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I have been involved in document capture for 26 years - since well before it was even called "capture." I am often asked about how I came to found Datacap. So taking advantage of my impending exit from the stage (read on for more!), I thought I would share some background on the founding of Datacap as the first true document capture software company.
The microprocessor revolution was in full swing in the mid-1980s when I joined a hospital information systems startup. We concentrated on data collection in operating rooms using what was then cutting edge: IBM PCs networked directly together with TCP/IP. We got sterilized computers into the operating rooms... but we struggled to get nurses to use them.
Turns out that not only was the nursing staff more comfortable working with pen and paper (usually on a clipboard), but they resented having to literally turn their backs on the patient - particularly when they were being asked to enter what was essentially inventory data for billing purposes (the materials and instruments being used during the course of the operation). We also had a back up system in case the PCs or the network didn't work (which was often). It used... paper.
It was in this context that I was struck down with a very nasty virus: chicken pox. You may think of chicken pox as a childhood disease with some discomfort - or even as a great opportunity to play hooky from school - but adult chicken pox, as I quickly learned, is an entirely different beast. I ran a high fever, and for several days I literally could not raise my head off the pillow.
At times I became delirious. And it was in a delirium that Datacap was born. I had visions of paper forms filled in by nurses in the OR dancing around... but, more interestingly, of the data on the pages coming unstuck from the paper and floating off. I saw individual characters very clearly and how they could be segmented to be understood by the computer as data.
Once the fever had burned itself out, I got back to work. One day not long after, a guy I had brought in to help us with some of our tougher user interface challenges showed off an early document scanner. He was building a driver to run the scanner from a Mac for another client of his. It seemed an amazing piece of equipment... and it struck me right there that if we could scan the nurses' sheets, then we could segment the characters and turn paper into data!
Once the wheels started spinning, there was no turning back. Along with Noel Kropf, the guy with the scanner, we founded Datacap and we set to work building our first product, Paper Keyboard, releasing it in 1989. It all seems so inevitable now, but at the time there were nothing but hurdles to overcome: porting to Windows 3.0, adding machine-print OCR, tying multiple machines together to distribute the work, etc., etc.. It kept a growing team of developers busy for the next two and a half decades.
And, of course, we faced increasing competition as the "forms processing" business became a recognized speciality in the quickly gowing document imaging industry. Some vendors edged into scanning and data entry automation from related areas like manual data entry (Textware, later Captiva), while some started the long transition from hardware to software (Kofax).
Eventually, Datacap became part of IBM in 2010, giving us the opportunity to put down a global footprint. What started off literally as a “vision” in a fever, has become a global reality, used by customers worldwide to ingest millions of pages each day. In some ways, for me, that fever never passed. It has energized me for years – and I like to think I have “infected” a few others. If so, then maybe my job is done. I can let a new generation of visionaries take what we have done with IBM Datacap to a new level. That's part of the reason why I decided to step aside from my current role into retirement at the end of this month, not long after I push the "Publish" button on this blog.
I still have a vision for the future of document capture, one that is increasingly mobile and distributed, and one that will make the steady transition from "on-premise" to SaaS for many customers. But I'm sharing it with you now so that you can help make it a reality while I spend some more time on my bike and doing the many things that I haven't had the opportunity to do since I first caught the Datacap bug!
Whatever I’ve done, I’d like to thank the hundreds, and probably thousands of individuals that have made the document capture space a thriving business arena. Whether you were with Datacap, with IBM, with one of our many partners, or even with a competitor (ha, I know you are reading this!), without all of you, we would not have such a vibrant and successful capture community!
Scott - @CaptureGuru
Nearly 90% of customers would abandon your company after a bad customer service experience1. That’s a pretty hefty stat, but not necessarily a surprising one.
And that stat may not be limited to just a negative customer service experience.
Customers have grown accustomed to instant service. Gone are the days of waiting in line or watching for statements to be delivered through post; customers want to see and pay their bills in the time it takes them to check their email. And if a business isn’t providing this easy accessibility, customers could be prone to jump ship to someone who does.
But take this as good news – because businesses and their customers want the same thing. Providing customers with instant self-service access to their bills and invoices is an opportunity to drive better customer engagement without the unnecessary costs of paper and postage. Businesses will discover new cross-selling opportunities while providing the self-service your customers expect.
In other words, by giving customers the instant gratification they want, businesses can get the customer engagement they need. View this video to see how IBM Content Manager OnDemand enables an efficient, cost-effective approach to do just that: https://ibm.biz/cmodvideo_b
1 Gartner Research. The Eight Building Blocks of CRM: Customer Experience, Feb. 14th, 2013
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Last week my friend and colleague Noah Kuttler (@noahgk) pointed me to the Apple holiday ad and we talked about how intuitive technology is key to adoption.
This is as true for consumer technology as it is for the business applications that you are building. Your business users are demanding similar ease of use to what they find in consumer applications and if they don’t find it in-house they will increasingly use those consumer applications to do their jobs; even if they aren't provisioned by your IT office; Which opens up many regulatory and compliance challenges.
ECM experts have citied that one of the biggest reasons for lower adoption of ECM solutions is the cumbersome user experience for creating and consuming enterprise content.
Most ECM applications do not factor the motivation of the user for creating, sharing and consuming content. To that point, most users have markedly better experience creating and consuming personal content than they are with business content- they can create content when they like, share it with anyone they please and consume it from wherever and whenever from any number of devices.
Bottom line: There is an urgent need to bring the same levels of simplicity and intuitiveness to your existing ECM applications and this will be a priority for most IT organizations in 2014.
IBM is successfully supporting its customers drive this change with its Content Navigator offering, which lets all existing IBM repository customers acquire and adopt it to provide a modern clean intuitive user interface to all CMIS complaint repositories that a business has deployed.
IBM Content Navigator bridges the usability gap that most ECM applications suffer from and brings them into this new Social and Mobile world. It makes creating, collaborating and accessing content that much easier.
