How digitising your documents protects them from flood risk

The UK is currently experiencing excessive heavy rain, with the Environment Agency issuing a three day flood risk forecast  and 78 flood warnings. Businesses should be considering their continuity plans to ensure their information and paperwork is protected.  Digital document management and document scanning can prevent loss of information and provide more flexible access to records in the event of a flood.

Loosing essential documentation, such as client information, orders or  HR records to flood damage can set businesses back both operationally and financially.  Staff  unable to access their normal work location due to  flooding, transportation or school closure can cost your business time and money.

Scanning your documents not only backs up and secures your records, but can also make them more accessible.  Once scanned documents can be uploaded to an on line document management system, enabling them to be securely accessed from any location, using a simple web browser.  During times of flood this would enable employees to access important records from another office location.

Scanning can also help free up valuable office space and enable employees to find information faster.  Documents can be digitally searched using a simple keyword facility from their desktop, reducing time spent searching through paper records.

Any size of documents can be scanned and output to digital format.  Bureau’s like Cleardata provide high quality scanning using the latest technology and are set up to capture bulk volumes of documents and information.

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Cost saving document management solutions for the public sector

Local authority and public sector organisations currently have  business transformation at the top of their agendas, with cost savings crucial in the current economy. Document management should be a key consideration for the business transformation process.  Paperless offices can bring significant costs savings to the public sector, through less manual processing, freeing up both staff time and valuable office space.

Scanning paper records combined with the latest mobile technology and software solutions can create efficient document management workflow, automate invoice processing,  give back office staff live access to field workers job information, intelligently capture data and back up key records.

What sort of records can be handled?  Any type of paper record can be scanned and indexed, for example:-

  • Personnel and HR records – staff information is sensitive and must be handled with care.  Digitising HR records can help organisations find employee records faster and help comply with the data protection act.   E.g. leavers records can be scanned and found quickly  if a reference is requested from a prospective employer, freeing up valuable office space.
  • Financial records – invoices and financial documents can be digitised on arrival, capturing and extracting key fields for direct important into existing finance systems.  Automated AP software can cut invoice processing time in half , reducing wasted staff time, improving accuracy and financial reporting information.
  • Paper Surveys – can be diverted to a virtual mail room, scanned and indexed on arrival and uploaded to an on-line hosted document management system.  Key fields can be extracted using intelligent capture software.
  • Paper Forms –  reporting customer call information e.g. health and social care, highways, environment or education,  can be a lengthy process, using up valuable staff time.   Digitally hosted forms can help reduce staff time recording details, increase accuracy and security and improve the overall customer experience.
  • Drawings and plans – large format drawings and plans can be scanned and indexed by record number and returned in digital format.  This can help protect old drawings, e.g. highway records and help find drawings faster, using a simple keyword search tool.
  • Claims management – claims forms can be handled and received via a digital mail room and uploaded to an on-line hosted document management system.

How scanning and document management solutions can help?

Cost savings – document management costs are often overlooked.  Examine how much is spent on document storage, office space, stationary, paper, telephone calls, printing and postage costs within your organisation.

Staff Time  - Consider how much time is spent by office and field based staff and clients completing paper forms and processing information?  How many paper records are lost and how much time do you spend searching through paper?

How secure is your data and who has access to your paper records –  Where are your paper records kept? Are you complying with the data protection act?

  • Once digitised, documents can be uploaded to a secure on-line hosted document management system, enabling flexible access from anywhere to authorised staff.
  • Only those with authorisation can view the documents, providing secure, compliant document management for your organisation.
  • A full document audit trail is provided, with staff able to upload documents in their native format, helping your business to be compliant.

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Document scanning can help housing associations reduce costs, free office space and secure tenancy files

Document Scanning for Housing Associations

Document scanning and hosted document management helps housing associations reduce costs, secure and back up records, free up valuable office space and provide secure mobile access to field based staff.

Housing associations handle large amounts of paperwork including tenancy files and agreements, surveys, financial documents, personnel information and ASB files.  These files take up a lot of space, often in local, regional or head offices.  Housing officers and field based staff need regular access to these paper based records and always need to find information quickly and efficiently.

Manually processing paperwork can be costly for these organisations.  Just consider for a moment how much time your staff spend completing and processing data from paper forms.  Users often have to complete multiple forms, with duplicate information.  Manual data entry can also cause issues with data accuracy.  Errors may also occur e.g. translating incorrect information from handwritten notes.

So how can scanning and document management help?

Document Scanning Bureau’s like Cleardata have a wealth of experience in helping housing associations convert hard copy files into digital format.

  1. Digitising records helps reduce costs by freeing up valuable space at housing offices/sites and secure paper records.
  2. Tenancy records can be scanned, indexed by name, unique property record number, location reference  and output to any required format.  This helps improve data backup and security.
  3. The latest scanning technology uses clever software to extract key data and output into digital format, compatible with existing office systems.
  4. Existing forms can be re-designed for optimum scanning capture. For example, data such as name, address and location can be placed onto paper forms using a bar code, to prevent users completing duplicate information across multiple forms, increase accuracy and reduce processing costs.

