Join the IBM ECM session today (May 23) at Smarter Commerce Global Summit, Nashville 2013 where you will have the opportunity to learn how IBM ECM software enables an organization to make better decisions, faster. Featured ECM presentation for Day 3 includes:
IBM Connect 2014 is almost here again – are you ready? Now is the time to start planning your schedule (using the Session Preview Tool you can build a plan and save or print it – or even email the info to your colleagues). If you're an ECM practitioner, there's a lot going for you to take advantage of. Below is a list of sessions that you'll want to add to your calendar.
Sunday, Jan. 26 Session BPD204 1:30pm, Room: Swan 1 "New Insights & Better Outcomes with Smarter Content to Drive Exceptional Customer Experiences" presented by Cengiz Satir, IBM Note: this is part of the Business Partner Development Day programming
Monday, Jan. 27 Session 1333 11am, Room: Swan Mockingbird 1-2 "Work with content the way we live – Social" Presented by Cengiz Satir, IBM and Richard Medina, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant, Doculabs
Tuesday, Jan. 28 Session 1335 10am, Room: Swan Pelican 1-2 "Securely Share Content With Anyone, Anywhere, In The World" Presented by Steve Studer, IBM; Ian Story, IBM
Tuesday, Jan. 28 Session KEY106 3pm, Room: Swan Ballroom 3-4 "Bringing The Enterprise Content Management Experience To Social and Mobile" Presented by John Murphy, IBM; Cengiz Satir, IBM
Wednesday, Jan. 29 Session 1523 8:15am, Room: Swan 9-10 "Future Directions Social Search and SaND" Presented by Bob Foyle, IBM
Wednesday, Jan. 29 Session 1337 11:15am, Room: Swan Mockingbird 1-2 " Rethink What's Possible with IBM Social Content" Presented by Ian Story, IBM; Cengiz Satir, IBM
Wednesday, Jan. 29 Session 1505 4:15pm, Room: Dolphin North Hemisphere E "Maximizing and Simplifying Connections And FileNet: Best Practices" Presented by Thomas Brawn, IBM; Scott Malabarba, IBM
And don't forget to visit the ECM pedestal inside the Solution Expo! As always, our product experts will be on-hand to provide a demo of the latest product updates and help you find exactly what you're looking for to take your content management strategy to the next level: social!
If you are interested in booking a one-on-one meeting with our executives, please act quickly as space is limited. Your request can be submitted directly to your IBM representative, but if you need help please contact me directly email@example.com
Alisa Maclin - VP, Industry Solutions Marketing
Carol Taylor – WW Sales Leader, ECM Platform, Social, & Daeja
Doug Hunt - Enterprise Content Management General Manager
Feri Clayton - Director Document Imaging And Capture
John Murphy - Vice President, Products and Strategy, ECM
Maria Winans - VP, WW Software Solutions Group Marketing
Paul Fitzpatrick - Director, ECM & Smarter Cities Marketing
HIMSS is only a few days away – have you finished planning
your schedule? IBM has so much to choose from that we hope you'll include us in
your plans! ECM has some fantastic things to offer your organization and we're
proud to demonstrate these abilities to you at pedestals 10 and 13 of the IBM
Solutions for Care Coordination – pedestal 10
Learn how Intelligent Care Delivery Analytics (ICDA) Portal
capabilities can help your organization:
•Multi-factorial patient characteristics and risk
factor analysis used to predict disease risk
•Comprehensive patient similarity analytics for
treatment comparison and effectiveness across similarity cohorts
•Personalized patient/physician matching with
outcomes based predictive modeling
•Care services utilization analysis, and
unexpected pattern detection
•Packaged to allow standalone use, with a current
Business Intelligence platform or as an integrated capability in IBM’s care
The Advanced Case Management (ACM) team will walk you
through a basic "day in the life" of a Care Coordinator. Beginning
with an "at risk" patient and will demonstrate how a care plan is
created, shared, and how important tasks and updates can be made. Care plan
details include medication updates, adding team members, and making
Discover Clinical and Operational Insights – pedestal
IBM Content and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare (ICPA)
is the first Ready for Watson solution and is synergistic to IBM Case Manager
and IBM Datacap. Together, these offerings help accelerate the delivery of low
cost, accountable care by revealing clinical and operational insights.
