When it comes to scanning documents the vendors have chosen the terms Production, Workgroup and Ad Hoc to describe the scanning process and ultimately to define the customers.
While I think these terms have had a place and a purpose it seems that the they have become outdated. These old terms are just not very descriptive of the needs and capabilities of the document scanning process or of the capabilities of modern scanners.
Scanners keep getting cheaper (meaning less expensive) and the built-in image processing abilities continue to get more and more powerful. This combined with the advances in distributed computing capabilities (aka Cloud Computing) makes scanning (aka Document Capture) a powerful ally of the business process.
The Cloud Effect
Cloud Computing will