About US

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We are AK-WA IT, consulting, digital marketing firm specializing in strategy and execution for results-driven businesses

Our processes and marketing insides include consulting services have been honed with many clients and many years of experience.
We'll work directly with your team to insure you have all support you need to implement, manage, track your efforts in your short or/and long term business goals.
Our global IT solution bundles or/and services helps you not only have easy work, but also manage finances more efficient, manage documents (convert to digital and archive or enter to efficient Document management System). Our goal is to assist your organization with What You Need services.

AAB is a small team of experts dedicated to help you or your organization with IT Services, Programing/Developing, Document Management Systems - EDMS (MyIT EDMS-WEB and Desktop Editions), Professional Translation and many more other services.

IT services include: VOIP, Administration of Database servers or services, Servers, workstations, mobile, IT Infrastructure from small to large businesses, secure your business with firewalls solutions, programming and much more.

AAB connects you to other service providers to keep your business with less and/or no headache and minimal stress. 

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Scan your documents

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Go paperless. Turn paper piles into images
with our document scanning services.

AAB-iScan can convert your documents into electronic images to
reclaim office space, organize documents for easy retrieval, simplify
disaster recovery, and reduce your company’s environmental
impact. Going paperless is the first step in transforming the
documents you hate into transactions your love.

The Best Security & People
  At AAB-iScan, we provide the highest level of security in the industry.

  • From pick-up to conversion in our biometric-secured facilities, you can rest assured that your business critical information is safe with us.
  • Your documents are prepared, scanned, and indexed, by our expert staff using state-of-the-art equipment.
  • All of our trained specialists and on-staff certified professionals go through an extensive criminal background check, credit check, and participate in our periodic drug screening program.

How it Works
  AAB-iScan provides the services to support the complete management of your document lifecycle. You can redirect all of your documents to us and utilize our specialized staff for a single scanning project or outsource your on-going document conversion needs.

  • We can pick-up your documents at your location.
  • Your documents are delivered to our secure business center.
  • Our specialists will analyze your documents and sort them.
  • We barcode, scan, and index your documents for labeling so that you can easily search and retrieve them.
  • We save your documents digitally to CD, DVD, or on our AAB-iScan On-Demand solution.
  • We can shred or return your documents. If needed, we can provide you a Certificate of Destruction.

Other Highlights

  • Images will be saved to a CD/DVD or AAB-iScan. External or Flash drives are an option if desired.
  • Our standard service saves your images as a PDF or as a Group IV TIFF at 200 dpi minimum. Optional services include searchable PDF and non-standard TIFF resolutions, archival searchable PDF's.
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is available.

    Flexible Service
    You have the flexibility to send an array of documents types for conversion to images.

  • Documents can be as small as business cards and receipts or oversized such as engineering drawings.
  • Scanning is supported for complex requirements such as post-its, newspaper, onion paper, and more. We can consult with you for your specific document scanning needs.
  • You can specify whether you want black & white, color, or gray scale scanning.
  • Our scanning technology will automatically detect single-sided and duplex documents.

Additional Services
When you are ready to take the next steps in business document transformation, AAB-iScan is ready to help you. We also provide the following services to our clients:

  • iScan On-Demand. AAB-iScan On-Demand storage and retrieval solution provides continuous document access to begin transforming the documents you hate into transactions you love. With AAB-iScan On-Demand, your documents are at your fingertips
    removing the frustration of looking for them in files, in storage, or discovering they are lost.
  • Workflow. In some cases, clients want to route documents based on their business processes for approval. Workflow services allow you to tailor a solution to your company based on your unique needs.
  • Office Services. We can provide on-site management of your mailroom and/or copy center which utilizes our proven technology and reduces your costs.

AAB connects you to other service providers to keep your business with less and/or no headache and minimal stress. 

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Are you complient?

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AAB-legal

Are you compliant with the GLBA? Failure to comply could cost your business thousands of dollars in fines..

The following information is provided by AAB-iScan to assist businesses. It should not be construed as legal advice.
What is the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act?

Broadly speaking, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act of 1974 (GLBA or GLB) restricts with whom businesses can share customer information and mandates that businesses take steps to safeguard customer information and inform customers of how their information will be used.
Who does the GLBA affect?

