digital transformation

Excellence in Sales Order Entry – From Document to Digital

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Sales orders, the documents with the odor of company success attached to them! Physical (or electronic) proof that your company sells products that your customers like. Proof that you make money and create and retain jobs. So what could there be that is not to like about sales orders? Well, the question here is: Are your sales orders solely creating value and financial success for your company? Or are they also costing you money? Are they slowing down your business? Maybe even creating conflicts with your customers? Fully digital sales order process – why? In a digital world, you should consider automating your sales order entry process from beginning to end. The digital sales order process should start the minute a sales order enters your company, from document to digital. This should be independent from your input channel – whether your sales orders reach you via EDI, email, fax or paper document, make sure to digitize your sales orders when they first touch your company. Many of our customers have EDI in place for 60 – 80% of their sales orders. However, the remaining 20-40% slows down their business, preventing them from having full insight and transparency of the status of ALL sales orders. The impact When our customers started to capture the data also from PDFs, emails and paper documents, they realized how valuable a fully automated a digital process is. With their model from document to digital they turned the sales order process into a fast, customer-friendly and fully transparent process. They now have full insight into the status of any sales order. If a customer has a request referring to a sales order, they can answer it within seconds, independent from its input channel or process status. Reporting and transparency have exponentially improved. Management is now able to track the performance of the sales order process across countries, from month to month or year over year. Now, even the performance tracking task is a simple activity, too. It is fast and it is accurate. Not only for the electronic input channel, but for all sales orders. The information extracted is also proof that with the new integrated sales order automation, customers have been able to cut sales order cycle time in half by also automating the remaining 20-40% of sales orders. Customer relationships have also improved because disputes over orders and invoices or wrong deliveries have reached an all-time low. The analysis of sales orders allows making purchasing recommendations to customers from evaluating other customer orders – those who regularly order specific products in combination with other products. These cross-sell opportunities are well-received by customers as they create value and often help to meet their core business needs. Have you identified a need to further digitize your sales order entry process? Take a look at how OpenText™ Business Center for SAP Solutions helps to improve the sales order process and much more.

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How Digital Transformation is Giving Humans More Time to Really Think

The pace of technological change today is being called the “fourth industrial revolution.” New solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and machine learning are enabling machines to handle processes that once required human decision-making. Just as mechanical muscle lowered the demand for physical labor in the first industrial revolution, today cutting-edge technology is reducing the demand for human intervention. The “migration” of tasks from humans to software and machines has been evident for quite some time. From ATMs to automated check-in at airports, technology has been performing relatively simple and repetitive tasks. Today, this transformation allows much more complex and nuanced tasks to move from human speed to machine speed, across industries that have remained largely untouched by machine intervention. Most recently, AI and cognitive systems have found a place in legal discovery, insurance applications, underwriting and claims processing, and the delivery of financial investment advice. In healthcare, telemedicine allows diagnosis and monitoring without the need to physically see a clinician, and a surgeon can operate from another hospital or country—just more examples of where jobs long understood as “human” are being displaced by technology. The automation option New opportunities for automation will continue to appear, as mechanization, automation, AI, and robotics replace human workers. But it’s not all doom and gloom. As “traditional” roles are replaced, new jobs will be created in the transition—jobs that require creativity, innovation, and strategic thought. As we do away with mundane work, the time gained through automation can be used to innovate, germinate ideas, and conceive new processes fueled by the kind of thinking that only happens when our minds have time to wander. The beginning of a sweeping societal change? The World Economic Forum, economists, analysts, and labor organizations have predicted a wave of job losses due to the surge in AI, robotics, and other technologies. We could see a net loss of 7.1 million jobs over the next five years in the 15 leading countries that make up approximately 65 percent of the world’s total workforce. But two million of the jobs will be offset by the creation of new positions that will support and foster the new wave of innovation, beyond what we see as credible or possible today. But as some roles are automated, others will come online; for instance, individuals who can build, develop and make sense of these sweeping changes. Developers, programmers, scientists, and technologists will—more than ever—be required to drive forward the accelerating pace of change. There will also be a greater need for economists, lawyers, and policy makers who can interpret how governance, intellectual property, and society at large will have to adapt. While algorithms may automate decision-making, it won’t be easy to replace leaders who can navigate this new fast-paced, intense change. At the end of the day, you may wonder if a machine could do your job. And the answer is that it could probably do some of it. And that’s okay, because automation will free us up to do more of the thinking required to come up with what’s next, perhaps with the help of a new robot friend or two.

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6 Considerations for Charting Your Digital Course

Today’s digital disruptors make headlines across the sectors with sweeping changes in data management, analytics, and customer experience. A wave of change is rolling in as organizations automate the way customers buy, the way suppliers fulfill orders, the way manufacturing happens, and more. As customers and business professionals, we are witnessing how digital transformation is restructuring the face of business and, ultimately, our world. Jumping the information hurdle An initial challenge for large organizations moving towards a digital future is getting a handle on the terabytes of information and content generated by employees and systems each week, along with the information collected from websites and contact centers. These volumes add up to far more data than any human could read, process, and fully understand. And, on its own, this information is of no use; we have to be able to use it to generate value, improve service, and increase customer satisfaction. Without a doubt, information holds intelligence and your ability to get to that insight is what helps you to compete. To that end, here are six thoughts on charting a digital course for your business: Increase your competitive preparedness. Digital transformation can help your business quickly adapt to shifting customer demands, making it possible to compete with old and new rivals. Use a digital approach for a big win. The ability to go digital can level the playing field for some businesses, allowing them to have a huge impact on established markets, companies, and brands. What you may not have been able to do manually, or at scale, you can launch into with a digital approach. Gain an advantage with analytics. Sticking with out-dated methods of managing and analyzing data, keeping processes manual, and only operating at human speed puts your business at risk of being outperformed by competitors. You can regain your advantage by implementing intelligent systems to detect and analyze predictive trends. Unlock the value of information you already have. By using data and information analytics with content and process management technologies, you can uncover valuable ‘digital breadcrumbs.’ This insight can help your business to make intelligent changes to create products that better suit customer requirements, improve organizational efficiencies, and implement self-regulating business processes that save time and money. Use automation as a differentiator. Automating tasks that previously required human intelligence can now take place using digital processes. Consider the way Tesla Motors releases over-the-air updates to improve the functionality of their electric cars, just as if you were downloading mobile phone software. Not only are owners spared a trip to the garage, but Tesla cuts the expense of scheduling and managing customer visits. Create a digital culture in your organization. Don’t go digital for digital’s sake. Adopt a well-planned strategy to understand where digital can deliver the best benefits for your business, and start there. Let this go hand-in-hand with fostering a cultural change in your organization that acknowledges how employees may view the impact of a digital-first approach on their own roles. To explore how to move forward with your digital transformation, take a look at how OpenText Release 16 enables companies to manage the flow of information in the digital enterprise from engagement to insight.