We will be talking more about Content Navigator and Social Content Management at this year’s IBM Connect 2014 conference, it is not too late to register and attend this event. ECM experts from IBM, Partners will be on hand to talk about your content challenges and get you started on a Smarter Content journey.
See you in Orlando!!!
In the past 4 weeks I have read multiple posts, spanning a few years, by ECM experts declaring the death of ECM. To clarify, none of them really meant that ECM is a dying (or dead) technology, but rather that it is transitioning.
Almost every ECM expert acknowledges that the way we have approached managing enterprise content will have to change. The change is driven by the demands of users who require a better class of enterprise application experiences; they demand the same level of simplicity and sophistication at work that they find in the various apps on their phones and tablets for their personal use.
Another key component of this change is the very nature of content: volume, variety and velocity of content creation and consumption ("Big Data"). All of us are creating more content in different formats and creating it at a rapid pace and the solutions must keep up.
2014 should be the year to drive increased adoption of ECM in new ways by understanding the users' motivation for creating and consuming content and to –
Improve the user experience - from creation through consumption to disposition
Provide a social fabric for sharing and searching content
Make content accessible over desktop, web and mobile
In the increasingly intelligent agile business climate to deliver business value with ECM we have to address these simple and critical needs of the content consumers or ECM will truly be dead.
I will continue elaborating the three needs and challenges to address them in future posts and at IBM Connect 2014 this year a lot of IBM experts will be in sunny Orlando talking about client success with IBM ECM solutions from January 26-30 and it is not too late to register.
Happy New ECM Year – Adopt a social, mobile and exceptional ECM!!!.
"At the IBM Connect 2014 conference on January 26 - 30, you will witness the convergence of S3!"
That's what voice over artist and actor Miguel Ferrer would say in a deep voice as explosions appeared on camera, but we all agreed it was a bit too much.
Which is not to say that there still are not three awesome things that are about to happen at IBM Connect 2014; and they all begin with the letter 'S.'
Last week, the entire United States of America was assaulted by cold weather. Except for Florida.
As all 48 states, including California, wore blue on the weather map it was Florida that remained a nice orange/red (and it of course prompted a fun "We Hate Florida" meme).
As a former resident of Florida, I can tell you that in January there's no better place to be than the "Sunshine State."
The way that knowledge workers are collaborating and sharing content is continuing to shape how we define what enterprise content management needs to be for our customers.
The document that your user could access two years ago isn't as important as the document they can share today. Or the document that they will collaborate on tomorrow. On the desktop and across mobile devices. Content will be driving what they do and the way you deploy your solutions will be critical for their success.
The theme of the conference this year is "energizing life's work" and as an ECM practitioner it's a great opportunity to learn about new ways to connect people and teams inside and outside your organization to share and innovate with content.
There are a number of things we have planned for ECM at IBM Connect 2014 including exciting sessions with everyone's favorite experience platform IBM Content Navigator as well as other ECM solutions, a keynote from Doug Hunt and a mobile demo that you're going to want to see in person.
The last 'S' is for Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert! To put it in perspective, Dilbert.com went online in 1995 and was the first syndicated comic strip to also be available on the Internet. Adams was 'social' before we had a word for it. I have no doubt that he'll be funny and we'll all be entertained, but he's also one of the trailblazers of what we do around how, where and why we share content.
Nice weather. Learning about social content management. Dilbert. What are you waiting for?
Session previews are live and registration is open . We look forward to seeing you there.
The OnDemand User Group (ODUG) is opening its annual meeting to a wider audience through a special live webcast from IBM's Information On Demand Conference in Las Vegas on November 7, 2013. As a user of IBM Content Manager On Demand(CMOD), you are invited to attend the session and learn more about ODUG.
When: Thursday, Nov 7, 2013, beginning at 8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET
Hear AT&T and other users talk about Enhanced Retention with CMOD
See what the new IBM Content Navigator can do for CMOD
Learn Information Lifecycle and Governance Best Practices for CMOD from other users
Where: Mandalay Bay Convention Center South in Tropics B
While the annual ODUG meeting has always focused on technical topics, this year the ODUG Board has selected an agenda for live broadcast to a wider audience to bring the benefits of shared experiences and peer networking to more CMOD users.
Several sessions throughout the day will be available to you online:
If you are not able to attend in person, you can register to attend several online sessions below.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET - The New IBM Content Navigator
IBM's Senior Product Manager Ian Story will lead a guided tour of the new IBM Content Navigator and its benefits to CMOD users, including Mobile ECM capabilities, CM8 and CMOD federation, e-Client/pClient replacement functions and much more. Click here to register for this session
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM PT / 4:30 - 5:15 PM ET - Enhanced Retention Panel Discussion
AT&T's Benny Ormson will lead a panel discussion consisting of other CMOD users who have deployed Enhanced Retention features in CMOD.Click here to register for this session
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM PT - 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM ET - Lifecycle Governance Panel Discussion
Lorilei Puthuff of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will lead a panel discussion on best practices for Defensible Disposal and Governance on CMOD. Click here to register for this session.
OR if you think you may want attend IBM Information On Demand this year, click here to register for the conference.
There are CMOD sessions, special events and other CMOD users at IOD who would love to meet you!
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We have all experienced bad or indifferent customer service. Immediate reactions may include frustration and anger. This may be followed by a focused effort to seek out an alternative product or service provider.
But, the longer term repercussions may be much more serious for an organization. Customers may share their bad experiences with colleagues and friends. Truly awful experiences may result in derogatory blog posts and social media broadasts accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
The flip side is that good customer service can benefit an organization like never before. As this Time – Business and Money article states “We live in an age where a business can thrive or die based on how it understands and approaches customer engagement”. Customer Service, the stakes have never been higher.
