Change is the only constant. Innovation is a must for survival and development. Along those lines, transformation was the theme of SharePoint Conference 2014.
Technology transforming lives
The keynote address from President Bill Clinton set the tone for this message. The former president talked about how his tenure brought transformation in multiple areas ranging from getting the economy back on track to working towards a new world order with the collapse of the cold war. He also talked about the role of The Clinton Foundation in bringing transformation to the lives of people across the world.
A couple of points that struck me were how the tsunami in Thailand in the early 2000’s became the first natural disaster covered through social and digital media; how the word spread around within minutes about the catastrophe through images and videos. This was also the first instance where global charity efforts to rebuild the affected countries were predominantly made through mobile phones in the form of SMS and other applications. Similarly, the mobile connectivity transformed the after effects of the Haiti disaster.
The transformation message was reiterated in presentations and speaking engagements from Microsoft SharePoint executives and in the solutions presented by the vendors at the show. SharePoint is taking on a new form: easier to use, easier to manage, easier to connect through/to and increasingly in the cloud as part of Office 365.
Content transformation through Advanced Rendering
It was heartening to listen to and attend the show because it aligned with what we do at Adlib in continuum around content transformation. We are constantly working with our customers and partners in enhancing our technology focused on resolving PDF-related challenges. With our Advanced Rendering technology, we enable enterprise organizations to do more with their Enterprise Content Management systems.
It was encouraging to meet and listen to more than 600 attendees at our booth and gather their feedback. Some of the discussions revolved around conversion and automation of the InfoPath forms into PDF, how to integrate Advanced Rendering in SharePoint environments, and also with K2 or Nintex in conjunction with SharePoint. There were businesses trying to find a compatible smart search/archiving technology using OCR (Optical Character Recognition), email (with/without attachment) conversion into PDF for long term archiving and retrieval or conversion of large volumes of CAD files into PDF/A. Then there were existing Adlib customers who just wanted to share how Advanced Rendering just works!
Attendees to our booth were very keen to attend the Adlib hosted live events on Automated Document Conversion in ECM to learn more about Advanced Rendering within ECMs and SharePoint. If you’d like to participate in an interactive panel discussion, sign up here and chat with an industry analyst, a live customer and an Adlib co-founder!