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WA Business Dynasty – Compu-stor moves with the times

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Compu-Stor was recently honoured to be the focus of a feature article in Business News WA Nov-Dec 2016 edition. The article looks back at the history of Compu-Stor while looking forward to new products and services. Excerpt from the article  –   Compu-stor moves with the times Business News December 2016 The Compu-stor business has changed substantially since it was established, and is continuing to evolve. The core business was physical document storage, and added to that have been services such as document destruction and pallet storage. The biggest change has been the move to digi...
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Are Australian legal firms prepared for a data breach program?

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The prominent rise of hackers accessing large corporate data sources has created a completely different landscape for the Data-breaches data security industry. In response to this, the Federal Government has released an exposure draft of new mandatory data breach notification laws that will form part of the Privacy Amendment (Notification of Serious Data Breaches) Bill 2015. Originally earmarked to be implemented in the first half of 2016, these new laws are still in review however will mandate that any business, corporation, or government organisation must report the ...
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Compu-Stor welcomes Stephen Wellington as Head of Digital

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The rapidly evolving technology space presents unique and complex challenges for records mangers and the organisation of digital records. To address the rise of digital content, our increasing reliance on it and how it changes the way we manage our records, Compu-Stor has recently created a new Head of Digital role. Stephen Wellington has joined Compu-Stor as Head of Digital. Stephen brings to Compu-Stor decades of experience in digital and the records management field driving operational efficiencies through digital technology and designing large scale transformation projects that deliver rea...
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Why just scanning and storing digital records is not a robust record management system?

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When professional practices say they are “digitising” their records these days, what many of them mean is that they are just scanning their documents as PDFs. But this isn’t a robust records management solution. Why? Scanned PDFs do not inherently provide information management capabilities like search, sort and others. A real records management solution provides: meaningful ways to search data meaningful ways for professional practices to analyse data analysis of information trends general information on clients All these benefits were previously unavailable with paper-based records (or ...
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Who is really looking after your records?

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Heads up, business owners: the smaller guys in records management are being swallowed up by the big fish. So, what does this mean for you, and for the safety and integrity of your important records? As you know, secure document storage is becoming an increasing challenge for businesses. We only need to look at the frequency of information management and accountability problems reported in the news to know that secure record management is more important than ever. The Compu-Stor Difference Compu-Stor is proudly an 100% Australian owned and operated family business specialising in information ma...
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Newly published ISO 15489-1: Record Management Support for Australian Business

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently released new International Standards for record management. The need for the updated ISO is to address the rise of digital content and our increasing reliance on it and how it changes the way we manage our records. As an industry leader in developing record management solutions for a wide range of corporations across different industry sectors, Compu-Stor actively ensure our systems are designed to ensure records are made and kept properly, resulting in a range of business-enhancing benefits. What is ISO? ISO 15489-1:2016 define...
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3 Reasons To Use A Local Information Management Company

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Secure information management is a growing challenge for businesses in the digital age. The recent concerns raised about telecommunications giant Telstra  holding our healthcare records  highlights negative public sentiment surrounding offshore data holding. It has reminded people again of the real, significant privacy and security issues associated with offshore data storage, including accidental exposure of ultra-personal data. This has prompted us to highlight three main reasons to use a local information management company, and how that can help ensure the integrity of sensitive ...
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Introducing Digital Transformation Solutions, a new division of Compu-Stor

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Big data is one of the most hyped terms on the market today. It’s one of the most popular search terms by CIOs and other IT professionals. However, innovation, cultural change, analytical mindset and new skills are required to be proficient at leveraging it. Digital transformation is all about the transitioning of static document processes to a digital format, for use within internal systems to streamline and improve business processes. By digitising paper based workflows, businesses and companies can improve processes and efficiencies. Digital Transformation Solutions is a new division of Com...
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Compu-Stor Support Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2016

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1 in 200 people are homeless on any given night. Every year,  Vinnies Australia  host the  Vinnies CEO Sleepout . One of the company directors, Jeremy, has been supporting the CEO Sleepout for seven years and has raised $34,971 for the organisation to date. Jeremy will be participating again this year on the 23rd of June with the aim to take that total to over $40,000. Help us make a difference by making a donation today to  Jeremy’s CEO Sleepout  or  YGAP . All donations will go towards providing crucial assistance to people experiencing homelessness. Compu-Stor ...
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How can you be sure your business is operating with full compliance?

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Regardless of what type of business you are in, there will always be a level of obligation in relation to records management and compliance. These often mandatory requirements are in place essentially to ensure the privacy and security of everyone’s data and information as well as the lawful operation of every enterprise. So how can we be sure that we are keeping up with the standards expected of our records and information management systems? And sometimes the question should be more related to the systems themselves that help facilitate these compliance requirements. The efficient and compre...
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Why records management should be the No. 1 Medical Practice Priority

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Last month, medical files were allegedly stolen from a Melbourne GP clinic and dumped in a park, exposing people’s most intimate personal medical history. The medical practice acknowledged that the breach happened while the staff were preparing to move the practice to a new location and the files were waiting to be picked up for destruction, but for those patients with their medical details exposed, is this enough of an excuse? Victoria’s Acting Health Services Commissioner Dorota Siarkiewicz said of the breach, “health services are obliged to comply with the Health Records Act 2001 which deta...
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Help for businesses navigating legislation regulating document retention and destruction

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Currently, there are around 80 Acts at both the State and Federal level which regulate document retention and destruction. The various regimes are not codified, some are industry specific and some are catch-all legislation. Privacy has become a top business priority for organisations all over the globe as new and expanding compliance regulations push for improved consumer data protection. At the same time, legislation is becoming stricter and safe record storage and destruction requirements are becoming increasingly stringent. The responsibility is on Australian businesses to remain on top of ...
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Document Storage Retrieval

