Making the most of document scanning

Document scanning could offer your business a number of benefits and with this in mind, we thought we’d offer advice on how to make the most of this essential document management tool.

Plan to scan

When it comes to document scanning, planning ahead can help you save time and money. For example, identifying and prioritising in advance which documents are to be scanned is probably the single most important step in the scanning process. Although it might sound obvious, many of our clients underestimate the length of time that this stage can take. The identification process should comprise of two different stages: identifying the documents you need to scan and making sure they have been indexed appropriately.

It can be tempting to scan all documentation, however, it is important to identify documents which will offer the greatest increases in efficiency once they have been scanned. Over time you are likely to find that some documents are accessed less frequently than others, meaning that there might not be any benefit to having them digitized. In addition, duplicate documents should be removed and although it does take time to sort through files, it is definitely worth it in the long run in terms of time and expense. Don’t forget that you can always have additional documents scanned at a later date. However, by ensuring your most used documents are scanned immediately is an efficient way to keep costs to a minimum.

To ensure your business gains maximum benefit from scanning, it is essential identify which document management system you are going to use before the project begins. This is the best way to ensure that the process is configured according to your requirements and that the scanning process is as logical and streamlined as possible. Our team are happy to provide further advice and guidance on this if required.

Lastly, you will need to spend time considering how and where you will store paperwork once it it has been digitised. A number of different options are available; from off-site document storage, through to secure shredding and disposal. Whichever option you choose, don’t forget to make sure that you aren’t in breach of data protection rules.

Contact PDM to find out more

As document management specialists, here at PDM we work with businesses and organisation of all shapes and sizes. If you would like to find out more about the benefits document scanning could offer your business, or to talk through solutions designed to meet your individual requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

data capture services

Document scanning: the space saving solution to document storage

Cost-effective scanning services from one of Yorkshire’s leading document imaging companies

If you still rely upon filing cabinets and paper documents, it’s time to start thinking about an alternative solution. Not only do paper documents take up significant amounts of office space, they’re time consuming to search and are at risk of loss or damage.Digital imaging is one of a number of cost effective document management solutions available which could help you improve efficiency and security, whilst reducing the amount of physical storage space you need.

Our document scanning service

Here at PDM we use high speed duplex colour scanners which have the capacity to scan over 100,00 documents each week. We have the expertise to scan on demand everything from invoices and legal documents, through to architectural plans and historical archives. Size isn’t an issue as our equipment can be used to scan tiny, postage stamp sized documents, through to large format documents or drawings larger than A0 size. Ideal for all businesses and organisations, digital imaging and scanning is now widely used by accounts payable departments, human resources, legal firms, schools and colleges as a cost effective solution to record scanning and data capture.

The next step towards effective document management

Once your documents have been scanned and digitised they can be saved in a range of digital formats, depending on your individual requirements. The next step is data capture and we offer a range of options, designed to make the information within your digital documents easy to find. It is possible to capture data in a different levels of details; for example you might simply need to capture document titles, or multiple fields within each document to allow for forward processing through other business applications.

Following data capture we can then offer you a choice of different document management software solutions, depending on how you’d prefer to access the information. Digital document managements systems are safe and secure and will help you free up storage space whilst providing you with instant access to information as and when you need it.

Transform your business with our document scanning and document management services

If you’re struggling to find storage space for paperwork or are searching for a way to improve efficiency and streamline the way you manage your business, our professional document scanning services provide a cost-effective, efficient solution.

To take the next step and transform the way you work, please get in touch with our team by calling 01274 883459 or email info@pro-doc.co.uk

 

bulk document scanning

Bulk scanning designed to transform the way you manage documents

Bulk scanning solutions provided by PDM

Designed to provide a cost-effective approach to turning paper documents into scanned images, our state of the art scanning system offers an efficient and secure way to store high volumes of information.

Why document scanning?

Paper documents can take up huge amounts of space whilst being time-consuming to search through and hard to access. Document scanning offers a cost-effective alternative and can help you improve data security, cut costs and enhance efficiency.

We offer a range of bulk document scanning services designed to convert paper documents into high quality digital files. The majority of documents are suitable for scanning; from architectural plans and historical archives, through to HR records, finance documents and legal paperwork.

