Evernote is one of the most popular apps ever, with large numbers of people using it to organise day-to-day activity. The company has recently released a further free app, Evernote Scannable, to complement it. It enables smartphone users to take pictures of any document and save it electronically. For example, you can scan a business card from which it will create an email you can send to yourself with the information in .vcf format, which can be imported to your contact folder. There are standalone apps that can do this but having it integrated with Evernote will appeal to regular users.
For client documents, a good practice management system should really include this sort of functionality integrated with secure messaging so they can be captured using smartphones and sent to the firm’s records without ever passing over the internet.
Ian McKenna is director of Finance & Technology Research Centre