These days, companies usually deploy network-based faxing in
conjunction with an enterprise messaging system such as Lotus Notes. For this to work
effectively, it is important to consider how end users want to integrate fax messaging
into their use of email and how administrators want to install, deploy and manage the fax
infrastructure alongside their email infrastructure.
An end-user wants to be able to send and receive faxes as easily as he sends and receives
email messages directly from the desktop.
When using a network fax solution, sending a fax can be that easy. Users can compose a new
FAXMEMO (a custom Notes form) and either refer to the Notes Name and Address book or type
in a new fax number. The fax can be given a subject, a body message and a file attachment,
just like email, press send and the fax is sent. The Notes mail router will send the
message off to the server which will use the fax modems it manages to send the fax. After
the fax has been delivered, an email will be sent back to the sender confirming delivery.
This high level of flexibility is available without having to install additional software
on the users desktop, as it is part of the Notes mail template. Alternately, by
adding a Fax Print Driver on users desktops, they can print to the fax
server, via Notes, any document on the desktop.
For all faxes that have been sent, the user can see a real-time update on the status of
the fax job by opening a special fax status view. This view will list all faxes sent and
the current status for each in Notes mail routing, delivered to the fax server,
being converted to a fax document, waiting for transmission, in transmission, line busy
waiting for retry, sent, or failure to send.
Receiving a fax is very easy. Open up your mail database and there it is. Received faxes
are clearly identifiable to the user because they have a special fax icon that is
different from a standard email or even an email with an attached file. When a fax message
is opened, the user can see the contents of the fax without having to launch a separate
viewer application. The contents are embedded in the body of the message. Depending on the
configuration of the system, the contents of the fax document can be shown to the user in
the body of the memo, as either a full-size or reduced size image of either the first page
or all pages of the fax. In addition, the fax image file a TIFF file can
also be attached to the memo.
Faxes can be routed to the users individual mail files in one of two ways. Firstly,
routing to the individual user can be calculated automatically by the fax server based on
one of the various systems for automatic inbound routing (DID, DNIS, CSID, OCR/conversion,
DTMF). Alternatively, the fax can be first routed to a central Cover Page
Routing database from where it can be reviewed manually and forwarded to its
From a Notes administrators point of view, a network fax solution must have the
flexibility to be adapted to an organisations existing infrastructure and
established management processes. The network fax server can run either together with
Notes on a single server or separate from Notes on its own server. Each server can support
an unlimited number of fax lines providing immense potential capacity. Multiple fax
servers can be deployed throughout the enterprise, either all accessed through a single
fax foreign domain or each accessed through its own fax foreign domain. In the case of an
international server deployment there are dramatic savings to be gained from
least-cost-routing and global-routing.
Administrators can configure user fax settings for each individual user, groups of users,
or as the system default. A complete list of all fax jobs along with a copy of each
inbound and outbound fax can be kept in a Notes database, or any enterprise document
management system such as Domino.Doc.
These days, administrators demand an easy rollout and minimal user support, but
whats more, all companies require comprehensive and impeccable document conversion
facilities (including store-form-in-document Notes documents). WYSIWYF
what you see is what you fax.
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