Monday, April 29, 2013

Beth Schrader Named LLS Fort Wayne's Woman of the Year

Beth & her daughter Liv at the Gala
Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic and passionate candidates engage in a spirited 10-week fundraising competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Man & Woman of the Year' titles by raising funds for blood cancer research. 

This year the Fort Wayne chapter's fundraising goal was $175,000 and the 6 candidates apparently thought that wasn't good enough going on to raise $287,100 breaking records and hopefully starting a tradition.

IOS's Beth Schrader was one of the 6 candidates.  She raised $76,663, another Fort Wayne record, and was named Fort Wayne's Woman of the Year.  It was an emotional and exhausting journey for Beth, a Leukemia survivor, and a chance to put more money in the hands of researchers on the path to a cure.  

Although someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer every 4 minutes, there is great hope for the future.  LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families.  This is done through research, patient aid, education and advocacy with the funds raised by generous supporters.

As Beth said at the end of her speech at Friday night's gala "Cancer will eventually retreat… because it knows by now, as this evening shows, that we will never give up."
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Are you a paper enabler?

By Angela Childs
Our last post was about faxes being sent…in 2013.    Hang pager just buzzed, except that it didn't...because it's not 1995.  We've moved on. 

I love this time that we’re living in.  I’m addicted to my iPhone, iPad, MacBook.  You name it, I want it.  Why?  Everything is at our fingertips.  From researching new technologies to finding out if Amy Adams was really on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.    It’s all right there.   I can access anything, anywhere, anytime. 

The sales manager for our western region sent me a link to a video on a new scanner, the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500.  I was smitten instantly.  Connect it to your office Wi-Fi and you can scan with an App on your phone. 

Received the scanner last week and in minutes I had it connected to our Wi-Fi and had the App installed on my phone.

Launch App, scan packing slip, e-mail to purchasing, toss the paper.   Perfect.

This idea of capturing and routing paper immediately is something that we work with clients everyday to achieve.   When information is only on paper, it’s trapped.  You can get to it unless you have that piece of paper in front of you.  Crazy.

One of the ways our clients capture paper immediately is using a multi-function copier/scanner.  With my new scanner I started thinking about those multi-function copiers. 

Why are there still so many copiers?  How long has everyone been saying they want to be paperless?  Copier.   Paperless.  Copier.   Paperless.  You see why this is a problem, right?

A copier encourages the exact behavior you’re trying to discourage.  I’m trying to figure out why I’d ever want to take a paper document and make a copy that’s also a paper document.   I’ve had clients want to take away printing rights to curb dependency on paper but there’s that copier beckoning – “Go on…what’s a few more paper documents going to hurt.  No one has to know.”

Don’t fall for it.  You can have that uncluttered desk and have everything with you all time on a little 1 lb. laptop.  I do.  If you’re ready, we can help.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dear DocuSign, You won't believe this one...

By Brian Kopack

It isn’t a story I normally pay attention to.

Player released – contract faxed too late.  What?
Again, a professional football player was released by his team because he faxed his signed contract to the team offices too late.   The player had trouble finding a Kinko’s in Miami where he could fax his contract. 


A contract worth $20+ million was faxed from a Kinko’s.  Read that again, slowly.  It is 2013.  People still send faxes?  From Miami?

Am I surprised a professional football player doesn’t know that the technology exists for documents to be signed digitally and transmitted electronically?  Nope.  Am I surprised a professional sports agent doesn’t know about the same technology?  Absolutely.  Signed contracts are his business and besides, football players are really big people who get paid to collide with other people.  It is in his best interest to know.

I don’t know that I can get to the agent to tell him about DocuSign.  If I could, I would tell him how great the technology is.  How safe and secure it makes doing business.  That his business needs it – a lot.

Here is an open invitation to meet me in Miami.

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