7 Steps to Change Your Thinking and Begin Transitioning to a Less-Paper Office

By Lane Lebahn | Dec 19, 2018 3:54:51 PM

Reducing your office’s reliance on paper delivers a number of benefits. A partial list of benefits includes:

  • Faster response time to customer questions and ability to find documents for internal use
  • When combined with a solid data backup strategy, additional protection against lost data
  • Decreased storage costs
  • Automated workflows for faster approvals on documents, e.g., invoices

I don’t think paper will disappear in my professional lifetime, but using less paper will be good for your business.

What are the steps you need to take to get there? These seven steps will get you started on the path to a successful less-paper journey.

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How Long Should My Copier Last?

By Dave Quint | Dec 8, 2018 4:45:00 PM

When you spend thousands of dollars on a piece of equipment, this is an important question. Of course you want to maximize the ROI from your purchase (or lease). 

This is a loaded question though and the answer, I’m sorry to say, is the same as it often is: it depends.

I will say that with average use and regular maintenance, a mid-range floor copier can operate for about five years and a decade for high-end models or .mid-range model that’s lightly used. 

There are two filters to look at the lifespan of a copier:

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Production Printer for Your Office

By Mike Andrews | Nov 1, 2018 1:45:04 PM

Even as the “less paper” office becomes more realistic and we seem to do everything on apps, paper still plays a key role in marketing, invoicing, and other large-volume and high quality printing functions.

When you need to print high-volumes at high quality, you need a production printer. With so many options, what are the important things to look for as you search?

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Document Management in Action -- Accounts Payable

By Lane Lebahn | Oct 18, 2018 9:36:57 AM

When your company owes your suppliers or other creditors money, it's important to have a consistent workflow. When an accounts payable (AP) department lacks an efficient document management process, it's easy for productivity and cash flow to suffer. But with document management, the accounts payable department can be more effective and efficient.

Here's how.

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How Are You Going to Get Better Next Year?

By Dave Quint | Oct 5, 2018 4:20:42 PM

Smart businesses are beginning to plot out their plans for growth in 2019 now.

Goals shouldn't be vague wishes either – growth or “better productivity” are as useless as all of those upcoming New Year's resolutions to “eat better” and “lose weight.”

No, your goals need to be SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

Without a SMART plan of action, a goal is just another name for “wish” (and just as unlikely to come true).

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End the Not-So-Great Office Paper Chase With Document Management [Free Infographic]

By Lane Lebahn | Sep 27, 2018 3:48:16 PM

Years ago, “The Paper Chase” was a good movie and TV series. It was also a good way to describe how office workers interacted with documents.

There was no email. Fax was still new. Computers were much larger than today’s light-weight (and more powerful) laptops and storage was often on reels of tape.

Of course, there were filing cabinets and file rooms in the basement to serve as the office “memory.”

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Find Your Information Faster With Searchable PDF

By Lane Lebahn | Sep 26, 2018 4:52:52 PM

When you digitize documents, you need to decide what format you want to save them as -- TIFF, PDF, and JPEG are common formats; each with different benefits and uses.

Today we’ll go over the benefits of using searchable PDF.

When you scan documents, you need to be able to find them again. There are two primary methods of tagging documents for retrieval: tagging documents by metadata (file name, customer number, customer name, etc.) which requires you to search on a limited number of terms and full-text search, which allows you to search for any word within a document.

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