Why Choose Sharples for Document Software?
Document Management is the control of an organisation’s documents and their lifecycle, including how and when documents are created, reviewed, published, utilised, retained and destroyed.
In the past, document management was a challenge most likely tackled by larger organisations due to the sheer volume of documents they were required to manage. Document Management Software was also priced to fit larger organisations budgets.
Smaller organisations and teams are however increasingly requiring better control of their document lifecycle. Global compliance requirements, geographically dispersed teams and a desire to more effectively manage knowledge are all challenges faced by large and small organisations alike.
As a result, the Document Software you choose to utilise needs to fit your organization’s goals, culture, technology capabilities, and budget.
Ensuring Fit With Your Document Management Needs
A well-designed document management system is flexible enough to support both rigid workflows around document and other record creation, retention and destruction, thus ensuring that you meet your legal obligations, as well as a more loosely structured environment that may better support collaboration.
What Does a Document Management System Do?
- The document management system will not only store your documents but will also importantly provide you with easy access to your documents, whether this be via a powerful search mechanism, tagging and tag clouds, or an easy to use document browse interface.
- A modern document management software system will allow you to share documents within your repository via email, direct web links or RSS feeds.
The software will support the easy mapping of your organization or industry’s standard document types and metadata (information about the documents) into the repository.
- The system will also provide you with a powerful but easy to use mechanism to control who accesses which documents, whether they are allowed to edit the documents and whether the documents may be emailed out of the document repository. The system will also provide your organization with access to your documents via familiar interfaces, be they web-based or from within common office productivity applications.
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When selecting document software, the following may be useful to consider:
- Is the document software easy to use, presenting user interface and filing concepts familiar to users?
- Does it allow you to meet your business goals and fit your culture i.e. the document software’s workflow capabilities should have the flexibility to provide you with tight control over your document lifecycle or a more loosely structured system.
- Is the software accessible from existing tools such as Web Browsers, Office productivity applications and email applications (such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook), and the Windows Explorer.
- Is the document software available in a form that makes best sense to your business: whether you need the document software installed on your own network or would like to purchase the “Software as a Service” and leverage the vendor’s infrastructure.
- Document management is a long-term commitment: ascertain whether the software you choose to utilize will lock you in indefinitely, or whether you have access to the software’s source code and the freedom to choose how you utilize the software.
- If you intend on installing the software on your own network, it should support the technology you already utilize within your enterprise, whether this be Microsoft Windows or Linux server software, Directory Servers and storage devices.
- The software should have lightweight, modern web and graphical user interfaces that work well over your Intranet, Virtual Private Network and even Internet, allowing your remote users efficient access to the document repository.
- The software should allow you to secure your documents in the repository, whether this is through a fine-grained but intuitive access control system, standard’s based SSL/TLS encryption of communications to the server software, or the encryption of documents within the repository itself.
- The software should provide support for common tools used for the volume digitization of paper documents and integration with other devices that generate digital documents such as fax servers.
- If you intend on integrating the document management system with other software within your enterprise (for example CRM and ERP software), the software should have an ecosystem of pre-built 3rd-party application connectors and strong, standards-based integration technologies and developer APIs that support further integration (such as WebDAV, SOAP Web Services, JSON, and XML interfaces).