Visit pedestal 13 to see demonstrations of three ECM
offerings, ICPA, Datacap and Advanced Case Manager, work together to:
•Derive insights for action in ways not
•Combine unstructured and structured information
for more informed bossiness intelligence
•Support analysis and visualization of
•Enable care providers, executives and knowledge
workers to Interact with information
•Integrate with other systems like Cognos, Data
Warehouse, MDM and the Healthcare Data Model
•Convert paper, fax, and electronic attachments
to digital files
•Use Datacap Taskmaster Flex to visually separate
single and multiple page documents
•Data is compared against Business Rules to
assure data accuracy
Will you be attending Lotusphere 2010? We will! Come visit IBM ECM in the IBM area in the Product Showcase at pedestal number 17.
We'll also be scheduling one-on-one meetings to address your individual questions. Meet with our experts and executives during your available time during the show. Interested? Stop by the pedestal during the product showcase hours or email Mia Winn to schedule a meeting in advance.
Don't forget to add our ECM speakers to your Lotusphere agenda!
A key challenge with a mature market leading product like Content Manager OnDemand (CMOD) is encouraging customers to upgrade from a perfectly functional older version - to the latest version.
New features and capabilities may not be enough to entice some customers to move. Laggards may not pay attention until the need to place a support call arises - only to discover that the end of support date for their particular version has already passed.
So, this is a ‘shout out’ to Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS customers still running v7.1. The end of support date for this version is 30 Sep 2010. If you haven’t already planned your upgrade to v8.4.x, then now is a good time to start. Contact your IBM representative with any questions about upgrading to the latest Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS v8.4.x.
In the meantime, check out these links for the latest features and benefits, and support lifecycle information:
IBM’s ECM portfolio has become
richer by the addition of several upgrades which introduce highly effective
technical and business improvements. ECM Customers with active Software
Subscription and Support are encouraged to take advantage of the enhancements
for our Content Analytics, Content Collector, Classification and Platform
IBM Content Analytics with Enterprise Search v3.0 integrates content analytics software with enterprise search capabilities into
a unified platform. Through combined capabilities in natural language
processing, semantic search, and sentiment analysis, this solution provides richer,
more accurate, and relevant insights from content. This software is integrated with an IBM big
data analytics solution called InfoSphere BigInsights, allowing clients to
derive greater insights from the ever-increasing volumesof information
flowing both within and outside the enterprise.
Organizations can also improve accessibility, provide
greater usability, enable more effective compliance controls and enhance
analytics for unstructured content with the release ofIBM Content Classification v8.8 which categorizes and organizes content by combining multiple methods of
With the release of IBM Content Collector V3.0,
IBM's content collection and archiving capabilities now extend to IBM
Connections. Using IBM Content Collector
for IBM Connections, clients can apply information lifecycle governance
practices not only to traditional sources of valuable content such as e-mail,
enterprise file systems and Microsoft SharePoint, but also to social business
systems such as IBM Connections.
Subscription and Support customers can download
these latest upgrades from Passport Advantage and start enjoying the benefits.
Guest Blog post by Julie Vaccaro, Offering Manager IBM Content Classification
Everything in our life is categorized and classified in some
Ask 4 people in one household “where is the proper place to
store the toothpaste?” and you will likely get 4 different answers, including “on
the counter”, “in the toothbrush holder”, “under the sink” and “in a drawer”. This
may work well for a household environment, since every person probably has
their own “instance” of a toothpaste tube. But, what if this is a shared
toothpaste tube, that everyone needs access to? Where is the right place to
store it so that each person can get to it when they need it?
This may seems like a simplistic
analogy, but think about these questions. What if you walked into the Library
of Congress and there was no Dewey Decimal System? What if you went into the
hardware store and the items were not organized by their department or use,
such as Plumbing, Electrical, Paint, etc.? How would you ever find anything?
Now think about your business and all of its unstructured
content. Where do you store content so that anyone who needs it can access it,
use it, govern it and analyze it?