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Unlock Unstructured Data and Maximize Success in Your Supply Chain

By any standard, a successful business is one that can find new customers, discover new markets, and pursue new revenue streams. But today, succeeding via digital channels, delivering an excellent customer experience, and embracing the digital transformation is the true benchmark. Going digital can increase your agility, and with analytics you can get the level of insight you need to make better decisions. Advances in analytics and content management software are giving companies more power to cross-examine unstructured content, rather than leaving them to rely on intuition and gut instinct. Now, you can quickly identify patterns and offer a new level of visibility into business operations. Look inside your organization to find the value locked within the information you have today. The unstructured data being generated every day inside and outside your business holds targeted, specific intelligence that is unique to your organization and can be used to find the keys to current and future business drivers. Unstructured data like emails, voicemails, written documents, presentations, social media feeds, surveys, legal depositions, web pages, videos, and more offer a rich mine of information that can inform how you do business. Unstructured content, on its own, or paired with structured data, can be put to work to refine your strategy. Predictive and prescriptive analytics offer unprecedented benefits in the digital world. Consider, for instance, the data collected from a bank’s web chat service. Customer service managers cannot read through millions of lines of free text, but ignoring this wealth of information is not an option either. Sophisticated data analytics allow banks to spot and understand trends, like common product complaints or frequently asked questions. They can see what customers are requesting to identify new product categories or business opportunities. Every exchange, every interaction, and all of your content holds opportunity that you can maximize. Making the most of relevant information is a core principle of modern enterprise information management. This includes analyzing unstructured information that is outside the organization, or passed between the company and trading partners across a supply chain or business network. As more companies use business networks, there is an increase in the types and amounts of information flowing across them; things like orders, invoices, delivery information, partner performance metrics, and more. Imagine the value of understanding the detail behind all that data? Imagine the insight it can provide to future planning? And even better: if you could analyze it fast enough to make a difference in what you do today. Here are two common, yet challenging, scenarios and their solutions. Solving challenges in your enterprise Challenges within the business network – A business network was falling behind in serving its customers. They needed to increase speed and efficiency within their supply chain to provide customers with deeper business process support and rich analytics across their entire trading partner ecosystem. With data analytics, the company learned more from their unstructured data—emails and documents—and was able to gain clearer insights into transactions flowing across the network. The new system allows them to identify issues and exceptions earlier, take corrective action, and avoid problems before they occur. Loss of enterprise visibility – A retail organization was having difficulty supporting automatic machine-to-machine data feeds coming from a large number of connected devices within their business network. With the addition of data analytics across unstructured data sources, they gained extensive visibility into the information flowing across their supply chain. Implementing advanced data analytics allowed them to analyze information coming from all connected devices, which afforded a much deeper view into data trends. This intelligence allowed the retailer to streamline their supply chain processes even further. Want to learn more? Explore how you can move forward with your digital transformation; take a look at how OpenText Release 16 enables companies to manage the flow of information in the digital enterprise, from engagement to insight.

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GenX or Millennials: Which Generation Truly Leads the Digital Transformation?

Even though we know millennials are connected non-stop to their smartphones, laptops, and social media accounts, it’s Generation X that makes up the main influencers, architects, and drivers of digital transformation in the enterprise. With all the focus on Millennials, it’s actually Generation X—those born between the ‘60s and early ‘80s—that paved the way for their younger colleagues to reap the longer-term rewards of digital business. Here’s how we know. OpenText recently commissioned a study by Forrester Consulting that reveals how businesses can make the most of their digital transformation efforts by tapping certain generational groups for leadership positions. Creating a one-size-fits-all management culture no longer suits today’s workforce, given its diversity. Gen-X Has Greater Clarity on What Drives Transformation To learn how different generations affect digital transformation, Forrester surveyed 240 Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials. Here are some of those findings: When asked about key drivers behind digital transformation, Baby Boomers were most likely to name growing revenue as a motivator, while Gen-Xers put greater emphasis on how digital change can improve the way business itself works. Regarding what drives change, 51% of Gen-Xers said improving time to market is a change driver, compared to 42% of Baby Boomers and just 30% of Millennials. Gen-Xers were also far more likely to believe transformation is driven by a desire to improve innovation and bring new offerings to market at 47%, compared to 32% for Baby Boomers and 37% for Millennials. Regarding the belief that transformation is driven by the need to create a seamless, harmonized customer experience across channels, 49% of Gen-Xers felt this is true, compared to 32% for Baby Boomers and 34% for Millennials. The Takeaway Understanding the workforce can help drive your company’s vision. By moving Gen-Xers with “digital savvy” into more senior leadership positions, while making sure Millennials are involved in decisions affecting the future, enterprises can foster transformational success. But, overall, having a better understanding of different groups’ unique strengths is the first step. It can help boost the chances of a smooth digital transformation to compete today and in the future. And while every part of an organization needs to take part for a digital transformation program to succeed, armed with this research, you can leverage your resources for the biggest impact and position your own business for success. To explore how to move forward with your digital transformation, take a look at how OpenText Release 16 enables companies to manage the flow of information in the digital enterprise, from engagement to insight.  

