Get on board with OnBase

Offices and hallways lined with filing cabinets are a distant memory for Crystal Garvey, NIU Senior Associate Director of Admissions Systems and Processing.

“It really has revolutionized what we do; we were drowning in paper,” Garvey said. “We process over 100,000 documents each year. We had lots of paper, lots of filing cabinets. It was a much different, much more manual world.”

More than a decade ago, Garvey turned to OnBase, an innovative way to process, share and store documents. It’s a document management system that stores document and files in one secure location and has workflow capabilities.

The benefits are significant.

“It used to take around four to six weeks to process an application during peak processing times,” Garvey said. “Now we can do it in 24 to 48 business hours.”

OnBase developer Paul Watson (seated) and Vance Moore working on an OnBase solution

NIU Manager of Enterprise Document Imaging Vance Moore said it sends the work to the right people at the right time.

“They don’t have to hunt things down, things don’t get lost in a paper shuffle and it really improves efficiency,” Moore said.

OnBase lets computers do the work computers are meant to do, Moore said, freeing up NIU employees to interact with students and create the kind of relationships that make them proud to be a Huskie.

And others share the sentiment.

More than two dozen departments are OnBase users, including the College of Law, the Graduate School,   Procurement Services, Registration and Records and the Scholarship Office.

Even better, OnBase is funded by the university which means no chargebacks. With the proven track record of its benefits and testimonials of Huskie employees, there has never been a better time to get on board with OnBase.

“It’s analogous to moving from snail mail to email,” Moore said. “It’s very user friendly and once people start using it, they would never go back.”

If you are considering OnBase and would like to discuss how your department may benefit from using it, contact DoIT’s OnBase development team at onbase@niu.edu to get started!

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