Forefront at vanguard of document management

Forefront Technologies is using this year's Gitex to emphasise the leadership position in it has established in the document imaging and management sector over the last ten years

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By  Matthew Wade Published  September 28, 2005

Forefront Technologies is using this year's Gitex to emphasise the leadership position in it has established in the document imaging and management sector over the last ten years. The distributor has forged relationships with key vendors such as Fujitsu, Kodak, ImageWare and Kofax and regional resellers such as Inf@s ME and Nesma in order to gain its pre-eminent position. “This is our tenth year at Gitex at the same spot and as usual we're using the show to get lots of new leads, build new relationships with new resellers and support our existing loyal resellers,” says Johni Jabbour, the company’s regional sales manager. On the hardware side, Forefront is showing off new Fujitsu scanners, the fi-5900C and the fi-5530C, which bring a new dimension to high volume enterprise class scanning. The Fujitsu fi-5530C comes bundled with Acrobat 7.0 Standard and is the fastest departmental landscape scanner on the market. It boasts speeds of up to 47ppm (simplex) and 94ipm (duplex) so that it can quickly and efficiently transform paper documents into manageable digital files. In the software arena, Forefront is debuting a newcomer to the Arabic optical character recognition (OCR) arena. The Verus package from NovoDynamics is the first retail version of a traditionally high volume corporate focused product and support Farsi and Pashto as well as Arabic. Holly Bielwa, manager of sales and marketing at NovoDynamics, has traveled far from Michigan USA to attend Gitex is excited about the prospects of Verus in the region. “There is only one other company in the region that can do this well and we aim to challenge them and provide more choice for the market,” says Bielwa. “It's great to be here with Forefront and resellers such as Inf@s ME and we look forward to providing new levels of accuracy in the region,” she adds. Raef Eid, managing director of Inf@s ME, sees Verus meanwhile as a strong product that could break the monopoly seen in the Arabic OCR market at present. He says NovoDynamics will provide more options for the consumer and has a great chance because it’s backed up by a great one-stop-shop in Forefront.

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