiche, a supplier of digital solutions, supported by Expert Data, one of its main distributors of this software. They are particularly interested in creating order in the Treasury Department. The project involves three phases: digitalization of the 500 thousand documents of the Treasury; automating all forms and documents; and disaster recovery steps to maximize the value of Laserfiche document management. Gasi Fayad, General Director of Expert Data, said that it took a period of three months to digitize all the public bills and information including administration.

Source: Purchasing Magazine

Spend Control, Security Take Center Stage at AIIM/OnDemand Show – By Maria Varmazis

Security features and spend management/product use features caught most office technology buyers’ eyes at the AIIM/OnDemand printing technology trade show in Boston Last month. Major equipment manufacturers such as Xerox, Ricoh, Sharp, Konica Minolta and Canon all announced new products at the show, including software and multifunction products that demonstrate they hear buyers’ calls for new and innovative ways to control office spending. Security was a major theme at the show—both from a traditional security standpoint and from a cost management standpoint. Several office equipment manufacturers present this year rolled out products

with user authentication options, which have numerous benefits. Varmazis noted that as the office equipment market matures, more manufacturers are entering the software fray to help offices extend the usefulness of their in-house equipment. And as more offices work to reduce the redundancies and paper use in their offices, document management software will integrate more and more with office computers and copier equipment. In testament to these programs’ growing popularity, document-management software companies, such as Laserfiche had a notable presence at this year’s trade show. Most of these software suites can integrate with existing ERP systems to show where important documents are in a workflow – whether it be a sales contract or an RFP.

Source: The Farmington Independent

City Hall is Going Paperless – By Nathan Hansen

Natan Hansen said that Farmington city staff will have plenty of furniture and other equipment to pack when they head around the corner to their new offices later this summer. But they’re hoping to keep the amount of paper they haul with them to a minimum. The city of Farmington is several months into a project that should dramatically reduce the amount of paper floating around city hall. It’s a lot of work, but Brenda Wendlandt, human resources director, believes the end result will be worth the effort. The reduction of filing cabinets will mean more space in city hall, and the electronic storage of all documents means employees can search for an old city council agenda item or a building permit from their desks rather than pawing through a filing cabinet. The city expects to have all public documents available through the city’s web page. The Laserfiche system will be backed up daily. Ultimately the city will be able to assemble and distribute city council agenda packets and other information without ever printing a sheet of paper. The Farmington Police Department is already making plans to scan its 10 years worth of paper records into the system. Administrative officer Constantineu said it will be nice to sit at your desk and look up a report from four years ago and say, ”Oh, here it is.’ He said, “Not only is it good for the environment for us to reduce our paper concerns, it’s also good for the city’s budget.”

Source: Computer User

Laserfiche Introduces Workflow 8 at FOSE

Laserfiche®, a premiere electronic document management provider previewed Workflow 8™ at the FOSE show in Washington, DC. Stephen Hall, Laserfiche’s Regional Manager for the Southeast Region, who represented Laserfiche at the

conference, said Workflow 8 is powerful, yet very flexible and easy to work with. He added that Laserfiche’s government resellers are excited to install it for key government customers. John Montel of General Dynamics Information Technology, a leading reseller in the federal government market, is currently working on opportunities that include thousands of users, and he says that Workflow 8 is a phenomenal product.

Source: ChangeForge

Do Your Document Solutions Save Trees? – By Ken Stewart

Stewart said that over at Office Product News, they just posted a press release from Laserfiche® stating the company helped some 25,000 organizations save 117 million trees. The release reads as follows: Conservatively, Laserfiche estimates that the installation of its enterprise software has resulted in the elimination of 500,000 pages of paper documents, on average, in each organization—or some 1 trillion pages total. Some organizations save much more—for example, the Department of Immigration in Mexico has used Laserfiche to digitize more than 200 million documents. This blogger Ken Stewart goes on to say that the scanning of documents does not save trees. He failed to understand that Laserfiche steps in to automate the paper that has been scanned into automated workflow and business processes that do provide a viable solution for saving trees.

Financial Advisor Magazine

Straight-Through Processing – Cuts Costs, Ensures Compliance, Strengthens Security – By Hale Jones

Hale Jones provides a scenario of a client who sits down in a financial advisor’s office to strategize. A decision is made. Suddenly, an electronic form pops up – completely filled out. The advisor signs it electronically and clicks submit. An email then pops up on the computer of the advisor’s OSJ who does a suitability check, signs it electronically and clicks submit. Automatically, the form goes to the back office of the advisor’s broker-dealer from which it is routed through various departments – electronically. Finally, it is electronically submitted to the clearing house for settlement. Ultimately, the form is stored in a central electronic filing cabinet at the broker-dealer where all interested parties, including the advisor and the client, have access to it. Through all this, nobody has picked up a pen or touched a piece of paper. This is the “Straight-Through Processing” system developed and refined by Laserfiche, a world leader in document imaging. It is a scene being played out with increasing frequency throughout the country, according to Jeffrey Green, Laserfiche’s director of compliance.“The beauty is that no paper is generated so storage, mailing and labor costs are sharply reduced,” said Green. “So is the risk of noncompliance. Everything is available instantly at time of examination. Overnight transactions happen almost in real time.”