I encourage you to read this post by David Jenness which discusses how happy employees can improve customer service. Plus, details about Information On Demand (IOD) conference tracks that will discuss how IBM Content Manager OnDemand is being used to Optimize Customer Communications and Self-Service.
When we talk about Social uses of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions, I immediately am reminded of Len Schlessinger. Back in the late 1980s, I was writing speeches for corporate CEOs. It forced me to stay very current on business theory and practices. For one assignment, the CEO of Arrow Electronics, a highly intelligent fellow with degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, lent me a cassette tape of a lecture he had attended at Harvard. I popped the tape in and I haven’t thought about customer service in the same way since.
Leonard (Len) Schlessinger was the professor and his topic was customer service and he began by telling stories of good and bad customer experiences. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, he had been the CEO of an American coffee and pastry chain called Au Bon Pain. His stories came from his experiences as CEO and later as a consultant to many organizations in the fast food business.
In story after story, he portrayed the “moments of truth” between customer and customer-facing employee, driving home the point that the long term success of a brand hinges on the quality of the interaction at the “counter.” At Au Bon Pain, Schlessinger began to educate employees on the “value of the customer.” A woman may stop in for coffee and pastry on the way to work and spend $4. Yet if that woman returns 3 days a week, she spends $12. Over 50 weeks in a year, she’ll spend $600. And over 5 years, her loyalty will add up to $3,000. Schlessinger encouraged his employees to look at customers as a long term revenue stream.
Then he discovered something that seemed to contradict the philosophy of every fast food chain.
While most fast food restaurants are designed for interchangeable minimum wage employees, Schlessinger discovered that customer service levels went up when he rewarded employees with responsibility, provided a great work environment, and tools that empowered them to deliver customer satisfaction. When employees like a company, they stay longer, learn more about the products and services, and have a personal stake in making the customer happy. Schlessinger’s revelation is spelled out in the book he co-authored, “The Service Profit Chain.”
Of course, there’s a lot of moving parts in a program to deliver service excellence. A key part of it is providing tools that enable employees to work together better and that's where ECM comes in. Schlessinger emphasized the importance of giving customer-facing employees capabilities to help them anticipate and deliver satisfying responses to customers. This is something that IBM has put a lot of thought into as well. One of the tools that IBM has been providing for 20 years is IBM Content Manager OnDemand, a platform for managing customer inquiries on the invoices and statements they receive.
At IBM’s Information On Demand (IOD) conference (Nov. 4-7), you can attend sessions on Content Manager OnDemand, which gives Customer Service Reps (CSRs) in the call center access to images of the invoices and statements that customers most often call about at a single click. Now customers and CSRs are looking at the same documents. For example, attend session ECG-1518A – “Optimizing Customer Communications and Self-Service With High Performance” and make sure that your organization has the Social tools to deliver real customer service excellence.
If you have already signed up for IOD, use the IOD Agenda Builder.
If you haven’t signed up to attend yet, visit the IOD registration page and I hope to see you there!
Are you the LOB Manager or LOB Director, the CTO or the IT Director in your organization? Then the ACM tracks in the ECM Forum are for you. You will learn how to combine information, process and people to provide a complete view of case information and achieve optimized outcomes.
We will be showcasing some of the exciting stuff throughout the course of the event and I am sure you will have your brain stretched with the amount of takeaways we have in store for you! You will learn about the latest solutions and best practices for quickly using content and process management with advanced analytics, business rules, collaboration and social software to help drive better decisions.
Listen to these customer speakers:
Texas Office of the Attorney General: will share how IBM Case Manager helped streamline victims of crime compensation claims at the Texas OAG.
Turner Industries: will share how they are using IBM Case Manager to manage their quality assurance processes.
Great West Life: will share how to resolve multiple business challenges with IBM Case Manager in concert with IBM Business Partner, Ultera’s solution for insurance.
Do plan to attend these top sessions:
Please visit the EXPO to learn more about IBM Case Manager and Case Management Solutions:
§ Stop by the Case Management pedestals to learn more about IBM Case Manager 5.2 and how it enables mobile solutions
§ See 15+ Business Partners at the EXPO with case management solutions
§ Visit the Smarter Process pedestal
§ Come see the Case Manager and Content Navigator demo at the Demo Gallery
Do not miss our exciting Business Partner solutions:
Adjacent: Award-winning Texas OAG’s Crime Victim Services Division solution to manage the victim application process, eligibility determination, case management and more.
Pyramid Solutions: A new Cloud/SaaS offering built on IBM Case Manager 5.2 from Pyramid Solutions.
IPD: Complex claims solutions: Transforming your operations using IBM Case Manager.
I would really encourage all of you reading this to view the entire IBM ECM ACM Agenda and use the session builder tool to build your personal agenda. So go ahead and put the exciting ACM sessions on your calendar as must do activities. Hope to meet with you at a bigger, better and exciting Information OnDemand Conference 2013
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As a continuation from my previous post, here are some fundamental questions to ask yourself - and others - as you embark on a distributed capture endeavor:
Is it “Usable?”
An intuitive user-interface is essential to facilitate distributed capture. Typically, the people receiving documents are customer-facing, not dedicated and trained capture operators. The solution should provide a clear and simple series of steps to that assure a legible document image…
Can it be “Read?”
A poor image quality or, worse, partially-captured document, will quickly undermine the benefits of distributed capture, especially downstream when it comes time to extract data with optical character recognition (OCR). This is where most mobile telephone cameras struggle to create high enough quality images to avoid laborious manual effort later in the process. For a step up in quality, select a portable scanner – some are no larger than a thick ruler – that attaches to a laptop or mobile device.
What document is it?
The first, most important, piece of information about any scan, is the identity of the document itself. Is it an application, a claim, a change-of-address, etc? That question might be answered by manual input from the person who scanned or took the picture of the document, but it also might be automated through automatic document classification. Remember, your mobile and distributed workforce are not trained capture professionals, so take a belt and suspenders strategy on this one…
Is it Accurate?
