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Your Enterprise With A New Image

Ron Anderson, president of Manitoba's Superior Business Machines (Man.) Ltd., is convinced modern document management based on powerful new imaging software systems will be one of the key technologies of the '90s.

"We started examining imaging systems a couple of years ago," says Anderson. "At that time, with the exception of the very high-end systems, many developers were promising exciting things for the future, but nothing for today."

"That's changed now. Today we are able to offer a growing range of imaging hardware and software to our clients. We have experience with both in live applications and are very pleased with the feedback. Very pleased."

What makes imaging systems different from other business computer systems? Document imaging can be the bridge which takes us to one of the places the microcomputer revolution promised us: the paperless office.

Remember the paperless office?

Somewhere between the promise and the practice, the product got lost.

Of all the visions we had for the office of the '90s, converting our mountains of paper to easily-managed computer files was one of the most attractive. It is still one of the most compelling, and the most elusive. Despite the ability today's office automation has given us to collect information, most organizations still manage that information in much the same way they always have, on paper.

Today's enterprise must be able to produce, process, manage and store paper documents from many sources.

Work orders have to get to the shop. Sales orders have to get to the warehouse and to the shipping dock. Packing slips and invoices have to be verified. Letters from customers must be routed and given attention. In short, managing the logistics of the paper which makes up to the vital information flow of a business is a major battle. A battle many are not winning.

Enter imaging technology from Superior Business Machines. Lyle Andrusiek, Superior's imaging specialist, describes computerized, business imaging systems this way:

"At its simplest, imaging is a powerful combination of software and hardware which allows the storage and retrieval of documents without the continuing need to handle the paper. Think of an imaging system as an 'electronic filing cabinet'. Taken further, an imaging system will allow an image of a document, photo or other flat rendering to be stored on a laser-written disk. These images may then be processed, read, routed and stored in the manner most suited to the way you do business. The original documents can then be either archived or destroyed."

As an imaging system becomes a more integral part of the business, its utilization will grow. A document can now be in more than one place at the same time. A memo faxed by a client can now be an instant part of that client's file. A copy of a disputed invoice or waybill can be produced on the spot, avoiding costly delays. A signature on a cheque or contact can be instantly verified. All of these and more can now be done within the budget of most enterprises or departments.

In a nutshell, an imaging system means better service, more efficient operations. In today's business world, we all know these words also mean higher productivity, higher profitability.

In looking to the technologies which will play an integral role in the very way we do business tomorrow, imaging is one market set to explode on the landscape. The implications and applications are limited only by imagination and innovation.

Imagination and innovation, business in the '90s.

Paged in Style

They may just be the next hot fashion item for professionals, business and tradespeople alike. Neon yellow, pink, formal white or black are just some of the colors you can choose from, when you select a new Bravo Express "Pocket-Size" Pager. This pager doesn't look, sound or act like a pager should.

Motorola has introduced their first pocket-sized pager with enough standard features and style to make this product appealing to a range of customers. The old beep-beep-beep, which used to alert you, and everyone else in the room, to your call, has been replaced with "musical alert tones" or a silent messaging feature which vibrates to advise you of a call.

The Bravo Express has everything from a lighted display screen to an overflow indicator, to user-friendly prompts and options like PC Base Programming, and an Out-of-Range Indicator. We may just be on our way back to a future where people pull pagers instead of pocketwatches from their jackets. The Bravo Express Personal "Pocket-Size" Pager is available at Maclean-Hunter Paging.

Project an Image, Any Image

The new Truvision opaque projector is designed to help you do exactly that. The portable unit, weighing 25 pounds, will project any image you place on its glass surface. Use a three-dimensional object such as a book, instead of an overhead transparency, and an accurate picture is projected on the screen, including full-color images.

Introduced to the marketplace by Minolta in 1991, Truvision is another addition to Minolta's line-up of "first" products. The company introduced the first reduction copier nearly 20 years ago; the first zoom copier in 1983; and the first Simulcolour copier in 1987.

Truvision is available at Bio-Static Systems, Winnipeg.

The Competition Calls

EXECUPHONE, a full-service telephone company, offers businesses a choice of product and payment schedule. Clients can buy or lease telephone sets and communication systems. Their product lines include the Isoetec Digital System, Vodavi Starplus Electronic Key System and the Infostar VXS Voice Processing System. These products are manufactured by Executone Information Systems, the second-largest supplier of communication systems to small and medium-sized businesses in North America. The company is also backed by NEDCO, the largest telecommunication and electrical distributor in Canada.

Government de-regulation measures, introduced in February 1991, have enabled Execuphone to compete with MTS, giving business another choice for communication systems.

Tools of the Day

Making your way through a packed schedule is made more manageable with the latest in business tools. The Sharp Electronic Organizer IQ-8000 series has everything covered. It's a calendar, phone directory, appointment and reminder service, round-the-world clock, filing system all rolled into one small electronic package. Those are just a few of its features. All you have to do is take the time to use it.

For the person who buys an OKI Phone 900, the company has introduced a range of accessories geared to enhancing the phone's performance. Accessory packages or individual pieces are available.

The Sharp Electronic Organizer, IQ-800, the OKI Phone 900 and accessories are sold by Prairie Communications.
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Title Annotation:office technology; New Technology Shopper's Guide
Publication:Manitoba Business
Date:Nov 1, 1991
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