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Retarus operates according to ISAE 3402 principles which ensure transparency and compliance to standards such as PCI, HIPAA, and SOX, as well guidelines for data security, privacy, and threat protection for both internal and external risks. To meet Enterprise requirements, all processes are supported by and cross-linked with other vital and central processes like Information Security Management, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery… 

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Learn how to maximize efficiencies by moving internal enterprise fax services to an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution.  For most IT infrastructures, maintaining an internal enterprise fax server represents a major investment in the software, hardware, and administrative resources required to guarantee 24/7 operations. For companies with a global presence, there are more regional and local…

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In almost every company, data is doubling each year and managing all this new data can be a real challenge. IDT’s  Information Governance Assessment is designed to help you discover areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. The results will empower you to increase organizational transparency and data integrity while reducing risk.  Click here to get the datasheet!



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OnBaseWhitepaper: Employee Onboarding – Beyond the Basics
HR knows the importance of new employee onboarding, but still struggle to get it right. For many organizations, the source of the problem is overlooking the early and even transactional components of onboarding, things like making sure new hires have an assigned workspace and computer. These may seem like “basic” concepts, but can be far more challenging than expected.

This whitepaper from Human Resources Executive(R) discusses why the “basics” are so important and how technology solutions can help HR organizations master these critical steps by:

-> Automatically assigning onboarding tasks and deadlines
-> Tracking the status of the onboarding process for each new hire
-> Providing visibility into the process itself to identify bottlenecks

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The world is evolving from physical to digital documents. Are you putting your business at risk by storing documents in outmoded paper, microfilm, aperture cards, or microfiche formats?  Download and read!


FileboundFree E-Book “Customer-Focused Human Resources”
It is estimated that disengaged employees cost the US economy $500 billion per year in lost productivity. Learn 5 Information Management Technologies that Will Increase Engagement without Decreasing Privacy.  Click here to read the E-Book


OnBaseStreamline HR processes, improve level of service to employees
IDT Human Resource solutions enable organizations to effectively manage the entire employee lifecycle – streamlining HR processes, improving compliance and providing a better level of service to employees. Personnel have access…
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OnBaseImprove Policy and Procedure Management, Strengthen Compliance
Learn how peers within your industry are addressing the burdensome challenges coupled with mounting policy and procedure management, compliance and regulatory oversight.
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OnBaseControlling Content: An Ongoing HR Challenge
As human resource departments continue to rely on labor-intensive, costly and unwieldy paper documents, enterprise content management offers relief. Of the many things you can say about Human Resources, one that resonates…
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Unitrends7 Deadly Sins of Backup and Recovery
This paper guides IT executives and system administrators in designing and implementing business backup and disaster recovery systems that enable every organization to rapidly recover entire business systems including business data, server OS, applications, and user data in case of a system failure or disaster, without experiencing undue planning and management pains.   Read more here


economics of the cloudThe Economics of the Cloud – Microsoft Whitepaper
Deep dive into the economic realities of on-premise vs. Cloud based computing. Grab your favorite beverage and be prepared to put on your thinking cap 😉    Read more here


CapSys CaptureWhite Paper: Green Information Technology makes the ROI Grade with Web-Savvy Document Capture Systems
Going green is more than a trend; it’s now an everyday reality. Organizations of all types, regardless of industry, are finding that reducing their carbon footprint makes good business sense – it’s good for the planet and the company bottom line.  Read more here


Windows AzureWhite Paper: Introducing Windows Azure
Cloud computing is here. Running applications on machines in an internet-accessible data center can bring plenty of advantages. Yet wherever they run, applications are built on some kind of platform. For on-premises applications, this platform usually includes an operating system and some way to store data. Applications running in the cloud need a similar foundation. The goal of Microsoft’s Windows Azure is to provide this.   Read more here


White Paper: Business Value of Microsoft SharePoint
Enterprise Content Management with Microsoft® SharePoint® Server delivers both a high quality solution that stimulates and delivers user participation, and the tools for highly secure, well-managed content.    Read more here


Windows AzureWhite Paper: Microsoft Windows Azure Drive
With Windows Azure Drive, your Windows Azure applications running in the cloud can use existing NTFS APIs to access a durable drive. This can significantly ease the migration of existing Windows applications to the cloud. The Windows Azure application can read from or write to a drive letter (e.g., X:\) that represents a durable NTFS volume for storing and accessing data. The durable drive is implemented as a Windows Azure Page Blob containing an NTFS-formatted Virtual Hard Drive (VHD).   Read more here


SQL AzureSQL Azure vs. SQL Server – Get the Official Explanation from Microsoft
If you haven’t explored Microsoft Azure as of yet, what are you waiting for? IT leadership teams should be seriously investigating the money savings opportunity!      Read more here

Uptime InstituteUnderstanding the Datacenter Tier Ratings – Uptime Institute’s Whitepaper
Have you been educated about the differences in the various Tier ratings that exist for the Cloud Computing/SaaS providers? Should you even care what kind of Datacenter your SaaS / Cloud Computing partner chose to host your application? Do you know the correct questions to ask of the SaaS/Cloud Computing Providers? Read the Whitepaper from Uptime Institute before you make your SaaS/Cloud Computing Provider final decision.   Read more here

workflowHow Document Management Benefits Accounts Payable
This whitepaper focuses on how document management software saves time and money by automating labor intensive business processes for accounting and finance departments.