On-line hosted document management solutions

Digital data can be uploaded to a secure on-line document management system.  Once uploaded, this provides secure, flexible access to records and agreements from any location using a web browser.  Hosted document management can help compliance with data protection laws, only allowing staff who require access to see relevant information.  The solutions also enables:

  1. Files to be easily searched and found using a simple keyword tool.
  2. Complaints letters, enquiries or documentation to be scanned by the housing associations or by the scanning bureau on arrival,  uploaded to the on-line system and associated with existing tenancy records, providing a full digital audit trail for tenancy records.
  3. Users to have the ability to assign tasks and messages to other users and associate with records.
  4. Staff no longer have to take out paper records, reducing the risk of paperwork or breaching data protection
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How can scanning help your office run smoothly?

It’s September already, the kids are back to school (phew) and it’s time to think Scanning Indexing 300x200 How can scanning help your office run smoothly?about tidying up your office. Everyone knows a tidy office can help your business run more smoothly and efficiently. Lets consider the options to get rid of some of that paperwork hanging around, back up your data,  improve customer service and reduce some costs.

Document Scanning

How much of your office space is used up by documents and files? 

Scanning can help free up a significant amount of office space, you may even be able to fit in extra desks and staff and avoid the dreaded office move.

How much time do your staff waste searching for paper records?

Lost documents and paperwork can cause massive amounts of time to be wasted and cause issues for your business. Digital documents can be indexed by field, e.g. date, document number or customer name and searched digitally using keyword search from your desktop.  Scanning your documents can help you deliver customer information and management reports faster and more efficiently.  Staff time can also be re-allocated to core business activities and improve productivity.

Are your paper records securely backed up?  How would your business be affected if you suffered a fire or flood?

Consider who currently has access to your paper records e.g. client, personnel and company information. As a company you should be compliant with the Data Protection Act and have business continuity plans for your information.  Scanning your records can provide a secure back up for your documents and secure accessibility to your information.

Do you need to access your records offsite?

Digital records can be uploaded to a secure on-line document management system.  This allows staff to have flexible access to information from any location, using a web browser.  Documents can also be uploaded and stored in their original format, e.g. word or excel.  Scanning Bureau’s like Cleardata offer a secure on-line document management system, with password protected access at a user level.  Users can also add notes and messages to documents and assign job tasks to other users in the system.

Would you like to go paperless?

Documents can be diverted to a digital mail room and scanned on arrival. Once scanned, information can be uploaded to an on-line solution or via a secure FTP site.  Taking away the paper from your company and improving efficiencies in your business.

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Can scanning and intelligent data capture help your annual reporting?

If your company publishes an annual, environmental or corporate social responsibility report, you’ll know the process of gathering and verifying all this information can be lengthy and time consuming.  Pulling together facts and figures from various departments, in multiple locations can be a difficult task and involve large amounts of manual paperwork processing.

Auditing your information can  involve mountains of paperwork being indexed in various manners to meet the multiple regulatory and reporting requirements by internal and external auditors.

Scanning, On-line Document Management and Intelligent Data Capture Can Help

Companies like Cleardata offer bulk document scanning services, combined with intelligent data capture and on-line hosted document management solutions.  This can help automate the data gathering process and give your corporate team access to the latest accurate information.

Documents and information can be scanned and uploaded to the on-line solution and indexed by any required field e.g. document type, name, and date.  Once uploaded they can be digitally searched from any location.   This can be done throughout the year, with users adding a simple tag  e.g. environment report evidence, together with an audit reference number, providing a digital audit trail for your reporting documentation.  No software is required, the system can be accessed via a simple web browser.  User permissions and passwords can be set by level.

Intelligent capture software can also be used to extract key information from documents to update facts and figures.  For example,  environmental reporting forms e.g. waste certificates, may contain the amount of waste recycled for a specific depot or location.  These forms can be scanned and the software can be set up to automatically detect areas on the form to intelligently recognise and extract key information.

Data can then be exported into any required output e.g. csv or excel.  This reduces staff time spent manually processing facts and information and can be processed throughout the year, making your annual reporting process easier.

Accounts payable solutions are also available to totally  automate  the entire AP process. Digitising invoices and financial documentation can help keep track of spend and provide up to date, compliant financial information for your business.

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How intelligent data capture can help reduce university and college document processing

It must a busy time now for universities and colleges processing thousands ofCleardata Dec2011 60 300x200 How intelligent data capture can help reduce university and college document processing  student applications and entries.  Manual data processing and capture from paper based forms can be a costly overhead for these organisations.

Many organisations use multiple paper based forms, often capturing similar information for various purposes, which can be frustrating for the users and people capturing the data.

Forms processing issues such as inaccuracy can also cause data management problems.  Data entry errors sometimes occur due to incorrect translation from handwritten forms or simple human error.

So how can scanning and intelligent data capture help?  

The latest scanners can work in conjunction with intelligent software to capture and automatically extract key fields from university application forms e.g. name, surname, date of birth, course name and reference number.  Once scanned, data can be extracted into any required format and indexed by field, making the data instantly searchable. It also provides a digital backup, protecting data from fire or flood.

Document Scanning companies like Cleardata can also help universities and colleges design their forms for optimum scanning capture. Similar to a passport application form, handwritten application forms can be designed to capture individual letters and optimised for ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition).

Applications can be diverted to a digital mail room, scanned on arrival, intelligently captured and processed using the latest document scanning and capture software.

Outsourcing and digitising manual forms processing provides multiple benefits for universities and colleges,  including significant cost reductions, reduced time spent processing and searching through paper records, increased data accuracy and improved data protection.

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