Local enterprise content management (ECM) firm Digital Archiving Systems (DAS) has invested in a $250 000.00 imaging bureau in the Angolan capital of Luanda, employing 10 skilled ECM workers.
Angola is rated the African continent’s star performer after averaging 12% GDP growth over the past eight years which is faster than China’s GDP growth.
“While Angola’s economic growth has been phenomenal, it has mostly been on the back of oil exports. This underlines the importance of diversifying the economy and explains why the Angolan government has been so supportive of firms like ours which bring previously unheard of skills into the country,” says Ronald Melmed, MD of DAS.
The Luanda bureau is DAS’s first permanent presence in Angola and comes in the wake of the company last year providing at least 1 000 Open Source Software (OSS) client licenses to Angolan public sector.
According to Melmed: “Our past and ongoing interaction with the Angolan government in the field of scanning and imaging helped us realize the tremendous potential ECM has in Angola’s private sector where millions of hours are wasted annually sorting, storing and retrieving hardcopy documents.”
While DAS has assisted other companies set up scanning and imaging bureaus in countries including Botswana, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ethiopia, the Luanda bureau was the first DAS co-owned and operated facility outside South Africa.
“The Angolan bureau will be used as a base from which to better service the Angolan public and private sectors and will also be useful for prospecting for new business in a booming economy,” he says.
ECM solutions can transform paper documents into electronic data through the use of scanning and imaging technologies. Some ECM solutions now employ open source software (OSS) when available.