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    The computerized management of electronic as well as paper-based documents. Document management systems generally include the following components:

  • An optical scanner and OCRsystem to convert paper documents into an electronic form
  • A database systemto organized stored documents
  • A search mechanism to quickly find specific documents
  • Document management systems are becoming more important as it becomes increasingly obvious that the paperless officeis an ideal that may never be achieved. Instead, document management systems strive to create systems that can handle paper and electronic documents together.