Document Assembly Software Explained & Reviewed
Noted document assembly expert, Seth Rowland, has written a beginner's guide to Document Assembly that does a good job of explaining how document assembly software works.
Document Assembly goes by many different names, depending on the related job function and industry. It can be called document automation, document generation, contract automation, policy configuration, loan documentation, document creation and many more. For simplicity, we'll stick with document assembly here.
Recently, Seth reviewed Exari Document Assembly Software in the TechnoFeature Newsletter. Below are some excerpts:
- In evaluating a document assembly system, one must look at what the user sees when he or she launches the document assembly interview. If the user's experience is "pleasant"; if the user can easily navigate the questions; if the user is guided to make the correct choices; and if the user can easily review and change his or her answers, then you can say that the system succeeds. The Exari interview shines in each of these areas.
- At the end of the interview, Exari presents you with several optional outputs including Word and PDF. The most interesting option is a document preview. You can see the document with variables and optional text indicated...Exari adds a further output option that is unique in the document assembly industry. Called the Exari RoundTrip, it produces a Word document that can be negotiated and edited.
- Exari has just about every feature you could imagine for a document assembly system. Variables and various other components, just like documents, are stored as XML objects. Exari has variables, conditions, repeats, calculations, conditional expressions, multiple choice questions, and user text questions. To the standard list, Exari adds smart phrases, blocks of text that are reusable in the template and may or may not contain conditions, variables, and logic.
- Exari includes several other components that round it out as a robust and powerful programming language.
- Clearly, you'll need to conduct a return on investment analysis. Look at the number of users who will use the system, the number of documents they will assemble, the location of the users, and the level of expertise among the users regarding the documents. In the proper setting, Exari will pay for itself in under three months after full production.
You can read the complete review here. And please, let us know what you call Document Assembly below in the comments.