ECM In Motion
Unfortunately, I had to make last-minute changes to my travel plans and will not be attending the IOD EMEA Conference in Berlin. Fred Monjazeb will deliver the ECM keynote, and ECM executives will meet with customers and partners. The conference is in good hands, and I look forward to hearing how it went.
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Guest blog by Michael Green - Offering lead, IBM Case Manager
While an understanding of how the power of content differentiates IBM Case Manager from IBM BPM is important in any discussion of the two, it is not the only differentiator. Another key feature of case management is that in case the knowledge worker or case manager is the main decision maker. As such, the ability to provide flexible process flows that emanate from the case worker and do not have a predetermined outcome is of critical importance.
In classic BPM the processes are understood as being end to end – with business rules and process parameters dictating the process flow between applications and through an organization. Out of this structure comes repeatable processes, enhanced efficiencies and faster throughput. A rules based assembly line assembly line for enhancing the productivity of knowledge works.
Case management however, defies this rational. It is has too many unrepeatable steps, too many that if they are repeatable are done so out of order, or used for some cases and not others. Mostly, it is a process that is driven not by a rules engine but by a knowledge or case worker, based on the unique specifics of the case. Certainly there can be business rules involved to handle initial triaging and scoring, and process choreography to handle the required back end updating and data collection, but the majority of decisions and task initiation in a case are made by the case workers themselves. These decisions are based on the documentation associated with the case, the policies and regulations surrounding the case type, and the case workers own understanding of what would be needed to successfully resolve the case file – to achieve a positive outcome.
To achieve the benefits of BPM in a case scenario the processes must therefore be discrete, individual and none sequential. They must be able to be chosen as needed by the case worker and include the ability to launch ad hoc process steps (usually via email sent from within the application) and include searchable comments – so that decisions are documented and kept in context. These are capabilities found in IBM Case Manager about which I will enunciate next post.
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Guest post by David G. Caldeira, IBM Director of ECM Products and Strategy
The shift from traditional software delivery models to cloud or SaaS for some use cases has gained quite a bit of momentum over the last five years. In fact, IBM expects cloud computing to deliver $7 billion in revenue by 2015.
Traditional business applications can be complicated and expensive. Some require a team of experts to install, configure, test, run, secure, and update them. When you multiply this across dozens or hundreds of applications, it’s easy to see why even companies with the best IT departments don’t get all the applications they need.
With cloud computing, costs can be reduced pretty dramatically because you’re not managing hardware and software – the vendor does it for you. The shared infrastructure means it works like a utility: you only pay for what you need, upgrades are automatic, and scaling up or down is easy.
This week at IMPACT 2013, we’ll be demonstrating a case manager solution for SmartCloud, IBM’s enterprise-class, secure cloud technology. It’s a hosted environment for demonstration, evaluation, education, development and testing of case management solutions.
Organizations today face case management challenges that require more insight, responsiveness and collaboration. IBM Case Manager extends case management by integrating capabilities designed to help close cases efficiently with better results – in essence, to work smarter. Using enhanced and proven capabilities, advanced case management helps companies deliver better business outcomes by extracting more value out of their information -- whether that’s in a customer request, loan application, complex industry or regulatory procedure or other complex, knowledge worker-driven activities.
By automating the right processes, applying the right analysis and involving the right people, management can optimize case outcomes.
For example, UniCredit, a global banking and financial services company, wanted to take a proactive approach to crisis management and establish world-class capabilities via faster response times, a shorter decision chain, and the ability to share information with authorities and other banks. With Case Manager, UniCredit is now able to quickly simulate different scenarios of an event or combine different events in a single case from internal and external data sources. This information can be securely shared across the organization or with external parties via PC, tablet or Blackberry. As a result, the bank has been able to reduce risk, minimize liability, secure information, and capture the experience to learn and prepare for future crisis.
Tejon Ranch, the largest private landholding in California, is using Case Manager to maneuver contracts through the office more easily and ensure that insurance certificates are updated from more than 5,000 consultants. The company can also quickly react to access bonds for general use improvements and additional building projects. Management can easily track what’s been spent, maintain all supporting documents for those activities, and be ready to take advantage of the best opportunity to exercise future bonds
This latest release of Case Manager is part of IBM's overall strategy to deliver advanced case management solutions that unify information, processes and people within many industries to handle their critical business caseloads more effectively. You can see a preview of Case Manager on SmartCloud and other Smarter Content solutions in action at Booth SP-6 in the Smarter Process zone.
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Welcome to social media. It's more than just fun and games and IBM's clients are looking for ways to leverage social media to engage with customers, but how to tackle such a huge task while remaining compliant?
Utilizing the IBM Enterprise Content Management (ECM) suite of products, Oceanus has created SocialView, which allows organizations to leverage social media to build business, engage with customers in real time, all while satisfying applicable compliance requirements.
Learn more about this solution in our new eBook: https://www.ibm.com/services/forms/signup.do?source=swg-Oceanus_SocialView
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The Smarter Content Summit is coming your way! With 11 events planned for North America and 3 in
The sessions will highlight what's new and notable with IBM ECM software with tracks designed for Line of Business and IT attendees, so your whole team will leave informed and empowered. We've designed our agenda to maximize your time – with industry-focused events running only half-day, so you can take what you've learned right back to the office and put it immediately into action.
Need help justifying your attendance? Share the Top Five Reasons to Attend postcard with your management (and invite them to come, too!).
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Register today! We look forward to seeing you there!