Individuals make classification judgments every day. I might
think it best to categorize all resumes into a single category called “Human
Resources Resumes” and store them all together. Another person, from the Human
Resources department, may believe that you should have a category for each
skill set, such as Marketing Resumes, Development Resumes, Janitorial Resumes,
and the like.
Content should be classified and organized such that it is
accessible, so that you can find it when you need it. Content needs to be
usable so that it is available when business decisions are made, either through
manual or automated processes. Content must be governed so that a business
complies with local, state, federal and business mandates. And finally, content
needs to been analyzed and understood to realize its full value.
Properly organizing content is like building a good
foundation. You need to build a house or some other structure on a good
foundation. When you do that the building of the structure becomes easier,
lasts longer and is easier to change later. If you don’t build a strong
foundation, it does not necessarily mean the structure will collapse, but it
will likely cause problem down the road.
The Bottom Line: To start extracting value out of content, a clear Classification strategy is a must.
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you thinking about how to get the most of your ECM investment? Are you thinking
about ECM shared services as the way to achieve more out of your investment? If
ECM shared services is in your future then let me make a recommendation: The
establishment of an ECM Center of Excellence organization is one thing that
will significantly improve your company’s chances of success with that ECM
Shared Services program.
let’s back up a little and start with some background for this recommendation.
the exponential growth in the amount of unstructured content as well as
compliance exposures that all that content can bring, ECM is becoming a
priority within many organizations. Where in the past, content management was
deployed to meet departmental needs, in certain niches within the
organizations, it is now being recognized as an enterprise-wide need: An
infrastructure investment rather than a niche application. If you look at ECM
for enterprise deployment, it makes sense to offer all the functionality of ECM
as a shared service.
thinking of an ECM as a series of shared services, let’s not think only of the
technology services (infrastructure) but human capital role services as well.
What I mean is it is easy to see the technology services such as content
capture, repository, discovery, compliance, and business process management
services but what about ECM solution requirement gathering, solution design,
process modeling, and project management services just to name a few. And don’t
forget about ECM support services like technology administration, governance,
management processes/practices and others.
like the sharing of the technology provides cost-effectiveness, sharing of the
intellectual capital of the human role and support services provides that same
benefit and more:
- Leverage experienced resources and
proven methodologies to help guarantee successful solutions.
- Assist customer resources who may not have
experience designing and implementing solutions
- Better positioned to support corporate
and data governance
Faster Time to
Market of ECM Solutions
- Jump start idea generation for the
business solution and the technology implementation and keep each group from
“finding their own way”.
- Expertise to drive business process
What is an ECM COE?
ECM COE is a cross-functional team with a permanent formal organizational
structure. It has defined tasks, roles, responsibilities and processes for
support and promoting the effective us of ECM across the organization. It is
staffed with employees from the organization itself, although some roles or
functions might be insourced or outsourced. The ECM COE is tasked with driving
the proper use of ECM technologies throughout the organization, making it
available in the appropriate forms to business users.
What does an ECM COE look like?
start off and say there is no universally accepted standard for ECM COEs, as it
will vary from organization to organization. Also there is also no “silver
bullet” for implementing an ECM COE within an organization. Each organization
has its own vision, mission and goals for a COE and there is the organization
culture that has to be embraced as well. ECM and IT governance maturity also
plays a big role in how that organization will be structured. I would like to
suggest instead of “what does an ECM COE look like” we take it from a different
angle. Let’s look at the mission/vision and goals of a mature ECM COE and
briefly talk about the key characteristics found to meet their goals. The key
characteristics that will be briefly outlined below are derived by the use of
an ECM COE strategy map approach levering the Norton and Kaplan Balance Score
Card Framework. My intent is to dive more deeply in future posting on each of
these characteristics but for now we are going to keep it at a high level.
COE Vision Example
maximize shareholder value by leveraging specialized technical resources,
competencies, and infrastructure across lines of business, providing solutions
to infrastructure and business problems through world class research,
architecture design and the utilization of business process management, and
content management technologies.
