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Here's how much it's costing you:

  • $880 to maintain a five-drawer file cabinet per year.
  • $11 per year, per inch of paper documents.
  • 10 minutes are wasted each time a document is retrieved and then re-filed.
  • The average office worker makes over 50 trips per week to the fax machine, copier and printer.
  • 1 out of every 20 documents (5%) is lost and 3% are misfiled.

 

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NTIS can digitize all types of documents including records; books, microform, technical drawings; and standard office documents. Document management can save organizations time and money across many areas of their business. Not only does the service provide cost savings, but it supports time management for employees. Since the approach allows you to find and retrieve documents instantly from your desktop, everyday work functions are made more convenient, and completed much faster.