As our company grows, we get more and more different kinds of documents, both paper and electronic. The question arises – should we start using some kind of document management system? The one that archives all our incoming and outgoing documents and is easily searchable?
So we thought we needed to do something about it. There are a lot of document management systems out there. We were stunned actually of how many there are. Implementing a new document management system is a complex process and many people advise to either do a proper research or get help. As our company is still small we are choosing another approach – do some research and try it out on free demo versions or even totally free community editions with the possibility to upgrade later when the budget and need is really there.
Requirement is a long and a serious word. What it really means is that we need to fully understand our needs. What do we need?
Answer the following questions and you will get your answers:
Answering these questions we’ve come up the following list of requirements for our business:
– It should run on Windows as it is a system we use,
– It should be a low complexity system as we don’t have much time dealing with complex document management,
– Must be possible to access the documents everywhere in the world,
– Scalable from several users to several hundreds or maybe thousands,
– Free trial or even free use for small companies,
– Easy upgrade,
– Revision control. This one is especially important as we use Word and Excel some times and those can easily get corrupted or overwritten.
This is easy – we don’t want to spend anything yet. We would like to try a free version and see how it works.
In this step we need to find more or less popular software and compare their features according to the list of our requirements.
Choose the one you like best and try it out on a small number of documents. Test all parts of the system like remote usage, version control and integration.
As to our requirements, we’ve chosen to try LogicalDOC. It has a clear list of features available in each product type:
It has :
– Version control
– Full-text indexing and searching
– And a community edition, which is open source.
We’ll see how it goes!