Determining the accuracy of content extracted from a document is of prime importance. Whether the extraction is manual, or automated with OCR, you need a set of checks and balances to assure users that the solution can be relied upon. For example, if the software is uncertain, how does it notify a user, and which user is it that gets notified?
Is it Safe?
The security of data is essential to consider, especially when handling customer or other sensitive data. Distributed capture must be considered moving capture into high-risk environments. Make sure you understand what the risk exposure is if a mobile device is lost or stolen in the field.
Is it Faster?
The speed at which the captured document is transferred from the mobile device to your repository or LOB system determines the speed at which it can be processed by the application. The old saying, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” comes into play here. If there is, in fact, a bandwidth limitation for remote users, then the advantages of capturing remotely may be lost in the transfer.
Is it Capable of Handling Anything a User Throws at it?
There are always exceptions and how you manage them is the test of a capture system. Can you add attachments? Can you add a new document you weren’t expecting? Can you annotate a document or route it to a supervisor for review? The closer you are to the customer, the more exceptions you will encounter, so make sure you have the flexibility to handle the unexpected.
Will it work for me?
In most cases, a mobile capture solution will both archive the document images, and route them into a line of business system – as fast as possible for customer satisfaction. For example, an invoice, resume, or contract will be sent to the ERP system. An insurance claim will be forwarded for adjudication. A loan application may link to a case management system, where underwriters will review. A medical document will be appended to the patient’s electronic health record. Make sure your distributed capture system can connect to your business systems and deliver image and data seamlessly.
After all these years in the capture business, I thought things had settled down. People have been saying that document capture is a “mature” technology. And, of course, it is, but the world is changing around us, creating new opportunities. So don’t be shy: if you see a way to shorten the cycles, to deliver better customer service, to improve vendor relations, or to change just about any existing process by capturing documents sooner at distributed/remote locations, then take advantage of the opportunity. Just ask the right questions - and get credible answers – as you navigate to a successful implementation.
Note: An earlier version of this post appeared in April 2013 on John Mancini's Digital Landfill blog.
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Are you looking forward to an effective way to collaborate, leverage expertise and business critical knowledge from any device on any platform? If yes, then the Social Content Management (SCM) track in the ECM forum is the right place to be.
Today, a great deal of content is presented in a variety of social forums on mobile devices, the desktop and the web, and businesses need to exploit that content while ensuring proper governance. Join us IBM and ECM industry experts for compelling conversations on how you can take your business to a whole new level: a social business level.
IOD will be host to some very interesting sessions covering social collaboration and how to deliver trusted content to smart devices and tablets across IBM and CMIS compliant repositories.
Visit IOD and leverage this opportunity to network with peers, know more about the latest technology trends, challenges and case studies in social content management, customer experiences, expert opinions and a lot more.
We recommend you attend the following sessions on Social Content Management:
ESC-3566A A Global Social Collaboration and Content Management Architecture and Deployment Strategy, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1:45 PM-2:45 PM, Lagoon GH
ESC-3354A: Prudential: Using the Best of Both Worlds, Content and Social, Wednesday, Nov.6, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM, Lagoon F
ESC-3305A: Living Social: It Is Not Just About the Conversations and Topics, Monday, Nov.4, 11:30 AM-12:30PM, Lagoon GH
ECG 3754A: IBM Enterprise Content Management Products and Solutions Strategy, Monday, Nov. 4, 3:30-4:30PM, South Seas F
Also IOD provides you a one-time opportunity to meet 1:1 with IBM executives, subject matter experts and innovative IBM Business Partners. Talk strategy with ECM business leaders, such as Doug Hunt, John Murphy and Carol.Z. Taylor or take a deep dive into SCM with experts from our product and technical teams, including Ian Story, Cengiz Satir and Steve Studer. Don’t miss out!
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It’s a given: the sooner you convert a paper document into an electronic image, the faster, more accurately, and less expensively you process it. Obvious though it may have been, over the 20+ years I’ve been in this business it’s not been an easy insight to act upon.
In the era of MFPs (multifunction peripherals), mobile phones and mobile data plans, it’s easy to forget how tentative data connectivity was even a short time ago. Even in a commercial setting, banks with branches, insurers with independent brokers, in fact, any organization with far-flung activities, all had big concerns about wide-area bandwidth. Scanning of documents and sending them “over the wire” from remote locations was seen as a luxury.
That perspective is changing – fast.
Converting a paper document to digital image as soon as the document is received, or even created, is a strategy now within reach of most organizations, in most parts of the world. It's called distributed document capture. It’s different from the old model of centralized capture, where everything is sent to a central processing center.
The good news is that there are now low-cost desktop scanners, mobile scanners, multi-function peripherals (MFPs), and more than a billion smart phones worldwide that can operate as a capture device. The bad news is that it’s not so simple as simply snapping a photo to be successful with distributed capture. Before you invest in a solution, you need to prepare yourself by asking some key questions... I'm putting some together to share with you in my next post.
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Ian Story,Senior Product Manager - Enterprise Content Management,IBM
Something struck me the other day - I haven't used a thumb drive in a long time. These little devices used to be staples of our digital lives, and I'm sure I still have one or two floating around in my briefcase somewhere, yet I couldn't tell you the last time I needed one. In today's connected world, I access content when I need to, where I need to, from whatever device I happen to be on. If I need to send a presentation to someone, I share it via a secure link, instead of copying it onto a thumb drive that will get me into trouble if it falls into the wrong hands. If I need to take a document with me on the road, I sync it to my mobile device, or pull it down for offline editing, and never think twice about it.
