— By David Smith, vice president, DocuShare Business Unit, Xerox Corporation

This may be a biased opinion, but I believe Xerox’s recent acquisition of WaterWare Internet Services’ assets could be important to your business. Why? Well, if you’re looking for ways to control costs, improve productivity and keep your workforce connected – and want to reduce the amount of paper in your business operations – then it matters.

According to a recent study from AIIM, 53 percent of companies surveyed hope to decrease their paper consumption further with document scanning and capture operations.

Enterprise content management (ECM) –  a formal way of organizing and storing your company’s documents and other content that relates to your internal processes –  has played a big role in this revolution.

For Xerox, the increasing popularity of paperless business processes is exciting since our ECM platform, Xerox DocuShare, gives businesses a 24/7 way to reduce paper and manage, share and control documents – freeing employees to concentrate on the important business at hand.

WaterWare –  a software development and consulting services –  has solutions that matter in today’s business environment, including electronic health records capture and management, case management and pharmacy order automation.

And now, they are part of the DocuShare team – expanding our professional services offering in terms of deployment, system integration and customized tools that drive business results.

So, while this isn’t a mega-merger, for those on the front line looking for ways to cut down on paper while improving how information is shared throughout the organization – this is big news – and we’re proud of it!