CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business - ProSystem fx Document SaaS
From the June 2011 Review of Document Management Systems
Best Firm Fit:
One of the advantages of a SaaS distribution model is that it is less expensive to deploy for smaller organizations because the infrastructure is outsourced and provided through an affordable shared services model. Therefore, ProSystem fx Document SaaS can be deployed in nearly any size firm. The firms that will benefit the most are those that use the entire ProSystem fx Suite of applications.
Core Product Functions/Features:
In 2009, CCH released ProSystem fx Document SaaS (Software as a Service) as a 100% cloud computing solution that is accessed using only a Web browser. This was a bold step that required essentially re-developing the application from the ground up. Two years later, Document has evolved to be a very comprehensive solution that offers an intuitive navigation interface.
The home screen includes three basic tabs: Outlook, Documents and Assignments. The Outlook tab acknowledges the fact that nearly every accounting firm has standardized on Microsoft Outlook for managing e-mail, appointments and contacts. CCH has embedded a direct interface to Microsoft Outlook from within ProSystem fx Document, and users can do most Outlook data entry and retrieval from within Document.
The Documents tab provides a hit list of recently accessed documents and files pending approval for publishing to the portal, or uploading from the portal. The Assignment tab provides a list of assigned client projects and a list of notifications of activity with documents/files that are associated with the active username.
The main document locator screen provides a list of clients along the left side and a document/file hit list for the selected client in the center pane. The document hit list shows whether or not the file is published to the portal, the document year, class and sub-class. Column headings can be dragged and dropped to group and reorder files according to the data in any column, which is very similar to the “group” feature in Outlook e-mail.
Individual files or entire folders can be uploaded with drag and drop from Windows Explorer. The PDF print driver prompts users to index documents by entering the information on the “add files” screen at the time the PDF is created. The metadata tags for class and sub-class can be customized by the user, provided they have the appropriate security permissions.
As one would expect, ProSystem fx Document has direct integration with ProSystem fx Tax and ProSystem fx Engagement to quickly index and store the output from these applications. Users can send documents directly to and from Engagement. Integration with Microsoft Office applications such as Outlook, Word and Excel is provided through a button that saves files from these applications directly into Document.