The existence of large volumes of information, both external and internal, potentiates the loss of documents, increases the difficulties in quickly accessing information and its physical location, and makes it difficult to control information flows.
What is a document management software (DMS)?
The main functions of document management software are to capture, process, store, manage and track documents within your organization. By rigorously managing your business’s critical information, processes are initiated, executed and completed in a stable, predictable, measurable way.
It’s virtually impossible to design and implement reliable business processes and digital workflows without workflow-enabled document management software.
The necessary components of a DMS
Any document management software has basic components to securely manage information, with the most robust platforms offering additional features, including:
Easy optical character reading (OCR) and smart indexing of documents from a variety of sources such as emails, PDFs and office documents, scanners and printers, network drives and more. Then, storing these documents in an indexed, usable form in a secure, central repository.
Define group, user or document type rules in order to control access rights to certain information. This is an essential feature for confidential or proprietary documents such as contracts, employee records, and more. Digital document files must prioritize security and access control.
Smart indexing for automated organization and simplified finding. Users will be able to immediately access documents from any device, inside or outside the office environment, in supporting the process at stake.
Secure document sharing between users with full access rights, version control, and other precautionary measures to ensure information integrity. Provide editing, annotation and task management, helping users get the most out of any given information when it’s in their hands.
Apply retention rules, security profiles, and layout models ensuring that information is correctly stored and destroyed in accordance with defined regulatory compliance.
Robust Integration Methods:
Share and convey information securely and reliably between your document management software and other registration systems such as CRM, HR, ERP, and others. Integration can be programmed through APIs or through native connectors.
The benefits of document management software
Implementing a DMS is the most important step towards creating a paperless office, while removing the costs, insecurity and inefficiency of paper.
Employees will spend less time looking for files — a cumbersome and time-consuming task — and more time on high value-added work, as information/documentation is well organized, and the desired content can be easily found.
It becomes unnecessary to create multiple versions of the same document for distribution. Instead, one can just store a master copy in a central location for easy access.
In addition to the actual cost of paper — distributing, filing, and storing paper is expensive —, digitizing paper-based internal processes will reduce printing costs and other operating costs.
As paper moves quite slowly, a DMS system simplifies your internal and external processes.
Ensuring business-critical information is crucial for business continuity, and ensures that you keep your relationships with your customers without losing any sensitive data.
A DMS secures and protects your organization’s critical information, with complete data privacy and effective measures for its recovery in the event of any disasters.
Control who can see, modify, and share information, by defining user and administration rights. If, for instance, you want to establish that only a specific employee (or group of) can access certain information, you can make that setting in access controls.
Data centres can fail, and natural disasters like fires, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes do happen. If your documents are stored in file cabinets or on local hard drives, the likelihood of loss is very high.
Instead of taking this risk, you can create multiple, secure, redundant backups using a DMS, so that when disasters strike, you can recover quickly.
Stay calm knowing that your data complies with mandatory regulations like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Failure to comply with such norms can lead to severe sanctions.
Easy, swift integration between systems
Integration between applications and platforms ensures a smooth and secure flow of information between employees. Document management software can also be integrated with current systems to create consistent document infrastructure, good and secure filing and process automation measures, while also eliminating the need for and working on multiple systems.
According to an IDC (International Data Corporation) White Paper, “…information workers waste a significant amount of time each week dealing with a variety of challenges related to working with documents. This wasted time costs the organization $19,732 per information worker per year.”
In other words, for an organization with 1000 employees, productivity losses are equivalent to hiring 213 new employees.
How to start a document management project
1 Choose the most suitable process(es)
Digital document management is best suited for document-centric workflows in the three main business areas already identified: finances, marketing and sales, and HR.
These workflows typically require switching from time-consuming manual workflows to productive automated workflows.
To help you identify these areas, start with the common areas that typically yield substantial productivity gains: invoice processing, contract management, customer operational processes, and hiring employees.
2 Identify integration points
Generating synergies through integration points is an added value to be considered in any DMS.
Once your workflows are defined, look for integration points, which could be between processes or with other information systems in your organization, e.g., with an ERP module for finances, billing, customer management, hospital process management, incident management, claims management, or many others.
3 Choose Filedoc Software
Filedoc Software is among the best on the market, whether from the point of view of its technology, available features, ease of use, the security it offers, all backed by an unbeatable support team and a network of Partners that will help you develop a successful project.
We respect your privacy as well as your personal data, taking all necessary measures to keep them secure.
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