The road to true collaboration with your business partners begins with developing an exceptional system of internal controls. F
or document intensive organizations, those controls are implemented using a robust document management system. When selecting a
document management system for your organization, you will want to research systems that support collaboration as well as meta
data indexing, workflow routing, fast searching, document audit logs, records management, and business rules enforcement. Compa
nies with fully deployed document management systems recognize the benefits of their implementation immediately. Repetitive tas
ks that involve searching for and/or distributing company documents can be performed in a matter of seconds by a single employe
e. Implementing agreed-upon standards for storing, naming, and profiling documents means less time searching for documents and
more time focusing on what makes the company money. The list of benefits an organization will achieve is quite remarkable. The
question that inevitably emerges is how to connect your internal business processes with resources on the outside of the organi
zation. The capacity to collaborate with resources, both inside and outside of the organization, while maintaining your interna

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