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What’s new at Compu-Stor

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It’s been an exciting quarter for Compu-Stor with new customers, new staff, a new location, and updates to our core products. Read on to find out what’s new at Compu-Stor.  Compu-Stor wins new Government customer We are proud to announce that we have recently signed the NSW Department of Justice as a new customer. The Department went to tender for records management services and selected Compu-Stor as their preferred provider due to our: unique ability to service their physical storage requirements; and our proposal to strategically plan and assist with rolling out their digitisationjourn...
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Record keeping tips for small business owners

Record keeping tips for small business owners
Australian businesses are legally required to keep financial records that: correctly record and explain its transactions and financial position and performance; and enable true and fair financial statements to be prepared and audited. The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) defines [1] “financial records” as including invoices, receipts, cheques, working papers and other documents needed to explain the methods by which a company’s financial reports are prepared. ASIC requires companies to keep the above-mentioned financial records for seven years1, which can be easier sai...
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Unlocking the benefits of digital records

Unlocking the benefits of digital records
Australian businesses of all sizes are gradually relinquishing paper documents and filing cabinets and embracing the many benefits of digital information management. It’s one thing to convert physical documents into digital form by having staff members scan documents and create digital versions of physical records to sit on a shared internal network or server within the business. But that’s just the start of transforming how you actually manage records in your business. Merely scanning physical documents doesn’t ease the pain points of poor records management – you still need a structured syst...
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Five questions to ask your records management solutions provider

Five questions to ask your records management solutions provider
Making sure you find the right records management solutions provider for your company’s records is a decision not to be taken lightly. After all, you are entrusting this company with the care and upkeep of a range of valuable documents such as customer records, taxation files, business insurance papers, etc.; that if lost would spell disaster for your business. And, the cost of not complying with state, federal and industry specific regulation around privacy, storage and destruction could spell disaster. It stands to reason that you should have questions for the business you choose. ...
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Why a document management system is superior to cloud storage

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Understanding document management systems and its functions While cloud storage is a method of storing information, the function of a document management system (DMS) is to deliver efficient and time sensitive access to information, allowing for files of any type to be stored and easily retrieved. Just like a filing cabinet can’t answer phones, cloud storage can’t truly manage your documents. Document management system integration A Document Management System is built to seamlessly integrate data capture, document storage, editing, workflow, and retention in a single platform. Electronic appro...
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Hybrid record management: All you need to know

Hybrid record management All you need to know
2018 marks 40 years since British-American information scientist Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster famously envisioned a “paperless society” in 1978. While the notion of a “paperless office” has been bandied about in business circles for most of the last decade, in 2018 a 100 per cent paperless office simply remains unachievable for many Australian businesses in certain industries.  Relinquishing paper and embracing digital alternatives enables businesses to streamline processes, reduce their impact on the environment, and cut costs. Generally speaking, Australian businesses are becoming less r...
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Compu-Stor Announces Major Government Signing

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Department of Justice NSW appoints Compu-Stor as their preferred supplier for records management services At Compu-Stor, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of evolving business trends and expanding our service offerings to meet changing customer needs as well as technological innovation. We provide tailored solutions to suit each industry and each customer’s requirements. “Compu-Stor is delighted to be awarded such a high profile and important Partnership with the Department. With over 30 years in business we pride ourselves on relationships that are in line with our vision. The Depa...
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Five ways Compu-Stor helps insolvency firms onboard new clients

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Providing information management services to the insolvency industry since 1987, Compu-Stor understand the amount of resources that can be taken up during the onboarding of new clients. It can be an all-consuming process that utilises valuable time and internal resources. So why not outsource to the experts? Compu-Stor has developed end-to-end information management solutions to support insolvency professionals in servicing their clients. Partner with Compu-Stor and we’ll help ease the burden of onboarding. How? From packaging and cataloguing to offsite records storage, digitization and destru...
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Records management and the reputation of the insolvency industry

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How internal processes and good records management can play a critical role in lifting the professional reputation of the insolvency industry. Any professional who appears to be making a living out of others’ distress will sooner or later have to confront the possibility of image issues. Simply put, it comes with the territory. It’s no coincidence that lawyers, journalists and used car salespeople are frequently cited as the most unpopular of all professions. Insolvency professionals collectively comprise an industry that exists because being unable to pay debts is a constant concern that hang...
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Make a plan for records management

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Small businesses make a significant contribution to the Australian economy, accounting for slightly less than one-half of private sector industry employment. The construction, professional, scientific and technical services industry sub-sectors each account for around 16 per cent, and the rental, hiring and real estate services sub-sector contributed over 15 per cent [1] . However, most of these businesses would not think records management was important for their business. Starting a business can be a challenge; the day to day struggle of building a business with the right systems and process...
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Welcome to the new Compu-Stor Website

