Get Centralized, Instant Access to Documents
Many organizations face the challenge of managing and accessing business information from disparate sources. For example, an organization might maintain some documents within traditional paper filing systems while other content is electronically stored but not easily accessible. Oftentimes, employees engage in manual, time-consuming searches to locate and retrieve vital documents to complete a business transaction or make a business decision.
Fortis provides tremendous efficiency gains by allowing organizations to capture, store and retrieve paper-based and electronic documents into one system. With Fortis, information is readily accessible and centrally located. This means employees no longer spend time routing documents from desk to desk or trying to locate a misplaced file. With an electronic document management system powered by Fortis, you'll get instant access to information and efficient use of resources.
Fortis & Fortis SE
The Fortis product line contains two offerings: Fortis and Fortis SE. The following provides an overview of each. For complete descriptions, visit www.westbrooktech.com.
Fortis is our feature-rich client/server product suite that is ideal for the office, department, organization or enterprise, operating over a LAN, WAN, an intranet, the Internet or an extranet. A multi-user system, there is no limit imposed on the number of concurrent users as Fortis can scale enterprise wide. For database engine options, Fortis can work with Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.
Fortis provides many features, including Microsoft Office integration and web-based document access via Fortis Web. A full suite of options is available to suit your business processing needs and enhance the Fortis document management solution.
Fortis SE operates as a multi-user system for up to 15 concurrent users. Fortis SE uses Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express as its database back end.
Fortis SE is also available with Fortis Web so that users can access documents via a browser interface. As with Fortis, additional options are available to suit your business processing needs and enhance the Fortis SE solution.
Fortis Office seamlessly integrates Fortis with Microsoft Office With Fortis Office, you can simply click the Send To Fortis toolbar button within Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint and capture the file directly to a Fortis database or to an In Basket. As theres no need to switch between applications, capture efficiency is greatly increased.
Indexing and Storing
Content that is captured to Fortis is identified with associated index data so that it can be easily stored, retrieved and managed. The indexing process is essential to how users search for and retrieve information. The database allows documents to be indexed, or described with keywords, for faster searching and retrieval.
The descriptive information about documents is entered into fields defined by an administrator. Fortis provides numerous methods for indexing documents. Users can index documents manually or automatically, and documents can be indexed in batches to speed up the indexing process. Using templates and processing scripts can further increase the indexing process speed.
Targeted searching is the most efficient way to gather information. Fortis lets users define and perform queries to retrieve documents by searching the index data, by searching the text contents (with Full Text Search) of documents, by searching the text content of annotations or by performing a combined search.
Advanced search lets users quickly search different types of documents at once and easily narrow the search results. Users can also retrieve related documents from the document viewing window. With Fortis QuickFind, users can search for documents right from their desktops. With a multitude of search options, users can be sure to quickly find the documents they need to complete a task.
Viewing and Editing
The Fortis Document Viewer provides complete functionality for accessing and viewing all types of documents. With an intuitive interface, users can easily view, annotate, edit and index documents. And more than one person can access and view the same documents at the same time.
Depending on the page type, users can cut, copy, paste, delete, or enhance pages within a document. Users can also insert, replace, burst or reorder pages, remove blank pages, and rotate an entire document.
Fortis versioning feature protects a document from simultaneous revisions. With versioning, users can maintain multiple versions of a document. Modifications to a document are controlled by check out and check in procedures.
The Document Viewer also lets users add a variety of annotations to documents. Users can attach notes, freehand drawings, lines, and stamps to a page, and highlight or redact sections of pages. Users can also include OLE objects from other applications as annotations. Security features for annotations include an Always Visible attribute, so a user cannot hide an annotation, and a Protected attribute, so that only the author of the annotation or the administrator can modify or delete it.
Features and Functions of Fortis
Fortis is key to optimizing business processes, improving information retrieval and expediting the delivery of information.
Fortis uses a database to organize documents that are brought in, or captured, to the document management system. Paper documents are often scanned, while electronic files are often imported directly into the system. Fortis makes it easy to capture documents and data into the system. With the ability to scan, fax or import documents as well as import documents and data into the system, organizations can be sure all critical information is securely stored and properly managed. Fortis users can capture a wide range of electronic content, including Word or Excel documents, HTML, black and white images, color images, and more.
With built-in Microsoft Office integration, users can also automatically capture Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint files from within the Office application directly to Fortis, thus automating the capture of data and eliminating the need to switch between applications.
