Document Scanning Basics
Find out about document scanning servicesGetting an understanding of document scanning basics is the first step to take when you decide it's time to reduce paper documents. With increased regulations about retaining and securing documents, inability to find important documents could spell disaster. It's difficult to keep important paper documents safe and secure in a storage space that is protected from flood, fire, dampness and other poor storage conditions. Filing paper, finding documents when they're needed and maintaining files is a drain on staff that can waste time and cause frustration. Scanning your paper documents eliminates some of these issues.
Despite these benefits, the process of scanning documents is usually expensive. To determine whether purchasing document scanning services is a good investment for your company, ask the following questions:
1. Will scanning documents save time and money for the organization?
2. What is the best way to scan documents and how much will it cost?
3. What has to be done with the documents once they are scanned?
Decide whether document conversion services will benefit your company
Get reviews and comparisons of scanning companiesOnce you have a plan for what documents to digitize, the next step is scanning them. Depending on how many documents you have, you could handle the scanning yourself or have a company do it. Determine how much time and money it will cost to have staff do the scanning. Compare these costs to services provided by scanning companies.
Compare digital document management softwareAfter the documents are scanned, you'll need a way to access them. Document management software provides indexing to locate and view scanned documents.
Check out specialty document scanning companiesFind out whether your files include X-rays or other unusual documents. You may need a specialty scanning company to handle them.
- Some document scanning and imaging companies provide on site scanning, which can be easier if you have many boxes of files to be scanned or are worried about security and lost documents.
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