This is in continuation to my earlier article “Microfilm or Digitization: Simplified View”. In earlier article I discussed why digitization should be preferred over Microfilms, although microfilms have certain advantages over digitization like life expectancy of microfilm is of 500 years, it is eye readable and is also an analog technology.
In today’s scenario digitization has proved itself over the advantages of microfilms; for e.g. storage media cost is cheap today and transfer of data from one media to another (in case of technology upgradation) is also simple or automatic. Scanned/digitized images cannot be read through naked eye from the storage media directly (without attaching it to a computer system) but a computer system is now available at every corner of the globe and is rapidly expanding its reach.
Below is the comparison of Digitization and Microfilming/Scanning to understand the concept in detail.
|1||Cost of conversion||More than scanning||Less than Microfilms|
|2||Space Requirement||More (As physically stored)||Less (As electronically stored)|
|3||Preservation / Storage Method||Special Physical method||Virtual / Electronic|
|4||Maintenance Method||Special Physical method||Virtual / Electronic|
|5||Technology Refreshing Cost||High||Low|
|6||Effect of environmental changes||Sensitive (Because it is tangible)||Insensitive (Non tangible)|
|7||Security Procedures||Special Physical method||Virtual / Electronic|
|8||Transfer / transportation cost||More (Physical)||Less (Electronic)|
|1||Physical damage||Possible||Not possible|
|3||User acceptance||Not user friendly||User friendly|
|4||Document Sharing||Not possible||Possible|
|5||Rapid Retrieval||Takes more time||Quick|
|6||Concurrent Access||Not possible||Possible|
|7||Access Method||Sequential & Physical(Time consuming)||Random (Quick)|
|8||Retrieval Method||Requires special device||By basic Computer|
|9||Query resolution based on documents||Takes more time||Instantaneous|
|10||Remote Access (Across world)||Not Possible (As it is physical)||Easily possible (As it is electronic)|
|11||Online Access (Network, Internet etc.)||Not possible||Easily possible|
|12||Viewing Images||Requires special device||By Click of mouse|
|13||Printing||Poor image & delayed||Good Image & quick|
|15||Alternate to Photocopy||Costly Method (Physical)||Economical Method (Digital)|
|16||Alternate to printing||Costly Method (Physical)||Economical Method (Digital)|
|17||Workflow compatibility by software||Not possible||Possible|
|18||Software Integration (Document Mgt.)||Difficult||Easy|
|19||Sensitivity to light||More||Insensitive (Non tangible)|
|20||Method to View||Requires special device||On Any Computer|
|22||Inter Office Movement of records||Physical (First Printing then Hand carried)||By Computer Network|
|1||Quality Control||Requires close monitoring||Easy|
|2||Color digitization||Poor Quality||Good Quality|
|3||Image Enhancement||Not possible||Possible|
|4||Conversion / Duplication||Quality degrades||Remains same|
|5||Visual clarity of images||Can’t see by naked eye||Visible through naked eye|
|6||Optical Character Recognition||Not Possible||Possible|
|7||Rearranging captured sequence||Not possible||Possible|
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Bio: Hemant is Senior Manager - Processing Services with Newgen Software Technologies Limited
As a new model of software deployment in enterprises, Software as a Service (SaaS) is gradually reshaping the competitive framework in the enterprise application market. SaaS is a globally emerging software delivery model in which application software is delivered remotely through a subscription-based model rather than being sold for perpetual use. Moreover, businesses in India are increasingly looking at delivery and collaboration of software over the Web. It is a low-cost way for businesses to obtain the same benefits of commercially licensed, internally operated software without the associated complexity and high procurement costs.
Newgen is proposing the hosted application model for its enterprise product suites, to clients, in a collaborative business framework.
Current Pain Areas (associated with enterprise software)
In this model customers can opt for a shared model where one application (which includes the application server, web server, database server and image server) will be shared by many companies. There will be multiple cabinets in a server, one for each SME.
The customers can also enjoy the personalized services in this model. It also caters to the need for integration with their core system and other systems like CRM and workflow etc.
Benefits to Customer
Newgen’s Key Differentiators
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