Update by Stefan Dromlewicz – Director, Content Management Solutions, Origin Technologies Inc.
The market for content management systems remains relatively strong even in this trying economic climate. Mid-to-larger size companies that have investments in these technologies are focusing on making their current investments do more for them rather than buying new systems. Vendors that dominate in these markets are struggling to find net new license opportunities.
Smaller companies have not been able to access document management systems because the cost of these platforms are outside of their reach. Nevertheless, small companies have similar needs in imaging, document management, compliance, storage, search and retrieval. Some of the applications or functional areas shared with larger companies include human resources, contract management, and accounts-payable. Part of the challenge includes the ability to associate electronic documents with other line-of-business applications that store structured data such as medical records, customer information, sales data, shipping data and so-on.
Emergent on the market are new platforms that have been specifically designed to service the needs of small business. A significant entrant in this space is ImagePro Techologies Inc. http://www.imageprotech.com IPT recently launched their docCompass line of imaging and document management products. The feature set includes a highly scalable content management repository with a suite of capabilities including scanning, indexing, search, workflow and additional tools that allow users to fax or email documents directly from the web-based user interface. A lot of thought has gone into the design of the user interface making this application pleasing to use, and contains most of the core functionality found in vastly more expensive systems available from other vendors.
Early implementation success indicates the fulfillment of needs in this kind of market. In particular – capture applications provide one of the most rapid ROI’s for any company as indicated by a recent study by AIIM. Productivity gains of 20 to 40 percent are common. With these kinds of numbers, we expect an accelerated uptake in adoption by small businesses of all kinds. Content management as a mainstream, must-have competitive advantage could be among the next wave in priorities for IT investments.
 New AIIM Study Reveals Investments in Document Capture Produces Rapid and Considerable Cost Savings in Less Than 12 Months.
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