What’s What in IBM i Laser Check Printing

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As traditionally practiced, IBM i check printing involves a number of expensive and proprietary processes, including:

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  • Secure IBM i check printing software that interfaces with your accounts
    payable system Pre-printed check stock that must be special ordered
    with your bank routing and account numbers. The different pre-printed
    stock is needed for each checking account that you print checks from.
  • MICR-enhanced check printers ...
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The Evolution of IBM i Paperless Process Management

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Organizations seldom jump directly from traditional IBM i manual document processing to an automated paperless processing solution. It takes evolution to replace paper-based distribution with digital processing for IBM i reports and forms.

Most organizations go through four levels as they mature and implement IBM i report automation and document management solutions to create a paperless processing environment.

 

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Exceptional Customer Service Makes for Great Vendors

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One of the best customer service stories I have ever heard comes in the form of an experiment by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. He tested his customer service personnel to find out how far they would go to please the customer. He did this by asking a mystery caller phone in and ask the reps if they would help the caller order a pizza. Where most companies might treat this request as a prank, the Zappos reps retrieved the three nearest pizza ...

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What Business are Your IBM i Programmers In?

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IBM i shops often waste expensive and scarce programming talent recreating commercially available software for common functions like reporting and paperless processing, rather than buying professionally designed software and configuring it to meet their needs.

This tendency poses a simple question for IBM i shops:

Are your programmers in the right business (creating organization-specific apps) or are they creating and maintaining DIY solutions for software that you can easily buy ...

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4 Ways to Leverage IBM i Report Automation Software

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When most people think of IBM i report automation software (paperless reporting), they only think of converting and emailing spooled file reports to users. While this is a valuable feature, it’s not the only benefit a paperless reporting solution provides.

If you already own a report automation solution like SpoolFlex or you’re thinking of purchasing a solution, here are four other ways (besides emailing reports) where you can ...

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Native IBM i PDF Conversion Versus Paperless Reporting

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No_ProgrammingAs of IBM i 6.1, IBM now provides native PDF creation capabilities inside the operating system with the licensed Transform Services product (5770TS1 for i 7.x, and 5761TS1 for i 6.1).

While this is a welcome enhancement, it’s important to understand what Transform Services can and can’t do as part of an IBM i report automation environment (paperless reporting).

Here’s a brief overview on how ...

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4 Ways IBM i Paperless Processing Helps Banks

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iStock_000010139532_DoubleI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

If you need a programmer to set up and use a commercial software package, you’re implementing an outdated software model.

This is particularly true when buying an IBM i paperless processing solution (report automation & document management) to use in a banking environment.

Solving the Trouble with IT & Banking

Banks are notorious for ...

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3 Costly Errors of Manually Converting IBM i Reports to Excel Files

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thumbnailManually converting an IBM i report into an Excel spreadsheet is messy. The process is time consuming, a waste of technical & financial resources and can produce unreliable data.

In my opinion, it’s reckless and financially dangerous to manually convert existing IBM i reports into Excel XLSX files for analysis, especially when there are good third-party report automation

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5 Key Benefits of Archiving IBM i Forms and Reports

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Paper-Pusher-000037199644_FullA good IBM i paperless processing solution can archive distributed electronic forms and spooled file reports in universal file formats; PDF files, excel spreadsheets, and HTML files. Archived files can be stored on an external file server or on the IBM i Integrated File System (IFS).

A paperless digital archive is the treasure trove of information about your IBM i reports and documents. It provides easy access to your ...

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6 Reasons Why You Should Care About Report Automation

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Robot_Mail_DRV_BlogYou don’t need a PhD in Computer Science or any additional programming modifications to your IBM i system to realize the countless benefits you can receive by implimenting IBM i report automation solutions (paperless reporting). For example, you can convert spooled file documents to digital formats (i.e. Excel and PDF) or digitize and archive spooled files for secure delivery to users and ...

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