Deploying document-to-PDF software on an enterprise level
By Jeff Brand | July 16, 2014
As anyone in the IT industry will tell you, there are a great many benefits to deploying software that is meant to be scaled across the enterprise. Small business software can handle certain jobs, but if you want to go big, there is only one way you can do it: ensure your software can handle enterprise requirements.
The features of enterprise-grade PDF software
Adlib’s Advanced Rendering technology is designed for large organizations and is capable of being scaled across many departments and business units, all the while ensuring that SLAs are being met consistently and effectively. While it comes with a number of benefits, the key enterprise features you should look for in your software are as follows:
High availability: Maintaining high reliability and availability with intelligent redundancy to ensure no single point of failure and maximum uptime is essential for Advanced Rendering products. When deployed on such a large scale, job volumes will naturally fluctuate, and the software is designed to ensure that it is always processing documents with no downtime. If you work in an environment where business-critical documents are being converted to PDF, you can’t afford for the system to fail you.
Massive scalability: Advanced Rendering solutions can scale easily for added capacity to meet growing conversion and transformation job volumes. If the software is first deployed for use by Finance and Accounting departments only, and then needs to be deployed for use by Marketing and Sales, this kind of growth is possible due to the massively scalable architecture.
Seamless integration: Integration abilities with leading Enterprise Content Management systems, including EMC Documentum, IBM FileNet, OpenText Content Server, Microsoft SharePoint, and other Workflow solutions such as K2, Nintex and Dassault ENOVIA are essential when installing software on an enterprise level. Organizations that deal with large volumes of content often use multiple ECMs, and having add-ons that can connect directly with those ECMs allows for smoother transitions for the end user, and less training for IT departments.
Load balancing and job management: Advanced Rendering products ensure high utilization of resources for optimal performance. The processing load is distributed optimally to ensure efficacy. Similarly, jobs are routed intelligently to appropriate resources based on resource availability, job priority, and proximity to content. Job monitoring ensures successful job completion and system reliability. Jobs that will take seconds are not placed behind jobs that take minutes.
Web-based management: Monitoring, reporting and troubleshooting issues via a web-based management console is an important feature of Advanced Rendering, allowing IT departments a one-stop shop for managing the software and getting an overhead view. Web-based interfaces provide the richest and most intelligent method of integration with custom business applications within any business system. Drag-and-drop set-up of business rules allows for easy configuration. Performing these tasks locally on each server is inefficient and leads to higher operating costs. In addition, inconsistent local management may introduce errors and lead to increased support calls, delays and costs.
To learn more about Adlib’s enterprise architecture, download the new white paper, Supporting Organizational Document Conversion: Addressing the IT Requirements with Enterprise-Grade Advanced Rendering.
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