Advanced Rendering is really gaining traction across multiple industries that deal with hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of documents a day. Industries from the Life Sciences to Financial Services, from Government to Manufacturing, are finding the features of Advanced Rendering to be useful in helping reduce costs and time in document-centric processes. As a result, over the next 10 weeks, we’ll be bringing you a technical blog series on the 10 things enterprise organizations need most out of their document conversion platform. How did we come up with these 10 items? They are partly defined by our industry expertise, and have partly evolved from the day-to-day customer interactions we have with organizations around the world. We’re a customer-centric company first of all, and what our customers need is what we create.

This technical blog series will be particularly interesting to professionals across a number of verticals and industries: IT management and staff who support ECM systems such as EMC Documentum, IBM FileNet, Microsoft SharePoint and OpenText Content Server, or other PLM and Workflow systems such as Dassault, K2, and Nintex; software developers; information management professionals; business strategists; and archivists and corporate librarians.

Why Advanced Rendering?

There are probably hundreds of reasons why organizations require Advanced Rendering in the first place, but they ultimately fall into two main categories:

1. Many enterprise organizations use multiple ECM systems. For example, Engineering uses EMC Documentum for archiving, Marketing uses OpenText for their collateral, Customer Service uses Microsoft SharePoint for collaboration, and Finance processes billing and invoices in IBM FileNet. In fact, AIIM’s State of the ECM Industry 2011 paper states that “72% of larger organizations have three or more ECM/Document Management/Records Management systems and 25% have five or more.” Not only that, but organizations often use other Workflow, ERP or PLM systems in addition to their ECMs. That’s a lot of different systems that don’t always communicate well with each other, but could all use Advanced Rendering services.

2. Document transformation demand for one or more point-solutions typically causes backlogs in one system, while there is an abundance in capacity in another system, even though both environments perform similar tasks.  By combining the investment in each environment into a single but larger conversion solution, rendering demand is better balanced across the organization, resulting in a smaller overall investment while better servicing the peaks and valleys of the organization. There is a significant cost-savings opportunity to be had.

We’re meeting these two main market demands head on by delivering an Advanced Rendering solution that can be seamlessly integrated with multiple ECM, PLM and Workflow solutions, and can be used in environments where content conversion demands range from several hundred to several million a day.

Over the next 10 weeks we’ll be tackling topics such as scalability, high availability and increased collaboration and sharing, and exploring how these features can be used to increase the efficiency of document-centric processes throughout the enterprise.

So stay tuned: there is a lot more to come! In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this short video, where Peter Duff, Adlib’s President and CEO, talks about the value of having an enterprise Advanced Rendering solution.