For many organizations, the document control function was the down-in-the-basement department, mainly viewed as the overseers of the large-format engineering drawings created over the years. They were the vault owners; the watch dogs for the repository. As more and more drawings and documents became digital their role expanded into managing the organization’s electronic files, mainly using shares on the network. But they were still the caretakers of the company’s intellectual property (IP).

Back in 1997, Apple Computer, Inc., created an advertising campaign, “To the Crazy Ones,” with the tagline “Think different.” At the time Apple was so different from the predominant computer company, IBM, it was looking to create momentum for what they offered, which was quite different. 

Business leaders focus much of their attention on efficiency and productivity, and rightly so; no business can survive if it ignores them. But in our age of digital disruption, efficiency and productivity aren’t enough. From my experience as a technology CEO, I know that success depends on how well a business enables innovation, both for itself and for its customers. And we in the workflow automation industry have an important story to tell about the power of our technology to enable innovation.

Effectively managing document processing activities is critical to business success. It can help raise employee productivity; reduce the cost and cycle time associated with processing documents such as invoices; strengthen security and enhance customer service. Intelligent data capture is an approach that can help you streamline document processing activities and realize these and other goals.

We’ve all heard the story in some form or another: there is the easy road or the hard road to choose on your journey. If you take the hard road, you will suffer from more pain and if you take the easy road – in the end — you will find greater ease in completing the journey.

System administrators employ access governance solutions to allow organizational leaders the ability to easily support access rights and to manage the particulars of their organizations; for example, which users have access to what, when and why. But instead of being able to take a quick peek into their environments and get a detailed picture of the status quo, many access management processes remain cumbersome, and can be manual and even outdated. This is especially true when managing credentials and access for cloud applications. 

They say old habits die hard. For those processes that have been ingrained in organizations over the years, such as engineering change order/engineering change request, this is certainly true. Because these processes are so critical to companies, there is substantial reticence to change how they are completed.

With transformational leaders looking to improve their business operations, sometimes the soft gains are overlooked with employee morale and customer service.

Our workplace environment is important for not only doing the job and collaborating with others but also for the employees’ satisfaction. There are countless surveys about the best places to work and the best cities in which to work – but what really makes a good workplace is one that has carried the employees along with process improvement.

The number of data breaches reported each year continues to increase and companies are looking at a stronger alliance between human resources and IT professionals to improve their information security strategies. Teamwork between HR and IT is in place at most organizations and is, of course, important because these two departments touch every employee at a company. The increased use of technologies coupled with changes in the workforce have increased the importance of the HR/IT relationship in combating growing information security concerns. There are three areas where this partnership is becoming critical to avoid breaches.

Most people know Kodak Alaris as a scanner company. But on April 25, the company announced Alaris IN2 Ecosystem, their portfolio of scanners, software, services and partnerships. As the business environment continues to emphasize data, Kodak Alaris is maneuvering to help their customers deal with their rapidly changing environments and achieve their digital transformation initiatives. Perhaps the moniker “systems company” may be a more fitting description for Kodak Alaris now.