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Top Tech Trends for 2017

Information technologies are accelerating at an exponential rate, ushering in the fourth industrial revolution. This is a digital revolution and the pace of change is unprecedented. This revolution incorporates machine learning (think parallel processing and neural networks) and the concept of self-assembly or self-programmability. As technologies continue to advance, they accelerate the progress of other technologies, and so on and so on. To illustrate this, we can look at the evolution of disruptive technologies. In 2016, everyone was excited about the promise of 3-D printing. Now, we’re gearing up for 4-D printing, an emerging technology that will enable us to print objects that reshape or assemble themselves on-the-fly, based on intelligent data. To make this level of self-assembly a reality, we will need dynamic and agile systems. Enter the Internet of Things (IoT) as the digital platform of the future. But the potential of the IoT has evolved into the “Intelligence of Things”. Even Uber, the popular ride sharing app, has advanced its concept of on-demand travel to incorporate a fleet of electric aircrafts (called “Elevate”) to lift us up and out of the chaos of gridlocked ground traffic (yes, just like in “The Jetsons”). The old approach to technology development moved linearly at the speed of human coders. The new model progresses exponentially at the speed of data, intelligence, and self-assembly. Based on this new model, here are my top picks for technology trends that will dominate in 2017: 1. AI and Advanced Machine Learning: The Automatic Enterprise Thanks to parallel processing, big data, cloud technology, and advanced algorithms, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming more powerful. As tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple invest in AI, it is becoming more mainstream. People already interact with virtual personal assistants (PAs) like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Facebook successfully created technology to identify people’s faces with its facial recognition app. Recommendation engines and robo-advisors are becoming a reality in financial services. And robotic butlers are delivering room service in hotels around the world. The analysts are jumping on board, with Forrester predicting that investments in AI will grow 300% in 2017 and Gartner forecasting that 50% of all analytical interactions will be delivered via AI in the next three to five years. These are impressive numbers. But how will these investments pay off for the enterprise? Are computers really more intelligent than people? Many jobs will disappear through automation and others will change significantly as the enterprise becomes more automated and intelligent. Over the next few years, some of us could be answering to robo-bosses. From a productivity perspective, we spend a third of our time in the workplace collecting and processing data—AI could all but eliminate this work. Every job in every industry will be impacted by machine learning. The upside? The opportunity to think exponentially means that the potential applications for these technologies are limitless. For businesses, understanding cognitive systems, big data analytics, machine learning technology, and AI—and how to leverage them—will be critical for survival. In the short term, these technologies will give organizations faster access to sophisticated insights, empowering them to make better decisions and act with agility to outpace their competitors. 2. The Year of Intelligent Things: A Smarter You in 2017 The capability of smart machines increases substantially as they are infused with standalone intelligence. AI and machine learning will be embedded into everyday things like appliances, cars, sensors and drones. Even our thermostats will continue to become more intelligent; they will not only learn our heating and cooling preferences, but also analyze factors like on- or off-peak use, weather forecasts, and previous consumption patterns to give us recommendations to reduce utility bills. This intelligence will be coded into apps. These apps will be driven by data and context, they will synthesize vast amounts of information, learn our behaviors, and react and adapt in real time to deliver relevant and personalized outcomes. Whether they make us more productive at work, optimize our health, or manage energy and utilities consumption in our homes, intelligent things and apps have the power to direct our actions and influence our interactions to help us make better decisions and, ultimately, improve our quality of life. 3. Get Ready for Your Digital Twin In 2017, advances in connectivity and machine intelligence will enable us to demonstrate the large-scale advantages of digital twins. A digital twin is a dynamic software representation of a piece of equipment or system that emulates the original’s materials, measurements, component parts, and behavior. More importantly, a digital twin also includes data that is unique to the asset it represents. Digital twins are created and maintained to allow simulation, analysis, and control. Initially developed by the military for aircraft, digital twins are gaining traction in other industries, such as renewable energy and manufacturing. The GE Digital Twin has created cloud-based computer models of wind farms which connect turbines while collecting and analyzing data to make them 20% more efficient. Black & Decker has digital twins of assembly lines and materials in one of their factories and has reported improvements of 12% and a 10% increase in throughput. Over the next year, organizations will use digital twins to boost efficiency, optimize design and performance, and improve quality. Over the next five years, billions of objects will be represented by digital twins, including equipment, facilities, environments, processes, and even people. For every physical asset there will be a virtual copy running in the Cloud. Their potential lies beyond demonstrating proof-of-concept to mirroring an entire supply chain to support globalization and promote economic gain. In the not too-distant future, our own digital twins will help us make better decisions. As the next version of the virtual PA, an algorithm-based identity will maintain all of our preferences and relevant data, prompting us to act based on this information through notifications, reminders, recommendations, and more. 4. The Evolving Mesh App and Service Architecture With all the apps, networks, devices, and channels, how do you make the experience seamless for the user? This is a question that will influence tech R&D in 2017. The “digital mesh” refers to everything that is connected across digital ecosystems—from people to processes to things. As more services and apps connect across more channels and networks, the digital mesh is growing and as it does, it is fundamentally altering the user experience. Consumers expect a seamless experience that flows across a shifting set of devices and channels, combining the physical and virtual. This kind of ambient user experience requires that the supporting platforms, technologies, and architectures must also change. Enter Mesh App and Service Architecture (MASA), a modern architecture that allows for modular, flexible, and dynamic solutions. MASA connects devices, apps, services, and other information sources in a consistent user experience across the digital mesh. It leverages cloud and server-less computing, containers and micro-services, and dynamically supports user needs as they interact with their technology and devices. MASA is an architectural shift that will require significant changes to enterprise infrastructure and R&D. 5. The Best Defense is a Good Offense with Adaptive Security Adaptive security tops the CIO agenda. While moving to digital presents enormous opportunity for business growth, it also presents great risk for cybercrime. In 2016 alone, cybercrime was the second-most reported economic crime. As the number and sophistication of cyberattacks increases, an effective enterprise security becomes more critical than ever. The traditional (reactive) approach that relies on antivirus software and firewalls to protect the perimeter and responds to incidents as they occur is just not good enough. In 2017, the enterprise will go on the offensive, assuming that its network is constantly under attack. To pre-empt cyberattacks and information leaks, organizations will implement an adaptive security architecture with continuous, real-time monitoring, big data, and analytics. As the next generation of security, an adaptive architecture delivers the preventative intelligence needed to uncover anomalies and potential threats and prioritize risks. 6. Digital Platforms Lay the Foundation for the Future Digital platforms will continue to play a prominent role into 2017 as foundational platforms for transformation. For enterprises that have already transformed, they will be key to supporting future growth. In particular, Digital Experience (DX) platforms and the IoT will be essential. The year 2016 bore witness to a pivotal tipping point with shoppers making more than half of their purchases online. As this number continues to rise, DX will become an integral digital platform for the enterprise. In 2017, the digital customer experience may be the only interaction consumers have with a brand. It will be important for organizations to get this experience right the first time. We also saw an estimated 5.5 million new devices connect to the IoT each day in 2016. This exploding ecosystem of tightly interconnected devices and people will only get smarter. The result will be digital environments that respond to each individual in highly personalized ways. In 2017, we will build a new world. Using digital platforms and leveraging the existing IoT infrastructure, interconnected intelligent devices will transform the way we interact with each other and our environments. 7. A Hyper-connected Global Ecosystem Creates New Opportunities Over the past few years, business networks have been driving opportunity for business. In 2017, as business networks expand into new ecosystems, they will transcend geography, industry, and language to create exponentially more opportunities for digital enterprises. Much of the technology required for this ecosystem (like AI, robotics, sensors, and the IoT) already exists. A culture of information sharing and collaboration is required to connect the dots. Data and standardization are also fundamental for the development and sustenance of digital ecosystems. When business networks are reliably and securely connected, they can be layered with intelligence. As information is added, the ecosystem and opportunities for growth will only increase. Organizations are connecting across industries to form digital ecosystems with the customers at the hub. Auto manufacturers like Tesla and Fiat are partnering with technology companies to integrate GPS, navigation, social media, and entertainment services in ways that are transforming the driving experience. Adding intelligence for predictive maintenance and servicing integrates suppliers into the network to deliver efficiency and convenience. Taking advantage of the emerging concept of the connected car, it’s only a matter of time before standardization enables cars to tap into a broader range of networks, like smart transportation systems that automatically locate vacant parking spots, for example. When all of these services are connected in the self-driving car (or aircraft), we will truly be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. 8. Customer-Centricity Drives Transformation In 2017, customer-centricity will drive transformation across all industries. In 2009, Uber created history by disrupting an entire market. Today, the company supports global operations and is valued at over $60 billion USD. What is the secret of its success? Many would say disruptive technologies or even intelligent data but, in fact, Uber’s customer-centric approach played an even greater role in the company’s success. Uber stepped into a market that needed an overhaul to offer more responsive and convenient travel for consumers. By focusing on the customer, Uber was able to quickly build trust. And while it is true that technology has given consumers more choice than ever before, technology is only an enabler. The key to success lies in customer-centric approaches, technologies, and business models. Over the coming year, digital leaders will shift from marketing digital products and services to embracing customer-centric operations. They will invest in IT to become more responsive. Customer-led self-service will be a requirement, along with AI and predictive analytics, innovation, and the agility needed to adapt to changing customer needs. In the digital world, consumers have come to expect higher levels of service. The fight for differentiation will be won by excelling at customer experience and this can only be achieved through customer-centricity. Whether you’re ready or not, the fourth industrial revolution is here. We are witnessing incredible breakthroughs in every industry, driven by disruptive innovation. And the possibilities for application are unlimited. To quote Sun Tzu: “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” I wish you all a Happy New Year and great success in 2017.

