What is Document Management
Information on paper
Over the past century the traditional office has changed dramatically.
New technologies such as telecommunications, computers, the Internet,
and many others have improved office efficiency. Office staff can do
more than ever before.
It is estimated that 80% of all business information is stored solely
on paper. This part of the modern office has never changed. Paper
documents are still filed away in traditional filing cabinets.
Retrieving these documents can be an aggravating experience. Often
documents are lost or misplaced. There is rarely a backup of this
data. A disaster could easily destroy 80% of a business's proprietary
This is what document management is designed to improve. Document
management is the process of digitizing your paper documents into a
searchable online library of information.
The document management process integrates a number of technologies to
create, store and manage your digital documents library. Computers are
used to store and retrieve the documents and scanners are used to
digitize your paper into electronic format.
Computer networks allow access to your digital documents
from remote locations, whether these locations are across the
office, or across the world.
Once your data has been digitized, you can easily create backup copies
to store off-site. This ensures that your business will survive any
The document management process also offers massive productivity
improvements for your staff. Rather than digging through filing
cabinets to find elusive information, simply search for the information
from your computer. Once you have found the documents, you can print
a copy or just read it on screen. Documents don't become lost since
there is no need to re-file. Also, since the documents are now
electronic, they can be viewed by many people at once. No more
hunting for files in the office.
Staff that work from remote locations can gain instant access to the
documentation that they require. No need to call and ask for documents
to be faxed, just bring up the documents securely over the Internet, or
your corporate virtual private network (VPN).
Document management can be used effectively by virtually any organization
to improve staff efficiency, ensure business continuity in the event of
a disaster, and to empower remote staff members.