The paperless office might not be such a joke after all. Xerox and IBM are teaming up to combine Xerox's Document Centre printer and scanners with Lotus Notes and Domino. The result bridges the paper and digital document worlds and will give customers a unified system for scanning, electronic document management, Email, fax and distributed printing, the partners claim. A scanned image from a Document Centre machine can be sent directly to Lotus Notes or any other MAPI compliant Email system. "Just like hitting the green button to print, copy or scan you will be able to send the document to a Notes server," said Mark Hill, vice president and general manager of Xerox's office business unit. This is particularly useful for mobile employees who need to access and act on information while away from their offices. By the end of the year companies will be able to post scanned documents directly into a Domino database without going through the Email system, meaning the user does not have to send multiple copies of an Email. Xerox and IBM plan to add support for the Salutation Architecture open standard next year. This standard is endorsed by 30 global technology vendors and provides a universal means to access and manage a range of devices across a network, including scanners, printers, fax machines and multifunction devices. The network scanning to Email service will be available at the end of October. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date. LOTUS/XEROX DEAL DETAILS Lotus and Xerox Connect, the Xerox delivery company, will integrate the Document Centre with Lotus Domino through scanning interface integration. This enables users to scan hard copy documents into a Lotus Notes Email format or a Domino.doc digital repository. Those documents can be scanned as images, or text can be automatically converted into editable electronic document files using Xerox TextBridge optical character recognition software.
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