Document Processing: What is it?

Document Processing is one of those terms we often hear about, but what does it mean exactly, and more importantly, how can it help your business?

Wikipedia defines Document Processing as the following:

“Document Processing involves the conversion of typed and handwritten text on paper-based & electronic documents (e.g., scanned image of a document) into electronic information utilising one of, or a combination of, Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR), Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and experienced Data Entry Clerks.”

All of this makes sense, but how does it help your business? Well it all boils down to one word: Accessibility.

Your business depends on information. But can your employees easily locate the information they need when they need it? In most companies, documents are stored in a variety of places – on networks, on individual PC hard drives, CDs, and zip drives, in file cabinets and in desk drawers. To complicate matters, the people who need to access these documents are often situated in different locations as well.

The answer for an increasing number of businesses – large and small – is a document management system. By processing all documents in a uniform way, and through a uniform system, your workforce should have access to all the data they need, whenever they need it.


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