I don't think this is just me, in fact, I know it is not - in my job as a Product Manager here at IBM, I talk with our clients and prospects many times a week. They are all doing the same sort of thing, and for our customers, it has never been easier to work with your content wherever you happen to be, thanks to IBM Content Navigator. Content Navigator includes Worklight - our cross platform mobile toolkit; it also includes IBM QuickFile for secure file transfer of any document from your ECM system to anyone in the world. Better still, Content Navigator is available on whatever device you need it on, whether it's an iPhone or your laptop in Microsoft Office or an HTML5 web browser on the latest tablet - providing secure access to your content wherever and whenever you need it. And, with both the Worklight toolkit and a native app for iOS, to say nothing of the aforementioned HTML5 UI that works on any modern mobile device, making your content mobile has never been easier.
So, while the thumb drive is dead, I'm not mourning its loss. I'm happy to not worry about losing the latest secret documents on a tiny thumb drive that may fall out of my pocket in a taxi (at least if I lose my mobile phone, I can remote wipe it). Besides, think of all that extra flash memory manufacturing capacity that can be put to a much better use, like building solid state drives for computers, tablets and phones - giving them that instant-on feeling and being much more rugged and less prone to drives failing. Imagine what the world would be like without solid state drives, with a big excess of flash memory capacity that was being built for thumb drives, sitting around with no place to go...ever plugged a thumb drive into your iPad? Nope, me neither. Yet, on a daily basis, I work with my latest documents, collaborating with my peers all around the world, right there on my iPad, even when I'm disconnected on a plane (which happens less and less these days, in-flight Wi-Fi is almost as cool as Content Navigator). Long live mobile enterprise content management, good bye and good riddance to all the amusing keychain drives with various blinking lights, logos, shaped like little animals and so forth.
And last but not least, since I mentioned the boon of in-flight Wi-Fi above, it made me think of going places on airplanes. If you're still reading this, you should be planning to take a plane (or if you're close enough, some other form of transportation like a taxi or ride a horse or something) to Las Vegas in November, to our Information On Demand conference.
Here are some sessions that you should not miss.
ECG-1536A: IBM Content Navigator: The Enterprise Content Management User Experience,Date:6th November 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Mandalay Bay H
EIC-1664A: Creating Enterprise Content Management Mobile Applications Using IBM Worklight and IBM Content Navigator,Date: 6th November, 2013, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM,Location: Lagoon AB
EIC-1788A: Enterprise Content Management Mobile Update and Roundtable, Date: 6th November, 2013,10:00 AM-11:00 AM,Location: Lagoon GH
You can see some of this amazing enterprise content management technology for yourself and also a featured demonstration of ECM and mobile in the ECM keynote at the conference.
I'll be there, maybe I'll even hand out a few antique thumb drives as souvenirs - relics from a day long gone!
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It's time to start planning your agenda for Information On Demand 2013 - aka "IOD," in Las Vegas. Whether you are in IT, Operations, or Finance, IOD is a great networking opportunity: meet with peers, industry experts, and influence the architects of your current solutions. Choose between business, technical, and leadership training sessions, or use the event to expand your understanding of Business Analytics, other Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technologies, and Information Management. There are also special events with todays thought leaders. You will be encouraged to “Think Big,” but maybe just as important, you can also learn how to “Think Fast.”
The main reason to go to IOD? Capture, of course! We're putting the focus on capture in the context of "real-time imaging." What's real-time? That's the time you - and your customers - expect things to happen when they have a smartphone in their hands. Mobile is coming to capture very quickly now. Don't believe me, then come to IOD to see for yourself. We'll be showing that and related distributed/branch capture capabilities and solutions. You'll see what is available today... and if you pay close attention, we'll give you a sneak peak at the future!
Here are some specific real-time imaging sessions to pencil into your agenda... and there are more to come!
EIC-3440A: Time is Money: Coca-Cola Realizes Process Improvements with IBM Datacap, Speaker: Thomas Fantroy, Coca Cola Refreshments, Manager Imaging & Workflow Solutions\Monday, Nov. 4, 10:15 – 11:15 AM, Lagoon U
EIC-1815A: Mobile and Multifunction Peripheral Transactional Capture to IBM Datacap and Enterprise Content Management, Speakers: Anthony Vigliotti, Notable Solutions, Date: 6th November, 2013, 4:30 PM-5:45 PM| Location: Lagoon IJ
EIC-1667A: What's New with Mobile Capture, Speaker: Mattias Marder, IBM, IBM Research - Image Processing and Computer Vision, Thursday, Nov. 7, 10 -11 AM, Lagoon GH
ECG-2224B: Content Integration: A Success Story (Mobile mortgage capture at National Bank of Canada) Speaker: Alain Foisy, National Bank of Canada, ECCM Practice Leader, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Lagoon F
Also, be sure to take advantage of the once-a-year opportunity to meet 1:1 with IBM executives, subject matter experts and innovative IBM Business Partners. I'll be there, but you an also talk strategy with other ECM imaging business leaders, such as Brent Bussell, Feri Clayton,Brian Phelps, and Rick Gawronski. Or take a deep dive in to Document Imaging and Capture with experts from our product and technical teams, including Tom Stuart, Ben Antin, Jim Reimer, Charles Wiecha, Bud Paton and Noel Kropf.
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For ongoing IOD updates, follow me on Twitter @CaptureGuru.
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As our team finalizes our presence at IOD 2013, we're excited about the sessions we're conducting around content analytics that we want to be sure you get them onto your schedule so you're not left standing outside what will be some of the best sessions at the conference.
If your area of interest is Big Data & Analytics for your company, we highly recommend that you spend some time checking out IBM Content Analytics which unlocks new business insights within large volumes of unstructured content.
