Fujitsu helps SMEs move forward with their digitisation strategies
As businesses place more emphasis on Business Process Management (see below), scanning market leader Fujitsu is changing its marketing approach to focus on information capture rather than scanning and imaging per se.
This change is evident in the company’s new entry-level professional scanner, the Fujitsu fi-7030, which, for the first time, is being supplied with a full PaperStream Capture 1.5 licence for defining routines, capturing information and then routing that information into workflows, repositories or enterprise content management systems.
Klaus Schulz, Senior Manager Product Marketing EMEA at Fujitsu subsidiary PFU (EMEA), said: “We are moving away from looking at the hardware first, and looking at paper as the object that needs to be digitised, to focus instead on capturing information.”
He added: “There’s so much more value to documents if you are able to extract information and make it retrievable for more than just one single process or one single person.”
Schulz says that by offering a full licence of PaperStream Capture 1.5 on the fi-7030 – and all future fi series scanners – PFU (EMEA) is enabling SMEs to go further with digitisation than ever before.
“We know from our studies that a maximum of 30-35% of mid-sized companies have started to embrace digitisation and roll digital document management out across the company and multiple departments instead of looking at just one line of business application or one isolated solution, e.g. accounts payable. In companies that have a systematic approach to roll out scanning, 40% of employees are involved in digital document management or have access to digitised documents in a systematic way.
“With internationalisation and globalisation, the pressure on small and mid-size companies has increased massively. Part of meeting that pressure is to look at your own processes and routines and try to increase efficiency by transforming them into a digital state or a digitally accelerated state,” he said.
Supplying all Fujitsu fi scanners with PaperStream Capture 1.5 as standard means that in the future customers will benefit from a consistent software experience across the range, from the entrylevel up to production devices.
“With PaperStream Capture 1.5, you could roll-out exactly the same pre-defined routines across different fi series models. That adds value, because you only have to learn a single interface or process routine; you can ensure the quality of the digitised document across different seats, across different individuals; you can plan what will be provided to your productive information systems; and you can start to look at streamlining processes,” explained Schulz.
He added: “If a business’s requirements change, it is easy to introduce additional fi Series models without having to change capture processes or software routines. It is also possible to rollout company-wide standards for capture processes from the central mailroom to small, remote offices.”