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

Changing default font save $100k – but misses the point!

The University of Wisconsin recently made a simple change to their email system that saved them thousands of dollars. They changed the default font on their email system to Century Gothic, which uses about 30% less ink than Arial.

Everyone was amazed that a simple change like this can save so much money. And they were very proud that they found this easy change that saved thousands of dollars. But, I think they all are missing the point! No one was asking the right question. Why are they printing all these emails?

I hope you are asking the right questions in your organization. And that you are looking at paperless technology to reduce the amount of paper used and greatly increase productivity in your office.

If you are interested in looking at paperless technology. I would be happy to show you how Laserfiche electronic document management software could help you move toward a paperless office.

Larry Phelps
Solbrekk
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr Thomas Keane Honored

Esthesia Oral Surgery Care, Dr Thomas Keane Solbrekk Customer

I was not at all surprised when I heard that Dr. Keane was selected as one of the top local, small business leaders.  To see the details of the award, click here.

Dr Keane has been a computer network and Laserfiche client of mine for over 10 years.  It has been great to work with him as he has grown his practice.  He is a great doctor, business owner, employer, and a great family man.  I want to congratulate Dr Keane; he truly deserves this award.

Larry Phelps
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Solbrekk, Inc

Laserfiche Medical Records

Economical, Environmental, Efficient

Did you know that:

■ The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year.
■ The United States alone, which has less than 5% of the world’s population, consumes 30% of the world’s paper.
■ Over 40% of wood pulp goes toward the production of paper.
■ Printing and writing paper equals about one-half of U.S. paper production.
■ The costs of using paper in the office can run 13 to 31 times the cost of purchasing the paper in the first place

Here is a great video that reminds us how important paper-less technology can be:

Minnesota Polution Control Agency – The E’s of Office Paper Reduction