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Today's Office & You

4 May, 2006 By: Marc Spring imageSource

Today's Office & You

Do you remember watching the
futuristic family, The Jetson’s, on black and white TV and wondering what your
own future would hold for cutting-edge technology? I’m sure you wish you had the
vision that Jetson creators Hanna-Barbera had – for much of what we thought
would never happen – did!

Well, with both ITEX and imageSource at your side we hope to be your Jetson’s.
We have now moved on from color to where most office imaging devices are
connected to a network, making it a priority to "envision" your next set of
business strategies as you look ahead in an industry that is constantly
evolving. We all know that evolution brings about great change, yet, even with
the concept of the "paperless office" ushering in another prognostication of
years prior, we still have eight digital printers and a digital copier in
today’s business office. This means there are plenty of opportunities in hard
copy output and document solutions for imaging technology providers to profit

As with society in general, we’ve seen great changes in imaging and document
handling that don’t exactly meet our great expectations, but nonetheless result
in exciting breakthroughs and great efficiency. In this issue we profile some of
these systems and the excellent companies on the forefront of document imaging
and handling technology.

These technologies and systems are crucial to business efficiency and in the
modern era the paperless office is becoming more reality than dream. Imagine the
cost and inefficiency of handling the crush of daily e-mail traffic and
electronic document attachments in paper form. The current pace of the modern
corporation and the economy itself might grind to a halt.

For large, public companies subject to the compliance requirements of
Sarbanes-Oxley, document imaging, storage and retrieval systems form the
backbone of their regulatory compliance and documentation protocols. Without
electronic imaging systems and the document filing and search capabilities
provided by specialized software, corporate responses to regulatory actions,
government filing requirements and even internal requests for information would
be painstakingly slow, fraught with error and very costly.

In this issue, the bottom line is enhanced by these technologies and they are
becoming more and more a fact of modern office life. While the paperless office
may still be a pipedream, the technology-less office is not a possibility

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