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      The Most Commonly Overlooked Consideration That Impacts the Cost of Faxing Services

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      As organizations assess the efficiency and effectiveness of
      their fax solutions, it is more critical than ever that the
      evaluation be comprehensive. The most obvious consideration
      is cost. But the advertised price of a faxing product or
      service tells only part of the story.


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      The Most Commonly Overlooked Consideration That Impacts the Cost of Faxing Services
      Copyright (c) 2010 David R. Meister
      ISC International Ltd
      http://www.iscinternational.com/



      World-wide commerce continues to rely heavily on the use of
      facsimile transmissions. To be certain, the use of email has
      substantially reduced the use of fax machines and fax servers,
      but the use of fax continues to be widespread. And faxing
      technology continues to evolve to meet the increasingly
      sophisticated needs of organizations today. At the same time,
      however, many companies are under mounting pressure to cut
      capital investments - including new technology spending. So as
      organizations assess the efficiency and effectiveness of their
      fax solutions, it is more critical than ever that the evaluation
      be comprehensive. The most obvious consideration is cost. But the
      advertised price of a faxing product or service tells only part
      of the story.

      The true value of a faxing solution, whether handled in house or
      by an outsourced fax provider, lies in its flexibility; its
      ability to scale to an organization�s changing needs. Today, you
      may not need all the advanced faxing features available on the
      market. But what about tomorrow? Flexibility is often the most
      overlooked consideration when evaluating the merits of a faxing
      solution. Yet, it can have a tremendous impact on cost because
      flexible, full-featured solutions enhance productivity - now and
      in the future. Just imagine how your company can benefit from the
      breadth of features available today from top-tier providers:

      Web Administration: View and manage fax traffic in real time.

      Custom Fax Cover Pages: Develop cover pages with your company
      logo or other personalized information or design.

      Custom Reporting for Business Messaging: Generate reports
      automatically to include information such as fax volume, delivery
      status and cancellations, sorted by individual, department or
      company.

      Integrated Broadcast Faxing: Send a single message to multiple
      recipients in various formats, including fax, email, telex and
      SMS text message.

      Color Faxing: Send and receive medical reports, photographs,
      engineering reports, and other documents in color.

      Bar Code Tracking: Track responses with a barcode; particularly
      helpful when issuing a blast or broadcast fax which requires a
      fax-back response.

      Automated Forms Overlay: Populate forms with variable data and
      forward the completed form as a fax to recipients.

      Receive Stamping: Imprint the actual date and time of receipt on
      the bottom of each page.

      Fax Identification Tags: Identify the actual originator of a fax
      by name or designation, rather than just by fax number.

      OCR Optical Character Recognition (OCR Fax Services): Convert an
      electronic fax to plain text, allowing you to edit, copy or cut
      text from that fax message and import it to another file format.

      ICR Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR): Pick up handwritten
      characters and numerals and incorporate the data into your
      documents, data files and forms.

      Fax Number Options: Provide your customers or personnel with
      toll-free numbers or numbers which have local area codes.

      Application Faxing: Interface with and migrate data from any of
      your applications, including legacy systems.

      Message Archiving: Have your outbound and/or inbound messages
      automatically archived.

      Vacation Routing: Route faxes to one or more alternate email
      addresses during a vacation or period of absence.

      Customer Associated Data: Attach fillable fields to a fax record
      so a particular fax could, for example, be associated with a
      particular patient, file number, clinic location, doctor, and any
      other information that is relevant to the customer�s work
      process.

      You probably don't need all of these features immediately. But
      when evaluating solutions, look for providers who offer not only
      what your organization needs today, but what it might need
      tomorrow - as your company grows and business practices change.
      Flexibility enhances productivity, yet it is the most overlooked
      consideration that impacts the cost of faxing services. Don't be
      caught without it.




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      David R. Meister is president of ISC International Ltd
      ( http://www.iscinternational.com/ ) a privately-held company
      that provides global messaging services such as OCR fax services,
      telex services and SMS broadcast services to businesses around
      the world including five of the top 10 businesses in the Fortune
      500.


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