Last week our partner CSC posted a blog on the hidden costs of low-quality rendering. It was an interesting piece, bringing to mind the recent change in EMC Documentum 7 in terms of rendering quality. With this new upgrade, organizations that rely on high-fidelity document-to-PDF conversion will no longer be able to process their documents up to Advanced Rendering standards from within D7.
Fidelity isn’t always visible to the eye
When comparing a low-fidelity document with a high-fidelity document, many of the variations aren’t always visible to the naked eye. Certain aspects like minute changes in page margins and blank bookmarks aren’t evident upon quick glance. It’s these kinds of “invisible” aspects we find our customers have trouble with, as they aren’t always sure if their documents have been converted correctly.
For our customers in regulated industries, particularly Life Sciences, what may seem like an insignificant difference in the page margin can actually be quite detrimental to the business. If the regulatory body – such as the FDA which has very stringent standards on submissions – rejects the document, it can take weeks and thousands of dollars to resubmit the content, costing the organization time and money.
However, page margins aren’t the only aspect important to fidelity. Having been in the document-to-PDF conversion space for several years, we’ve developed special tools which help us to test our software and ensure our conversions have 100% fidelity. This means we can ensure our Life Sciences customers, and those in other industries for whom fidelity matters – that the documents they convert will always match the original files. We look at many aspects of the document (in addition to page margins). Here are a few things we concentrate on (though the full list is much longer than this one):
- Page numbers
- Line thickness and borders
- File size
- Document properties
- File attachments
Learn more about how high-fidelity documents are created in this white paper.
The need for fidelity in compliance
For us, fidelity is only part of a larger process. We understand that organizations are regulated and need to prove compliance with specific standards. High-fidelity documents help them to achieve compliance, but it doesn’t happen alone. There are a number of other variables at play which Life Sciences organizations need to pay attention to. Take a look at this white paper which outlines how organizations can meet compliance regulations with Advanced Rendering.
There is another consideration that I think is being overlooked, which is that even if you have proven that the renditions coming out from your engine are of a high quality, with the combination of content explosion and changes that are going to occur in the types of environments that are moving to the cloud, how can you respond to that as a vendor of a rendition engine? Let’s throw it back to CSC and see what they have to say.