The GLBA applies to financial institutions, but that includes more than just banks and credit unions. As defined, financial institutions are entities significantly involved in financial activities, including auto dealers, loan brokers, tax preparers, insurance companies and many others.

What role does document management play in GLBA compliance?

The GLBA required certain government agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to establish appropriate standards for the financial institutions they oversee to protect the nonpublic personal information of their customers. To comply with this, the FTC added the Safeguards Rule: Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information, which went into effect in 2003. The rule requires that financial institutions create and implement a written information security program that explains how a business ensures the security and confidentiality of customer information, specifically by protecting against unauthorized access to customer information and foreseeable threats or hazards to customer information. GLBA violations can result in fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison.

Here's where an electronic document management system (EDMS) like AAB-iScan can help your business comply with this federal rule. An EDMS protects your customers' information (as well as your own data) more completely than a file cabinet - even a locked cabinet - ever can. Paper documents are vulnerable to human misuse by an employee or intruder as well as natural hazards like fire and flood.

On the other hand, once your paper documents have been scanned into an EDMS, they are protected against unauthorized access. With AAB-iScan, you can grant access only to specific employees who need to use that information. This limits your exposure to identity theft by employees and just plain snooping. Furthermore, in every stage of transfer and access your data is secured against hacking with 256-bit AES encryption, which is authorized by the federal government to protect Top Secret-level classified information.

Your customers' information is also protected against natural disasters by several safeguards. AAB-iScan keeps multiple backups of all your data in multiple locations so that if one copy is ever damaged, the system can roll back to another copy. In case of fire, our data facility has a state of the art dry fire suppression system. Even during a power outage, your information is safe and accessible to you.

Protecting your customers' information isn't just required by law, it's also good business. Make sure an electronic document management system like AAB-iScan is a part of your federally mandated plan to protect your customer’s information.
What else do I need to do to comply with the GLBA?

Other sections of the GLBA may require that you give your customers privacy notices explaining what information you are collecting and how it will be used and give opt-out notices before sharing customer information with nonaffiliated third parties. For more information, check out the links for further reading below.
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Further Reading

Document Control

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Today You Need Document Control

Many recent government regulations clearly require that certain industries exercise control over their documents. These industries include (but are not limited to,) accounting, (example: Sarbanes–Oxley Act), food safety (e.g., Food Safety Modernization Act), medical-device manufacturing (FDA), healthcare (JCAHO), and information technology (ITIL). Some industries are often held to a higher level of document control, for privacy, warranty and insurance purposes. An example would be the construction industry. It’s not uncommon to hold project documentation for warranty periods that might range on average 5 to 10 years.

All of these examples show evidence of documents under control. Failing to comply with these regulations can cause real problems for your business.

These are some important aspects of document control:
 

    • ensuring that documents you file can be easily found and retrieved when needed
    • ensuring that documents remain legible and identifiable throughout their life span 
    • ensuring that relevant versions of applicable documents are available at their intended “points of use”
    • ensuring that external documents (such as customer-supplied documents or supplier manuals) are controlled
    • preventing “unintended” use of these documents (make sure they are secure.)

Fortunately, it’s a simple matter achieving document control. For more information on a simple to use product that can fit any business workflow

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Section 508

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Open source initiative will help the disabled

THE OPEN AJAX ALLIANCE (OAA) is using open source web 2.0 initiatives to improve Internet access for the elderly and disabled.

The OAA
announced the open source tooling technology to help developers create accessible web 2.0 enabled sites that meet online accessibility standards. The guidelines
followed are the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), considered as the industry-wide global standard
for accessibility.

Prioritize Accessibility Tasks

When it comes to accessibility have you ever found yourself in the following situations?

  • You wanted to make your site accessible but you didn't have the money
  • You just finished a web site or application and then found out that it is not accessible or Section 508 compliant
  • You thought a site was accessible and you found out that it really wasn't
  • You were told that your web application needs to be Section 508 compliant by a certain date and you didn't have the time to fix it

These are all valid issues, and you are not the only one facing them. But once this is the case, it does not mean that you need to forget about accessibility as it is. There is another way to go around it, and not only to make your site accessible or to bring it to legal compliance, but to show your commitment and willingness to work on it.

Prioritize
When what needs to be done costs way too much or you don't have the time to do it, set priorities.