The information center was updated for the latest IBM FileNet P8 release, including new terminology and information about high-availability.http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/p8docs/v5r2m0/topic/com.ibm.p8.relnotes.doc/wn_p8.htm
See the following page for a list of what's new in the software and the information center:
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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:
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Today’s guest post is courtesy of Jonathan Muise, US Counter Fraud Sales, Enterprise Content Management, IBM
The increased media scrutiny of recent attacks—as well as the magnitude of damage—is making fraud and financial crimes a top priority across multiple industries. Consider this: Fraud costs an estimated $3.5 trillion dollars (US) around the world. No company or agency is immune from threat. Fraud schemes are complex, span across all lines types of business and have enormous effects to the brand and bottom line.
Here are just a few examples of fraud across multiple industries:
Consumers are concerned about their privacy and security—and with good reason. Many businesses continue to wrestle with financial losses as well as lasting brand damage.
What are you doing to prevent fraud? and check out the counter-fraud breakout to learn about the innovative capabilities that can help you combat fraud across your organization. You’ll learn how to detect fraud within a business process, uncover fraudulent activity hidden in massive amounts of data, new ways to turn intelligence into action using investigative analysis, and best practices for applying fraud insights and taking action in real time—when it matters most.
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Guest Blog by Michael Green - Offering lead, IBM Case Manager
What is next for case management in healthcare? Lets start with some interesting statistics. Medical information is doubling every 5 years, and the majority of it is unstructured – not just health or financial data, but reports, notes and documentation – including things like digital images, xrays and lab reports. Another interesting statistic is that each year in the US, 1.5 million people are incorrectly prescribed medication, and up to 98,000 die of preventable errors in hospitals alone. We trust our doctors, we trust our system, but at critical areas it is not meeting that trust.
The next steps for case management in healthcare is to begin the process of making sense of the growing information available and to provide better guidance to the healthcare professionals who we trust to make our life and death decisions. Capture the information wherever it may be housed, analyze it – both unstructured and structured – and provide both focused individual data and objective cross-patient analytics to our medical providers so that they can make the right decisions to affect positive outcomes. The medical establishment worldwide has come to the realization that some of the ways it can rein in the cost of healthcare is by being proactive: by identifying high-risk patients early on; by putting in place home based health plans to help those patients reduce their risk; and by making better, more informed, decisions. This is not just a US trend, promoted by the Affordable Health Care Act, it is a worldwide initiative. The ability of advanced case management to provide the information and analytics to improve investigation and decision-making is a key capability in the next phase of medical care.
IBM Patient Care and Insight is an application written on top of IBM Case Manager. It brings together assets from IBM Research and from the Watson initiative to provide powerful predictive and analytical tools to help healthcare professionals make more informed decisions. It also provides access to patient information, next steps, best practices and collaboration within a single web based interface that can allow all those involved in a patient’s care – in the hospital, the home and the wider community based medical establishment - to have a single reference and tool for care management. IPCI is the first step in bringing the power of advanced analytics in an interconnected world to help rein in the cost of healthcare and provide better outcomes to patients.
Please join us at Impact Global Conference to discuss the Patient Care and Insights solution tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1 - 12:00–12:45 AM
IBM Patient Care and Insights: A Care Coordination and Management Solution
Location: Marcello 4403
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We are proud to sponsor an upcoming webinar with AIIM, focusing on a new vision for our industry and enterprise IT. Join us for free on December 12, 2012 to hear from John Mancini, President of AIIM, discuss the next steps for organizations and common questions that still remain.
Description of this session from AIIM:
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What a whirlwind! Time just flew right by during the AIIM Conference – where does it all go? I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend our roundtable sessions and come by the IBM booth – as well as the StoredIQ booth! They're our newest team members and it was great to be able to highlight the expansions to our Governance capabilities.
Thank you, again, to everyone who came out to "get captured" by our caricature artists on Wednesday night. It was so much fun and you all looked great!
Did you bring home any burning questions or just want to follow up with us? Feel free to contact me directly (email@example.com) and I am happy to connect you with our subject matter experts who were onsite during the conference.
Lost your literature? Just a friendly reminder that we post a lot of our literature electronically, which you can find here. I have also posted the printed collateral that was available during the show on our ECM Community site (if you're not already a member, join us today!) and you can download them to share with your team.
It was great to meet so many of you – I hope to see you all again soon!
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Join the IBM ECM today (May 21) 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 presentations for Day 1 includes:
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Today’s guest post is courtesy of Dan Bigos, ECM Industry Strategy & Solutions – Telecom, Retail, Transportation, IBM
In today’s interconnected world, information provides an enormous opportunity for businesses. In fact, every piece of information generated by the people, devices and systems associated with your organization can be used to gain a competitive edge. But many companies lack the enterprise content management (ECM) strategies and solutions to take advantage of this wealth of information—especially across the entire enterprise.
The problem is that many organizations apply ECM to improve a single activity, but they fail to realize the additional benefits and returns on investment they could be gaining by applying ECM to additional business areas.
Image if nine vital lines of business in your company, such as marketing, human resources, procurement, sales, customer service, finance, compliance, legal and operations, had access to the wealth of data that each one traditionally keeps to itself. Collaboration would improve, process management would be more streamlined, the information lifecycle would be more efficient, and the in-depth analytics generated would create valuable insights for everyone.
Join us at IBM Content 2014 to discover how ECM can be used to improve efficiency and effectiveness across virtually all lines of business. Come along to a journey to a concept called SPACE. It’s all about connecting suppliers, products, assets, customers, and employees through systems of integrated content management.
In this session, you’ll see real-world success stories of customers who have discovered the power of ECM to generate business insight from almost any type of content in any format. You’ll also learn new ways to extend the benefits of your current ECM platform to give your employees the information they need to succeed, and find out how ECM can help you create a more engaged, agile, and competitive organization. So join us and make sure you’re leveraging ECM to its full potential.
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Join the IBM ECM today (May 22) 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 presentations for Day 2 includes: