1/28/2004 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA), a market leader in document imaging scanners and services, is experiencing significant growth in the use of its ScanSnap!TM scanning solution among cost-conscious small businesses – including non-profit organizations – whose livelihood depends on maintaining low overhead while maximizing productivity. The Fujitsu ScanSnap! scanning solution is helping business professionals working in paper-laden and information-sharing intensive industries conduct business more effectively and efficiently.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap! scanner users are already realizing monetary savings and simplifying the way they work due to ScanSnap!'s one-step approach for paper-to-digital conversion of hardcopy documents, resulting in lowered communication expenses associated with faxing, postal service, shipment-carriers, and storage. ScanSnap! scanners are also serving as an integral step for some organizations' data protection strategy by digitizing documents for immediate access, remote sharing, review, and dissemination.
Non-profit organizations are challenged by volumes of colored and multi-sized documents, demanding communications requirements between remote locations, exponential growth of paper documentation, and 'paper replication' issues bred by fax and copy machines. The Fujitsu ScanSnap! scanning solution was engineered to offer simple, anytime, anywhere access to data by bridging the "paper-based" and digital worlds to streamline paper clutter.
ScanSnap! Success Story: Californians for Alternatives to Toxics
Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) is an environmental non-profit organization that encourages alternatives to the use of pesticides and herbicides. To achieve this goal, CATs acts as a clearinghouse for information and strategic action against the use of toxic pesticides. This requires that CATs obtain, sort, organize, protect, and disseminate educational magazines, journal articles, legal declarations, original materials, and color photo exhibits to both employees and contingents. The non-profit's programs are dependent on their document library.
CATs was inundated with paper and constantly challenged with the organization and sharing of information. Time and resource challenges coupled with exorbitant expense of sending documents through either the postal service or via fax were causing efficiency limitations. CATs turned to the Fujitsu ScanSnap! scanning solution to digitize its file archiving and sharing system in order to reduce storage, mailing, and facsimile expenses – a savings of approximately $3,000 to $4,000 per year.
"The ScanSnap! scanning solution fit our requirements for both space and simplicity to the point where anyone in the office can drop paper into the scanner and, at the push of a button, have a digitized document at their fingertips," said Matt Lang, I.T. Coordinator at Californians for Alternatives to Toxics. "CATs is now able to better communicate internally with volunteers and contingents. We also now have a data protection strategy to ensure that the contents of our library are secure."
The Fujitsu ScanSnap! scanner enabled CATs to store information electronically in a central database so that documents are easily accessible from any workstation in the office, reducing the time and resources necessary to sort and locate documents in the hardcopy filing system. CATs was able to satisfy the need to easily backup electronic files that were available offsite – protecting the library even in the event of a disaster to CATs' headquarters. Another value proposition for CATs was bundled Adobe Acrobat software, which offers CATs a standardized format to easily digitize and share their scanned information in a secured document.
"The Fujitsu ScanSnap! scanner's value for budget conscious organizations, such as a non-profit, are its plug-and-play simplicity and cost-effective capabilities," said Victor Kan, senior director of product and channel marketing, Imaging Products Group, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. "ScanSnap!'s potential for a staggering ROI – approximately $4,000 for CATs – speaks directly to ScanSnap!'s role as a natural fit for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Easy information access and data sharing, combined with one-touch simplicity and ease of use, are of particular importance in budget conscious organizations."
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. For additional information, visit: http://www.fujitsu.com
About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA) conducts engineering and marketing activities in San Jose, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. FCPA's current product and service offerings include hard disk drives, tape drives, magneto-optical drives, scanners and scanner maintenance. FCPA is located at 2904 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA, 95134. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-432-6333. For additional information, visit: http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com
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