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There is no doubt about the importance of properly storing vital business information and documents, but one of the keys to storage is the easy retrieval of information in a time critical manner. In fact,  research and surveys have shown  that thirty percent of the workday is spent searching for files. That’s one and a half days a week or 78 workdays every year spent looking for paper around the office! If boxes have been stored with no system in mind, and little to no cataloguing or indexing, locating the right document can be a frustrating and time-consuming exercise, and waste val...
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Document storage rules your business can’t afford to ignore

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There are some rules regarding document storage that are wise to adhere to; and in business these rules can result in the make or break of your venture. So when it comes to  document storage , what are some of the rules your business can’t afford to ignore? 1) Commit to your process entirely.  Document storage is only effective if it is comprehensive. Half-hearted adherence to information management processes at a procedural level can spell doom for even the best-laid intentions. By fully committing to the ethos and process that is required by your chosen document storage strate...
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Technology that will change document storage

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In Back to the Future Part II, hero Marty McFly travels from his present-day 1985 to 30 years in the future – October 21, 2015 – to prevent his children from making decisions that would jeopardise his family. While in the future, 3D movies and fingerprint technology were correctly predicted in the film, things like the self-tying trainers and hover boards are not quite there yet. It can be impossible to look into the future and see what new technologies will impact our lives in such dramatic ways. Think of the rise of the smart phone, apps that can track virtually every step of your life, a ba...
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Tips towards a paperless office

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If you’ve ever spent too long hunting through stacks of paper for an invoice or searching through paper files, you may have wished for a paperless office. You wouldn’t be alone. In fact, research and surveys have shown that thirty percent of the workday is spent searching for files.[1] That’s one and a half days a week or 78 workdays every year spent looking for paper around the office! As soon as computers began making an impact on business communications and work practices, the idea of paperless office become the buzzword. But despite all the time that’s passed since the introduction of the ...
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Records management – A powerful business tool

Records management A powerful business tool
In business, we need every tool we can possibly use in order to gain that professional edge. Professional, accountable and reliable records management is one such tool that can enhance your overall productivity, efficiency and security. Modern businesses have access to a wide range of outsourced services, and  records management  is one such tool. Compu-Stor provides comprehensive record management solutions that are tailored specifically to the needs and requirements of your business. Compu-Stor can be a powerful business tool to every business that struggles under the weight of&nbs...
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Document storage rules your business can’t afford to ignore

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There are some rules regarding document storage that are wise to adhere to; and in business these rules can result in the make or break of your venture.

So when it comes to document storage, what are some of the rules your business can’t afford to ignore?

  1. Commit to your process entirely
    Document storage is only effective if it is comprehensive. Half-hearted adherence to information management processes at a procedural level can spell doom for even the best-laid intentions. By fully committing to the ethos and process that is required by your chosen document storage strategy, you can ensure its success.
  2. Train every member of staff
    On the back of your commitment to document storage, you need to make sure that every person across your business model is also dedicated to maintaining it. Any small chink in the chain of the process can create an inconsistent result for the storage of your information. Training all of your staff comprehensively can alleviate any issues you have with holes in the systematic procedure.
  3. Manage performance
    Ongoing management of the performance of your document storage processes is essential as most businesses evolve and change over time. In order to maximise its efficiency and effectiveness, document and information storage should not simply be thought of as a ‘set and forget’ system.
    You can also utilise document storage as a business-wide performance management tool. Tying your staff’s KPIs and performance management to their adherence of central document storage procedures can act as an effective measure of their overall performance as well as ensuring that they are committed to your systems.
  4. Make sure your systems are giving you the results you need
    Document storage serves a very distinct set of purposes for each business. It is important to constantly monitor whether your processes are meeting your business needs for storage, retrieval and access.
  5. Test your systems
    Part of monitoring your systems should include random tests to make sure they are always working effectively. This could include retrieving relevant information at different intervals and then cross-referencing this against originals to make sure that the information is accurate, available and has maintained its integrity.
  6. Make sure you are ticking all the boxes
    Depending on the industry your business is involved in, you will undoubtedly have certain levels of compliance that need to be maintained. Storage of information is mandatory for all businesses so it is always advisable that you thoroughly investigate your obligations and make sure your storage solutions are conforming to them adequately.

Document storage can sometimes be a lot to manage, but it should not be overlooked as an integral part of your business function. That’s where Compu-Stor can help. We are constantly devising appropriate and efficient document strategies to help businesses meet their information management and compliance needs. We can comprehensively manage your document storage and will work closely with you ensure that it is always functioning, as you need it to be.

So to partner with an information management specialist, contact Compu-Stor today.

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Best Practice Records Keeping Corporate Governance for Company Directors

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Regardless of its legal structure, for all Australian businesses, the leadership or management team is responsible for ensuring that the organisation’s financial transactions and accounts comply with the law. Even if a treasurer in place or an external auditor is on board, the law is clear that members of the management committee of an incorporated association and the directors of corporations are directly responsible for making sure that the finances are accurate and up-to-date and accessible. Corporate governance is defined as the framework of rules and procedures by which the decisions in a...
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International Data Privacy Day – A time to highlight importance of privacy to Australian businesses

International Data Privacy Day A time to highlight importance of privacy to Australian businesses
Tomorrow is International Data Privacy Day, a day designed to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. The Australian and New Zealand National Association for Information Destruction (NAIDANZ) has used this opportunity to ask companies to reflect on whether they are sure their sensitive discarded information is being disposed of securely. NAIDANZ Chairman Paul Hurst. “People and organisations need to be as security conscious in the destruction of documents and records as they are in protecting them on their premises,” he said. “Recent updates to the Australian Pr...
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