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Inspiration for Financial Services Transformation, from IOT to Amazon

Disruption by its very nature is an agitator, but there is no reason it can’t be turned into inspiration. Let’s look at developments from the Internet of Things (IOT) to convenience shopping on Amazon, all of which can help financial services companies amidst FinTech, but really, can help any enterprise. We can then outline how an enterprise content management (ECM) strategy can launch you safely into your own transformation. First, consider how sensors and contextual information can inform how you shape, price and deliver your market offerings. A great example? As the latest automobiles roll out with telematics that track mileage, speed and driving behavior, there is a chance to reinvent offerings like insurance plans. Rather than plans that apply a blanket risk to all drivers in an age range, insurance companies can individualize risk and price accordingly, thanks to IOT data. Now, take it a step further – if you’re a car company, why not partner with an insurance company to provide purpose-built cars for new drivers? Equip them with more sensors, in exchange for the better insurance package. Chances are, you will not only sell many such packages, but you might help reduce collision risk overall, as monitored teenagers slow down, knowing their car is sensored. For house insurance, the same idea is possible by sending drones to accident sites to objectively capture information. Fraud goes down, while claim processing speeds up. If the flooded washing machine calls in the drone automatically, even better. Similarly, home IOT devices are only getting more connected, with smoke alarms sending alerts to smart phones, and house shutters automatically closing when a tornado alert is issued. Do any of these new communication paths and data loops create good reasons for you to help your customers? Second, start to make connections between different IOT types and different industries. Many people today wear heart monitoring or fitness wrist bands. Could those be tied to auto-trigger financial decisions? As blood pressure boils, is that a good time to liquidize some assets for emergency use? It sounds far fetched, but the concept here is that learning more about what’s impacting your customers can make you more proactive to help in meaningful ways. This type of thinking may help you uncover new partnerships. I have seen a mobile phone company offer contracts that include free life insurance. Later, those policies are upsold for a new source of customer acquisition. Consider healthcare companies that share your customer base and how you could work together, or automotive companies or manufacturers. What could you do together to delight your joint customers? Finally, use the magic wands of convenience and retention and cast them across IOT.  You might say a spell: “bring me ample customers who are happy to pay me.” You might be surprised how many of your customers care for convenience far more than the actual value initially driving your product’s creation. For Amazon, the service began selling books, then added millions of items. Most recently, it rolled out Pantry for capturing day-to-day purchases. This is no longer just a play to cut out middlemen and cost. In fact, Pantry may cost more for a customer than visiting a store or using different shipping methods per store. It is convenience built into the Amazon experience that makes customers willing to buy practically anything through the service. Knowing Amazon is continually adding new ideas couples this convenience with a stronger motivation to stay loyal. At time of this blog writing, news broke they are looking at brick and mortar grocery stores. Amazon customers may have their license plates read as they pull in and pick up pre-ordered food! There are many more examples, from kids choosing their coffee shop based on free wifi availability, to busy urbanites choosing only restaurants that offer valet parking together with their secured reservation. Loyalty and retention goes to those providers who make life convenient and better, sometimes in seemingly small ways. All of these scenarios involve transforming how you look at and evolve your business. All of them have one thing in common – the never-ending need to manage content, house it, and use it. We have already covered in previous blogs the need to look at your value chain and how to harness innovations, but I encourage you to especially consider IOT and the need for convenience in your transformation and ECM planning. For a bank, this might mean ensuring data feeds from Google Alexa data, to identify which customers are always asking for an Uber or Lyft, then partnering with those companies to bulk-buy free rides for $100k+ deposit customers. For an insurance company, maybe it’s airplane tickets bought on a sister credit card that prompts travel insurance automatically texted to the customer, pre-flight. If you are a Mac user and have had to search hundreds of photos, you know how their search capabilities can save you hours to find “Mom” pictures, tagged through facial recognition. For a bank, it might be as simple as giving your checking customers better mobile device search terms – “Suzy meeting” or “new printer” — to help them speed tax document preparation. Instead of sifting through transactions by date or account type, their broadened ability to search POS device data or mobile app purchasing info removes hassles on their end, and shows you understand their bigger world. Before any creative use of technology, start by learning as much as you can about your customers. Draw inspiration from the 26 billion new IOT devices Gartner predicts by 2020 to help you do this, as well as the new content and data that IOT sensors enable.

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20 Years and 3 Minutes: The Most Thought-Provoking Comments from Energy Industry Leaders

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I admire leaders who make you think, long after their presentation or keynote is over. Here are three ideas I found “most thought-provoking,” after I reflected on all the industry events I attended this past quarter. I hope you will share your own reactions and comments about my selections, but also share any great points you have gleaned from your industry interactions. 1 – “We want to make decisions within three minutes” This is how a panelist from Chevron defined Engineering Information Management, a super-set of Enterprise Content Management, at AVEVA World this October. There was silence, and a long pause among the rapt audience as this comment sunk in. It was not about technology. It was not about process integration. It was about how the company could increase business agility in utilities or power plants, once all the technical innovation was in place. What I like about this comment is that it brings to life a best practice we strongly believe in at ECD – leading with your business objectives. It also expresses the business vision in a statement that is both simple and controversial. By starting with this well-articulated goal of three minutes, the right conversations will undoubtedly start happening: “Then we would need to access approvals from our smart phones.” “We would have to add automation to the offshore piece of the process.” You can imagine how much faster the brainstorming could occur and utilization of technology could begin, if you start with this kind of statement. 2 – “How do you shoot a cannon?” It turns out that firing a cannon includes a process step of pausing, as I learned from the “Transforming Engineering Project Delivery” panel at AVEVA World. When cannons were used during times of war, this step prevented accidents and human injury. Modern firing equipment, however, no longer requires such efforts – yet it still took twenty years to eliminate this step. To me, this is a relevant insight applicable to Enterprise Content Management in today’s multi-faceted enterprise. Perhaps it was multiple acquisitions, staff turnover, or fondness for tradition, but whatever the cause, many of today’s plant processes have never been revisited or improved. As digital transformation takes hold, companies are now starting to approach their workflows with an open mind. Do we really need legal review of a document before it has been through VP approval? Why are we still storing architectural drawings on paper? What good is a photo badge ID if 90% of our workers are remote? As this speaker emphasized, some processes are carried into modern times even though they are not needed anymore. There is no reason to let outdated issues wait years before phasing them out. By breaking habits and looking at our work anew, we may save time or better service customers. 3 – “Raise your hand if….” This panelist at our recent Digital Transformation in the Energy Industry breakfast asked the crowd for a show of hands if anyone is able to enter an asset tag number into a system and quickly locate all the documentation about that asset – enough to get your job done. Surprisingly, NO HANDS went up. This exemplifies how fundamental document management is so critical to basic operational efficiency. With all this talk of digital transformation, big data and predictive analytics, it seems that we have a long way to go with getting practical and down to earth with the simple stuff. This can be made easier these days, as ECM solutions are delivered in more modular ways, and the cloud allows greater elasticity. Bonus – We Still Need Humans I’d like to add one bonus round to this collection. It’s not exactly a number four, because it actually relates to all of the points above. What I heard at more than one of these events is that we cannot assume technology will take the place of human determination or human judgment and setting standards. In at least two cases, presenters shared how they used to have paper document controllers and central ownership over content. In both cases, once they digitized (without staff accountability or a structured system), the organization lost its standardized approach to retaining and sharing knowledge. Either each person individually updated a document in different ways, or each thought the other would update a document — until nobody updated documents consistently at all. No process steps, standardization rules or workflows were developed together with the technology. As the pace at which companies deliver services and interact with stakeholders only accelerates, I would argue there is an even stronger need to standardize. Using ECM together with your human experts brings efficiencies to new levels, tapping the strengths of both. This is one of many reasons why we design in features like vertical-specific standards, the ability to collaborate with multiple reviewers, and track changes to as-built documentations. So as we look ahead to more digital transformation and continuous improvement in our industry, let’s think about the points these smart leaders have shared. What can you add to this list? Have you heard great points from other industries that still apply to the energy sector?

