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6 Minutes Will Save Your Organization Thousands on the Cost of Toner

August 30th, 2021 by Kevin Box

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When it comes to your printer fleet, having more visibility to performance is critical. Knowing how much volume each printer is producing is valuable. Getting automatic toner fulfillment is more productive and efficient than having an employee order...

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Posted in: Document Management

A Tale of Two Processes

July 8th, 2021 by Chris Ellis

Automated workflow

Recently, I had an experience that illustrates the futility of partially automated processes. I was selling my car and buying another. On the selling end, I had to return an inspection form that I was able to download and file online, but I still...

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Posted in: Automation

Today’s a Good Day for AR Automation

July 6th, 2021 by Diana Eagen

Today’s a Good Day for AR Automation

In an increasingly uncertain world, getting everyone to maintain sustainability and cash flow is essential. Most companies face a wait time receiving customer payments that could range anywhere from 30 to 90 days to even longer. Payment delays...

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Posted in: Automation

Digital Transformation Beyond the ERP: Simplifying Multi-ERP Environments with Automation

June 29th, 2021 by Daniel Reeve

Simplifying Multi-ERP Environments with Automation.

In today’s highly competitive business environment, many organizations are expanding through mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Unfortunately, success comes at a cost. Growth via M&A activity often involves absorbing disparate ERP applications, which,...

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Posted in: Automation

Think You’ve Got Your Order Management Under Control? Think Again.

June 15th, 2021 by Caitlyn Riedl

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A few months back a client asked if we could review their order entry process. They didn’t really think there was much room for order entry improvement but had a mandate to improve the customer experience and decrease operating costs. The...

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Posted in: Automation

How to Use Phone Metrics to Make Better Business Decisions

June 3rd, 2021 by Darcy Mekis

How to Use Phone Metrics to Make Better Business Decisions

The world of business has become very data-driven. Almost every aspect of a company is improvable when you look at the metrics behind it. Your phone communications are no different. Phone metrics can deliver vital insights that, in turn, help...

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Posted in: Phone Systems

Waiting to Kick Off Your AP Automation Project? Here’s What to Do in the Meantime

May 11th, 2021 by Jody Derr

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Recently I was asked by a customer what they can do right now as they wait to kick off an automation project. It forced me to think about examples of challenges that clients have faced and how they took those challenges head on as they prepared...

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Posted in: Automation

5 Accounts Payable KPIs Worth Tracking

April 29th, 2021 by Justin Cunningham

5 accounts payable KPIs worth tracking

Is your accounts payable (AP) department being tasked to better monitor, track and improve key performance indicators (KPIs)? Then you’re well aware that it can be a daunting task. Why? There are an infinite number of KPIs that you could...

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Posted in: Automation

The Power of Business Process Management (in Facts and Figures)

April 27th, 2021 by Garrett Hollander

What is Business Process Management (BPM) - Types, Steps & Real Benefits

As one observer noted, even large disasters like Chernobyl didn’t completely stem from a lack of documentation. This crisis caused so much damage because people failed to follow the planned and documented processes in time. While it’s important...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Your Business Information Should Work for You… Not Against You

April 22nd, 2021 by Elija Paajanen

Introduction to Management Information System

Information, in all its formats, is the lifeblood of business. Yet, it is an asset that’s often poorly managed, and therefore, provides less value than its potential. Let’s face it. Information only has value when it is refined and used for decision-making....

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Posted in: Business Technology

How Long Does It Actually Take to Find a Document?

April 8th, 2021 by Garrett Hollander

How Fast Does Your AdWords Data Update? Find Out

Let’s track the timeline of responses over the last twenty years… 2001 IDC reports that workers who manage, create, or edit documents for a company were spending up to 2.5 hours per day searching for what...

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Posted in: Document Management

Digital Transformation Begins Where Legacy Software Ends

February 23rd, 2021 by Garrett Hollander

Companies That Failed At Digital Transformation And What We Can Learn From Them

One of the most important things to understand about a digital transformation is that ultimately, you’re talking about exactly that: a transformation from where you are today to where you hope to be tomorrow. In order to get to that point,...

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Posted in: Business Technology

The Financial Burden of Inadequate IT Services and Security Data Breaches

January 12th, 2021 by Max Queen

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How much will it cost your company to recover following a data breach? New research from IBM Security paints a sobering picture, with costs increasing by 450,000 on average from 2019 to 2020. And here in the U.S., businesses can expect to pay even more...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

Cloud Voice Services for Small to Midsize Business: Features to Look For

October 26th, 2020 by Ed Hoffmann

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Communication and collaboration are critical to any business. Enabling your employees to do both of these effectively requires the right tools. Function4's cloud voice services (aka VoIP or Unified Communications) platform, Elevate, provides businesses...

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Posted in: Phone Systems

Considerations When Approaching a Digital Transformation

September 16th, 2020 by Brad Yocum

Digital transformation

For many years now, we have all heard the term “Digital Transformation.” .” What does that mean to our organization? Can we survive without paper? What is the cost, and can my staff even adopt the concept? There are so many questions that must go thru...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Understanding the Benefits of Data Mining

August 19th, 2020 by Ross Lasley

Data mining

Every business leader is trying to make better decisions for their organization. It does not matter how good of a business person or leader, you are if you are making decisions from incomplete data. Today we have an overload of data. Most businesses...

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Posted in: Business Technology

22 Scary Cybercrime Statistics: What Businesses Need to Know in 2019

July 22nd, 2019 by Function4

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Do you worry about a cybersecurity breach impacting your business? These threats to cybersecurity are increasingly common, as hackers become more sophisticated and bolder in their attacks. Data breaches are destructive to your customers and your company’s...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

Accomplish More with a Document Management System

July 16th, 2018 by Function4

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Fitting more hours into a day is impossible. However, by working smarter, we can almost always fit more tasks into the day's available hours. One of the most effective ways to get more from your day is through technology. Work Smarter By leveraging the...

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Posted in: Document Management, Automation