I had the opportunity this week to attend our new ILINX Capture Administration class which Ruth Sheehan is currently finalizing here at ImageSource. It was a great experience; Ruth’s teaching style is very interactive and she really engages with her audience. It is a testament to both Ruth and ILINX Capture that such an in-depth course is successfully completed over the span of a few days.
The course is roughly divided between lecture where core concepts are explained and labs where students have the opportunity to immediately get practical hands-on experience. The course load is definitely tilted toward lab-work and covers a full spectrum of configuration and management topics.
We started with installation and configuration of ILINX Capture itself. This phase covered everything from required system specifications for both the server and workstations to making sense of the myriad configuration options present in the system. The admin utility provides an easy to use and intuitive way of accessing all of the serverside functionality. One of the coolest things I learned of in this phase was the concept of a Server Group. A server group is an abstraction that represents one or more actual ILINX Capture servers. This allows us to set policy (ie, what batches should be processed by these servers, etc) on this abstracted group level and have the members of the group receive policy changes without further admin time needed. These also make it extremely easy to scale up the system as resource needs increase since new servers can simply be added to the server group.
After ILINX Capture is up and running the course transitions to the core batch profile and document type functionality. The pace of the material is slow enough to provide a strong foundation yet at the same time respects the student’s personal capabilities and does not try to repeatedly explain the same concepts. I enjoyed how each new lab built upon and reinforced skills introduced in the previous lab. Starting from what surely must be the ‘Hello, World’ of batch profiles the course presents increasingly complicated situations. I particularly enjoyed the lab where I set up a batch profile and document type which automatically recognized and scanned barcodes from multi-page documents and then made decisions by querying values from a database using the barcode number as an index value. More than any other lab this really showed me what a powerful tool ILINX Capture is in a production environment where volume is high.
Overall, I feel that the course provides the background needed to really jump into administrating ILINX Capture. And what the course does not directly teach you it provides all the tools one needs in order to create their own solutions for their own environment. I’ve asked Ruth if she could keep me up to date with the course as it evolves further and I’m really excited to see where it’s going to head. It’s off to a fantastic start already.