It may be the summer, but there’s still life in the document management space. Fujitsu has announced it is taking its SaaS document services to Japan, CNG offers financial people an easier way to keep their documents compliant, Google Docs increases storage space, Box.net offers LincDoc and Wolfram has produced a new doc format.
Fujitsu Offers SaaS Document Management
Fujitsu (news, site) has announced it is bringing its SaaS document management system to Japan. The new service, Documal SaaS, can store documents for each work task that is produced as part of project planning, procurement, production and other related operations.
It also comes with a number of easy-to-use features such as work templates that can be customized by users, as well as workflow functions that facilitate the management of operations logs and other information.
Targeting the retail and manufacturing sectors, the templates include elements for sharing information with business partners, quality management and manual disclosure.
In addition to supporting mission-critical tasks relevant to the manufacturing, retailing and distribution industries, the service can also be employed in a wide range of general tasks, such as the circulation of proposals and the settlement of travel expenses. Fujitsu has offered a pricing list, but it’s confusing and you’ll probably have to contact them anyway.
Box.net Teams Up with LincWare
If you missed it during the week, Box (news, site) and LincWare (news, site) have teamed so that users will be able to use LincWare’s line of eForm creation and document automation tools in the LincDoc family, with Box.
LincDoc provides an electronic forms and document automation tool that makes creating, collecting and processing form data easier by converting existing documents into an interactive web-based form.
Users can then digitally sign off before electronic submission that works with Box.net for better cloud storage and collaboration on forms.
CNG-SAFE’s Plug-in For Compliance
Meanwhile, Cabinet NG (news, site) provider has announced an integration plugin for Advisor's AdvisorVault package, a turnkey product designed specifically to help broker-dealers, investment advisors and wealth management companies achieve and maintain data compliance.
The plugin enables users to sync certain folders in CNG-SAFE and share specified documents with their clients through the AdvisorVault online service.
Sharing of documents can also be extended to any other people users wish to grant access to, such as accountants and lawyers. The integration supports both CNG-SAFE and CNG-ONLINE users.
AdvisorVault notifies clients and allied professionals when documents are posted to their vaults. The integration with CNG-SAFE simplifies and automates an advisor's workflow, making communication between advisors and their clients almost effortless.
CNG-SAFE supports local client server and SaaS models, as well as the flexibility of switching between models should the advisor's preference change. CNG-SAFE's filing structure mimics the physical filing environment to ensure the transition to paperless is accomplished without disrupting existing processes.
Wolfram’s Document Format
And if you’re bored with your documents, Wolfram Research this week announced a document format called the Computable Document Format (CDF), a standard to put interactivity at the core of everyday documents.
The basic idea behind the format is to offer the static benefits of documents and the interactive advantages of apps.
Traditional documents, Wolfram says, are easy to author, but are limited to content that's static or can only be played back.
Interactivity is familiar in apps, but usually requires programmers to create it, rarely making it cost-effective for communicating ideas. As a result, a lot of content lacks interactivity, limiting readers' understanding.
By contrast, CDFs are as interactive as apps, yet as everyday as documents. Central to the concept are knowledge apps, interactive diagrams, or info apps -- the live successors of traditional diagrams and infographics. If you’re interested in this, have a look at the website.
Google Docs Increases File Size
Finally for this week, Google has increased the maximum size for files that can be stored for free within Google Docs from 1GB to 10GB.
The file storage limit, however, is restricted to those who buy extra Google Docs storage space; otherwise the amount of storage with your run-of-the-mill account remains 1GB.
The result is that even those paying US$ 5 a year for 20GB will benefit from the changes.
News of the change appear on a Google+ post. Although it's not a major upgrade, it keeps adding to Google Doc’s ever-expanding abilities. Check it out.