Canon Introduces Next-Generation of Therefore Document-Workflow Solution

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Canon U.S.A. reports that its Therefore 2016, the newest version of its information-management and document-workflow solution designed to help organizations streamline business processes, identify bottlenecks, and improve how information is handled and retained, is now available.

Using Canon’s MEAP solution platform, Therefore can be integrated with Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs, imageRUNNER MFPs, and imageFORMULA DR scanners. Therefore 2016 is now available across the United States through Canon authorized dealers. Prices are set by individual dealers and may vary depending upon version purchased, number of licensed users, and implementation services provided.

The firm says it’s enhanced the existing Web Forms feature, integrated with electronic-signature providers, and made advancements to Microsoft Power BI and PDF/A-3.

Web Forms

Allowing for more efficient, simple and mobile data entry, the newly enhanced Web Forms features allow for the input of validated data into Therefore. When used in conjunction with workflow and analytics tools, Web Forms can automate the collection of data from external parties and provide for more efficient and mobile data entry. Web Forms also allow administrators to design customizable forms directly in the Solution Designer, permitting authenticated users to submit forms from the Navigator or Viewer, and enabling external parties to submit forms hosted on a public Web site for applications, such as customer-satisfaction surveys. Data collected from external sources is protected, traceable, and centrally archived, allowing businesses to sustain a clear summary of the key performance indicators they are achieving and areas in need of improvement.


With an increasing number of companies including e-signatures into their business practices, Canon says electronic signatures are an increasing trend. Through integration with Digital Transaction Management providers, such as DocuSign, Therefore 2016 extends the solution’s e-signing capabilities, allowing users to manage complete signing processes online. Whether a signature is required to seal a final document version, or to certify the legal-signing process of a contract between parties, the newly added E-Signature feature has the power to assist businesses in improving customer satisfaction, employee productivity, as well as helping to save time and reduce costs.

Microsoft Power BI

The new Microsoft Power BI integration enhances the analytic capabilities of Therefore by providing a real-time, interactive dashboard of the company’s data that Canon says is simple to configure and use. Once a Power BI user account is created, a Therefore administrator can simply create a Power BI dataset by selecting a category and parameters which will be automatically uploaded to Power BI at regular intervals. Users can generate an analytic dashboard and intuitively fine-tune reports right at their fingertips with the help of robust, user-friendly design tools. Whether viewing on a desktop or mobile device, Microsoft Power BI allows users to view business performance data live.


Capable of unlocking various possibilities in document processing and digital customer-vendor communication, Canon says PDF/A-3 with XML can help streamline accounting processes and reduce errors caused by manual data entry. Therefore 2016 will include support for the PDF/A-3 format, allowing users to extract index data from embedded file types as attachments within a PDF/A document, allowing for automatic document processing while retaining the user-friendly appearance of a PDF document. Canon says this new capability grants businesses the potential to increase productivity and operational effectiveness by improving key performance indicators such as “first time match rate” and “percentage of invoices in query.”

For more information on Therefore, visit Canon here.

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