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West Canadian Announces Partnership with M-Files

West Canadian helps customers eliminate silos between content repositories with the launch of M-Files partnership West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc. (West Canadian) has partnered with internationally recognized intelligent information management platform, M-Files Corporation (M-Files). The new partnership will expand West Canadian’s current enterprise content management (ECM) portfolio, offering clients a robust solution that enables businesses to connect their core systems, applications and devices, delivering quick and secure access to business documents and information. “Bringing M-Files into our growing technology ecosystem is a natural next step in expanding our Enterprise Content Management capabilities,” says Lindsay Duprey, Vice President of Technology and Innovation at West Canadian. “This partnership will enable us to better support our clients by connecting their existing content repositories with Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven insights, eliminating silos between information and streamlining data migration projects.” M-Files—which integrates with Microsoft Office, Salesforce, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics, DocuSign and other enterprise applications—is a content management platform that enables users to search for information based on what it is versus where it is stored. West Canadian currently works with other best-of-breed document capture and management solutions including Kofax and Digitech. The company plans to continue to expand its technology offerings that enable digital transformation, beginning with its newly forged partnership with M-Files. About M-Files M-Files provides a next-generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in its unique Intelligent Metadata Layer, M-Files breaks down silos by delivering an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file sharing services, ECM systems, CRM, ERP and other business systems and repositories. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including NBC Universal, OMV, Rovio, SAS Institute and Thyssenkrupp. For more information, visit M-Files is a registered trademark of M-Files Corporation. All other registered trademarks belong to their respective owners. About West Canadian For over 60 years, West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc. (West Canadian) has been helping businesses manage their information, tell their story and drive change that matters. Their unparalleled breadth of innovative and flexible digital solutions, including Scanning and Capture, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Process Automation, Digital Printing, Signage Solutions, Brand and Marketing Services, Flexible Office Solution, provide customers with the confidence to take their business to the next level. A privately held business with more than 350 employees across Canada, West Canadian has operations in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Lethbridge in Alberta, and Toronto, Sarnia and Joffre in Ontario. For more information, contact: Lindsay Duprey Vice President, Technology & Innovation West Canadian Digital Imaging

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Part 1: Is Your School Board Ready for Digital Transformation?

Alberta’s school boards are undergoing an unprecedented transformation, paving the way by bringing student education into the digital era. Driven by the Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI) initiative, Alberta’s school boards have collectively agreed to develop paperless processes and digitize student records by September, 2020. But with the paper records of tens of thousands of students in storage, and an influx of over 70,000 new students entering Alberta’s education system each year, educators are challenged to develop an effective strategy that can withstand budget, time and compliance constraints. Asking the Right Questions Each of Alberta’s school boards is at a different stage in the Digital Transformation process. While some are still using traditional paper-based processes, others have begun to digitize. Regardless of where you are on your journey, it’s important to look at the larger picture and ask the right questions. Are we prepared for Digital Transformation? If not, how can we get there? Before diving into digitization, a good place to start is to assess your school board’s readiness to undergo Digital Transformation so that you can identify areas that may need attention. Begin by asking yourself these questions: Do our senior leaders recognize digitization as essential for success?What is the culture around change in our school board? Are our employees on board? Can our current technology sustain these upcoming changes?Do we have supporting policies and procedures, resources and skill sets to enable Digital Transformation? How willing is our school board to innovate and conceptualize new business processes? In our Digital Maturity Self-Assessment, you and your colleagues can explore these questions further and begin to consider ways you can prepare for the PASI initiative. Download the Digital Maturity Self-Assessment > How will we convert our documents into a digital format? Is outsourcing the best option? Choosing an approach to scanning your paper records is dependent on a number of factors. Perhaps you work at a smaller school board that started scanning student records several years ago and has the internal administrative capabilities to keep most of the work in-house. On the other hand, you may have a larger volume of records to capture that are physically dispersed at several schools, and given the September 2020 deadline, you know your internal administrative team would be hard pressed to complete the work in-house. To help with the decision, consider the following: What is the volume of records you need scanned?Are the file collections located in several locations and will need to be transported? Does your school board own the hardware/software needed to scan in-house?What is your budget and timeline? Depending on your answers to these questions, you may decide to keep the work in-house or to outsource it. You may also use a hybrid approach so that your team is involved in the work but is enabled by a third-party that brings added expertise and capabilities to the mix. In Part 2 of our series on Digital Transformation in Education, we will review strategies for completing the first step in Digital Transformation: the capture and digitization of backfile record collections.

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'Wrapping Up' the 2019 Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is internationally recognized as 'The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth', attracting its second highest attendance of more than 1.27 million. As the Stampede's signage partner, we are proud to be a small part of the magic that transforms the concrete Stampede Park into a vibrant, creative wonder in the middle of downtown Calgary. Simply put, we provide the Stampede with creative signage solutions. But once the crowd rushes in, we see our signage in a whole new light... We see the smiles on children's faces as they rush through the big blue pillars of the BMO Kids Zone, ready to conquer the playground. We see the wonder in the crowd as the Calgary Stampede Showband marches down the grand Saddledome stairs, decoratively wrapped in Stampede colours. We see the joy in the smiles of the Stampede volunteers as they sit back and enjoy a cool drink and warm meal in the relaxing atmosphere of the West Canadian lounge. It may be just signage, but it's signage that creates memorable experiences for over 1.27 million people – and we are very proud to say we did it Wrapping the Saddledome Stairs

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Celebrating the 35th Annual West Canadian Cup at Spruce Meadows

On Sunday, June 30, West Canadian Digital Imaging welcomed over 250 friends to celebrate the 35th Annual West Canadian Cup at Spruce Meadows. It was a beautiful Sunday morning at the Meadows on the Green. The West Canadian Cup was first up on the docket to begin the final day of the 2019 'Pan American' Tournament. Eighty-two horse/rider combinations took on the big track attempting to complete the first round fault free in order to advance to the jump off.Fifteen combinations passed the first round test and moved forward to attempt the shortened jump off track. Aboard the quick Picador, Jordan Coyle flew across the finish line and by two tenths of a second secured first place. Thank you to our clients, friends and staff who attended to help us celebrate 35 Years of Memories.

