Fun in the Sun & The “BurritoZilla”!

This weekend was fun. It’s the first signs of Spring coming and the weather is wonderful. Saturday was probably around the low-80’s at the high and Sunday was even better in the low-90’s is my best meteorological guess.

Saturday we went out to get some household essentials but also some plants and herbs. Although we picked up a few herb plants, some of the stuff we want is a bit more particular especially if you’ll be eating the stuff (al la..herbs). We thought it was best to call it a day on Saturday and then head down to a local plant and garden specialty place on Sunday. I don’t think the stuff at the specialty place was any better and way more expensive. I think if you want quality then you have to grow it yourself.

After the essentials shopping and plant/herb store we decided to head and get some lunch at this place we saw recently on the History Channel’s “Man vs. Food”. The place is called Iguanas and their gigantic burrito is called the “BurritoZilla”. It’s 18 inches and 5 pounds of Burrito gluttony! The atmosphere of the place was fun because it was tightly integrated into the college lifestyle and atmosphere. It’s on the San Jose State University campus. Brandee was observant to the fact that after ordering our food and taking our seat, nearly every patron in the place was staring (and very obviously so) at us while we tried to dine on this mammoth burrito. As much as we tried to inflict damage to this 18” BurritoZilla, we only managed to finish about 2 total inches and less than a half-pound, leaving 16” and 4.4 pounds of meat, beans and cheese to go. We brought the thing back and cut it into four full-size servings then froze them into bags as leftovers.

On Sunday we spent the day getting some additional planting supplies at Home Depot, went to Hooter’s for lunch, then came home to clean and open the pool for the season. Brandee loves to go to Hooter’s more than me. Before the place was open and still under construction last year I jokingly suggested that we go there as we drove by. She was quite open to the idea and ready to go. I wasn’t really shocked but I was surprised at her level of enthusiasm to go. Now nearly every time we are in the Campbell area on the weekend; yep, it’s the Hooter’s we go! We really enjoy “people watching” in the place and especially how the girl’s treat the male clientele versus the female customers. It’s comic relief.

Our pool isn’t anything fancy but it’s a great relief when the temperature gets hot and it’s nice to take a cool dip. The pool is an above ground type that is 18 feet around and four feet deep. It’s certainly enough to float around in and be lazy. Earlier this week it was getting into the low-90 degree temperatures so we got to enjoy the water.

Overall it was a great, enjoyable, relaxing weekend and a fantastic kick-off to Spring.

Why a network scanner?

I often get asked this question so I decided to consolidate some of the compelling reasons organizations should consider dedicated network scanners:

Dedicated use device for scanning documents
• No need to wait for the copy machine to become free for use
• Versatile functionality without compromise of added complexity
• Advanced scanning functions performed transparent to user
• Ability to preview images before sending to destinations
• Simple operation easy to understand

General Office - Ease of Use
General Office Functionality

A dedicated scanning device that seamlessly integrates within an organizations existing network infrastructure can be of tremendous value to enhance work processes. Network scanners benefit organizations by decreasing the complex nature, yet not comprising access to important functionality. From users of these devices to network administrators and business managers to basically an entire organization, businesses in a wide variety of markets are benefiting from network scanning.

• Access to scanning functionality is not hampered by other possible failures of a multifunction device
• Limited physical moving parts decreases likelihood of hardware malfunction
• Straight thru paper path design helps decrease possibility of document jams
• Network scanners inherit attributes designed for mission-critical document scanners

Organizations can only realize the true productivity enhancement of their IT investment when their systems are performing at peak performance. Disruption in the work process wastes time, costs money and causes frustration among employees and customers alike. Dedicated network scanners have been designed with the sole purpose of document scanning and, therefore contain the hardware and software attributes organizations expect which make them desirable in mission-critical business applications. Organizations of all sizes have sought the quality and reliability of single-function document scanners for years. For example, one of these intangible qualities which are sometimes hard to measure is lost productivity caused by a mechanical malfunction of a multifunction copier. Downtime for maintenance is simply not an option.

Ease of Use
• Eliminate complexity and provide simply operation with large touch screen
• Simple touch screen driven scanning operation eliminates specialized training
• In the unlikely event of a document jam, easy jam recovery without damaging documents
• Multiple language support
• Programmable job function buttons can perform repetitive tasks with the touch of one button

Customization and Control
Customization and familiar user experience

Large touch screen displays and integrated keyboards are two physical attributes which make digitizing documents with a network scanner simple. Similar to your on computer desktop at home which you may have customized with a particular look and feel, business users get the most value out of technology when they are familiar with the presentation of interfaces and have the versatility to customize screens. Network scanners adhere to this principal as well. For example, user state migration among devices presents the user with the same, consistent user experience based on their logon information no matter which device they decide to use.

