Fire Engine Manufacturer, Smeal, Sparks Accounts Payable Productivity with Hosted Document Management Solution from WorldView, Ltd.

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Smeal's accounts payable department modernized with the adoption of WorldView's document imaging and COLD technologies.

Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., best known for manufacturing fire engines and water well service rigs, will modernize its back office processes with WorldView, Ltd.'s hosted document management solution.

Smeal's small town values and big business logic drove executives to choose fellow Nebraska-based, WorldView, Ltd., as their document management service provider.

"We selected WorldView after reviewing a couple of different companies in the ECM (enterprise content management) market," said Jeff Scherer, Smeal CFO. "We were impressed by WorldView's principles and felt their company values mirrored our own." WorldView's service and product offering stood above from the competition as well.

WorldView's hosted document management solution will be implemented in accounts payable and will incorporate document Imaging and COLD (computer output to laser disk) retrieval directly from Smeal's in-house ERP system, Made2Manage.

"Integrating with Made2Manage will be an added benefit for Smeal," said Frank Reavis, WorldView technical account executive. "Smeal was experiencing challenges managing their accounts payable information. Now, with the WorldView solution, indexing their electronic information from Made2Manage will be completely automated and they will be able to retrieve information by cross-referencing related electronic documentation stored in the WorldView repository. Additionally, by going paperless, Smeal will enjoy improved customer service and notice an increase in employee productivity."

Like many other manufacturing companies, Smeal's need for an electronic document management solution became a necessity in handling its extensive amounts of manufacturing documents. Soon, all vender invoices, purchase orders, packing slips, AP checks, and order forms will be cross-referenced, auditable, and instantly available from any company PC workstation with Internet access.

"Smeal manufactures more than 200 fire engines per year, which generates an enormous amount of paperwork," said Scherer. "Not only were our computer servers becoming over tasked with our ERP system, we were also experiencing space constraints and document retrieval problems with our paper based system. The WorldView solution will streamline our back office processes, allow us to reclaim office space currently used to store filing cabinets, and reduce the amount of time associated with document handling and retrieval."


WorldView LTD is an Internet -based document management service provider offering secure, hosted and in-house enterprise solutions that enable organizations to store, manage and share vital information between employees, vendors, partners and customers. Each month, over a million documents are stored by more than 1000 business professionals across North America, using WorldView's document management service. For more information, visit .

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