In today’s world, where instant data access, business intelligence, security and efficiency are critical to success, many companies are realising that valuable data is trapped in their documents. These documents could be paper, email or electronic office documents. The data stuck in these documents must be manually read, tracked, routed, processed and reported upon. The industry has advanced with innovative tools and functionality that allow businesses to do much more than simply scan documents. Now, technology enables businesses to classify and extract meaning from their documents. Through automation, we can leverage and organise all data, both structured and unstructured. The bottom line is that advanced document capture technology is important not only for gaining efficiencies and reducing operating costs, but through classification and data extraction it can lead to better business processes.