By Joan Honig, DocuWare: Although Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems promise to do it all, when it comes to incorporating documents into your workflows or archiving them for quick retrieval, ERPs can come up short. Many ERP systems seek to digitalize every process in an organization. This can create complexity that negatively affects the user experience and takes needless detours rather than following a direct path.

In contrast, the functionality of a document management system (DMS) is to capture, classify, store and easily retrieve documents. Its feature set focuses on organization, accessibility, data extraction and exchange, workflow and safe archiving. The DMS solutions to consider are the ones that can be embedded into any ERP environment.

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