For additional background, you can read some of the previous posts written about content analytics on this blog. At the conference we recommend you attend the following sessions:
ECA-1363A Wed, Nov 6, 11:15 AM IBM Content Analytics: Public Safety Agencies Connecting the Dots
ECA-1845A Wed, Nov 6, 04:30 PM IBM Content Analytics with Enterprise Search Product Update and Demonstration
ECA-1837A Wed, Nov 6, 10:00 AM Embracing BigData: How NCState uses Content Analytics, BigInsights & PowerLinux to Redefine Business Analytics
ECA-1619A Tues, Nov 5, 01:45 PM Security First Insurance: Disaster in a Socially Connected World
ECA-2681A Tue, Nov 5, 03:00 PM Using Content Analytics for JASMIN - Information System for the military communications in German
ECA-1315A Tue, Nov 5, 11:15 AM NASA's Use of IBM Watson Technologies for Enhancing Innovation and Enabling Mission Success
Also, make time to stop by at the ECM Expo Area to get hands-on demos from our Content Analytics experts who can answer all of your questions and talk to you about how our customers are successfully using this exciting technology for better business outcomes.
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What many folks value about Information On Demand 2013 is that it’s a User Conference, which provides an opportunity to hear firsthand from IBM clients what they’ve managed to accomplish with IBM solutions. There are many client-lead sessions this year that offer users of Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Information Management a chance to show off what they’ve done. Within ECM, Document Imaging and Capture is well represented with some familiar names which have used IBM’s capture and report management solutions to achieve new insight and better business outcomes.
Here’s five capture-related customer sessions to flag for attending:
EIC-3440A: Time is Money: Coca-Cola Realizes Process Improvements with IBM Datacap, Speaker: Thomas Fantroy, Coca Cola Refreshments, Manager Imaging & Workflow Solutions, Monday, Nov. 4, 10:15 – 11:15 AM, Lagoon U
EIC-2795A: Business Empowerment Through Enterprise Intelligent Capture Using Datacap at New York Life Insurance Company, Speaker: Asif Rajab Ali, New York Life, Corporate Vice President, Tues. Nov 5, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Lagoon U
EIC-3348A: How Union Bank Implemented Time and Production Efficiencies Using IBM Datacap, Speakers: Albert Pena, Union Bank, Vice President/Bank Operations Admin; Maureen Kennedy, Union Bank, VP, Sr. Systems Manager, Wed. Nov. 6, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Lagoon AB
EIC-1388A: Improving Bank Account Opening Processes at Bii Maybank Through IBM Datacap Imaging Capabilities, Speaker: Toto Prasetio, PT. Bank Internasional Indonesia, Head of Front end Application, Thurs. Nov. 7, 08:15 AM - 09:30 AM, Lagoon GH
ECG-3024A: Serasa-Experian: Supporting Non-Stop Six Million Daily Inquiries at the Largest Latin America Credit Bureau With CMOD, Speaker: Luciano Franklin, Serasa-Experian, ECM Leader, Wed. Nov. 6, 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM, Lagoon U
Also, don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of a unique opportunity to meet 1:1 with IBM executives, subject matter experts and innovative IBM Business Partners. Talk strategy with ECM business leaders, such as Scott Blau, Brent Bussell, Brian Phelps, and Rick Gawronski. Or arrange a technical briefing with Doc Imaging and Capture experts from our product and technical teams, including Tom Stuart, Ben Antin, Jim Reimer, Charles Wiecha, Bud Paton and Noel Kropf.
Learn more about Information On Demand
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The thing about twitter is once in a while you come across something that is truly funny and explains what we really struggle to convey in 4 or 6 page whitepapers, one such tweet I came across was by Karen Lopez (Twitter: @datachick)
“"HELLO WORLD" on Hadoop should really be "HELLO YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU" #NoSQLNow
I will put my hand up and say I am geek who get its instantly and all of us who have at some point written a line of code will agree you could not describe personalization driven by Big Data better than that.
The very fact that we are able to process billions of pieces of information to find singular information about people is truly remarkable. The key to personalization is aggregation of information, isolation of facts from the aggregations and recognizing traits, sentiments and features from these facts. The key caveat about personalization is that we need the aggregation of information – demographics, web behavior, offer interaction, historical purchases, social media interactions, service call logs, satisfaction surveys.
Considering one or two sources of information to identify customers or customer types would result in inaccurate descriptions leading less effective personalization and in the end compromising product definition and promotions. Soon, in the Big Data world we will have the ability to aggregate structured and unstructured data and perform advanced analytics like Content Analytics on it- and truly identifying micro-segments of your marketplace and help product designers create products that address the specific needs and marketers can create messages and promotions that excite these micro-segments.
If you want to know more about how Content Analytics analyses information for true insights check out checkout the online demo.
We will be talking about Content Analytics @ IOD 2013 in November, join us in Vegas to converse with a wide range of experts on all things Big Data and Analytics.
In "Side by Side," a documentary about the war between film and digital in the motion picture industry, there's this great bit where the director of Slumdog Millionaire talks about how smaller digital cameras changed the dynamic of how the film was shot.
With director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle using a small handheld camera, Boyle and Mantle were able to go places they couldn't before as they ran through the streets of Mumbai and hung off of trains getting shots that previously were difficult (or impossible) to do and match the quality of film. The result was a creative masterpiece that took home Oscars for both of their efforts as well as the film itself (ten nominations total with eight wins).
I should point out that shooting in that style was nothing new and in fact, Mantle was one of the originators of the "Dogma 95" movement years earlier. That said, it took years of technology innovations to deliver an image that you probably didn't even know was shot without film.
I love stories about technology allowing creative individuals to do things that they couldn't before and it's why I'm so excited about Big Data & Analytics and some of the sessions and things we have going on at IOD (November 3-7) around Content Analytics specifically.
The IBM Content Analytics with Enterprise Search solution is taking Big Data "handheld." It's taking analytics where you weren't able to go before.
And like with Slumdog, the technology is now there to open up new possibilities when it comes to the massive volumes of unstructured content that before were impenetrable.
Here's a simple example. An "info@" e-mail account that gets a couple hundred incoming messages from customers that have all sorts of juicy pieces of information that can provide valuable insight but are physically impossible for any single person (or team) to read and process. Content Analytics can process the massive amounts of unstructured content (in numerous languages) to better understand what customers are asking for so that product documentation and marketing materials can be updated to accelerate the sales cycle and increase revenue.
