IDC Reviews Laserfiche

Recently, IDC published a vendor profile on Laserfiche. IDC’s research manager, Michael Orasin, provides an in-depth report of Laserfiche and its management team, products, and it’s future.
IDC’s report states, “Laserfiche is in an enviable position. It provides a robust ECM offering in a simple yet elegant way. Both its end-user functionality and its administrative capabilities can help organizations address the majority of their document and records management issues effectively and within a shorter time frame than other large enterprise content management providers.”
IDC Laserfiche Overview

IDC’s report is very insightful and gives a good picture of capability of Laserfiche, the best electronic document management software on the market today.

Larry Phelps
Solbrekk
Minneapolis, Minnesota

PeopleSoft Laserfiche Integration Project – Star Tribune

PeopleSoft Laserfiche Integration project resulted in Solbrekk (now call Hemingway Solutions) to Reach Winners Circle Status

Minneapolis, Minnesota (Solbrekk) – October 14, 2009 — Solbrekk announced today that the business technology solutions provider has reached Laserfiche “Winners Circle” status for the second time. This means that Solbrekk will be recognized in January 2010 at a special event for accomplished value-added resellers.
“This year, customers have been careful to select a reliable, cost-effective solution that creates efficiency, and adds value to their organization, “says Larry Phelps, Solbrekk’s vice president of sales. “Laserfiche has been a great fit because their enterprise content management software suite is open, easy to integrate, loaded with functionality and easy to use, reducing the complexities for IT staff and end-users, and frankly, this is exactly what our customers want.”

As a case in point, Phelps points to Solbrekk’s work for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, one of the largest newspapers in the United States. “It was a very challenging project,” Phelps explained that the company needed to replace a legacy imaging system and migrate massive databases from shared servers.

“As part of that task, Chad Brinkman, our senior network and integration engineer, deciphered their existing integrations and workflows and then implemented them in the new systems. All told, he integrated Laserfiche successfully with PeopleSoft®, RightFax® and Oracle® applications,” said Phelps. “These integrations will help the Star Tribune streamline key processes in accounts payable, human resources, travel and contracts. This project is a great example of how Laserfiche serves as a versatile and flexible foundation for enterprise solutions.”

Solbrekk’s other recent successes include Laserfiche deployments for I.C. System and the City of Shoreview, Minnesota. Looking ahead, Solbrekk plans to focus on delivering solutions to clients in the medical, local government and manufacturing fields, as well as developing enterprise-wide solutions for corporations of all sizes.
Based in Golden Valley, Minnesota, Solbrekk, Inc., was formed in 2003 to bring together the combined knowledge and experience of four complementary businesses that had each been in business for a dozen years or more. The group included Software Tailors, Inc., Phelps’ former company, which had been a Laserfiche VAR since 1995. With 20 certified network engineers on staff, Solbrekk has quickly become one of the largest computer service companies in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Larry Phelps and Chad Brinkman lead the company’s electronic document management solutions team.

About Laserfiche
Laserfiche® creates simple and elegant enterprise content management (ECM) solutions that help organizations run smarter. Since 1987, more than 27,000 organizations worldwide—including healthcare organizations, government agencies, and Fortune 1000 companies—have used Laserfiche software to streamline document, records and business process management.

The Laserfiche ECM system is designed to give IT managers central control over their information infrastructure, including standards, security, and auditing while offering business units the flexibility to respond quickly to changing conditions. The Laserfiche product suite is built upon Microsoft® technologies to simplify system administration, supports Microsoft SQL and Oracle® platforms and features seamless integration with Microsoft Office® applications and two-way integration with SharePoint®.

Laserfiche distributes its software through a worldwide network of value-added resellers (VARs), who tailor solutions to clients’ individual needs. The Laserfiche VAR program has received the Five-Star rating from Computer Reseller News/VARBusiness magazine.
Laserfiche is a registered trademark of Compulink Management Center, Inc.

Great News, a New Version of Laserfiche Has Been Released

Laserfiche 8.2 is now shipping and available for free upgrade for clients with current support contract (LSAP). It includes a new Server, Client and Web Access. This is a major release and contains numerous new features, fixes, and significant performance enhancements. Please note that you cannot upgrade just the client, both the server and the client must be 8.2.

