Integrating Legacy Systems with ECM

I’ve been working on a project that required scraping values from an IBM Terminal Emulator and using them for updating indexes in an Oracle IPM imaging repository and was lucky enough to have the ILINX AIK tool to work with in accomplishing this task.

The first challenge was in dealing with the values that we were gathering from the Terminal Emulator Screen.  The way that the data was served to the terminal emulator was not parsed into separate values.  The AIK allowed us, through VB Script, to parse the data into a form that we could use.  Once the data was massaged into a usable form, we used the values to update indexes in Oracle IBPM.  The ILINX AIK natively comes with connections to Oracle IPM for searching.  However, updating index values on documents that already exist in the system can be a challenge.

To overcome this obstacle we used the ILINX AIK to map the data into an executable.  This option was used for performing the Oracle IPM Index updates, and we were able to accomplish this by mapping the data to an executable with the mapped index values as arguments, and having the executable perform the index updates.
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Yes, There is Such a Thing as a Wide Format Scanner

For many companies and government agencies, there is a great demand for a scanner that can accommodate documents larger than 11 x 17”.  Engineering companies, architectural firms, assessor and land use departments all have large format documents they deal with on a daily basis.  The most common large format documents for these users are blueprints, maps, and architectural drawings but other uses include graphics, fine art and photography.  Trying to find, store, and organize all these huge documents can be painstaking and space consuming, so in comes the large format scanner to the rescue!

The large format scanner comes in a variety of sizes for max scan width, the most coming being 36”, 42”, and 54”.  You can also choose between Simplex/Duplex and Monochrome/Color options.  Models with different speeds and resolutions also help customize your large format scanner solution.  For example, if you need to scan in a color map with a lot of detail, you will want a color scanner with very high resolution.  Large Format scanners are available with up to 9600 dpi.

Software is  available that assist with the scanning, processing and organization of your images.  Some software even allows the scanner to integrate directly with CAD applications enabling blueprints to be scanned, edited and digitally stored.  And most large format scanners include a 2-year on-site warranty, although most are virtually maintenance free – few, if any consumables are needed to maintain the optimum performance of the units.

ImageSource, Inc. can provide information on many different large format scanner manufacturers such as Vidar, Contex,  and Graphtec.  Regardless of the brand, you can integrate large format scanners seamlessly into your existing document imaging system giving you maximum flexibility for digitizing documents of any size.

Andrea Latham, CDIA+

Inside Sales

ImageSource, Inc.

 

Managing Multiple ECM Systems at an Organization

A trend that I have been noticing more and more is the presence of multiple Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Systems at organizations.  There are many reasons why the scenario of multiple ECM Systems can occur;

  1. mergers & acquisitions
  2. strengths of the ECM products
  3. lack of internal communication and/or understanding of existing systems in the organization
  4. division of dollars at departmental levels, and so forth and so on…

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To Renew Or Not To Renew…There Is No Question!

The current business model for enterprise level capture software suites is not simply to sell you a product and walk away, but rather it is to become a partner. The initial purchase is the beginning of that relationship. When you invest in a software suite such as Kofax Capture or ILINX Capture, you are modifying your business processes to accommodate the features and capabilities of the product to hopefully improve you productivity.  Once these capture products become part of your work life you will want to keep up your maintenance/software Assurance/upgrade assurance, so as new versions are released, you take advantage of a new feature or simply to stay compatible with your current operating system. If it was worth investing in originally it is worth maintaining.

Some customers choose not to adopt the partner model and never buy maintenance beyond the first year. Then the day comes when the system goes down and they don’t even know where to start to fix the problem.  And in order to get the current version, the manufacture requires them to pay for all the back maintenance plus a reinstatement fee. Sure the first reaction might be to start over fresh with another product, but once you look at changing your processes to accommodate a different product, you can quickly eliminate the savings you thought you were getting in the first place.

In terms of license volume reduction, it has been my experience that the customer is only saving hundreds of dollars today with the potential of spending thousands in the future.  I think that it is a bold move by some manufacturers  to enforce the “all or nothing” approach to license renewal but it is really in the best interest of the customer to keep current with all of their licenses.  I think this was a driving force when this policy was constructed.  I think it causes a lot of work for more than one person to keep track of licenses that customers may or may not be using when they are considering just a partial renewal.  That is one of many reasons why end users are becoming more and more interested in ILINX Capture, to avoid the hassles of volume-based licensing.  The pro’s to renewing software assurance are obvious and the expenditure is nominal; the cons are sometimes surprising and the expenditure is often alarming.

Whether using Kofax or ILINX Capture, staying current gives you the comfort of knowing that you are entitled to the necessary software to upgrade when the time comes.  And partnering with ImageSource, Inc. lends the right expertise to get the job done right the first time!

Andrea Latham, CDIA+

Inside Sales

ImageSource, Inc.

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Does Your Scanner Like to Pull Multiple Pages or None at All?

Is your scanner refusing to pull one page at a time like it should be?  Try cleaning the pick up, seperation, and feeding rollers.  Most scanners have cleaning kits available with the necessary items.  Also check to make sure your documents are being properly prepped.  Proper document prep includes: removing staples and post-its, making sure the staple holes are not hanging on to each other, line up the corners of all the documents, and fanning the documents prior to scanning.
If you have done all of the above and the documents are still feeding poorly you may need to replace your rollers with are considered a consumable item. I know you can purchase all scanner comsumables from ImageSource, Inc.