A few weeks ago 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 third of the 10 important items: easy integration with existing software.

Take a look at this short video where I chat with , Director of Product Marketing, on how Adlib integrates with ECM systems.

Picture your organization as a large, complex machine with many moving cogs that are interconnected. Each cog is a business-critical application that your organization uses. Now, if you want to introduce a new application, is it better to add in another cog, or a crowbar? It might be fun to see what happens when you throw a crowbar into the mix of smoothly running cogs, but it probably wouldn’t be very good for your business.

Multiple ECM Systems

Enterprise organizations can improve efficiency and optimize document-centric processes by integrating a common, shared Advanced Rendering system directly into their existing business systems. AIIM’s State of the EMC Industry 2011 report indicates that “72% of larger organizations have three or more ECM/Document Management/Records Management systems and 25% have five or more.” That is a lot of different cogs working together in an enterprise. The best way to help an organization maintain or increase efficiency would be to come in as another cog, integrating directly with existing infrastructure.

Direct integration with existing software

Adlib PDF provides enterprise organizations with a variety of flexible options to make integration with existing business systems as simple as possible. Adlib integrates directly with Enterprise Content Management, Product Lifecycle Management and Workflow solutions like EMC Documentum, IBM FileNet, Microsoft SharePoint, OpenText Content Server, K2Nintex and Dassault ENOVIA.

Integration is as simple as installing the connector and incorporating triggers to initiate content transformation within the business process. In most cases, the business system user interface allows end users to make ad hoc document conversion requests using Adlib’s technology. The end users are rarely aware of the complex back-end process in place to produce high-fidelity PDF documents using Advanced Rendering technology. This spares IT from training end users to use a new system, and saves themselves from learning to manage a new technology. System integration also allows Adlib to leverage existing metadata to automate large-scale rendering jobs.

Connector Framework

In instances where Adlib doesn’t have an existing connector for your business system, we use a Connector Framework that simplifies the integration development with the assistance of our Professional Services team. The Connector Framework is Java-based, and can therefore operate on any platform. It’s designed so that it can provide high availability and can be easily configured and monitored by the Adlib platform. It allows your enterprise to leverage the platform capabilities such as the Process Manager, which monitors and automatically restarts components that have stopped working unexpectedly, sending alerts of failed connectors.

Web services interface

Adlib also provides a standards-based web services interface, which delivers rapid integration with a high degree of flexibility to connect virtually any system with Adlib PDF. The developer doesn’t need to understand the business process to build the integration, and the business administrator (who is responsible for configuring the Adlib system to meet the enterprise needs) doesn’t need to be familiar with the integration. This option simplifies the process of integration greatly.

Next week I’ll be discussing the necessity for highly configurable platforms within an enterprise. Stay tuned! If you missed the last posts on linear scalability and high availability, don’t forget to check them out.