Imaging and Workflow vs. Paper Imaging and Workflow vs. Paper – Learn how to improve your AP operations, realize a rapid ROI on your investment, while streamlining processes.
If you are looking internally to identify ways in which you can squeeze cash from operations – or at least get a better handle on its flow, potentially save thousands per year by implementing imaging and workflow in your AP department, then please review this four part educational video:


AP Imaging and Workflow (Part 1)
AP Imaging and Workflow (Part 2)
AP Imaging and Workflow (Part 3)
AP Imaging and Workflow (Part 4)

httpEffective and Efficient Distributed Web-Based Document Capture Architecture
This white paper describes the fundamental building blocks of Distributed, Web-Based Document Capture architecture, and share numerous tricks, tips and realities of the Capture process.


piggy bankCreating a Cost-Conscious Document Capture Strategy
Technology has evolved from Document Imaging to scan paper, to Workflow to route the imaged paper, to Document Management to organize our file folders, to Web Content Management to manage Intranet and Extranet documents – all are now united as ECM. The influx of both paper and electronic documents still presents an enormous business and economic challenge for any organization. It must be met with a well thought-out Document Capture strategy.  Download and read now!



planWhite Paper: Business Continuity Planning 101
Is your data safe? In the wake left behind by Gustav, Hanna, Ike and other recent natural disasters, Business Continuity Planning for Small & Medium Size Businesses is essential! It is crucial to understand the risks associated with not having a BCP in place and, find out how to remove the cost and complexity burdens from your staff.  Download and read now!



IDCIDC – Making the Economic Case for Data Preservation
This paper examines how organizations are implementing solutions that provide greater efficiencies and lower costs while meeting stringent business mandates for record retention and retrieval requirements.  Download and read now!


choicesChoosing an Enterprise Content Management System
This white paper covers the following topics: Before You Buy, The Requirements Analysis, Budget & Cost Justification, Technology & Functionality, Who Should Conduct the Requirements Analysis, Choosing an ECM Consultant. To establish greater efficiencies and allow for collaborative data sharing, reporting and tracking, many businesses are taking advantage of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems as part of their infrastructures.

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whereWhere and how does an Enterprise Capture Solution fit in your overall Content Management Strategy?
So you think you have completed all your homework with respect to your Enterprise Content Management project? You’ve completed your Requirements Analysis, analyzed the Content Management players, evaluated carefully whether you should buy direct from the manufacturer or partner with VAR or Systems Integrator, assessed your “low-hanging fruit” opportunities that minimize organizational risk and maximize profitability. You are ready for primetime, prepared to purchase, implement and are raring to “go-live.” However, in your careful analysis, did you inadvertently omit evaluating and defining your Capture Strategy as it relates to your overall Enterprise Content Management strategy? Does your organization’s content originate internally, externally, in electronic and/or paper format? Do you clearly know where the “point of origin” for your content actually originates?  Download and read now!


questionWhy Purchase Your Scanners from IDT? – With so many options for purchasing hi-speed document scanners out there today, it’s hard to know where you should go. Check out this quick reference sheet for some of the benefits of purchasing your important scanning equipment from IDT.

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glassMid Market Briefing Series:
This three-part series provides the insight and approach you can take to navigate the options and purchase of new financial software. It’s focused on the specific issues faced by mid-market organizations.




Part I: What Companies Should Know Before Buying Financial Software – Get the most from your investment in financial software. This first part in the three-part IDT Mid-Market Briefing Series provides the insight and approach you can take to navigate the options and purchase of new financial software. It’s focused on the specific issues faced by mid-market organizations.  Download and read now!

Part II: How Distributed, Web-Based Document Capture, Automated Accounts Payable & Content Management Significantly Enhance ERP/Financial Systems – This second in our three-part Briefing Series is available to enhance your knowledge of financial systems. It provides you with insider information about how to achieve both efficiency and compliance through integration of your financial or ERP solution with Enterprise Content Management.  Download and read now!

Part III: Benefits of Working with a Value-Added-Reseller (VAR) – Are there advantages purchasing from and working with a VAR versus the hardware or software manufacturer? Who will give you the better price? Should you still work with an integrator even if you have a capable IT staff? The third and final part of the IDT Briefing Series gives you straight answers about product selection, services, costs and more.  Download and read now!


the beginningEnterprise Content Management 101
What is ECM? When do you know you need it? What are its benefits? This brief article from a past issue of IDT’s Integration Insider eNewsletter is your crash course in ECM.  Download and read now!


globeECM 101 PowerPoint Presentation
New to Enterprise Content Management? Check out this 101 primer and find out what ECM is, how to know if your business is a candidate for these technologies, their benefits, where to start, etc. You’ll also learn a little about IDT, our clients, and what we offer.  Download and read now!



processKeep Your Information Moving with Workflow Automation
Workflow automation is “the ability to convert existing manual tasks into electronically automated processes.” With flexible, scalable technology, it enables the automatic routing and management of transaction information (like purchase orders, claims, invoices, and applications) throughout one’s organization and over the Web.  Download and read now!


newThe Upgrade Decision
As budgets are prepared, the question of “to upgrade or not to upgrade” often arises. The path to the answer can be complex and require a great deal of consideration. Getting your company through an implementation can be difficult. Upgrading can sometimes be tricky as well. It is essential that some basic analysis is done to establish whether an upgrade is right for your organization and if so, which upgrade path you should follow. Read this archived IDT Integration Insider article for some tips in making your decision.  Download and read now!


easyFive Ways to Improve the ROI of Your Next Technology Investment
New technologies, when evaluated and launched wisely, can help your organization make significant productivity leaps and gain competitive advantage. Consider these five tips as offered in IDT’s Integration Insider.  Download and read now!



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