COE Goals Example
discussed above the key to a COE success is providing both technology and role
based services to accomplish the following:
Utilize ECM COE Services
to enable high value solutions
·Provide proven methodologies and resources for
·Identify opportunities for appropriate use of
·Use the right technology to solve the problem,
not the hammer looking for a nail
·Integrate the business process and the
·Match the scope of the solution with the
Faster time to market of
ECM enabled business solutions
·Positioned to quickly respond to
- Ever-changing business environments as
they introduce new products and services
- Changing technology demands
·Remain agile from a technology/product
Enable data and
corporate compliance programs
·Corporate Governance Compliance
- Ensure that Corporate Compliance
(Records Management) is addressed around all ECM technologies
- Support Data Governance by embracing
corporate taxonomies across all ECM technologies
Ensure ECM effectiveness
across the enterprise
·Provide shared repositories
·Develop and leverage reusable services
·Broker partnerships within the enterprise
·Provide governance and best practices
·Develop synergies of concentrated talent
·Stay in front of the trends to provide
·Partner with business lines to prevent false
ECM COE Characteristics Example
what are some of the characteristics in a mature ECM COE to meet the above
goals? This is where the Kaplan and Norton Strategy map comes into play.
Without getting in to a great amount of detail (saving that so I have something
to blog about later), this framework has you focus from various perspectives to
meet your goals.
achieve the COE vision/mission how must we look to our business lines?
perspective is a little different than the other two we will outline in this
blog. Remember ECM technology does not provide any value. It is the application
of the technology in a business context that provides the value. When answering
this perspective question above, three of the four goals outlined were derived.
The “ECM effectiveness across the enterprise” goal was and indirect goal coming
from the next perspective.
satisfy our business lines, at which COE process must we excel?
answer this perspective question the following process/plan objectives were
innovative ways to leverage ECM technologies
Expand COE services use
within the enterprise
Develop/Enhance/Deploy reusable COE services
Develop best practices
strategy for ECM enabling business solutions
Timely Delivery of COE
Provide corporate ECM
Quality delivery of COE
Provide Cost effective COE
Broker partnership with
owners of ECM technologies outside the control of the COE
Interlink with Corporate
Learning and Growth Perspective
achieve my COE Vision, how must my organization learn and improve?
perspective question is addressed with the following objectives:
ECM trends, services, and products
Provide for the expansion of
ECM proficiency within COE
Promote ECM Technology
awareness for the Enterprise
Promote the awareness of the
COE strategy and measurement throughout the COE
we have looked at a COE vision, goals, and strategy objectives of a mature COE
organization. So what do you do with all this information? In future blog
posting my intent is to drill down into each of the objectives in the context
of the example organization to show you how each of these objectives had a
cause and effect relationship with the goals described. I will talk about what
measurements and targets were put in place to ensure the objectives are being
met. My intent is to show you the value of taking a measurement based approach
when establishing an ECM COE.
Where do I start in building an ECM COE?
this high-level information is a good starting point if I am an established ECM
COE. What about building a COE organization? In the next blog I would like to
address that thought through a 5 building block approach.
Develop an Staff Plan to
deliver and maintain the COE Services
Identify and develop key
Identify key success
this building block approach I will link it back to the perspective strategy
objectives outlined above to drive home the point of the importance of
developing the COE strategy and measurement as you build the organization.
today blog we have talked about the importance of an ECM COE organization model
in a successful ECM Shared Services journey. Now with that said many companies
believe that having an ECM COE in place will guarantee ECM program success and
enable ECM business value. That logic can be flawed. Establishing the ECM COE
is just the first step but the real key to success is the measurement of
results and the continual improvement of processes and methodologies to drive
the result needed to meet your objectives and vision. The approach outlined in
this blog and future posting are based on measuring the ECM COE organization to
show success and areas of improvement.
feedback is greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you find this
information helpful or have questions.
In Part 2, Randy spoke of the process to identify ECM CC services packages and tiers. During that exercise the services were prioritized based on the project pipe line when the services will be needed. In this part, I will focus on developing a staffing plan to deliver and support the planned services and projects. There are a number of activities that must be understood to develop a well thought out staffing plan. First the organization needs to establish a project concurrency capacity objective. The number of concurrent projects will determine the number of resources and skills mix needed to deploy solution leveraging the ECM CC Community services.
