We’ve all been there — starting a project, unsure if we should do it ourselves or hire an expert to get the job done. Before starting any project, it’s always important to estimate how much time and resources you need to complete the job. When it comes to scanning and digitizing your documents, it can be more difficult than you think to estimate how long it will take. Figuring out how many documents you actually have, and the state of your documents can drastically affect the pace of your project.
In a past world, aperture cards were an extremely useful form of microfilm for archiving important information. You may have seen these types of cards in engineering or building departments, as there were certain advantages to using this type of technology to archive engineering drawings or building plans. Aperture cards have a projected 500 year lifespan, and they are human readable, which prior to computers made them a very reliable and easily searchable form of archiving. If you are unfamiliar, aperture cards typically look like a wide index card (approx. 7.5” x 3.25”) with a piece of microfilm mounted on one side and punch holes throughout the card. The punch holes are known as the Hollerith data and they represent important metadata, as well as card index information that would describe the specifics of the image without needing to actually look at the image itself.
Whether it be moving to a new building, adding more locations or taking over another practice, all transitions can feel pretty daunting. From moving high-value equipment and machinery, to relocating teams of employees, there is nothing simple or easy about these transitions. Even more daunting are the thoughts on how you’re going to move all of the key documents your business heavily relies on, either because you need them to complete daily tasks or because you are legally required to hold on to them. It’s important to have a plan in place to safely and securely relocate your documents.
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While paper has been successfully phased out for some businesses, there are more companies than I ever imagined still running on it. It’s not just your typical small businesses either. Some of these are large operations running in 75 countries and doing it entirely on paper. No matter how much technology we have access to, there are still companies running entirely off paper that is stored in boxes, cabinets, and shelves and then arranged into closets, cabinets, vaults, attics, and basements.
When you think of a leader, you picture someone in front of a group telling a story or casting a vision of the future. As leaders, we are used to leading people. It sounds pretty simple. What’s not simple is when the people are not physically there to lead.
What do you think of when you think of your local city or town hall? Most people don't tend to think of a fast-paced, highly digitized environment. Especially not a place where they could skip the lines and take care of a task online. From car registrations to land record management, local government is responsible for providing documentation to its residents. However, keeping these documents as part of a manual, paper-based process increases the risk of loss, poor accuracy and storage and safety issues. Digitizing your municipal records, such as land records, assessing files, financial records and meeting minutes, can help you quickly become organized, efficient and in control of the tasks that occur daily at your city or town hall.
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In the weeks ahead, we will be highlighting some of Recordsforce's employees, as they are essential to helping businesses stay open and operating during a pandemic as we shift to working and learning remotely. From paper operation technicians to our IT team, everyone provides the expertise needed to reduce the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses that are trying to manage their workload online.
Today, business is more competitive than ever. The need to provide employees with the best tools to do business in a financially limited environment is a constant challenge. The debate over “going in-house” versus “outsourcing” has run on for years with companies doing one or the other, or both. For your business, the decision is even more difficult if you have an existing set of records and no equipment or expertise left in the office to handle the responsibility.
Artificial Intelligence has been in the headlines for years. From bringing the end of humanity or the end of human suffering, the promise of a different world has long been expected as a product of thinking machines. While we are still a long way off from sentient self aware computers, the use of several techniques that fall under the category of “Artificial Intelligence” have taken hold in the document management services industry.
If you have documents that you need to keep for regulatory or compliance reasons, you might have considered storing them off site or getting them scanned. Having a framework to help you make the decision as to which is best in what cases can be helpful in understanding when you should continue to store your documents and when scanning them would produce a return on investment.