Laserfiche Server, Client and Web Access 8.2 Enhancements Include:
1. Laserfiche Snapshot is a full driver update which allows users to save their favorite settings to Snapshot printing profiles.
2. Laserfiche Scanning now supports Windows Image Acquisition (WIA), a new standard for scanner drivers.
3. Dynamic fields allow only relevant field information to be displayed based on values selected in other fields. For example, if the Document Type field is set to “correspondence” then fields that are related to correspondence would be displayed such as creation date, author, and subject.
4. New PDF support features, PDFs can now have image and text pages generated natively by Laserfiche, either at time of import or once the PDF is in the repository. In addition, annotation conversion support is available for both import and export, and PDFs can be exported in the archival PDF/A format.
5. Stamps can be created from a text string rather than just from an image. The text string supports tokens, allowing for dynamic date, count, and user stamps.
6. Search enhancements allow users to refine a set of search results to quickly locate the documents they are searching for. Laserfiche search now also supports the ability to find related words in full-text searches, and allows you to specify multiple folders for search filtering.
7. Laserfiche Records Management Edition now is DOD 5015.2 revision 3 certificated.
8. Laserfiche 8 has improved Office Integration. The Office Plug-in has been updated to more tightly integrate Laserfiche and Microsoft Office. It streamlined Save to Laserfiche process, the ability to view Laserfiche metadata from within Office applications, the ability to directly attach Laserfiche documents to an e-mail from within Microsoft Outlook, and full support of Office 2010.
9. Optional watermarks allow users to choose to print watermarks on documents that are not already watermarked, allowing a user to easily add a note (such as “draft” or “do not copy”) to a printed or exported document.
10. Custom field formats: Laserfiche now supports customized display of number, date and time fields. This allows you to display a number field as currency, for instance, or to customize the way date information is displayed.
11. Editable encrypted and compressed volumes, any Laserfiche volume now can be encryption and compression.
12. Time-based volume rollover allows volumes to be configured to roll over and create a new volume based on a time schedule or when they reach a particular size.
13. The User and Admin Help Guides are now available online in their most up-to-date form.
14. Laserfiche Web Access includes support for all new Laserfiche 8.2 Client and Server features, as well as performance enhancements and support for distributed installation.
15. Laserfiche 8.2 now includes improved troubleshooting support. It includes several new troubleshooting tools, including improved error message and trace handling and a tool for gathering troubleshooting information about your Laserfiche installation.

Larry Phelps
Solbrekk, Minneapolis Minnesota

Top Technology Breakthroughs

CRN News recently published an article stating what they thought were the greatest technology breakthroughts in the past 25 years. Well, for many of you 25 years would take you back to your blackmart app childhood, but for others of us we have watched the crazy growth of technology and how it has impacted our lives.

If you were asked to list some of the technologies that really changed your life, what would the be?

Here is that CRN listed as the top 25:
1. Software As A Service – rather than purchasing software capability you rent it, such as Webex.
2. Realtime Collaboration/Communications – AOL Instant Messaging and text messaging are examples of this.
3. IPOD – Apple Computer’s device that allows mobile storage of audio and images.
4. Google – the search engine that gave new meaning to information overload. Watch for other technologies they are developing!
5. Blackberry – the phone, PDA and web browser in one device.
6. Linux/Open Source – a growing software movement that has Microsoft’s attention.
7. The Web Browser – made the internet accessible to the average user.
8. The Virus – has spawned a whole industry.
9. The Y2K Scare – design oversight, hype and distrust all characterize this event.
10. The PDA – hand held organization!
11. Wireless Communications – cell phones, wireless PDA and WIFI have invaded nearly every business and household.
12. E-Mail – this change the method of communications for most people in their business and personal life.
13. The Mouse – change the way we interact with computer applications.
14. The Internet – has changed business probably more than any technology listed here.
15. Ethernet – this invention is the conduit that allows most of the data communication that is happening today.
16. The Network Operating System – allows standalone PC’s to share resources.
17. The Office Suite – today the standard of office tools.
18. The Graphical User Interface – Windows changes the ease of use of computers forever.
19. The Modem – became the standard for many years to remotely connect computer systems.
20. The Laptop Computer – gave birth to what we call today, mobile users.
21. The Relational Database – capability once only existed on mainframe computers became common place.
22. The Word Processor – the most widely used application to date.
23. The Spreadsheet – one of the most powerful application we use.
24. The IBM PC – this product legitimized the personal computer industry.
25. The x86 CPU – Intel produced a legacy of products that have lasted nearly 30 years.

For the complete article go to: CRN ARTICLE</a

Information Security: What you really should know.

You should attend this seminar if you:
o Have computer users
o Want to learn more about information security
o Are in a regulated industry and/or process credit cards
o Use vendors to store or process data
o Want to learn about technology risks that may impact your business
o Want to know what your options are for protecting intellectual property and other confidential data
Speakers
Mark Ritchie Minnesota Secretary of State
Matthew J. Harmon, CISSP, CISA, GSEC Blanski Peter Kronlage & Zoch, P.A.
William Larsen Watchguard Technologies, Inc.
Darlene Tester, JD, CISSP Bluestem Brands

Event Information
When:
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Time:
Registration: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Program: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Q&A Session: 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Where:
Golden Valley Golf & Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427 Cost:
$25 per person – Prepaid
$35 per person – At the door
Continental breakfast and security reference
handbook included

RSVP:
Reserve a seat by June 23, 2010 for you or your guest(s) by contacting Cecille Rice at 763-404-4736 or events at solbrekk.com