SOURCE: eCopy, Inc.

January 02, 2008 11:34 ET

Document Imaging Combines With Microsoft SharePoint to Improve Workflows, Collaboration in Office

NASHUA, NH--(Marketwire - January 2, 2008) - Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has emerged as a major presence in the enterprise content management (ECM) market, improving office collaboration and streamlining workflows by instantly connecting office professionals to the information they need.

But the electronic workflows are exposing the problems many companies have with an overload of paper. These organizations are finding that many times they are operating two business processes -- one for electronic data with Microsoft SharePoint and another with paper-based manual processes.

"Office collaboration requires ad-hoc document capture so documents are available to people when they need them," said Matthew Tisson, Chief Technology Officer at Aivea, an IT consulting firm with deep Microsoft technologies experience. "Document imaging software, such as the eCopy Connector for SharePoint, can make it easy for any office worker to scan documents directly into Microsoft SharePoint from a multifunction printer (MFP) or networked scanner. It helps ensure all relevant information is instantly available by indexing and storing paper-based information to SharePoint."

To read an in-depth interview with Tisson on how IT managers can assess Microsoft SharePoint as an ECM platform, please click here.

In the interview, Tisson discusses the collaboration capabilities that Microsoft SharePoint provides to organizations as an ECM application. According to Tisson, "Microsoft SharePoint offers excellent integration between its ECM and collaboration technologies, making it a strong option for IT managers looking for applications to improve how information workers collaborate and work with documents."

Additionally, Tisson discusses what IT managers should consider when evaluating applications that add document scanning capabilities to Microsoft SharePoint. Tisson says that IT professionals should make sure the document imaging application has out of the box capabilities to avoid customization issues.

"You shouldn't have to change Microsoft SharePoint to accommodate capture," said Tisson.

The article also discusses new and enhanced content management features in Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 that are supported by eCopy, such as allowing users to navigate to multiple destination types, including document sites, libraries and lists, when storing scanned documents. Additionally, Microsoft SharePoint 2007 supports multiple content types, metadata and workflows for accurate indexing of scanned documents in Microsoft SharePoint.

For more information, please visit the eCopy Connector for Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 product page on eCopy's Web site.

About eCopy, Inc.

eCopy, Inc. is an innovative provider of open and flexible solutions that rapidly integrate paper-based information into existing business processes and applications. With more than 75,000 units sold, eCopy is the market leader in MFP document imaging software. eCopy customers include GE, Time Warner Inc., Yahoo!, Nissan, Verizon Wireless, BP, Sprint, General Motors, Clifford Chance, Siemens, Cisco Systems, SAAB, and Sony Corporation. eCopy, Inc. is a global company headquartered in the United States, with subsidiaries in Japan and the UK, offices in Germany, France, Scandinavia, and Australia as well as sales operations in Mexico, Canada, Latin America, Singapore, and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.ecopy.com.

eCopy is a trademark of eCopy, Inc. All other referenced product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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