That's the way I've always done it



  • First posted WTF, please be gentle 

    I used to be a windows system admin for a collection agency based in Canada. Our collection system was developed in-house over the years on an AS/400 I-Series 5. There were various modules built to get data from the clients (collection accounts) into the system, ranging from importing native AS/400 files/CSV text files/other datafiles to entering each account by hand

    The main sales director didn't really trust any of the import routines though. For every client that would send us a few dozen accounts at a time (usually an emailed Excel Spreadsheet), he would:

    1. Format the document in excel to be printed at one page wide.
    2. Print the document.
    3. Scan-to-email (pdf image) the printed document to himself,
    4. Email that document to one of the admin staff, who would then:
    5. Enter each account manually from either the screen, or (usually) another printed copy.

    He could let the system do it's job. He could even send the actual spreadsheet so the poor admin clerk could at least copy and paste. But no. He had apparently been asked about this many times (before I got there), but always brushed off the inquiry. His management didn't care, because he got the clients and accounts for the company.

    Thanks for reading.



  •  Management obliviously fucking up other peoples' tasks? UNHEARD OF I TELL YOU! 😃



  • @Nexzus said:

    First posted WTF, please be gentle 

    I used to be a windows system admin for a collection agency based in Canada. Our collection system was developed in-house over the years on an AS/400 I-Series 5. There were various modules built to get data from the clients (collection accounts) into the system, ranging from importing native AS/400 files/CSV text files/other datafiles to entering each account by hand

    The main sales director didn't really trust any of the import routines though. For every client that would send us a few dozen accounts at a time (usually an emailed Excel Spreadsheet), he would:

    1. Format the document in excel to be printed at one page wide.
    2. Print the document.
    3. Scan-to-email (pdf image) the printed document to himself,
    4. Email that document to one of the admin staff, who would then:
    5. Enter each account manually from either the screen, or (usually) another printed copy.

    He could let the system do it's job. He could even send the actual spreadsheet so the poor admin clerk could at least copy and paste. But no. He had apparently been asked about this many times (before I got there), but always brushed off the inquiry. His management didn't care, because he got the clients and accounts for the company.

    Thanks for reading.

     

    Admin is happy because there's less automation of the job, thus there can be more admins. Manager is happy because, well, why wouldn't he be? Everyone wins.



  • @Nexzus said:

    1. Format the document in excel to be printed at one page wide.
    2. Print the document.
    3. Scan-to-email (pdf image) the printed document to himself,
    4. Email that document to one of the admin staff, who would then:
    5. Enter each account manually from either the screen, or (usually) another printed copy.

     

     What's wrong with OCR ?


  • @Ren said:

    @Nexzus said:

    1. Format the document in excel to be printed at one page wide.
    2. Print the document.
    3. Scan-to-email (pdf image) the printed document to himself,
    4. Email that document to one of the admin staff, who would then:
    5. Enter each account manually from either the screen, or (usually) another printed copy.

     

     What's wrong with OCR ?

     

    Just read a few "e-books" found online that have been OCRd. Then imagine trusting your account details to it .. ;o) 



  • I just love that kind of thing, bureaucratic companies just rule 😃



  • @Ren said:

    @Nexzus said:

    1. Format the document in excel to be printed at one page wide.
    2. Print the document.
    3. Scan-to-email (pdf image) the printed document to himself,
    4. Email that document to one of the admin staff, who would then:
    5. Enter each account manually from either the screen, or (usually) another printed copy.

     

     What's wrong with [b]OCD[/b] ?

    FTFY



  • @Ren said:

    What's wrong with 0CR ?

    Nothlng's wrong wlth 0CR.  1 can't understand what people have against :t. For exampIe, | printed this post out from the prevlew tab, and 0CRed it in before submitting !t.  As you can see, it worked just f!ne.


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