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Archive for April, 2010

OSAM’s New Employees

Monday, April 12th, 2010

OSAM welcomed five new employees to the OSAM family in the first quarter of 2010!  We continue to put personnel in place here, which will allow us to provide better services and support for our customers.  Our goal is to grow the number of OSAM customers as well as the complexity of the solutions we provide by hiring both Sales and Services personnel.

The OSAM Sales staff grew by three in March with the addition of Ed Smith, Chris Limburg and Joe Bognar.

Ed Smith will join Kevin Flanagan (OSAM Government Sales Manager) working with OSAM’s public sector clients and expanding OSAM’s customer base in that vertical.

Chris and Joe will work in the private sector with John Dunne (OSAM Private Sector Sales Manager).

Also new in March, Andy Czuppa will be splitting time between OSAM Technical Support and OSAM Professional Services. Andy gives us a level of programming expertise that we did not previously have.  He will be brought in on projects with our Professional Services team as needed and will also assist the Technical Support team with programming, scripting and database issues.

Another newly expanded team is the Scanning Services Department, which added Francesca Lakjohn as a full-time employee in March.  More and more organizations are outsourcing their scanning and conversion projects to OSAM, and having Francesca will allow us to increase the number of projects that we can run concurrently.

Please join us in welcoming our newest employees!

Choosing a Scanner

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

So you’ve decided to enter the paperless world. The problem is, how do you know which scanner to buy? A large variety exists on the market today, ranging from inexpensive desktop models to pricier large volume scanners. Before pulling the trigger on a buying your first scanner, first consider your needs.

Volume: When looking at document scanners, it’s important to make sure the device you purchase has the kind of volume capacity you need. In this case, speed does kill. For example, you can purchase a desktop scanner that scans about 15 ppm (pages per minute) for under $1,000, while a production scanner that scans over 50 ppm in color and 90 ppm in black & white can run you over $5,000. If you have a large daily volume to scan, going up a couple price levels may be well worth the time and labor saved.

Color: These days, most scanners can handle both black & white and color scanning. You probably won’t have trouble finding a color scanner to meet your needs, no matter what your volume.

Double-sidedness: If a lot of your documents have images on both sides, you will want to make sure the scanner you choose has a duplex function. This allows you to scan double-sided documents quickly and efficiently and keep the pages in the correct order.

Page Size: Most scanners handle paper up to 8.5 x 15 inches (legal size). If your office documents are any larger, you will probably need to look at a special unit that handles large-format pages.

Additional Features to Consider Based on your Requirements:

  • OCR and PDF conversion software
  • Color and monochrome scanning
  • Automatic paper feeder (APF)
  • Speed

As always, don’t hesitate to contact our Sales Team with scanner-related questions. They can be reached by phone at 602-263-9432 or by e-mail at