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Educating, collaborating, and sparking ideas for maximizing the technology that matters.


Will Your Current Technology Attract & Retain the Emerging Generation Z Workforce?

Do you own the modern collaboration tools that these young professionals will be expecting as they enter the workplace? Time to consider a Communications Platform that translates better with Gen Z's sixth sense - technology?

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and even Millennials have adapted to and learned to utilize great technology advancements in the last 20 years. For the emerging generation in today's workforce, it just comes naturally.

Meet Generation Z. Raised on the Internet with a smart phone or tablet in hand, this generation has an ingrained connection to technology from their very beginning. The newest members of today’s professional workplace, GenZers were born between 1997 and 2010,  and make up 25.9 of the US Population.  Technology has often been described as Gen Z's sixth sense. 

Topics: Information Technology Document Workflow Unified Communications VoIP Phone System

Document Workflow: 3 Ways to Blaze a Better Paper Trail

How navigable is your paper trail right now? How well is it aligned with your overall business objectives? It may be time to identify both current inefficiencies and explore cost-effective, fully secure practices moving forward.

Have you ever followed your own paper trail? Where does it lead you?

Regardless of the size of your organization – a small work group up to a large enterprise - it has a unique paper trail based on your existing technology and individual departmental practices. Your routine document workflow, files and paper moving from desk to desk both manually and digitally, dictate the route of your trail. Your path can often be cluttered by manual, paper based processing, damaged by inadequate security measures or completely overgrown from simple negligence.

Topics: Document Management Document Workflow Document Security

Tracking Your Steps: Five Questions for Your Document Workflow Processes

Document automation and workflow solutions help organizations share information not only more efficiently, but with the confidence of enhanced security and the ease of quicker access.

With the emergence of wearable technology, we are quickly becoming a society of health trackers.

Apps, watches and other tracking devices play a growing role in our everyday life, as this technology counts our daily steps, sleeping hours and much, much more.  These wearables keep us keenly mindful of our daily movement during waking hours and our overall health, with more and more data available to track and share. 

Topics: Security Automation Document Workflow Document Security

Document Management Agility: Five Workflow Scenarios to Consider

The central objective of utilizing EDM is to make your overall business processes more efficient, and specifically to accelerate and properly secure the way you move documents across your office. 

In the months before they toe the starting line, many runners and endurance athletes mistakenly obsess over one attribute through their training plan - speed. However, to maintain top efficiency in their movements and to keep these movements sharp as possible, agility - a combination of speed, control and coordination – is a critical part of everyday training.

Agility is also the key, big picture component to proficient document workflow. It's not just how fast you operate - it's how coordinated and efficient those efforts are.

Topics: Productivity Tips and Tools Document Management Document Workflow

Dozens of Business Productivity Tips – Our 11 Best and Most Popular Blogs of 2017

You have a lot of options on the market when you make a technology purchase. The best solution for your business isn't determined solely by the price, the feature set, or how fast the vendor gets it to your doorstep.

Every year, I learn more about copiers, document management, workflow, and, increasingly, managed IT topics.

I do my best to pass on what I learn to you.

Here are the 11 most popular posts in 2017. They cover a range of topics:

Read on for insights into those topics – and more – to get yourself ready for 2018! 

Topics: Scanning Information Technology Technology Multifunction Copier Did you know? Managed Network Services Security Digital Copiers Digital Security Productivity Tips and Tools Healthcare Solutions Office Equipment Legal Solutions Network Management Document Workflow Document Security IT Consulting Business Continuity Disaster Recovery

The Document Management Decision — The Numbers That Say Just Do It

The average office spends $25,000 to fill a four-drawer file cabinet and $2,000 annually to maintain it.¹

It's no wonder that organizations are more active than ever in pursuing solutions to streamline traditional methods of managing documents. Without the assistance of document management software, organizing documents, emails, scans, electronic faxes, graphics, Internet content, etc., is frequently a manual process that is very time intensive. Essentially, a dated management style that just doesn't work in today's digital, fast-paced office environment. Add in the burden of “Big Data”and the challenge of information management is bigger than ever.

Topics: Document Management Document Workflow

Streamline Your Legal Workflow With Your Copier

Are you ready for a simple way to integrate hard-copy legal documents into a document management system (i.e. like Worldox DMS, of course)?

You can extend the value of your multifunction copier to your business by using it to remove paper from your office. Being able to access digital versions of case matters is a big deal in the legal industry – it allows you to spend more time serving clients and less time shuffling papers.

And, as an added bonus: No more hauling heavy stacks of paper around the office – now you can save that workout for the gym!

When writing these posts, I usually make it a point not to focus on a specific product. However, today is an exception.

Topics: Legal Solutions Document Management Document Workflow

Is Your Document Workflow Wasting Your Time? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Even electronic documents can be lost if you don’t take the time to ensure an effective workflow and index the documents for future retrieval.

Moving documents through your office and getting them to the right people at the right time so that decisions can be made (and invoices paid!) is important. 

It’s also easy for documents to go astray. Paper documents placed on someone’s desk could quickly end up at the bottom of a stack, never to be seen again. A sensitive document printed to the color copier down the hall could be accidentally picked up by a co-worker – and could even be a privacy or other compliance breach depending on the level of personally identifiable information contained in the document. 

Even electronic documents can be lost if you don’t take the time to ensure an effective workflow and index the documents for future retrieval. 

Topics: Productivity Tips and Tools Document Management Document Workflow