The scanning process

So how do we transform paper documents into scanned documents? Unlike the office scanners you might have come across before, our scanning bureau is fully equipped with high speed duplex colour scanners which have the capacity to scan more than 100,00 images per week.

We’ll begin by collecting your documents ready for scanning and are able to san anything from paper sizes up to drawings larger than A0 sizes. We can also scan microfilm, microfiche or books if required. Once scanned, your documents can be saved in the digital format of your choice, including TIFF, PDF and JPG.

Scanned documents are fully searchable and once the scanning process is complete, we can use a range of techniques to capture the information stored within them. Data can capture data in the level of data you need; whether you only need document titles or multiple fields within documents. Designed to offer bespoke solutions for businesses and organisations of all types, we work with schools, colleges, legal firms and more to provide tailor made data capture solutions.

Digital documents can then be easily integrated into a cloud storage document management system, securely stored and ready to be accessed as and when you need them. Not only does this help free up valuable physical storage space, it also helps to ensure that you meet your legal obligations to store documents for at least seven years for tax purposes.

Contact PDM to find out more

Here at PDM we have years of experience in providing our clients with cost-effective secure document storage and management solutions. Whether you have a million documents or just one filing cabinet fully, we’ll work closely with you to create a solution which saves you time and money whilst helping to improve efficiency.

Contacting PDM is easy; simply call 01274 883459 or email info@pro-doc.co.uk

document management services

Making the most of document scanning

Our advice on how to maximise the benefits of document scanning

Following on from our recent blog post on the benefits document scanning could offer your business, we thought we’d offer advice on how to make the most of this valuable document management tool.

Planning for scanning

As with many things, when it comes to document scanning, planning ahead can help you save time and money. With this in mind, identifying and prioritising in advance which documents are to be scanned is probably the single most important step in the scanning process. Whilst it might sound obvious, many of our clients underestimate the length of time that this stage can take. The identification process should comprise of two different stages: finding the documents you need to scan and making sure they have been indexed appropriately.

The first thing to remember is that it is important to identify documents which will offer the most benefits to efficiency once they have been scanned. Over time you are likely to find that some documents are accessed less frequently which means that there might not be any benefit to having them digitized. Remember that you can always have additional documents scanned at a later date. However, by ensuring your most used documents are scanned immediately is a good way to help keep costs to a minimum.

Duplicate documents should be removed and although it does take time to sort through files, it is definitely worth it in the long run in terms of time and expense.

To ensure your business enjoys maximum benefit from scanning, it is vital that you identify which document management system you are going to use before the project begins. This is the best way to ensure that the process is configured according to your requirements and that the scanning process is as logical and streamlined as possible. Our team are happy to provide further advice and guidance on this if required.

Last and by no means least, you will need to spend time considering how and where you will store paperwork once it it has been digitised. A range of options are available, from off-site document storage, through to secure shredding and disposal. Whichever option you choose, don’t forget to make sure that you aren’t in breach of data protection rules.

Contact PDM to find out more

As document management specialists, here at PDM we work with businesses and organisation of all shapes and sizes. If you would like to find out more about the benefits document scanning could offer your business, or to talk through solutions designed to meet your individual requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

microfiche document scanning

Cut costs with microfiche scanning

Improve efficiency and cut costs with our microfiche document scanning service

Once an essential way to store data such as plans, information or drawings, microfiche was widely used by engineering, finance and HR departments. Although microfiche is now an outdated technology, for many businesses it is still vital that they are able to access the information stored on microfiche documents. However, accessing the information isn’t always simple or straightforward and can result in a range of problems including:

  • Reading microfiche documents requires special equipment which can cost as much as £1000. In addition, as this type of equipment is rapidly becoming obsolete, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of.
  • Unlike digital files, files stored on microfiche cannot be indexed. This makes it difficult and time consuming for staff to find the information they need.
  • Unlike digital files, the information stored on microfiche cannot be easily shared. This means that the costs of sharing the information can easily spiral, whilst there is the ever present danger that the information can be lost in transit.

Document scanning services from PDM

Here at PDM we offer a range of cost-effective document scanning services, designed to help businesses and organisations reduce costs and improve efficiency. Ideal for converting microfiche documents in PDFs or any other format you require, we have the capability to scan information quickly and efficiently.