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At Compu-Stor, technical innovation is our passion. We are continually driving change from within to develop new service offerings and products to better our customers’ needs, and this includes delivering a new, exciting and engaging website.   We have enjoyed taking our brand and transitioning it into a highly functional website that is easy to navigate, from browsing our many services to logging directly into CIMS and placing an order for your storage needs. We have over 100 blog articles covering a range of industry topics such as online cyber security, customer confidentiality as well...
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Medical Document Storage Solutions

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  While many new hospitals such as Sydney's Macquarie University Hospital aim for 100% paperless record keeping, [1] for other hospitals access to this technology is unobtainable, so paper-based record keeping is still the norm due to the complex nature of retention schedules.   In a recent article on Royal Adelaide Hospital, [2] Health Information Management Association President Jennifer Gilder estimates between 300,000 and 400,000 records would have been created in a 2 year period. Compu-Stor understands the need for proper security and protocols, and when required, destruction of...
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Compu-Stor now NSW Government ICT Panel Partner

Compu Stor now NSW Government ICT Panel Partner
Compu-Stor is pleased to announce that we are now on the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Panel as a preferred supplier for the NSW Government. This panel is a centralised location where government departments can log on to and order equipment and services they need. Through this process, Compu-Stor can now service the government’s needs when it comes to data storage, document storage, imaging and online access to important documents, as well as the destruction of sensitive documents. Compu-Stor is proud to become a preferred supplier to the NSW government and we look forward to...
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Protection through destruction: Are your private documents safe?

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When the folders are filled, and the storage boxes are overflowing from all the documents you have had to keep for various compliance reasons, the relief you feel when they’re no longer needed can be quite significant. Before you celebrate by finding the nearest recycling bin and start dumping your documents, take a moment to understand what kind of information those documents contain, and if you need to rethink your strategy. There is a good chance that most of these documents contain sensitive corporate information that you may not want others to see or may go against compliance policies if ...
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How to know which documents to keep?

How to know which documents to keep
When it comes to the annual, half-yearly or monthly office clean-out, how do you determine what documents you need to keep in the office, and which ones you need to send off to storage? If you have not done so already, you will first need to know which documents you are legally required to retain. It is best to find out what your state requires you to keep and for how long, as that information can differ from state to state. Whilst the various Acts prescribe the types of documents that must be retained and the period of retention, they are generally technology-neutral regarding the method of r...
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9th Year raising awareness for Vinnies CEO Sleepout

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On June 17, 2010, Compu-Stor’s Director, Jeremy Manford took part in the inaugural CEO Vinnies Sleepout. Unsure of what to expect from the night, he raised $2,820. Every year since he has taken part, now knowing to expect a night of cold uncomfortableness and very little sleep, getting an appreciation of what homeless people in Australia experience each night. Each year he had doubled, tripled, quadrupled the amount raised for the charity. Over the years, Jeremy has raised over $45,000 to provide support programs, beds and hot meals for homeless people through the good works of St Vincent de P...
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Does paper still have a place in your business?

does paper still have a place in your business
While digital transformation is on the cards for many businesses in 2018, paper still holds value in the modern business world as an important medium for recording vital operational information. Paperless offices have a significant role in businesses of the future, however it’s rare that an office can ever be completely paper-free. Paper may no longer be king, but it does still have its place in the office. If you are going to use paper to record key business information, you need to ensure that it is stored correctly to stand the test of time. As the prevalence of digital record keeping grows...
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Managing confidential information in law firms: changes and challenges

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Nearly every matter a legal firm represents involves receiving or generating some type of confidential information. Lawyers who are provided such sensitive client information have an ethical and commercial obligation to keep their data and the data of their clients safe, secure and confidential. Most practices have a protocol for addressing documents while the case is current, but once the matter is closed, these files need to be properly indexed and stored. Firms must take steps to ensure that confidential files are kept in securely but can be accessed if again needed in a timely manner. Docu...
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Confidential government documents sold in op-shop filing cabinets

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Today,  news   outlets across Australia have reported that ASIO officers swooped into ABC offices to retrieve thousands of top secret and classified government documents that were bought from a second-hand shop. The two filing cabinets contained a trove of sensitive documents, many of which were classified top secret. They were sold cheaply at a second-hand shop in Canberra, which stocked ex Government furniture. The safety of your records is of paramount importance to us. When you entrust us with your information, you can rest assured that it is being cared for in the right man...
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Start as you intend to stay – Best practice record management

Start as you intend to stay Best practice record management
Did you know that 17 January is known as the Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day? Good diet and exercise is replaced by binge watching Netflix and eating pizza. But for your business, starting the year with best practice’s in mind one new year resolution you shouldn’t break. Best practice in records management starts with the question, “Does my business have appropriate plans in place to protect the security of its information?” Professional, accountable and reliable records management can enhance your overall productivity, efficiency and security. Any interruption to your business could cost you ...
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