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What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

“Robotic process automation (or RPA) is an emerging form of clerical process automation technology based on the notion of software robots or artificial intelligence (AI) workers.” - BrainBotics In a nutshell, this means we take current human based activity and automate it using software automation. RPA operates on the surface, so if a user goes to a website and copies some information and then goes to their accounting system and pastes that information in, we can do the same thing, only without the person needing to perform the action. This approach means you don’t need to redefine the process—instead, the robot actually records the action and then repeats it with a few variables in place. It also means you don’t need to be a programmer to make one. That all sounds great, but isn’t that what BPM and BPA tools do? Actually, it isn’t. BPM is a process for improving business processes and it has its foundation in operations management; fortunately, I have a background in operations management and information management so I have experienced both. BPM is a part of quality control. It’s purpose is to provide a process map that can be measured and improved upon over time, and it is the driver behind programs like Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. The primary way BPM helps organizations is through a reduction in variance and through proper metrics, without those as a foundation, organizations (especially manufacturers) would have difficulty improving. BPA Tools are often referred to as workflow tools and provide a way for you to map and automate business processes. The approach in a BPA tool is to recreate the process from the ground up, automating process steps through either predefined steps,like sending an email, or through programming functionality. Some tools are pretty easy to use and don’t require a developer, while others require a workflow developer to create the code to build a workflow. Where I see the need for RPA is within systems integration. Often, systems integration projects are costly and time consuming, but with an RPA tool, you can pull from one system and move information to another without any programming required. If a user can show a robot how it is done, then the robot can do it. RPA and BPA tools all have the same end goal in mind: save the organization time and money. Using the right tool for the right job will help your organization, no matter the requirement. It will also pay for itself in a very short period of time. Most organizations purchase these tools for a specific pain point, but quickly learn that it can be used in other processes, providing better value. Before you decide on a tool, you should consider where it can be used in the organization as a whole. If you can quickly identify three or more internal processes that could use the tool, you are likely to show a return on investment in the first year. Both RPA and BPA serve a specific purpose, just the approach is different. No matter which tool we use, BPM should be the foundation for the process moving forward. If you dig down, you are going to find your organization probably has a need for all three. Even the best run organizations have room to improve.

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How to Transform your Space Using 3M DI-NOC Vinyl

Who remembers the vehicles adorned with infill wood panels, typically seen on the sides of sedans, convertibles and… station wagons. I don’t want to date myself, but the first time I would have laid eyes on one of these gems was when Clark W. Griswold hauled the family to Wally World in the 1983 classic film ‘Vacation’. Not exactly the typical Woodie, but the Wagon Queen Family Truckster did have wood panels. Originally, Woodies were made with real wood framework, but later models, like the Griswold’s, used wood-grain sheet vinyl called DI-NOC. 3M pioneered DI-NOC in the 1950’s for this specific use. It was developed to create a realistic wood-like vinyl which would eliminate the weight of real wood on the car, while being more cost effective. Unfortunately, it didn’t catch on as anticipated. DI-NOC began to gain popularity in the 90’s when the Japanese started using it as an architectural product. With the ability to stick to almost any existing substrate, DI-NOC became the go to material when re-furbishing and re-covering existing spaces. Fast forward to today. DI-NOC has advanced substantially and is available all over the world for many types of commercial, institutional and residential applications both indoors and out. What is 3M DI-NOC vinyl? 3M DI−NOC vinyl’s are durable, cleanable and flexible PVC films that use Comply Adhesive air release technology for fast, easy and virtually bubble-free application. The films have excellent adhesion and flexibility, allowing them to be used indoors or outdoors on flat or complex curved substrates, walls, furniture, fixtures, etc. Some of the films can also be applied to 3−dimensional surfaces and/or thermoformed. These films are ideal for both new construction and remodeling. Why choose 3M DI-NOC ? 3m DI-NOC finishes have many advantages: Large Selection: Over 700 different patterns to select from giving you the ultimate creative control. 21 different product categories ranging from Wood Grain, Fine Woods, Concrete, Leather, Marble, Metallic and many more finishes. Quick and clean to install: Minimizes turnaround time and disruption to workplace getting you back up in running quickly. Budget friendly: Can use existing substrates so costs are minimized when you can re purpose existing fixtures, walls and furniture. Environmentally friendly: DI-NOC architectural finishes are not produced from trees or metal-bearing ores. A green building product, they go up fast, with less likelihood of error and waste. And when their lifecycle ends, select DI-NOC products are easier on the earth. Sustainable: Most DI-NOC architectural surfaces earn LEED credits for green building. Specify them instead of materials that come from forests or metal-bearing ores that require mining. And when its lifecycle ends, DI-NOC products are easier on the environment, too. Insist on 3M DI-NOC For renovations: Lightweight and self-adhering, DI-NOC architectural finishes can be applied to existing substrates, reducing labor and material cost compared to natural materials. With DI-NOC products, you create a whole new look, quickly and inexpensively without compromising on aesthetics, thanks to its uncanny resemblance to natural materials. For new construction: Perhaps you prefer the authenticity of real wood, metal or stone. That’s only natural. Use them for select areas. Specify DI-NOC architectural finishes everywhere else. You’ll get cost savings, speed of application, durability and still maintain the aesthetic look you desire. Experience 3M Visualizer for DI-NOC

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