Not only does document scanning help improve efficiency and cut costs, it will also dramatically reduce the amount of physical storage space you need. Unlike their microfiche or paper counterparts, digital documents take up no storage space at all, whilst ensuring they secure and can be accessed at the touch of a button.

Contact PDM for further information

If you would like to find out more about our microfiche document scanning service, or to talk through your individual requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 01274 883459.

electronic document scanning management storage

Could document scanning help your business?

Document scanning services provided by PDM

There’s nothing more irritating or time consuming than searching for an important piece of information from an old document. You know you filed it in the right place last time you used it, but instead have to spend hours rifling through filing cabinets in an effort to track down the elusive piece of paper.

Or perhaps you know exactly which snippet of information you need, but can’t remember which document it’s in. You know that you’ll have to search through piles of folders to find it when you could be doing something far more productive instead. We’ve all been there but when used efficiently, document scanning offers a cost-effective way to knock irritating, time-consuming situations such as these on the head, helping you free up your time to do what you do best.

What is document scanning?

When document scanning is suggested as an efficient way to capture images of documents, many people think of desk top scanners, used to scan individual documents one at a time. Here at PDM we use high-speed duplex scanners which have the capacity to scan more than 100,000 images per week. The resulting images can be saved in a range of digital formats including PDF and JPG, depending on your individual requirements.

What’s involved?

Document scanning refers to a process of converting paper documents into a digital format. This process begins with the scanning and capture of the image, utilising OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software designed to intelligently recognise words. The digital file is then stored securely, available for retrieval as required.

What are the benefits of document scanning?

  • Document scanning offers a range of benefits, not least in terms of additional storage space. Paperwork takes up huge amounts of space but by scanning documents into a digital format, document scanning can help you create room in your office.

  • Efficiency is also improved as rather than spending hours searching through paper files and folders, you and your team could find the information you need at the touch of a button. When efficiency is improved costs are cut too, helping you save time and money.

  • Document security and data protection have been highlighted by the recent introduction of the GDPR requirements. Digital documents storage is safe and secure, offering you a way to manage data and personal information with efficiency and in-line with the new GDPR regulations.

Contact PDM to find out more

Our specialist document scanning and management solutions have been designed to help businesses just like yours save time, cut costs and improve efficiency.

If you would like to find out more about our document scanning services, or to talk through your individual requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

document security scanning services

Services designed to protect your business-critical documents

Protect your important documents with scanning and data capture services from PDM

The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ is here and although snow and low temperatures are unlikely to pose any threat to your important documents, this week’s bad weather does highlight the importance of document security.

Paper documents not only take up significant amounts of storage space, they are also susceptible to damage from the potential risks posed by severe weather events. Electronic documents, on the other hand, can be secured safely and securely in the ‘cloud’, enabling you to access them whenever and wherever you need to – perfect if a snow day forces you to work from home!

Here at PDM we offer a range of cost-effective digital document storage options and services, from highly efficient scanning, through to online storage, archive management and data capture. We work with business and organisations of all shapes and sizes, providing solutions to help you save money, improve document security and efficiency.

Converting your paperwork into secure electronic documents

Regardless of the nature of your business, we have the capability to scan your business-critical documents into digital versions, whether they are legal files, architectural plans, financial documents or archives. Our high-speed scanners are designed to scan multiple documents quickly and accurately, converting them into a digital format.

Once scanning has taken place, digital documents can be designed to be searched, accesses and shared at the touch of a button. Not only does document scanning offer an unbeatable way to free up much needed office space, it will also save your staff valuable time, helping the improve efficiency.

Digitally scanned documents can be transferred to you securely online, enabling them to be integrated into a new or existing document management system. Whichever option you choose, you’ll have the reassurance of knowing that your documents are safe, secure and ready to be accessed as and when you need them.

Contact PDM to find out more about our document scanning and archive management services

If you would like to find out more about the benefits that document scanning and digital archive management could offer your business or organisation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements.

document scanning services from Pro-Doc

Outsourcing scanning can save you time and money

Many businesses have to deal with huge volumes of paperwork on a daily basis, covering everything from proposals and budget reports, through to contracts, invoices and human resources files. These are just a few examples, making up only a tiny percentage of the paperwork your staff is likely to have to cope with.