Once the number of concurrent projects is determined, then the information gathered in the Evaluate Current State step of the roadmap can be used to define an organization leveraging many of the ECM skills that currently exist in the organization. A plan is defined to address the skill gaps and take into account the prioritization of the projects in the pipeline, as well as the concurrency objectives when determining a timeline and the immediacy of filling the gaps. Once the timeline and immediacy is understood, the plan would outline the approach to fill both short term and long term gaps. For some skills it may involve contract resources to address immediate needs while leveraging those resources in a mentoring capacity.
Here is an example of the impact of the number of concurrent ECM enabled projects on the staffing of an ECM CC.
In this example, an IBM ECM CC modeled customer looked back at the projects they deployed over a year and determined the average number of hours by role. They also determined an average elapse time of the projects, which was 3½ months for an ECM engagement for the given year. With that information they determined that if they started 1 new project per month that it should average 3½ projects being managed in a given month. In the above chart you can see the impact this organization saw when managing 3½ projects concurrently and the impact if more projects are introduced on a monthly bases. This analysis helps them to determine staffing needs given the amount of work that the steering committee had established as guidelines.
The next part in this series will discuss developing an ECM CC Engagement Process. This is one of the Best Practices and Standards that needs to be developed to guide ECM Solution delivery and helps the organization to take full advantage of the benefits of having an ECM CC.
In the meantime, please feel free to leave feedback or suggest topics that you'd like me to explore. Love to hear from you!
Hello, and welcome to this inaugural post with the aim of discussing Enterprise Report Management (ERM) related topics.Please look elsewhere for discussions about enterprise risk management or enhanced remote mirroring.
ERM is not new, the technology has been around for over 20 years with products like IBM Content Manager OnDemand,IBM FileNet COLD, IBM FileNet Report Manager, and IBM Report Management and Distribution System.
During this time many organizations have woven ERM applications into the backbone of their businesses to manage the storage and access of formatted high volume computer output and reports in support of customer service and, more recently, customer self service.
Other applications include online check storage and retrieval.If your internet banking application allows you to view your checks online, chances are they are being stored in an IBM Content Manager OnDemand system.
Historically ERM has been viewed as a standalone application. But within the past 3-4 years, ERM products have been increasingly integrated with other ECM products to support content, records and business process management applications. Not surprisingly, leading analysts now track ERM as a subcomponent of the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) market.
I look forward to discussing the use of ERM within the broader ECM community and beyond. Here’s looking forward to the next 20 years.
Guest Blogby Michael Green - Offering lead, IBM Case Manager
Momentum is a product of the mass and velocity of an object. When something grows in size and in speed it gains momentum. With its feature rich 5.2 release in September of this year, and its increasing number of new customers, partner solutions and implementations, IBM Case Manager is gaining significant momentum in the ACM marketplace.
It is well known that IBM ECM is clearly the ECM market leader with over 2000 customers, but what is less understood is the market momentum of IBM Case Manager. Starting at zero less than three years ago ICM now has several hundred customers and over twenty proven partner solutions, while customer success stories increase month over month. Customers are increasingly reaping the benefits of empowering their knowledge workers and are using the advanced features of ICM to help them make informed, consistent decisions to affect positive case resolutions.
While growing speed of customer adoption is one aspect ICM’s product momentum, the new 5.2 release adds significant mass to its equation. ICM 5.2 is the most mature, feature rich case offering in ICM’s history. Building on the concept of empowering the knowledge worker, ICM 5.2 adds real ad hoc processing to complement its ability to divide processes into discrete tasks. By so doing it enables knowledge workers to be in control of their case files while empowering them with both predefined and ad hoc process management. 5.2 also provides a tighter relationship with information by leveraging the new Content Navigator Experience Framework as its UI component. This provides a developmentally stable platform, better visual design tools and superior document management capabilities. Equally, the analytics story in ICM 5.2 is augmented by the new Case Visualizer capability, allowing users to graphically track case progression and, leveraging Navigator, tighter integration with BI tools like Cognos BI through its HTML 5 technology.
