An influx of document storage companies have arrived to meet the growing needs of businesses looking for better methods of records management. Document solutions being offered generally consist of computer software that is used to track and store electronic documents and/or images of paper documents. Some common terms given to the purpose of this type of software system include enterprise content management, digital asset management, and document imaging systems.
Records management had its beginnings in the 1980s, with a number of vendors beginning to develop software systems to manage paper-based documents. These systems dealt with paper documents, which included not only printed and published documents, but also photographs and the like. Later document solutions began to include electronic documents within their management systems. These early systems have since been expanded into all-encompassing document solutions that are based on document imaging systems that can capture, store, index, and retrieve electronic images in universally accessible file formats from secure online databases.
Document storage companies can now provide online repositories for images with redundant, off-site backups, making records management of today much more secure and dependable than the early methods of file retention. Software costs have been reduced down to an affordable level with easy implementation and training requirements. Mass-adoption of electronic document solutions has begun.
When choosing a vendor to manage business records, cost, range of services, reliability and company reputation should be taken into account. Many companies will promise to protect and management records safely and securely, but will fail to mention that files will be stored in their proprietary software or will be processed by third-party contractors who may or may not be insured. Be sure to thoroughly research any company that may have access to confidential information that is vital to business continuity.
ArchiveIT has provided a document management solution for years that utilizes PDF documents within an affordable system to a large number of professional businesses who have come to rely on high customer service levels. With benefits that include ease of search and retrieval of documents; elimination of box storage, file pulling, and re-filing; document sharing without reproduction, and disaster-proofing of files; ArchiveIT is a top choice for the management of electronic documents today.