First create a list of "would be nice to do", where you detail all issues which need to be fixed. It maybe long and overwhelming, but in the future it will serve as the backbone of a project plan.

Then complete the list with time and cost estimates.

Now you should have a good idea of what is and what isn't in your reach given your budget and time.

The final step in your priorities is to pick the items from the list which you are able to fix at this point, and evaluate which would make the most difference to people with disabilities.
Always remember, accessibility is not only about a checklist that you need to fulfill to make legislation or procurement agents happy. It is all about extending your services to people with disabilities, ensuring that they can use your product. Whenever in doubt, this should always be the bottom line.

Let me just give you two examples. The first one is to illustrate a small and easy-to-fix problem, the second will give you advice when there is thousands of Dollars of your budget involved.

First example

You need to decide between two issues to solve.

  • Your login screen contains an image verification which blind people cannot pass
  • Section 508 requires a link to a download page to Adobe Reader on pages where you posted PDF documents


Let's see the implications:

In the first case the login screen contains an image with letters that you have to type in to ensure human access in order to log in. This way automated systems cannot spam your application. Blind people cannot get past this verification test, and therefore they cannot use your application, no matter how accessible is the rest. Also, it is not Section 508 compliant.

In the second case, you have not included links to download the Adobe Reader when you posted a PDF file. While it is a Section 508 requirement, obviously people will most likely figure out that it needs a PDF reader, and most likely they will already have one installed. If not, they will find it.

If you have time and resources to fix only one of these, it is worth going for the first one, as it does more service to people.

Second example

Let's also compare two issues here, now each of them will cost thousands of Dollars to fix.

  • Hundreds of tables are not coded properly
  • Hundreds of videos are not captioned

In the first instance, you have a web site or web application where the tables are not coded according to Section 508 standards, and the row and column headers are not indicated. If the tables are generated automatically, it could just be an easy fix to alter the table generation process. However, if the tables are created individually, it could take days or weeks to update each table, which will obviously require lot's of hours from your staff, which could be used somewhere else. Such a violation could cost you thousands in labor to fix.

In the second instance, you have many short videos, and it is a requirement to provide captions or transcription so that hearing impaired people would also be able to understand the content. Also, it helps blind people to have descriptions of visual events. Again, it could take you days of weeks, and if you do not have the staff to do it, you might have to contract it out to another company.

It makes more practical sense to work on the videos instead of the tables if there is only one issue you are able to fix. If the tables are not too complex, even though you don't meet the Section 508 requirements and minimum accessibility standards, people will somehow be able to make sense of it, even if it maybe a little more difficult. However, if you don't provide an alternative for the videos, you will not be able to present this information to blind and hearing impaired people.

Selling a Partially Accessible Product

So, now you have a list of priorities based on your budget, human resources and needs of people with disabilities and you find that you are not able to fulfill all accessibility needs.

Accessibility remediation certainly does not end here, it is just the start. What we had done so far is deciding to do something about accessibility, even if it is just a little bit as opposed to nothing at all.

You might still get the question if your site is accessible, and the answer will be no, or partially. But at this point you have a reason to elaborate on the answer and explain what you had done for accessibility, which shows that even if you were not able to remediate the entire product, it is important for you to work on.

At this stage you can create a road map and continue fixing accessibility issues as your time and budget allows. Make sure that you distribute a road map with your application so that your clients understand how you are planning to address accessibility issues.

It maybe that your competitors' products are more accessible than yours, but only by accident, but based on your road map your application will be fully accessible down the road. People want to know about it, and they are more willing to work with you. Also, create an accessibility statement and post your roadmap.

When it comes to Section 508 compliance, it gets a little more difficult. Procurement agents are by law required to purchase the most compliant product. But what happens if your competitor's product is just as compliant as yours? You can get ahead of them if you create a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, and attach your road map to it. It will be more promising to procurement agents as you will be delivering more value on the long run.

Conclusion

If you are not able to address all accessibility needs at a given time, do as much as you can. It will make your application more usable, more desirable for purchase. In the meantime, you can craft plans to work on accessibility, which will make it easier if you can spread your budget and human resources needs over a longer period of time. However, it should not be an excuse of not addressing accessibility. Rather, a way for you to achieve something that is impossible at the present moment.

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