The real momentum with IBM Case Manager 5.2 however, is at the level of the knowledge worker. Increasingly enterprises around the world are using ICM solutions provided by IBM Partners to enable their knowledge workers with access to the right information, the relevant documents, the power to make decisions and to use discrete process management to drive those decisions to positive outcomes. Leveraging this market velocity with its mass of new features makes ICM 5.2 a must see.
Guest Post by Richard Joltes Software Developer, Content Discovery and Management, IBM Enterprise Content Management
As any I.T. veteran knows, management of unstructured data has
become increasingly difficult over the years. Web pages, PDF files, Office
documents, and email messages can (and do) accumulate within file systems and
other repositories at an alarming rate, consuming storage and other resources. Some
organizations adopted a ‘save everything’ model that has resulted in huge file
shares or email archives that likely contain only a small percentage of usable
data. Finding files or messages in these archives can be nearly impossible,
especially in situations where unmanaged repositories or departmental file
shares are involved. Additionally, this storage model can result in legal
headaches if a lawsuit or other action results in a demand to produce all
documents related to a given case. Searching vast archives of potentially
relevant materials can consume significant resources over a long period of
Automated content classification can help mitigate such
problems, but groundwork and planning, as well as a solid understanding of the
content to be classified and how it can be logically divided into various
categories, are needed in order to insure success. As a good starting point for
this process, consider the following questions.
What’s my taxonomy?
You can’t categorize documents, or anything else for that
matter, without a coherent list of known categories and criteria that
distinguishes one from the others. This list, along with the characteristics of
each element, is known as a taxonomy,
and most people make use of them in everyday life without even knowing it. We
instinctively know the difference between a laptop and desktop computer, and
most people can articulate what those differences are with relative ease.
The same is true when documents are involved. What’s the
difference, for instance, between an “Accounting and Finance” document and one
from “Engineering”? Are there key phrases, terms, and intents that could help
an employee distinguish one from the other with a reasonable level of
confidence? If the answer is yes, then it is likely that software such as IBM
Content Classification™ will be
able to distinguish one from the other once it has been trained to recognize
Certain categories may be more problematic: “Legal” and
“Regulatory” may involve significant overlap of intent and language, for
instance. The rule of thumb is simple. If a human can’t classify documents into
selected categories with a high level of certainty, then a computer won’t be
able to either. It’s a simple as that.
Do I understand my content?
Generally, creating a taxonomy only works if you understand
the content you intend to classify. A review of the content to be classified –
not just document titles, but some amount of actual content, along with associated
metadata, should be conducted as part of the taxonomy creation process.
If multiple content sources with multiple types of documents
and intents are to be classified, then a sample from each must be reviewed in
order to determine how its specific content might affect the outcome of the
classification process. There may also be cases where certain file types, such
as image-format PDFs or encrypted data, can’t be read successfully by
text-oriented classification software. Document language must also be taken
into account, since automated classification software must be trained on a
It’s also necessary to consult appropriate internal authorities,
such as legal advisors and regulatory affairs personnel, in order to determine
how long various document types must be retained. While questions such as these
are more directly related to retention and file policies, they’re also relevant
to automated document classification. Certain document types may contain specific
terms and phrases that the software can be configured to search for, resulting
in higher confidence levels when performing classification tasks.
What’s the goal?
This question must obviously be asked before undertaking any
I.T. related project, since the cost and effort must be justified by a
measurable return on investment. The business case for automated content
classification depends on the industry, current practice, and the desired
outcome. Do you need to consolidate content sources as the result of an
acquisition or merger? Are regulatory needs driving the requirement for
efficient, legally defensible document management practices? Is your email
server laboring under the burden of 10 years worth of potentially useless
Done correctly, an automated classification project can offer
a solid ROI in a fairly short period of time. Lower storage and infrastructure
costs, easier access to relevant data, and less exposure to litigation-related
issues are obvious benefits that can justify the time and expense involved. Tasks
such as taxonomy creation and an initial document review generally should be
performed in advance if at all possible.Doing so will help ensure success while preserving schedules and keeping
implementation costs to a minimum.
