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Everything You Need to Know about Content Services

A couple of years ago, software reviewer Gartner proclaimed that enterprise content management, as a term, was dead. Instead, they repackaged and expanded the concept into a term called “Content Services.” Even though the proclamation happened a few years ago, the term really hasn’t caught on. The general public – and the industry – still…

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Benefits of Digitizing Your Microfilm and Microfiche

When’s the last time that you used a microfilm reader? Unless you’re a librarian, archivist, or historical researcher…it was probably a really long time ago, if ever. While microfilm and microfiche were great ways to store information, they’re a bit outdated now. After all, you’re reading this blog post after a quick internet search –…

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The Datamation Process of Digitizing Microfilm

If you have a bunch of microfilm in storage, thinking about digitizing every single roll can be intimidating: the effort, the time, the cost—is it worth it? The first piece of good news is that the benefits far outweigh any kind of investment. And the second piece of good news is that you don’t have…

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Datamation Case Study: Growing VistaLink Health with Laserfiche

As COVID-19 started to spread across the United States, David Fleming knew he needed to help. Having previously owned a company that provided ancillary geriatric care to nursing homes, he saw the need for nursing homes to have a turnkey solution to COVID-19 testing. Nursing homes needed a service that would test residents and staff…

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Illinois Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

If you work for an Illinois K-12 school district, then you’re likely aware about the changes to the Student Online Protection and Privacy Act (SOPPA). These changes require school districts to do more heavy lifting when it comes to keeping student data safe and secure. They went into effect on July 1, 2021. There’s a…

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Digitizing Your Microfilm, Microfiche, and Aperture Cards

Microfilm, microfiche, COM fiche, and aperture cards are distinctly different ways to store media, but they do have one thing in common: they’re not easy to use when you want to find information quickly. But information can be easier to access when you digitize your microfilm and microfiche. Let’s cover the different forms of media…

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Record Retention Rules and Best Practices for Multiemployer Funds

Datamation has worked with benefit funds, including multiemployer funds subject to Taft-Hartley compliance, for over 25 years. And in those 25 years, we’ve learned that no two funds have the same set of retention rules for their documents. If your fund office doesn’t have an official record retention policy, or maybe a loose set of…

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Top 3 Areas Driving Demand for Digital Files Due to COVID-19

When state governments enacted stay at home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, the need for digital files skyrocketed. While many companies were already making a transition to paperless offices or had formal work from home policies, there some that were still relying heavily on paper. As a document scanning and management company, we’ve…

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Why Should I Upgrade to a New Document Scanner?

Have you had your document scanners for a few years (or more)? If so, then you’ve probably wondered if it’s the right time to upgrade your equipment. If your scanners are lagging, developing weird quirks, or requiring more frequent maintenance, then the answer to that is clear. But even if there aren’t any major problems…

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7 Things to Know Before Buying a Document Scanner

So you’ve decided that you want to buy a document scanner and start scanning the paper files in your office to reap the many benefits of going paperless. But there are so many document scanners to choose from that it’s hard to know where to start. Now, you could dive right in and use our…

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