• Image quality built on experience focused on document capture technology
• Paper path designs are careful engineered to excel at document handling including some with the capability of scanning plastic cards
• Document scanning technology hardware and software integration with specialize content management application providers

The quality of IT products typically is not appreciated until there are operational disruptions caused by failure such as a paper jammed in the device. Experience in developing feeding technology to efficiently handle documents of different shapes, sizes and weights have helped set dedicated document scanner vendors apart from other technology. Network scanners have inherited many of the qualities of traditional document scanners used in mission-critical applications and are bringing the opportunities of network scanning to organizations of all sizes. This focus on the importance of mission-critical scanning is evident in network scanners with specifically design features such as a straight paper path to reduce potential document jams and the ability to scan plastic cards through the document feeder. Additionally, the ability to preview images after scanning and before committing them to a destination is an example of a quality found in some network scanners.

• Restrict access to only authorized users with secure authentication
• User data such as username/password or image data does not reside on the scanner
• Data is encrypted on device to provide additional level of security
• No external USB port to hijack sensitive information
• Highly secure login authentication and transmission protocols (SSL)
• Lock-down job profiles to adhere to organization established policies

Whether it is for regulation, compliance or other reasons, data security plays a major role for network scanners. As a device that is ‘always on’ and connected to corporate networks, the risk of a data compromise of information has to be careful considered. From access to the devices themselves, or the manner in which information is electronically communicated to which level of functionality should be provided to particular users or groups is all functionality that organizations need to be thought through thoroughly. Network scanners provide these security features to assist organizations utilize devices in a manner which adheres to their specific established policies. The threat of data compromise comes in many fashions; not only externally but maybe internally and sometimes inadvertently, not maliciously.

Total cost of ownership
• Decrease deployment costs with remote administration tools
• Reduce ongoing maintenance costs with ability to push updates to devices from a centralized location
• Utilize existing network resources and systems to conserve budget
• Inexpensive and user replaceable consumables

Stretch your budget further using a dedicated network scanner through simple initial deployment of devices. Simply connect the scanner to the network then IT departments or network administrators can remotely configure and manage devices. No longer do organizations have to incur the expense or time consumed by having to send technicians on-site to setup devices. Additionally, on-going maintenance costs are drastically reduced by not having to replace expensive toner or fuser parts. Easily accessible user replaceable consumables provide a convenient way to keep the network scanner performing at optimal performance, yet decreasing the need for IT involvement.

Simple Deployment and Effective Device Management
Central Administration Server software

Integrated for Business Process Improvement
• Direct connectivity to back-end systems
• Index values and metadata sent directly into Content Management repositories
• Database lookups for validation
• Image enable your Line of Business application with Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) development

Some network scanner vendors offer optional Software Developer Kit’s (SDK) where developers can create unique integration screens to be displayed on the touch panel. These integrations offer tight interoperability with business systems such as Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories, Line of Business (LOB) applications, Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and other third-party solutions. In addition, user interface screens can be created with a custom look and feel to fit corporate branding. An integrated approach to network scanning enables organizations of all sizes to image-enable their current software applications and offers the assurance of delivering images directly into back-end servers without the traditional high costs, aggravation and loss of productivity involved with other approaches.

Integrated Software Applications to Improve Business Efficiency
Third-Party Software Solutions - Integrated


Kevin, meet East Coast – East Coast, meet Kevin

“Whew!!!” is about all the energy I have to say right now. The last month has been extremely busy for me with a full load of business travel. It’s all good and each trip has been rewarding and been extremely productive however I am human, after-all, and it’s grueling to keep a schedule like this.

While some people might think this is glamorous to travel the country; I am simply not one of those people. With the current economic situation I feel it’s more important than ever to engage customers in tangible activities that can help move forward business opportunities. If this requires me to sacrifice a little and travel like a madman then so-be-it. I think it’s harder on my wife and children (cat, dog and fish) than me. I appreciate their understanding and sacrifice as well.

Having made three roundtrips back and forth from the West Coast to various destinations on the East Coast in the last four weeks has allowed me some much needed time to get some of my thoughts organized. I have created a lot of “to do” lists over the last month and I’m currently consolidating these activities and acting upon them. One of them was to add more information to my blog. I will be adding some original materials that I have created in the past which I find interesting. I hope others will too, or at the least solicit some constructive feedback. This will include some articles on ‘Trends Towards Higher Resolution Scanning’ , ‘Increase ECM Automation Processes with Higher Resolution Scanning’, ‘Why a Network Scanner’ and other original content. I assure you that this is not a shameless promotion of my company or products but this is a sincere interest in educating others. I am fortunate to be close to this technology and gather a lot of feedback and I simply want to assist others in cutting through some of the confusion. Personally I gain quite a bit of knowledge from reading other peoples blogs and I would like to give back a little to the online social society as well.  As a brief recap of my travels I would like to provide you a visual map of the zany adventures:

On the road again, and again...and again (Willy Nelson eat your heart out)

Also, with all this travel there is certainly bound to be some ‘incident’ of some sort. Well, sure enough, upon our approach into Philadelphia last Sunday night there were severe thunderstorms in the area. My wife was tracking the flights progress via the internet and snapped this screen print of the planes route. Notice the fun circling we ‘enjoyed’ after a full day of travel until the thunderstorms had subsided and we could finally land.

No this is not a ride at Space Mountain!

Anyhow, I just wanted to provide a brief update and explain the absence of blogs recently. I’ll try and be more consistent. Please feel free to drop me a note with any comments, suggestions or criticisms. I’m always open for a healthy debate.