New Therefore Online Cloud-Based Information-Management System from Canon

Therefore OnlineCanon U.S.A. is introducing Therefore Online, a subscription- and cloud-based version of its Therefore information-management solution, which enables organizations to store, manage, and process scanned and electronic documents.

With a subscription to Therefore Online, organizations receive an all-inclusive solution, with no limits on the amount of users that can be added. Unlimited Workflows, and support costs are included with the subscription. Canon says this cloud-based solution is suitable for organizations of any size that want to optimize how information flows throughout the organization, yet don’t have the capital or expertise to maintain their own internal IT infrastructure.

Canon says Therefore Online, which is provided on an annual subscription basis, provides customers with all of the same benefits and functionality as its Therefore Enterprise on-premise edition, without the need to invest and maintain additional IT infrastructure and personnel to support that investment.

“Therefore Online allows customers to implement a robust information-management solution without large upfront costs or ongoing IT overhead, which can help reduce capital expenses and provide a clear total cost of ownership,” commented Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager for Canon U.S.A.’s Business Imaging Solutions Group. “Therefore Online is also ideal for small and medium-sized businesses who are now able to access technologies commonly used by larger corporations.”

Key benefits and features of Therefore Online

  • Information capture: Users can route information to their Therefore Online system using a document scanner such as Canon’s DR-Scanner models or an MFP such as a Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFP, or by directly uploading existing, electronic content. Documents and other content can then be classified, indexed, and archived.
  • Find and edit: The Therefore Navigator enables users to find information, either by performing a full-text search similar to popular search engines, or by using specific index data associated with the content that’s being sought. The Therefore Viewer is used to view, edit, and check in/out documents. Documents can be opened and edited in their familiar, native applications.
  • Security: Canon says Therefore Online stores documents in a highly protected environment and offers comprehensive controls over document access. Permission settings are configurable and customizable, so that only authorized persons are granted access to view and/or modify specific documents or content. Other security features include audit trails, version control, digital signatures, and retention-policy compliance.
  • Workflows: Therefore Workflow enables the design and optimization of document- or information-business processes, automating information routing and flow throughout an organization. Canon says each employee knows the task they need to complete, the date it’s due, and who’s next in the process. Managers can monitor the progression of the workflow process, and administrators can view the entire system to identify potential bottlenecks.
  • Mobility: Therefore Web Access enables remote access to the Therefore Online system via the most popular Web browsers. The Therefore Mobile App (for Apple iPhone and iPad, and Android mobile devices) enables users to search and view documents, and participate in workflows, all from their mobile device. Therefore Anywhere allows users to take documents offline, and edit them when away from their network. Once reconnected, all changes are automatically synchronized to the system.
  • Integration: Therefore Online integrates with various applications, programs, and solutions, including Microsoft Windows Explorer and Office, and third-party scanning solutions, such as eCopy PDF Pro Office, and uniFLOW. It also integrates with Windows desktop through Therefore Gadget, which can be used to monitor activity within the system, such as updates, workflows, and tasks.

Therefore Online is now available in the United States through Canon direct and Canon authorized dealers. Pricing will vary depending on number of licensed users, and implementation services provided. For more information on Therefore Online, visit Canon here.

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