That's a basic, but practical example of the type of insight coming from Content Analytics. Matching that with the data analytics you are currently running with Cognos, SPSS and other solutions can now provide a complete picture that gives you new (and more accurate) insights into how to create meaningful change for your business.
This is the first in a series of articles we'll be writing to tell you all about what we have going on at IOD 2013. As we get closer to the event we will call out specific sessions and feature interviews with subject matter experts.
Much more to come. In the meantime, register for IOD 2013 on the website and if there's more information about Content Analytics in our online demo.
IBM Connections Enterprise Content Edition V5.2.0 is an innovative social content management solution designed to provide collaborative document management tightly integrated with modern social collaboration elements such as liking, tagging, and following.
Connections Enterprise Content Edition not only enables businesses to address multiple scenarios independent of platform device or application, but also allows users to leverage the organization's collective stream of knowledge.
Key features of Connections Enterprise Content Edition
Self-provisioned communities to easily create and collaborate on office documents.
Apply social tagging, comments, likes, recommendations, and track download counts to content.
Work directly with content through IBM Content Navigator and its application integration with Microsoft Office applications or via an IBM Connections community.
Associate context to enterprise content via wikis and blogs.
Access content anytime and anywhere through web, portal applications and smart devices.
Document versioning capabilities and routing documents for review and approval.
Execute hold and retention policies as directed by the IBM Information Lifecycle Governance Policy suite of products.
Extend custom applications through the Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS), and Content Manager APIs.
IBM® Connections Enterprise Content Edition includes the following no-charge, product components:
IBM Content Navigator
IBM FileNet® Content Manager
You have a cost efficient way to combine social collaboration experiences with enterprise content management through this integrated product bundle.
If you are an existing IBM Connections customer who also has Connections Content Manager or the IBM Connections Suite, you have a cost efficient means to obtain extended Connections Enterprise Content Management through the new Connections Enterprise Content Edition add-on.
To know more about the product, please click here
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Deepthi Nagarajan, Category Marketing Manager -Document Imaging and Capture, IBM
“The Age of the Customer” is now - customers soaring with expectations on what they want, what they like and how well you know them. They not only want more self-service capabilities but also expect a seamless and integrated experience across all the devices they use to connect with you. They expect relevant promotions and a flawless post-purchase experience. Today, if you do not have real-time response to a customer request you will lose business.
A Gartner research has identified some trends that support this:
89% of people would discontinue their business with a company after a negative customer service experience
86% of consumers would pay more for a better customer experience
With the increasing demands of the customers, it’s time that you recognize where you are in your customer experience journey. Are you seeking answers to any one of the following questions?
Do I need to reduce the time it takes for call center agents to resolve customer inquiries?
Do I know of incidents where customers have been lost due to frustrating customer service?
Is it likely that some customers are lost without ever learning of the incident that caused the loss?
Can I reduce the number of customer call-backs?
Would my operations improve if call center agents could see, online, documents that have been printed and mailed out to your customer?
Can I reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction by streamlining access to customer information?
How important is customer satisfaction to customer retention?
If the answer is yes, you are in need of a Digital Front Office solution that can transform and provide an enriching customer experience.
IBM Content Manager On Demand(CMOD) transforms high volume print correspondence into on-line electronic documents to support customer self-service operations.
To know how IBM CMOD drives exceptional customer experience view this webcast – “Right Here, Right Now: Delivering Real-Time Customer Response” delivered by Brian Phelps and David Jenness.
In this on demand webcast you learn to know your customer’s lifetime value and how to create a system of satisfaction by understanding, connecting and engaging with your customer. The speakers elaborate on how you can reduce overhead by giving customers strategic access to their account information and creating meaningful interactions by leveraging online exposure. The webcast also provides an end-to-end overview of the Service-Profit Chain and how you can use it to improve your overall customer experience.
Click here to view the webcast now.
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I'm just back from a trip to India. Until fairly recently, I would never have imagined significant opportunity for document capture in the very place where outsourcing of data entry has been most successful. That's relevant to the document capture business because when a document is "captured" two things happen:
- the paper document is digitized (usually scanned, but sometimes an already electronic document is converted to a standard format), and
- data is extracted from the document - either manually or using OCR - so the document can be filed, and sometimes to populate a line-of-business application.
Call it what you will - indexing, verification, keying - it is a data entry requirement that allows a document that has been digitized to be sent to locations around the world where labor is less expensive. It is exactly in this type of work that India has excelled. A vast, trained workforce has taken on the tedious task of manually extracting information from documents. Even compared to "automated," OCR-assisted data entry that requires relatively expensive labor in North America or Europe, a very competitive alternative has been to take advantage of the much lower-cost labor pool in India (and other countries) to manually enter data, without the help of automation at all.
So why was I in India? To some extent, you can say that the success and breadth of outsourcing initiatives over the last 20 years have changed the underlying economics. Although labor continues to significantly less expensive in markets such as India, China, Philippines - the usual suspects - costs have gone up substantially. They have gone up enough that it is no longer a given that throwing more manpower at a problem, such as manual data entry, is going to be less expensive than investing in automation technologies to help assist in the effort. Many organizations are coming to the same conclusion.
Even banks with far-flung operations and massive workforces are exploring ways to automate aspects of the document capture process: the volumes of documents to be captured are staggering once a bank wades into the world of branch capture. (My thoughts on how branch capture is technically something new in document capture: http://ibm.co/13i74bl.) Automation not only reduces costs, but speeds up the process, ultimately helping improve customer services… and most importantly, customer satisfaction. (And if you are skeptical that customer satisfaction is the underlying benefit of document capture, let me try to convince you: http://ibm.co/10bwmsJ.)