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Opening the Doors to Data: Make Sure Yours Aren’t Locked When Your Customers Call

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Customer data once came in exclusively through the mailroom door, and while much of it still does, today multiple channels carry data at light speed. Whether it is coming from a phone or mobile device, tablet, camera, VR headset or smart glasses, data increasingly arrives via digital channels in addition to the traditional ones. When data arrives, your business needs the right doors – all of them – to receive, process, and respond to it. Sure, you can still count on your mailroom for traditional capture, where practical efficiencies mean letter opening, routing, scanning, and data entry result in actionable information – although it may take a day or two. The explosion of digital formats, however, means you need new portals into your business workflow to make sure you don’t miss out – and drive your tech savvy customers elsewhere. Intelligent enterprise capture expands data acquisition beyond the mailroom, taking it to front line staff, field agents, and to your clients themselves. When your client can directly connect, by sharing files and information right to the service inbox, you remove obstacles and create new efficiency. More important, you create a more personal connection with your client. For your business to thrive in this dynamic digital landscape, you need the tools to capture data from every known channel, while you get ready for the ones we haven’t even seen yet. It’s not enough to have an email address for information, another for forms, and another for customer service. You need direct channels with your clients for their needs, in the ways they want and at all times. You require the picture your client took from a mobile phone, and you need it available for data access and analysis. You must connect that photo with a form, your client’s profile and contact information, and possibly also with an active claim or request. And, you need to do all of that in real-time-, all day, every day. Think of your traditional mailroom-centered processes. You’re equipped to sort, open, and route paper correspondence and fax. All these processes will continue, along with the rules you’ve developed to accommodate them.  Increase that effect exponentially, and every key front line employee will have email, device capacity, chat, video uploads and FTP. You still need to capture information from nondigital formats like phone calls and conversations, handwritten notes, and forms. But when information arrives as PDFs, photo files, scans, documents, and video, via dynamic online forms and apps, you need the ability to capture and process it. In the share-everything climate of social media, your client may post a relevant image and you need a clear path to receive that information, in a usable form that feeds into the metadata you rely on to make top-level decisions for your company. Having this capacity means data can arrive through any door, in any format. You can route it in real time, with the certainty that it will be available in a format producing the results your client expects. In the immediate environment of digital business, you need to do it faster and more accurately than ever. It’s vital not to overlook the value of improved customer experience as part of this capture transformation. It’s estimated that 89 percent of companies now consider customer experience the key to succeeding over their competitors. That number was only 36 percent in 2010. What’s more, only about 17 percent of respondents in a 2015 survey said their data was fully integrated through all aspects of their organization. Failing to integrate can be fatal, and time is of the essence. It’s predicted that in a few years, customer experience will become more important than product and even price as a key attribute of brand success. As you open more doors to data and customer interaction, expect bottom-line business benefits.  As mailroom batch volumes decline, you can reassign employees to value added positions within your business. Trim response times to minutes, rather than days. Streamline materials needs as you ramp up digital infrastructure. And once you have all the doors open for data, enjoy the results of a multidimensional digital organization. Your digital doors will fit your business, too, with dedicated, well integrated apps for your customers. Enabled with this direct connection, they benefit from expedient dialogue, and a closer relationship. That’s the heart of improving consumer experience. Intelligent enterprise capture, metadata, and the analytic capacity you need comprise the new business infrastructure. Just as essential as your mailroom process and staffing, think of it as a 360 mailroom, in every dimension. Your customers are using every available data channel and they expect you to, as well. If they find a closed door – data receiving capacity you lack, formats your system fails to recognize, or inaccessible processing – your customers can easily find an open door to your competitor’s multifunctional, virtual mailroom. Having multiple portals keeps you accessible, and your business thriving. What’s more, the doors to your mailroom are more than just a pathway to your business. They are your business.

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Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, and Commitment to the Success of our Partners

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This is the time of year when we try to pause from our busy schedules and take some time for friends and family. As the calendar year winds down, we would also like to take a moment to say thank you to our customers and partners. For the ECD partner organization, our primary customers are you, our partners, and we recognize that we can’t be successful without you. So thank you for everything you do. In 2016 we made your experience with ECD a top priority. We focused on the partner experience as we also invested significantly in two related areas: customer experience (CX) and digital transformation (DX). In fact, these goals are all interrelated.  “Being customer-centric and maintaining a continual focus on improving the customer experience is a necessity for any organization looking to move forward as a digital enterprise.” We believe that to become a digital enterprise, you must not only focus on the customer experience, you must become obsessive about customers. Here’s what we wrote in our digital transformation eBook: “Digital enterprises make the customer relationship priority #1. They center the business around customer needs and customer experiences. They leverage technology to enable collaboration in cross-functional, cross-organizational teams, always in the service of the customer relationship.” Erik Raper, who heads Marketing and Advisory Services for Paragon Solutions (which was named the ECD “DX Partner of the Year”) shared similar thoughts in a blog post he published on digital transformation: “It’s crucial for enterprise leadership to be the champions of digital change, recognizing digital transformation is not a one-time project but, rather, a long-term initiative to positioning the enterprise for greater operational efficiency, customer engagement, and strong market growth.” We couldn’t agree more. Our investment in digital transformation – from our updated digital marketing platform to LEAP, our new cloud-based product platform – is creating new opportunities for us to collaborate digitally with our partners. Together we can help customers embrace digital and transform the way they do business. Your feedback, input, and passion around the software and solutions we create is tremendous. We appreciate your trust in us. We take that commitment seriously. And we look forward to our next chapter and to continuing this journey together. Happy holidays to all of our partners. Thank you for a great year, and here’s to continued success in 2017!

