How a Manufacturer Deployed Remote Access for All

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Alexis Blue, Director of Business Development, had the chance to interview one of our manufacturing clients, Jason Andrews. Hear what he had to share.

Start off by telling us how you use Laserfiche in your organization.

“Laserfiche originally was brought in to get documentation out to our field employees. Of our roughly 650 employees globally, about 500 of them are in the field in teams of one to three at a time. We were able to create a custom integration to allow for updates even when they don’t have internet access to make sure that they have access to up to date documentation at all times. That setup a great jumping off point for this era with working from home.”

Tell us about back office departments that are using Laserfiche.

“So HR used Laserfiche to completely digitize all of our employee records, and we’re working on a number of additional integrations on top of that in order to streamline the HR process, which  especially now being distributed and not having the ability to walk from department to department with approvals, etc., that’s become more and more critical for us in our business model.”

Did your organization have a Business Continuity Plan in general for you to start off with?

“So our business does have a Business Continuity Plan, and I’m not privy to all of the details, but I do know that even in the worst of times, with two feet of snow freshly fallen, there’s a skeleton crew that was able to make it into the office to keep things running. So this really was a little was a little unforeseen for us not being able to keep our critical staff in the office at all times. And so it really presented a challenge that even though we had planned for business continuity we weren’t prepared for. And so Laserfiche has helped us with overcoming that fairly quickly and easily.”

So as far as your organization process for moving staff to remote, how did Laserfiche fit into that process?

So with Laserfiche, we had a few things going on simultaneously in order to make this happen. First, we documented a few processes which we always had, but never had documented in order to make sure they were widely accessible, including the use of a couple of different video conferencing tools that we have, and a number of other tools that we had to make working remote easier. We made sure that they were controlled within Laserfiche and available to our employee base through the various ways that they can access it. And so that really helped our transition significantly and was something that within a couple of hours of each request we were able to have done and move on to the next one from start of our documentation on through the completion of its deployment into the field and to the office.”

Digging into how you use Laserfiche overall, what has made it really successful as far as how your staff can locate information that previously they would have had in paper form somewhere else?

“All of our managers have login access to Laserfiche, and most of our employee base does not have access. First and foremost it gave our managers the ability to quickly search and find something as we are OCR’ing all of our documents with our import in order to make sure that they can quickly and easily find the documentation that they need that would normally be in their desk drawer. We also use some workflows to push to share file and to our shared drives with controlled versions for our general population who don’t currently have access and only need read-only versions. We’re working on getting them Laserfiche licenses, but in the meantime that has been a huge helper in being able to make our documents accessible to everyone at all times by use our VPN and the Laserfiche login.”

What has come up as a high priority with your staff not coming to the office?

“So every 12 or 13 weeks, we have a new group of between 20 and 30 people come in for new-hire training to do our work in the field. We’re expecting to have about to have 25 of them starting and the difference is that they can’t come into the office. Our on-boarding process is still a paper process. And so we are working on bootstrapping that quickly into an automated process, which will help us eliminate double, and triple and even quadruple keying of data, and make it so that all the people in the process who need to provide computers, personal protective equipment, and various training and have interactions with them – they’ll get that done in remote training. They’ll do it in a web conference similar in the way that we’re doing it now and we are automating that process ensuring that things won’t fall through the cracks for each and every one of them.

We are also working towards automating our contract approval process, in order to make sure that, again, nothing falls through the cracks, it gets handed-off to the appropriate people, and we don’t leave risks or liability on the table with them.”

Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

“The biggest thing with Laserfiche is that it’s so easy to develop things quickly and easily. With a quick meeting with one of our stakeholders, I can develop what they’re looking for to get it out there. Initially, just get the functionality out there, get it adopted, get it used, and then make yourself available to improve. In these times working remotely, it’s important to get the functionality out there. Fast is good. Don’t let best be the enemy of better! Just keep pushing and keep doing your best. The tools are there are great. MCCi has outstanding support if you need it, and use the resources at your availability.”

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