Micro Dynamics, Ltd., a FormMaker Software company, has been awarded a key contract by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Federal Government's five-year $100 million "Imageworld" procurement.
"This is the first federal procurement of its kind for our industry," said Marlin Van Horn, director of government sales for Micro Dynamics (MDL). "We're a document imaging company and this contract, in effect, puts us on the Fed's preferred-vendor list, which means that any agency in the Federal Government can buy our products and services off the same contract. We no longer have to wade through proposals that can take up to two years to evaluate."
Under terms of the contract, Micro Dynamics will provide software, hardware and integration services for imaging, workflow and electronic document automation to agency locations around the country. As a result of the contract, the government's savings can be measured in time and floor space.
At NIH, for example, employees will be able to retrieve electronic documents instantly from a common database. Paper documents as small as an index card or as large and complex as an engineer's drawings, can be scanned into computers, thus emptying hundreds of filing cabinets and freeing up thousands of square feet of floor space.
"This innovative procurement will ensure that technology is not just acquired, but more effectively implemented so that users can quickly enjoy the benefits of these valuable tools," said Jim Tebay, senior vice president for Atlanta-based FormMaker.
Van Horn pointed out that Micro Dynamics found favor with NIH due, in part, to its expertise in the Apple Macintosh environment. He said: "MDL grew up using the Apple Macintosh imaging system. Over time, the PC environment added imaging as a capability and so did we.
"Today, cross-platform opportunities linking Windows 3.1, 95 and NT clients with Macintosh clients is a specialty of ours," he said. "We also have the only complete Macintosh system in the business, everything from scanning work stations to servers. It helped us tremendously that NIH is a very progressive agency in terms of doing business with the private sector. It also helped that they have a significant Mac user-base."
Tebay pointed out that Micro Dynamics is offering imaging and document management software and hardware from Sony, QMS, Calera, Kofax, Pegasus, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Opentext/Odesta, and Plasmon. He said: "The participation in this procurement affirms the commitment Micro Dynamics and its parent, FormMaker, have made to a total solutions approach for delivering imaging and document automation technology."
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