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Mastering Partner Marketing: The Do’s, Don’ts and The Reasons Why

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Some things in life just naturally go together – fish and chips, tea and cake, sausage and mash. But it’s not just foods that combine well. Any good marketer will tell you about the benefits of joint marketing with partners – particularly if you align with a large complementary brand. Whilst the logic of working together may be a no brainer, it’s often the execution where things go awry. Take Financial Services for example. There’s certainly no shortage of opportunities for education, engagement and conversion as digital transformation continues to disrupt markets and business models, but creating a targeted, well executed partner marketing proposition is easier said than done for some companies. That’s why I decided to write this blog and share some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to mastering the partner marketing model. The Don’ts of Partner Marketing Activities Don’t Assume It’s An Equal Relationship – Once you’ve found a symbiotic reason to partner with another organisation, don’t assume your counterpart shares your view of how the relationship is defined. Marketers often assume partner companies will want a 50/50 marketing relationship. The cost of co-branding with certain organisations may involve doing things their way, not yours. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but don’t say yes to things if it pushes you further away from your objectives. Don’t Get Eclipsed – Don’t assume you can rely on the strength of just one brand to push your partnership. The smaller brand needs a very clear value proposition or it risks being eclipsed. Show why your respective offerings are of strength, both collectively and individually in their own right. Don’t Try It Without A Compelling Proposition – I’ve seen companies spend a lot of time and money on joint marketing campaigns for all the wrong reasons. If you’re not solving a common problem or addressing a related business pain, don’t bother. Competing for attention and then fragmenting it, is not a good approach. The Do’s of Partner Marketing Activities Do Have A Clear Understanding of Your Target Audience – And by clear understanding, I mean down to the name, job title, division and specific company where possible. Your partner may have an existing relationship in a target account that you can leverage so do your homework. Pick Your Channels – If you know your target audience, chances are you know their preferred channels. In Financial Services, for example, a consultative-based, informative face-to-face networking event aimed at specific individuals will generate greater interest than a standalone email campaign. Deliver An Integrated Experience – Make sure each element of your partner marketing campaign is integrated to drive traffic to your digital assets. That could be a dedicated, co-branded landing page, online registration, or joint solution. Make sure you connect the dots. A Good Example By way of an example, we recently partnered with SAP on a joint Financial Services marketing campaign, choosing a topic (common business pain) that’s affecting almost every financial services organisation: A digital ready workforce. Next we delivered a live debate for insight and networking (the preferred channel of our targets) – “Re-wiring Financial Services: Embedding A Digital Culture” . The debate comprised peer level, consultative speakers from banks, and digital disruptors, as well as our own respective industry experts. And of course, the event was broadcast for remote live viewing, as well as recorded for later viewing as a webinar – with these digital assets in mind from the outset. Because we focused on our joint target accounts with a compelling proposition, and used the expertise and relationships of both SAP and OpenText, we attracted 222 target prospects to attend and engaged them for 40 minutes. No mean feat for the type of people we targeted. The purpose of this blog post isn’t to try to impress you, but rather to impress upon you the benefits – and potential profitable rewards – of following a few simple, yet often overlooked, rules for successful partner marketing. You can view the webinar and other assets I mentioned here on the campaign microsite.

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User Adoption: Avoiding Public Sector Digital Transformation Pitfalls

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Amidst the media noise around digital transformation for the cloud-based, ‘Digital-First’ world, it’s easy to overlook a simple, yet critical component: will your colleagues actually use it? User adoption is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to investing in new technology in the public sector. It’s human nature not to like change, so unless it’s easier than whatever people were doing before, most won’t use it – no matter how many bells and whistles it has. Easy beats cool. Every time. Of course, that’s not to say simple to use systems can’t be sophisticated. But when it comes to dealing with millions of pieces of unstructured content, the fundamental principal of usability can often get lost in the size, complexity and context of the problem. One of the best examples in successfully tackling this issue is the approach the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust took, with OpenText’s help, to store, manage and digitise their patient medical care records. Rather than just looking at how to solve the problem of 900,000 unstructured clinical records, they took a more holistic approach around information management. They knew clinicians need to refer to previous medical histories, so before their system even went live, Royal Free back scanned huge volumes of data in the OpenText solution, making everything accessible, and easy to find in a user-friendly system that was designed to behave the way the staff would naturally work from day one. This not only gave their medical staff the content they needed, but also delivered it to them in the context of the patient’s medical history. Compare this to the old method of having to manually flip through paper records that were physically pushed around the hospital on 100 trolleys, and it’s easy to see why user adoption was so high. You can read more about how the Royal Free is driving value from its data, reducing costs, and simplifying its patient record access here. In all the work we’ve done with the public sector over the past twenty years, I’m always amazed when I see vendors lose sight of the user’s perspective. It’s one of the reasons we deliberately hire former practitioners directly from the public sector, as they’ve worked at the coal face on both sides of the fence. They understand the importance of making things easier than they were before, and the need of putting content into the context of how will be used. As MIT professor and serial entrepreneur, Alan Kay, once said, “Context is worth 80 IQ points”. It’s a subtle yet often overlooked aspect when it comes to digitising content and putting data in the cloud. And speaking of the cloud, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve now put our first offering on G-Cloud – OpenText™ Core – which makes sharing the right information with the right people easy and instinctive. You can find us on the Digital Marketplace here. If you’d like to know more about the latest developments in our public sector offerings in Health Care, you can read more.

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Momentum Barcelona: Where a Spark Becomes a Fire

