Advanced Rendering – 10 technical features your enterprise needs: highly configurable platforms

By Jeff Brand | March 27, 2014

Listen to this radio interview with Peter Duff on how Adlib helps organizations to improve their document-centric processes.

Last month I announced a new blog series on Advanced Rendering and which technical features enterprise organizations need to succeed. This week I’ll talk about the fourth of the 10 important items: highly configurable platforms.

In any organization, the IT department has a big job to do. They’re busy maintaining systems, responding to end user requests and trying to make everything run seamlessly. In a recent IDC report, research showed that over 30% of IT’s time is spent on maintaining or enhancing existing systems and integrating legacy applications within the IT environment. Having to work with application code is expensive, requires time and can reduce the agility of your business.

Business-critical applications should be like silly putty: flexible, adaptable and resilient. It shouldn’t take a lot of precious work hours to maintain, and shouldn’t require costly services for upkeep. Instead, it should be able to grow with your business requirements, and morph into various configurations when the IT environment changes around it. All in all, a business-critical application should be able to conform to your needs.

A truly configurable system

When we built Adlib PDF, we incorporated a number of capabilities into our platform that reduce the need for IT maintenance and integration costs, but that also increase your ability to adapt and change the product to suit your business environment. Our goal was to make the platform highly configurable and eliminate the need to develop custom code to meet your Advanced Rendering needs. I think it’s safe to say we met that goal head on. By doing so, we help enterprise organizations to reach new heights of business process efficiency. Listen to this short radio interview with Adlib CEO Peter Duff on how Adlib helps organizations to improve their document-centric processes.

We’ve included a number of capabilities into Adlib PDF that make it a highly configurable platform:

Natively consume business system metadata:

The Advanced Rendering system is driven by the business system metadata, which allows the metadata to alter how documents are transformed at the time the rendering request was made. This eliminates the need to develop custom code to integrate with the business system metadata, and reduces the configuration effort considerably.

Rich set of system component and content transformation settings:

This provides users with a high level of control of the Advanced Rendering system and conversion requests in order to achieve the required system configuration and resulting PDF features respectively.

Metadata-driven rules engine:

This allows users to create rules to build business intelligence in the Advanced Rendering system. A user interface lets you incorporate Boolean logic in rule conditions. A source view of the condition is also available for creating complex conditions using Jscript.Net. Rules can be used for both system component and rendering request settings, and can also be used for conditionally creating metadata. For example, new metadata can be created to have the resulting PDF be added to the business system.

Variable substitution:

This feature can be used to substitute user-defined variables as well as metadata associated with the rendering request. Variables can be used in rule conditions (such as if “${Document_Status}” = Draft then add a Watermark) and in the transformation settings (such as Watermark text = ${Document Status}”). The latter allows adding metadata information to the PDF as text on the pages. Users can add information such as document status, version and last modified date, and provide context for the person viewing the PDF without them having access to the business system (such as SharePoint, for example).

By leveraging these capabilities, IT departments are able to easily configure Adlib PDF system components as well as the rendering settings themselves without the need for complex custom code. Adlib’s comprehensive capabilities and fine control over these features enable it to meet a broad range of enterprise demands for a variety of industries, including Life SciencesGovernment and Financial Services.

The rules engine, driven by the business system metadata, binds the Advanced Rendering system with the business system and makes it possible to achieve an extensive range of document conversion requests that are specific to your business processes and their stages. Since there is no custom code required, the Adlib platform is easily tailored to meet changing business needs.

Much like silly putty, we stretch, adapt and transform our platform so your IT department doesn’t have to.

Next week I’ll be discussing the necessity for tools that help meet compliance requirements within an enterprise. Stay tuned! If you missed the last posts on linear scalabilityhigh availability and easy integration, don’t forget to check them out.

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