Put another way, in large-scale document capture operations, there is a premium on reducing complexity, including the number of people involved. Globally, the Holy Grail is to grow the number of documents being captured, while meeting that growing need with existing staff.
From my perspective, document capture has come of age when it is being adopted globally, even in markets traditionally noted for the low cost of labor.
To continue the conversation, connect with me on Twitter @captureguru.
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Leveraging on its years of ECM expertise, IBM delivers IBM Content Foundation (ICF), a content management solution designed for small, medium, and large companies that need rapid deployment to reduce total cost of ownership and also need enterprise class capabilities such as scalability, security, and stability to deliver better control of all enterprise content.
ICF brings new ease-of-use capabilities that reduce cost and complexity, making ECM more accessible than ever before.
It is based on the world-class, industrial strength and proven technology of FileNet P8, but in a more affordable, more accessible, more consumable package…”The power of P8 made nimble and more affordable”
It also provides a cross-industry ECM solution for common document management, custom application development and ECM consolidation.
IBM Content Foundation provides:
Custom application development APIs and tools to enable customers and business partners to customize Content Foundation solutions for their specific business needs.
Extensive document management capabilities to support document and publication requirements whether they are small and simple or extremely large and complex.
Platform consolidation capabilities to enable Content Foundation to manage content from multiple, disparate repositories.
Social content management capabilities to bring the insight of social content to content managed by Content Foundation.
Enterprise manageability and scalability to handle large content systems and help reduce total cost of ownership.
IBM Content Foundation includes following value-add components as non-chargeable, bundled components:
IBM WebSphere Application Server
IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
IBM Content Navigator
IBM Tivoli Directory Server
IBM Content Integrator
IBM Content Federation Services
Integration for Microsoft Office
To know more about IBM Content Foundation click here
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It's that time of year - beautiful days in New York, flowers, clear skies… and Smarter Commerce in the air. A year ago I was in Madrid at the IBM Smarter Commerce Summit - I haven't been the same since! It wasn't the protesters teaming in the streets calling out the effects of austerity on youth unemployment, or the luxurious resort (in fact, just another airport hotel) setting for the Summit. It was the conference content...
The keynote was the most interesting presentation I've ever seen at a technology conference (and I have been to many over the past 25 years)! To signal something special was coming, the lights in the large auditorium were turned down. A hush fell over the otherwise bustling room as two people gingerly made their way up onto the stage. One was clearly bind and it felt a bit awkward to watch him feel his way up multiple steps and across the open space. This was clearly not going to be a standard set of Powerpoints...
Over the next half hour the blind presenter on stage held the audience spellbound. His role concerned customer experience management at ING, the Dutch bank. He started off with a simple statement of the problem he faced: since the financial crisis started in 2008, customer trust of banks had hit an all-time low. But without trust, how can you have active, and growing, banking relationships?
It was not the blind leading the blind. This fellow could see clearly that for businesses to thrive, to acquire new customers, to retain existing customers, business didn't need technology that could reach further into a customer's wallet, but a perspective on the customer which focused on creating an individual customer experience... for every customer. Although this was a technology conference, he hardly spent a minute, and not a single slide, on technology.
The focus was on the customer… The presenter told the story of a customer who gets distracted by a phone call while withdrawing cash from an ATM - and walks away leaving the cash in the machine. Apparently, this happens thousands of times a year. As the presenter pointed out, this aborted transaction leaves a lot of anxiety behind. When the customer finally realizes what they have done, a minute, an hour, or a day later, the first thing they want to know is, "where is my money?" Of course, the bank knows: for years cash machines have sucked the money back in and re-deposited it. But the customer doesn’t know that and is left in the dark.
The solution - the customer-centric solution - to this problem was easy: send the customer a text: "Sorry you missed withdrawing €150 from our ATM at X branch - come back again when you can, as we have safely re-deposited it into your acct."
"Easy" conceptually, but monumental for the bank. Why? Because branch and ATM services, although they have access to account information, do not have access to customer contact details squirrelled away in account management and customer service systems. Addressing this challenge requires a willingness to break down long-standing barriers between data silos in the bank.
As I listened to the presentation, it dawned on me what Smarter Commerce was all about. It means engaging with customers in a way that makes the customer feel special, because they are individuals, rather than just a number or one of many.
My head was swimming by the time I walked out of the auditorium. After so many years of focusing on document imaging and capture, I could now see that the value we are offering our customers is not just improved productivity, but the opportunity to help our customers serve their customers better!
I'll share more on this topic soon, but for the time-being, the 2013 version of the Smarter Commerce Summit just finished last week in Monaco. You can follow @IBMSmarterCommerce. And here's a perspective on the conference from someone who started thinking about these things a long time before I did - Buy Sell Market Service - When did ECM become a Monte Carlo Celeb?
I found it funny that I was asked to let you know about a survey (more on that in a moment) when right now I am facing one of the most difficult questions in years.
"Who do you want to win in the basketball finals, the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat?"
It's a difficult question for me because I live in Texas but I was raised in Miami.
This is my "subway series."
So, how about questions that have answers that won't start bar feuds (maybe). Am I right?
The IBM Institute for Business Value has kicked off the 2013 analytics survey (the fourth in the series).
This year's study will explore the capabilities needed to transform today's vast array of data sources and digital technologies into a value-creating competitive advantage.
Basically, we're looking to get feedback from you as to what it takes (or doesn't take) to create value from analytics.
By the way, the 2012 Executive Summary is available if you want to see some of the results from last year.
The current survey will run from June 12 through July 5, 2013 so please make some time to complete it before the cutoff date.
Details can be found on the website and you can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ibmibv.
For taking the time to participate in the survey, you'll be receiving a copy of the study once it's released (October).
As for me, in the next few days my reply will be, "Go Speat!"
The IBM Content Foundation V5.2 information center is now available. See the information center at: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/iconf/v5r2m0/index.jsp