Scanning documents to convert them into digital files is an obvious solution and can help you keep on top of paperwork but by trying to scan ‘in-house’, you’re likely to cause a number of problems including paper jams, poor image quality and wasted staff time. Multifunctional office scanners simply aren’t designed to cope with large volumes of paperwork generated by most offices and with this in mind; outsourcing scanning provides a cost-effective solution to document management.

Scanning services provided by Pro-Doc

We offer a range of highly-efficient scanning services, designed to meet the individual requirements of businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes, including legal companies, schools, colleges and universities.

Our scanning equipment has the capability to scan large volumes of paperwork in all sizes and formats, including historical documents, archives, architectural plans and financial documents. The image quality of each document is automatically enhanced, offering you the reassurance that the digital versions are easy to search and read. Documents can be converted into a wide range of digital formats, designed to be easy to search, access and share – regardless of where you are.

Contact us to find out more about the benefits of document scanning

If you’re looking for a way to improve efficiency, cut costs, reduce storage and enhance collaboration, document scanning offers the ideal solution. If you would like to find out more about our range of document scanning services, or to talk through your individual requirements, why not get in touch with us today?

document management services

Preparing to go paperless? Online document storage offers the ideal solution

Cut costs and improve efficiency with online document storage solutions

If going paperless is one of your business goals, online document storage is the ideal way to streamline your systems, reduce storage space and cut down costs. All businesses face the prospect of finding ingenious ways to process and store paperwork which can easily begin to take over your premises.

How can PDM help?

Here at PDM we offer a range of document management and archive solutions, available for businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes. Digitising your documents by using our document scanning service is the ideal way to help free up valuable storage and office space.

Documents of all sizes and format are suitable for scanning, from architectural plans and historical archives, through to financial and legal paperwork such as contracts or invoices. We use powerful high-speed scanning equipment with the capability to scan documents quickly and efficiently, before converting them into the digital format of your choice. Once scanned and digitised, documents can then be stored using a secure online storage facility.

Digitised documents can be easily accessed and are designed to be shared and viewed easily – regardless of where you are. Not only does this offer an effective way to reduce the amount of paper you need and physical document storage, it also has the potential to vastly improve staff collaboration and streamline systems.

Online document storage offers the following benefits:

  • Data is stored securely and found and retrieved from multiple locations using a web browser
  • Relevant permissions can be set, enabling you to control who has access to certain documents
  • Digitised documents can be filed and indexed in an electronic ‘filing cabinet’; designed to eradicate time spent looking for documents. Keyword search functionality is available and can be used to find information quickly

Contact PDM to find out more

We work with a wide range of businesses and organisations, from schools and colleges, through to legal firms and manufacturing companies. If you’d like to find out more about the benefits that online document storage could offer your business or organisation please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

document management storage solutions

Make improved streamlined document management a New Year resolution for your business

So it’s the time of year when we make New Year resolutions and alongside the usual suspects such as losing a few pounds or getting more exercise, why not thinking about making some resolutions for your business?

From improving efficiency and taking on new staff, through to reducing overheads or even relocating to new premises, streamlining the way to you manage, share and store data can have a significant impact upon all of these areas and more.

Maximise office space with online document storage

If your office is feeling cramped and cluttered, rather than going to the trouble and expense of moving, it can be well worth taking a good look at how much storage space is being taken up by paperwork and documents. Using online document storage is the ideal way to free up space and once paper documents have been scanned and digitised, they can be securely shredded or moved to an off-site storage facility. Online document is completely safe and secure and once converted into a digital format, documents can be shared or accessed at the touch of a button.

Document scanning designed to increase productivity and improve accuracy

Depending on the nature of your business, document scanning and data capture offers a highly efficient way to record and store data. Unlike manual data entry which is incredibly time-consuming, document scanning and data capture are accurate, fast methods of entering large volumes of information, helping you speed up data processing and make better use of staff time.

Ensure you meet the new GDPR regulations

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, there’s not long to go until the new GDPR regulations come into effect. By digitising your records, your staff will be able to find data much faster whilst helping to ensure you meet the GDPR regulations which will come into effect in May this year.

Get ready to meet your 2018 business goals

Regardless of what you do or how you do it, here at Pro-Doc we offer a range of effective document management solutions suitable for businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes. From schools and colleges, through to manufacturing and financial companies, our document management services can help you save time and money.

If you would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to talk through your individual requirements.