It’s the middle of the holiday season, but still a lot of movement in the document capture space, including the release of document capture software for iPad and SharePoint 2010. Kofox and IKON also integrate for better capture and workflow.
Office 2010 Selling Slowly
According to the market researchers NPD, which provides a retails Weekly Tracking Service, results are very mixed with income down from Office 2007’s initial two weeks of sales but still ahead of sales trends for Office 2007 so far this year.
According to Stephen Baker on the NDP blog, the reason is that Microsoft has launched a new product into a saturated market and is going to face quite a lot of resistance from users who are happy with Office 2007 and don’t see anything exceptional in Office 2010 that would make them go out and buy.
The fact of the matter is that while there's lots of extra functionality it doesn't have the clearly different look and feel that Office 2007 had. Office 2007 was a radical new design, he said, and it was launched nearly parallel with Vista, adding a good deal of promotional activity which likely helped drive initial sales.
A small consolation is that slow sales do not appear to be anything to do with free apps like Google Docs, or even Microsoft’s own Web Apps as most mainstream consumers are not aware of them. At least that’s what Baker argues.
However, it’s probably worth noting that it is now the middle of the holiday season so sales are going to be falling off anyway, and traditionally large corporate customers take a long time to come around to buying new software, especially at the moment. It will be interesting to see what sales are like in six months time. Watch this space.
New Document Capture for SharePoint 2010
Meanwhile, for SharePoint 2010, Notable Solutions, which develops content capture and workflow software, has just announced the integration of its NSi AutoStore software with the newly released Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.
The integration of NSi AutoStore and SharePoint Server 2010 will give users the ability to scan documents with an office copier and immediately deliver them into a SharePoint-based business workflows.
AutoStore is a server application which enables the capture and secure delivery of paper and electronic documents into business applications. It can handle anything from ad hoc scanning to complex, high-volume capture workflows, automated data extraction and integration with multiple line-of-business or archival applications -- all from the user's familiar MFP control panel.
AutoStore is the information on-ramp for nearly 500 models of MFDs and network-attached scanners from major vendors like Xerox, Lexmark and Rioch.
Kofax and IKON Integrate
Document capture is also the focus of the announcement by Ricoh Americas (news, site). Its company IKON (news, site) will add Kofax's Front Office Server to its portfolio of distributed capture solutions, which also includes Ricoh GlobalScan and software from KnowledgeLake.
Kofax (news, site) Front Office Server allows users to capture forms and documents at their points of origin through MFPs, desktop scanners and other devices for accelerated processing through Kofax Capture and Kofax Transformation Modules software. The software is an MFP-focused solution and supports Ricoh's full line of MFP solutions.
IKON's electronic document management software is designed to broaden the capabilities of copiers, printers and MFPs by creating efficient automated workflow solutions that capture, distribute, archive and retrieve documents in digital form.
Kofax Front Office Server enables customer facing users to trigger back office, business processes directly from familiar, front office equipment such as digital copiers and desktop scanners. Employees start processes with a few clicks at the digital copier or thin client scan application.
iPad and iPhone Get Doc Capture
With iRemoteScan, documents can be scanned directly into iPads or iPhones from any standard document scanner, and the scanned documents can then easily be imported into other apps or document software as well as be emailed directly from the iPad or iPhone to anyone, anywhere.
RemoteScan software connects desktop scanners with all centralized document management systems, including those used with critical financial and medical software products running on networks.
iRemoteScan requires an official copy of RemoteScan server software; however, the app is free and is found by searching for "iRemoteScan" or "scanning" or "remote scan" on the Apple iTunes store, or by visiting the website.
V1 Expands Canadian Reach
US-based document management and imaging software author, V1 (news, site), has extended its reach in the Canadian market by entering a new partnership with ERP vendor, IWI Consulting Group. As a result, IWI Consulting Sage AccPac ERP will be able to access V1 document management software solutions directly from their accounting systems.
V1 Document Management's portfolio also includes a data capture solution which uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to automate the capture of purchase invoice information.