Fortis also provides several capture features to improve document quality, aid in data capture, and improve efficiency: Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Bar Code Recognition (BCR) and Image Enhance.
Find business critical information in seconds from your desktop Targeted searching lets you efficiently find the information you need. Using Fortis QuickFind, query a Fortis database right from your desktop. Click the desktop icon, type in the key information you are looking for and within seconds, the documents display for you to review.
Easily modify documents with the Launch feature With this feature, you launch an application, such as Microsoft Word or Excel, to edit the document and save your changes. Your changes are then automatically saved to Fortis. Theres no need to re-import the file.
Collaborate with a wide variety of annotation tools Add notes, stamps, or highlight a specific area of your document so that others know whats been done with the document or the next steps needed in the process.
Sharing and Collaborating
Information in Fortis can be easily shared with colleagues, partners and customers on a LAN, WAN or across the Internet with Fortis Web.
Documents can be shared with others by printing, faxing, sending via e-mail, sharing on a network and embedding them as OLE objects. Users can also export documents in a variety of formats, including PDFs and TIFFs, and can export index data along with the document.
Fortis Inflo is a workflow solution that can route, manage and collaborate information within a business process. An organization can diagram the business processes so that users can digitally work together on projects. Automatically move documents, change index data, send e-mail notifications and perform other processes.
Integrate line-of-business (LOB) applications, such as accounts payable/receivable, customer relationship management (CRM) and case management systems, with Fortis using the seamless image integration capabilities of Fortis EnableIt without requiring custom or costly integration work. Users can instantly retrieve Fortis documents while working in their business critical applications. EnableIt also provides the ability to pass data from the core business application to Fortis and vice versa, scan and index documents into Fortis, import documents, update data and many other integration techniques.
EnableIt can be used to unify disparate desktop applications into a cohesive system, automate redundant tasks, increase workflow efficiency, decrease data integrity errors and allow data to be re-purposed.
Securely share information down the hall or around the world Todays business climate calls for instant access to key information at anytime from anywhere. Fortis Web lets you view and edit documents securely from an Internet browser.
Track activities with Audit Trail
With Audit Trail, you can track when a user indexes a new document to a database, modifies a documents index data, deletes a document from a database, views a document, prints a document and many other related activities.
The Fortis systems security capabilities provide a powerful yet flexible blend of user access management and control for any Fortis installation. This security is provided by assigning Fortis users a password and database access and by varying their functional and feature access permissions. With multiple levels of permissions, you can be assured your documents are protected from unauthorized access and alteration.
Audit Trail enables administrators to set up an audit log so that Fortis tracks a variety of user activities performed on documents, such as indexing, modifying, deleting, viewing, faxing, forwarding, emailing and printing.
Benefits of Fortis Enterprise Document Management
Westbrook Technologies, a leader in document management software, provides solutions to businesses of all sizes that need to maintain their competitive edge. Our Fortis solution assists thousands of users throughout the world capture, index, store and retrieve their critical information from anywhere - instantly and securely.
Increase productivity and optimize work efforts
With immediate and reliable access to content, users can efficiently retrieve the information they need to complete their business tasks. Making productive use of information enhances performance and empowers users to identify and pursue other business opportunities or beneficial activities.
Enable timely and informed decision making
As content is centrally located, users can be assured that they have all the necessary information to make a decision. A single access point ensures critical information can be produced on demand. All the facts, figures and supporting data are readily available.
Promote quick and accurate service to customers or partners
With targeted searches, users can instantly access documents to provide technical support, answer inquiries, resolve a complaint, check the status of an order, claim, or information request activities that improve service levels and garner customer loyalty.
Reduce operating and administrative costs
Printers, copies, microfilm, storage space, retrieval efforts, shipping charges, maintenance costs, etc. These are expenses that can greatly impact an organizations profit, not to mention the costs associated with misplaced or incorrectly filed documents. Fortis allows organizations to reduce the expenses associated with paper-based processes and realize savings in other areas.
Accelerate project completion and shorten business process cycles
With manual processes, reviewing, routing and processing documents can take days, weeks and sometimes even months. Fortis improves business processes to enable the timely completion of business tasks.
Fortis The Complete Document Management Solution
Store safely and securely in Fortis
Electronically capture all your business documents
Automates authorization processes
Provides Web-based access to documents in Fortis
Provides data distribution
Integrates Fortis with third party applications