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Momentum Barcelona 2016 – after every Momentum, I am given the unenviable task of trying to recapture each amazing iteration of this event in vivid detail, to effectively recount the keynotes, the various breakout sessions, and all of the fun and community that make Momentum such an amazing event for our customers, our partners and, yes, our employees. So, while it may be nearly impossible, let me take a moment to relive Momentum Barcelona and to celebrate the return of this great event to Europe. For those of you that were unable to join us for Momentum Europe, I’m truly sorry you weren’t able to experience the incredible atmosphere and beautiful location that is Barcelona. What an incredible city in which to host our Momentum Conference, full of history, life, vitality and, of course, never-ending fun. I can’t think of a better backdrop for an event that celebrates our customers and their successes with our technology. And, to the more than 800 registered attendees and, in particular, our customer and partners, I want to simply say thank you for sharing the experience with us and helping to make it an event that practically defies description. Before I get into the highlights of the conference, I also wanted to share with you an observation from one of the sessions this past week, a view that the team from the Enterprise Content Division has long had an undeniable spark, a spark that seems to burn even brighter during important times like Momentum, and in particular, Momentum Europe. You see, at events like Momentum or our Customer.NEXT roadshows, we are at our best, surrounded by the customers and partners that have made ECD great. We are with our “community.” Better yet, we are amongst friends. During these moments, this ECD community has achieved incredible success, building upon the present and always looking forward to the future. The reason is clear: it’s because each of us – customer, partner and employee – shares a common goal, as well as the commitment to see one another succeed, to realize the incredible value that organizations can achieve working with our technology. This is the spark we experienced this week, one that has continued to burn brightly through all of the years and across every Momentum. And, as we look toward the end of a very eventful year, we’re also looking toward the amazing opportunities that lie before us to fan this flame into an even bigger blaze in the years to come. Perhaps never before has the name Momentum been more appropriate for our conference, or for our organization. This is evidenced by all of the activities and announcements that accompanied this year’s Momentum Europe. As you likely know, at ECD, we are focused on digital transformation and enabling our customers to achieve true competitive advantage in this digital age. You probably also know that much of the rest of the industry has recognized our vision and is now beginning to share our understanding of the importance of enabling transformation. ECD has continually delivered on its promise of providing a complete content strategy and set of solutions that will enable our customers to achieve their transformational goals. At Momentum Barcelona, we launched groundbreaking new solutions, including new LEAP apps and the  new LEAP Platform, as well as the next release of InfoArchive, InfoArchive 4.2, which brings exciting new capabilities for our Financial Services customers (on the heels of the recently announced InfoArchive 4.1/Clinical Archiving 2.0). We also provided a number of exciting updates to our Documentum products that make them easier than ever before to deploy, upgrade and manage in hybrid environments. Finally, we shared updates on a few of our industry solutions, designed to meet specific vertical needs, including new features in the Documentum Asset Operations 2.1 that offer compelling opportunities for the Energy and Engineering industries and Documentum Life Sciences Suite 4.2 , which now provides support for medical device documentation, as well as enhanced features for pharmaceutical organizations. And this is really just the beginning. Momentum Barcelona 2016 also featured three entertaining keynotes, starting with the opening keynote with Rohit, Muhi Mazjoub from OpenText, and three customers who shared how our products are enabling their digital transformation. Our second keynote included two analysts from IDC, Roberta Bigliani and Max Claps, and focused on key trends in Digital Transformation. And the climactic, closing keynote featured noted futurist, Beau Lotto, who offered an exciting vision of things to come. Other highlights of Momentum Barcelona included: 750+ Labs completed, with customers working directly with our technology 748 #MMTM16 mentions 439 Momentum app downloads 300 attendees at our Momentum Partner Summit 200 Hack-a-thon participants 200 Partner Summit attendees 146 trees planted 87 LEAP personality quizzes completed 65 hours of Product & Industry sessions 54 1:1 meetings with media and analysts 33 Life Sciences user group attendees 30 Genius Lab sessions with our Professional Services team 26 customers speaking in sessions 25 partner sponsors 9 Mo & Tim videos recorded 8 sessions dedicated to LEAP 6 partner innovation award winners 1 President’s Award winner for Customer Satisfaction And, just so you don’t get the impression that we were all business, one surreal party But, for those of you who may already know those details, our valued customers and partners, thank you again for being with us at Momentum Barcelona. If we missed you this time, we sincerely hope to see you at one of our future events. It’s a very exciting time for ECD and we can’t wait to share it with you. The spark has ignited, the flame is growing higher, and there is room around the fire for everyone. Congratulations and thank you, everyone, for a fantastic Momentum 2016 in Barcelona!

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A Digital Government Blueprint in the Era of Connected Cities

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Cities across the globe are adopting new digital technologies to improve the lifestyle of its citizens. Dubbed as Smart Cities or Connected Cities, places like London, Seoul, New York and Dubai are increasingly making use of digital platforms like IoT, Robotics, Drones and 3D Printing to break the norms of services offered to their constituents. These technologies are being used for autonomous street lighting reacting to changing weather conditions; for search and rescue operations in the event of a disaster; dispatching medical supplies for the injured in remote locations and 3D printed buildings. Cities are no strangers to the challenges faced by many in Europe and the rest of the world. Starting with an aging population that is impacting budgets and resources; infrastructure in need of continuous maintenance; growing immigration challenges; not to mention risk of economic stagnation and increasing unemployment rates. Also to note is that these smart city programs are seldom a part of a broader, all encompassing Digital Transformation action plan on the Federal or Local Government level. Some of them are running side-by-side country-wide modernization efforts, but the connections are loose. This leaves the way to a Digital Government Agenda that creates public value for the greater population; taking into consideration that the cornerstone of a Digital Strategy has to be the Citizen, his Data and the Services to be offered to him. The aspiration of this agenda will ultimately be to move from analog processes that come with long service delivery times; lowering TCOs of current systems to give way to new innovative solutions and balancing between information transparency and privacy to cater for Open Data initiatives. To that end, there have been many guidelines to which strategies should be opted for on the journey towards Digital Transformation. Four recommendations are presented here in what I call the Digital Government Blueprint. These focus on the essential ideas without which a Digital Government Strategy is not complete. Information is key to Better Decision Making Governments that build a data strategy covering various angles of the citizen’s daily life, will be able to aggregate enough of it to be able to leverage Analytics to unlock significant decision making power. Adjacent to that, with the proliferation of social, new data types are emerging that need to be managed to better understand citizen expectations. Aggregating all these data types and more will empower governments to rethink their policies in a way that addresses citizens’ needs first and foremost. What this also provides is an opportunity to uncover areas of fraud, waste and misappropriation of budgets. Building a Citizen-Centric Digital Platform Transforming processes into a “Citizen-Centric” service model will render them more effective as services are redesigned from a citizen perspective. By adopting mobile platforms and turning towards an Open Data model, governments are able to score points in accessibility and openness. These are heightened even more when citizen engagement is undertaken, creating an opportunity to gain insights on service level acceptance; establishing trial programs for service adoption and launching new “Digital First” services that citizens need and will embrace. Adopting a Digital-by-Default Service Delivery Strategy Mobile-ready, always-on Digital Services designed with context and convenience in mind will promote value for money to encourage citizens to follow the path of a more intuitive service delivery approach. Public sector agencies should therefore start to transition existing services and paper-based processes to a Digital Platform and develop these services in partnership with citizen representatives, private sector and NGOs to ensure inclusiveness and broad reach. However, an integral part of successful service delivery is having a workforce that is skilled in the use of digital technologies; which imposes a need for updated training programs and incentive schemes. Finally, where appropriate, the implementation of these Digital Services should be in a way where data can be made openly available in support of a government’s initiatives around Open Data and of citizens’ demands of transparency reports on government effectiveness. Governance Framework to Optimize Information Value As efforts are exerted to avail more information for public use, data governance challenges arise. As Open Data models begin to form, new data sets get created to be used by local governments and the private sector for new apps and services. This presents an opportunity to monetize this data; but again not at the expense of a lack of governance. It is therefore crucial that governments are able to strike a balance between trust/transparency from one side and privacy/security from the other. Creating a Citizen Digital Identity can be the first step towards achieving this. Personalized access, authentication and monitoring will allow citizens to have consent on what data can be shared. This will also assist Federal Governments in creating data security standards that can be tailored by local agencies according to the needs of their constituents. So go back to your organization, what does Digital Transformation mean to you? And how will you take the first steps? We know that governments around the globe have different priorities based on their citizens’ needs; does this blueprint allow you to meet these priorities?

