The Future of ECM Support and Web Based Distributed Capture

Now that there are scanning applications that live on the internet troubleshooting and client side desktop support just got a whole lot easier. No more patching individual workstatiScan on the Internetons and mix matched versions on client desk tops. No more problems accessing and taking up disk space. No more OS compatibility issues. Web based applications is the future of ECM and those of us in Technical Support are embracing the expansion of web based scanning applications such as ILINX Capture and  Oracle Distributed Capture.

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When you are a hammer all of your problems look like nails.

The phrase “When you are a hammer all of your problems look like nails” is just one version of a group of statements that refers to the phenomenon that the French call déformation professionnelle which refers to looking at things from the point of view of one’s profession.  This behavior is more commonly know in the psychological field as the “Law of the Instrument” and was purposed first by Maslow.  A simplified version of his concept is thus: an individual that is incomplete in their knowledge or training, tends to propose the same type of solution to every problem they encounter.  They opt for the more familiar solution to one that may be more effective.

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Considering Running Your Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Solution in a Virtual Environment?

Over the past several months, perhaps driven by economic reasons or possibly by the desire to
Go Green”, I have witnessed more and more businesses contemplating the use of Virtual technology.

Virtualization had a key breakout session in last year’s Nexus conference in Bellevue, WA, referred to by some as one of the Northwest’s premier Enterprise Content Management conferences.

There are many reasons to choose a virtual environment.  It would take quite a long time to list all of the possible advantages, and the benefits and returns will differ from organization to organization.  A few of the reasons that are driving companies to check out virtualization include (but are most certainly not limited to) limited space, energy usage, getting more out of the hardware and initial hardware costs.Continue reading

Highlight on Fujitsu Scanners

We thought it would be a good idea to spend a few weeks highlighting some of the different scanner manufacturers and what kind of equipment and service they offer and the benefits of purchasing their product.  This week we are going to cover Fujitsu scanners.

Fujitsu offers a very wide range of scanner models from the ScanSnap S300 which is rated at 8 pages per minute (ppm) all the way up to the 5900C, which is rated at 100ppm.  For a more complete list of the Fujitsu models available, click here.  The majority of Fujitsu’s mid-range scanners come with an on-site 3 month Next Business Day response warranty.  They also come with a nice package of software including:  Kofax VRS, Adobe Acrobat Standard, and ScandAll21.  Also, most of the scanners are now Dual Interface: Ultra SCSI & USB connectivity, see blog about USB vs. SCSI scanners.

A couple of the newer models that Fujitsu has released, the 6670 and 6770, have 15,000 page daily duty cycles.  That means that they can scan 15,000 pages in one day and not shorten the life span of the scanner.  That is about twice the daily duty cycle of the models they replaced, the 5650C and the 5750C.  That high of daily duty cycle is quite good for a scanner in its price range.  For the lower volume and price range, another two new models are fi-6130 and fi-6140. These little workhorses scan 40ppm and 60ppm and an optional Flatbed can be purchased separately for both models.

Other benefits of the Fujitsu scanners are the service offerings. Fujitsu is one of the few remaining scanner manufacturers that maintains their own warranty and post warranty contracts. This permits for high availability of quality phone support prior to an on-site repair call as well as high availability of parts when and if an on-site service call is needed. Fujitsu service offerings range from Basic coverage (any hardware failure that isn’t consumables, see blog about the difference between parts and consumables) to the more elaborate ScanCare package. ScanCare is a more comprehensive contract which can include several Preventative Maintenance (PM) visits per year and consumables kit(s) depending on the model. First time buyers can sometimes experience sticker shock over the cost of some of these contracts but once you calculate the guaranteed PM visits, the consumables and the end user training,  you should be able to quickly gauge the value. Plus to replace a major part on scanners can often run into the thousands of dollars.  Contracts are much cheaper than replacement scanners and if it’s a mission critical scanner can you really afford not to be covered?

Andrea Latham, CDIA+
ImageSource, Inc.
Phone 360.943.9273
www.imagesourceinc.com

 

 

What is the Difference Between Parts and Consumables?

When you own a scanner, or multiple scanners, you are responsible for keeping that equipment running efficiently by keeping consumables on hand.  The components of a scanner that touch the paper and are designed to wear out and be replaced every 3-6 months are called “consumables.”  They are different to what are referred to as “parts” of a scanner.  Consumables are designed this way to maximize the performance of the scanner and are end user replaceable, meaning you don’t have to be tech savvy to perform the operation.

The most common types of consumables are rollers, lamps, and pad assemblies.  Depending on the scanner manufacturer (Fujitsu, Bell & Howell, Canon, Panasonic, Kodak, etc..), you may have to replace one or more at least a couple times a year.  When a scanner starts jamming or double-feeding paper, the most common cause of this problem is usually worn out consumables.  Other imaging problems like: no longer reading bar codes, poor OCR results, or getting an optical alarm can usually be solved by replacing the lamps

When a scanner has a maintenance contract in place, it usually just covers the parts and not the consumables.  ImageSource receives a lot of calls from customers asking why the consumables are not covered and parts are.  The answer is because the consumables are almost always end-user replaceable and must be replaced much more often than parts.  And if your scanner is under maintenance, it’s usually required to have parts replaced by a certified technician.  See our blog on benefits of having a maintenance contract.

Not sure where to get parts or consumables for your scanner?  Contact ImageSource, they are happy to help!

Andrea Latham, CDIA+

Inside Sales

ImageSource, Inc.

Phone 360.943.9273

www.imagesourceinc.com

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