Form system could save councils millions

A SOFTWARE solution that fully automates the design, filling and printing of forms could save local councils millions of dollars, according to Perth-based information technology company Business Management Information Systems.

While some major councils are using automated forms in a variety of roles, BMIS research indicates some are not using them to their full potential and other smaller councils are not using the technology at all.

BMIS managing director Kit Davidson said some councils such as the City of Stirling had been using JetForm forms software for more than a decade while others, including the City of Fremantle, had recently introduced Lexmark.

City of Stirling IT manager Kim Browne said nearly every document the council used was now produced on blank paper using JetForm, with the latest addition being pre-signed cheques.

“The Australian Department of Defence has reported unprecedented success with JetForm, saving millions of dollars and meeting the needs of more than 70,000 employees across Australia and at 3,000 locations around the world,” Ms Browne said.

“Printing, shipment and storage of paper forms was costing $3.5 million every year until they implemented a package that has saved time and increased accuracy and legibility while reducing printing errors, storage and mailing costs.”

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