HSA 2007

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Just wrapping up Harvey Spencer’s annual capture conference up here in Long Island. Another solid event. Speakers included Harvey, the head of technology from the State of West Virginia, a woman from Verizon’s billing department, Prascilla Emery, and several others. I moderated a panel on the “next generaiton of distributed scanning,” which I feel includes embedded apps, in MFPs and network scanners, as well as “single-button” functionaliy like Visioneer’s OneTouch. These types of apps are tied together by the fact that they are designed to be easier to use than traditional scanning apps, and they also have an element of pull vs. push scanning. In other words, you can use them to launch some sort of enterprise/network driven workflow. I guess the Kofax DSS box also falls into this categorey. Anyhow, we had a bit of a tough time tying together the connection between scanners and digital copiers, but it’s my believe that end users want one capture system they can run across both types of devices and that can be administered centrally. Call me crazy, but that’s what I’d like to see delivered. I think middleware providers and eCopy and NSi can already deliver such a thing, so I guess there’s hope, but the hardware vendors seem clueless as to this desire for a single, mixed environment hardware approach.

Anyhow, here’s a list of some of the companies represented at the event:A2iA; Abbyy; Anydoc; Anacomp; Anoto; Autonomy/Cardiff, Banctec; Bell & Howell, Brainware; Captaris; Captovation; DataCap; DataIntro; Dicom/Kofax; eCopy; EMC/Captiva, Epson; Fairfax Imaging; HP; IBM; IBML; Iron Mountain; J&B Software, Kodak; Mitek; NCS/Pearson; Nuance; NSI; ODT; Omtool; Opex; Paradatec; PDI; Top Image Systems, and Visioneer. It’s a great place for networking if you’re looking to partner with these types of businesses.

Cheers. (Got to go grab my coffee now.)

Ralph

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