Document capture improves customers' experience at the bank
These days customers expect their branch banking experience to be like their other retail activities - quick, efficient, and seamlessly interwoven into the smart phone-based tempo of their lives. To stay competitive, a bank must deliver a snappy, iPhone-like experience, even in the context of a walk-in customer. While walking into a bank branch is not the same thing as using an on-demand service from Google and Facebook, many bank customers, particularly the younger ones that banks are always seeking to attract, expect immediate and accurate responses to their requests.
Since documents - like loan and new account applications, signature cards, and changes of address - are central to bank operations, the ability to process those documents quickly and accurately is key to meeting today's consumer expectations. And meeting or exceeding those expectations is the route to a happy customer experience.
Here's how a European bank made their customers much happier
I've recently worked with one of our banking customers in Europe. When I first met with them a year and a half ago, they were determined to improve their customers' in-branch experience, particularly when the customer would come in for a paper document-related transaction (as opposed to simply depositing or removing money).
Before Datacap, the customer would sit with a bank officer who would review the documents for completeness, thank them, and instruct them to come back the next day. Then the officer would type content from the documents into the relevant bank system, as well as faxing or sending the physical documents to a central location.
Now the process has been revolutionized. The paper documents are still there, the customer is still sitting with the bank officer, but once the officer takes a quick look at the document, they drop them into a document scanner at their desk. Then they wait (see my blog about that wait and why it is important and a challenge!). The goal is a turn around time of around 15 seconds, but at peak times it might take a minute.
While the bank officer and the customer are having a quick chat, a lot is happening in the background:
- document images are sent from the branch to central servers
- OCR and ICR, document classification, image enhancement, data validations all take place
- the results are sent back to the branch
Then the officer can review the electronic document, sign off and complete the transaction.
Speed doesn't help if the data being capture is riddled with errors. A mistake on a loan application can be devastating - a denied loan and a potentially desperate search for alternative financing. The manual process of entering data has always been a weak link in banking transactions. Automated data extraction using optical character recognition and related techniques and technologies can reduce errors, particularly when those technologies are paired with skilled workers, such as a bank officer, who reviews the results of automated recognition.
Accuracy is improved because the software will flag problem fields for review. So the bank officer looks only at fields with suspected problems. Worse case scenario: they review every field and it takes as long as it would to do manually. Either way, accuracy is improved because you have one pass of automated data entry and one pass of review by an experienced human.
Fast and accurate transaction make for happier customers
Document capture helps make sure the customer's high expectations are speedily met, so they can leave feeling good and maybe even with some additional money in their pocket! Happier customers make for happier banks who can more easily acquire new customers more easily and retain their existing ones.
For ongoing insights follow me on Twitter @CaptureGuru.
Guest Blog by Michael Green, Offering Team Lead, FileNet BPM
IBM Case Manager
(ICM) shares with IBM BPM the ability to design a case workflow and build
business rules to automate certain aspects of that workflow. However, there are
a number of ways that ICM differs from IBM BPM in respect to how it handles the
requirements of a case vs a normal process flow.
The first is in
regards to how ICM understands process flows.Unlike normal workflows, which have defined start and end point, in
cases the outcome is unknown.Is the
compensation claim going to be settled next week, or if the claim does last a
long time, the steps needed will be different. It is because of these unknowns
that ICM has adopted a flexible process mechanism based on process fragments or
'tasks'.These break the process up into
discrete actions and allow the caseworker the ability to decide which task
should be undertaken when. Some tasks may never undertaken for a specific case,
others may be mandatory for all cases, but the deciding power is based on the
decision of the caseworker.
The second involves
analytics or what we call 'decision support services'.This is the ability to expand on what the
worker already knows, their experience and training, by providing specific
analytical tools to help them make more informed decisions.ICM includes the capability to do analysis on
all other similar case files, using content analytics, to find commonalities
and help in making decisions more normalised.
differentiator involves content.IBM BPM
supports the CMIS standard for content federation.This enables it to choreograph content based
processes.The difference with ICM
however, is that it also enables something we call 'active content' and
supports all content standards, not just CMIS.ICM works with the document metadata to understand what the document is,
which case it is a part of, and then automatically move it to move to the next
step in the process flow.Active content
also tracks each time a document is opened, who opened it, what changes were
made, and what were the next steps taken as a result of that review.