This week, Accusoft upgrades Connect v5, and IBM Connections in Outlook sidebar, Recall upgrades storage capabilities with ReQuest Web, TIS announces intelligent mobile document capture, while SMBs continue to fight document overload.

Accusoft Releases Connect v5

Document and imaging vendor Accusoft, has announced the release of Prizm Content Connect v5. Prizm is a secure solution for document viewing, collaboration and business management system integration.

This new version of Prizm Content Connect extends the functionality of its AutoCAD module by adding support for the DGN drawing format.

It provides an integrated interface for viewing any type of document or engineering drawing that users encounter in their workflow processes, making it easy to reference documents and collaborate without leaving the content management application.

Through its AJAX-based document viewer provides thin-client viewing from within any modern browser window. In addition, more portable zero footprint and mobile client options enable organizations to serve content to users anytime, from anywhere., IBM Connections

In December, offered us the possibility of working in our inboxes and still having access to SharePoint. Last week it announced that it will be offering the ability to gain access to IBM Connections through a social sidebar from an Outlook email box later in the year.

The objective is to streamline user’s access to social business tools -- including the earlier SharePoint email app -- so that users will truly be able to live in the inbox. No doubt everyone will be pleased about that -- those who enjoy their inbox, that is.

And while in an ideal world it would be great to communicate in real time all the time, most of us can’t and have to work out of our inboxes.

With this release, which also works out of the inbox, users will be able to adopt new collaboration tools without changing their daily work habits.

Recall Unveils ReQuest Web

Also this week, document storage specialist Recall has unveiled the ReQuest Web system for Data Protection Services (DPS). ReQuest Web provides Recall customers with a secure, efficient and convenient online system for managing digital tape inventory.

Recall customers will benefit from ReQuest Web’s extensive chain-of-custody security features, with the ability to manage tapes at multiple Recall information centers around the world.

The online system provides access to location status and tracking of media with proof-of-service signatures. Customers can generate custom reports in real time and export them to PDF files.

ReQuest Web is the result of a long-standing partnership with DHS Worldwide Software Solutions. The two companies worked together to develop the system to improve productivity, increase accuracy and streamline data protection processes.

TIS’ Mobile Doc Capture

Top Image Systems (TIS), which provides intelligent content capture and delivery solutions provider, this week announced its Intelligent Mobile Document Delivery Applications.

There are a number of new applications here, including mobile Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) technology, which offers the document detection and verification capabilities already included in TIS' eFLOW Platform, but extends it to smartphones.

Top Image Systems is also developing MobiCLOUD, which will allow a smartphone user to capture virtually any type of document and deliver it electronically via smartphone to the needed destination, operating as a kind of mobile fax.

The releases are quite timely. Citing a research paper published by Harvey Spencer Associates, TIS says that that mobile capture application revenues will reach the multi-billion dollar level over the next 5 to 6 years.

SMBs Battle Document Overload

Finally, Solgenia, a information and communication technologies vendor, has announced the results of a new research study indicating that the volume of documents and unstructured data is growing by over 30% per year within the SMB space.

The research report entitled, "Handling Paper in a Digital Age: The Impact of Document Management" focuses primarily on the struggle many industries face in reconciling digital and physical data, and how proper document management addresses these pain points.

The findings indicate that organizations that have invested in document management software and actively promote automation and data collaboration, are much more likely to benefit from fast, low-cost document processing and improved data visibility.

According to Aberdeen Group's Nathaniel Rowe, who co-authored the report, almost half of the enterprise surveyed said half of their basic business processes rely on some manner of paper documents and/or digital unstructured data, and over half (51%) of all their business data is stored in these formats.