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Document automation

Document automation goes beyond assembly of individual documents. It is the design of systems and workflow that aids in the selection of the appropriate document and the assembly of those documents using file data or case data that covers the entire suite of documents. A document automation system will automate all conditional text, variable text, and data contained within a set of documents. Automation systems allow companies to minimize data entry, reduce the time spent proof reading, and reduce the risks associated with human error.

The document automation/assembly industry

Document assembly was pioneered in the late 1970s. The basic functions are to replace the cumbersome manual filling in of repetitive documents with template-based systems where the user answers software-driven interview questions or data entry screen. The information collected then populates the document to form a good first draft'.

Document automation software

While document automation software is used primarily in the legal, financial services, and risk management industries, it can be used in any industry that creates transaction-based documents. A good example of how document automation software can be used is with commercial mortgage documents. A typical commercial mortgage transaction can include several documents including:

Some of these documents can contain as many as 80 to 100 pages, with hundreds of optional paragraphs and data elements. Document automation software has the ability to automatically fill in the correct document variables based on the transaction data. In addition, some document automation software has the ability to create a document suite where all related documents are encapsulated into one file, making updates and collaboration easy and fast.

Companies that offer document automation software

Companies that offer document automation software include: Zumesoft, Xpertdoc, 4TOPS, Perfectus, COMET Intelligent Documents, Ajlsoft, Copanion, HotDocs, GhostFill, DealBuilder, Rapidocs, Exari, KI Systems, Inc., QShift, D3, ActiveDocs, and Pathagoras.

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