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Life Sciences: Information is the Next Big Thing

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Before the digital era, the Life Sciences industry was all about the “next big thing” – the next drug, the best medical device, the new technology for procedures. While this is still the case, organizations are now also looking for the “next big thing” inside their existing information – to discover new strategic indications and uses, see patterns via analytics, and much more. But this means they must have control of, and visibility and access into, their content. By putting content into the right context, organizations can unify end-to-end processes and tap into the value of content throughout the process, resulting in better business decisions, faster time-to-market, and higher-quality products and customer service. This is the essence of digital transformation. Mike Shanler, Research VP from Gartner, says that at its most basic level, digital transformation is about getting away from “paper-based decisions”.  I believe digital transformation is also about letting technology do the heavy lifting to make digital decisions faster, easier and more impactful. Life Science organizations may need to embrace digital transformation more than any other industry, due to the complexity of their end-to-end processes, the rigorous regulatory requirements imposed on them, and frankly, because often lives are at stake. The Life Sciences industry has probably the greatest motivation – and perhaps the biggest responsibility – to ensure that they’re digitally transforming today to improve patient outcomes, while improving the bottom line. Digital transformation has a multi-faceted impact on Life Science organizations, such as: For Clinical, it helps companies bring information together to help make quicker go/no go decisions and apply analytics to clinical data to help discover new indications for existing drugs For Regulatory, it enables businesses to more quickly create, review and approve regulatory content and submit to agencies to speed up approvals, as well as provide a single view of all regulatory interactions associated with a submission For Quality, it gives organizations visibility into understanding whether a change to manufacturing (specs, methods, vendors etc.) creates a need to re-submit to agencies Ultimately, if Life Sciences organizations do not remedy these issues through digital transformation, they will be disrupted by organizations that have transformed and will beat them to market. We provide value by helping customers all along the digital transformation continuum. Whether the focus is on clinical, regulatory or quality, we can address today’s challenges with a suite of offerings that meet today’s demands and allow for expansion and scalability. This also enables organizations to realize the value achieved on a smaller scale, while laying the ground for the future. As with any major change in an industry, digital transformation will have winners and losers. Those who are willing to tackle information as “the next big thing” and address it head-on will reap the benefits. Even in highly regulated industries like Life Sciences, digital will be the path forward. So it’s critical to ask your organization, “Are we ready to transform?”.

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Saving Trees Could be Saving Your Business

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For the last quarter century, the use of paper has given way to digital images. But the switch goes far beyond awareness or an effort to save trees. The move toward digital in the enterprise started with an eye toward the bottom line; reducing physical space needs, automating manual processes and improving records retrieval. The notion that going green saves some green has taken on a broader impact for business more recently. Cutting paper use improves key drivers like productivity, accessibility and compliance. In fact, according to AIIM, the biggest driver for organizations’ adopting scanning and data capture is improved search and share (53%). Only 27% of organizations point to an environmental policy for ditching paper. For the last two decades, capture technology has been used as a best practice to eliminate paper. But many companies have yet to implement capture in their processes. It’s hard to understand why because digital assets benefit both organizations and their customers. Digital capture frees data from file cabinets, making it accessible by all employees and, ultimately, their clients as well. Email import is a great example. Companies receive an email with an invoice, doc, or other attachment. The recipient prints it, processes it, and then maybe scans it again to send it back. But why? Technology is available now to eliminate the urge to create more paper. Innovative companies leverage capture technologies to automatically open and process emails and attachments. Not only is the email auto-classified for content, but also the attachment can be opened and transaction processed with no manual interaction. Here’s a great use case. A top insurance company and current customer in the Netherlands has fully automated their email processes, and cut that staff from 34 to 5. In the old paper-based, manual processing world, the staff had to: Open and read each incoming email Open and print the attachments Push the attachments through a manual mailroom process to route and classify the content By automating email with capture, the company not only eliminated paper, but also drastically reduced the element of human error inherent in manual processes. Automated email processing also improves customer satisfaction, allowing companies to interact with customers quickly and accurately. In fact, according to AIIM, the biggest benefit of paper-free processes is faster customer response (43%). The insurance company now sends customers an immediate response and auto launches claims management processes. As a result, they arrive at settlements much faster and drive higher customer satisfaction. But simply streamlining is not enough. It’s crucial to examine fundamental business practices and blow up the internal status quo before being left behind by an outside “disruption.” Take a look at taxi companies, who did not develop apps to allow payment, tracking, and driver ID before Uber came along and forced their hand. Mobile capture is helping organizations make these leaps forward. Many banks now offer mobile check deposit to their customers, eliminating age-old, tedious and inconvenient in-person interactions with tellers. Other advances include using mobile devices to snap and send pictures of a W2 or other document for a loan application. This is a real-life example from a leading financial services organization that embedded Captiva’s mobile capture capabilities into their mobile app. Customers get fast service and real-time interactions anywhere, anytime. The lender, using great image quality and OCR, immediately ingests data and processes transactions much faster. No paper needed! Mobile capture solutions create a direct interface to customers, helping organizations understand consumer behavior patterns. What do customers want? When is an interaction successful? Such insight is invaluable, and drives innovation. Few advancements in technology have led to more “disruption” than the introduction of the cloud. We hear many B2B customers are planning a SaaS buy with capture services in the next two years. Capture as a Service (CaaS) allows organizations to hone in on eliminating paper at the edges of their organizations, like at branch offices. The CaaS provides an alternative to paper processing at remote locations by using intuitive capture apps that process without the heavy footprint of a dedicated scan client. Our LEAP app, Snap, opens the door to these capabilities by providing them in an ergonomic capture interface. Because it’s cloud-based, a Snap environment and Snap users can be provisioned in minutes enabling remote users access to the same rich set of functionality such as real-time auto-classification and field validation that users expect faster than ever. As an example, LEAP Snap drives innovation by providing these capabilities proven capture services in a CaaS environment. Paper may never go away fully, at least not in the near future. But companies can create clear, measurable business benefits by reducing or eliminating paper and paper based manual processes. AIIM reports that 59% of organizations achieved a payback in less than 12 months from their paper-free projects, including 26% in 6 months or less. 84% achieved payback in less than 18 months – the highest AIIM has ever recorded. But eliminating paper is not a destination, it’s a journey. Truly innovative companies find ways to fundamentally change the way they do business by interfacing with customers at their first point of contact, and eliminating paper in the process. In honor of AIIM’s World Paper Free Day #WPFD, today we celebrate the digital business.

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Lucky Number 13

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I have never been the superstitious type; full moons, cemeteries, ghosts, vampires, etc., just don’t bother me. Werewolves, on the other hand are a different story, but that is childhood trauma that I will save for another day. So when it came time to participate in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management, I didn’t put much thought into the notion we were shooting for our 13th consecutive report positioned as a leader, because I like to deal in facts, and that fact is ECM is more important today than it has ever been, and our offering is again recognized as a Leader. As avid ECM practitioners we all know the importance of content and if you are like me (old),then you have seen how the role of content had evolved over the years. This evolution has not been lost on us, over the last 13 years we have constantly enhanced our ECM portfolio so our customers can address their current and future ECM needs. ECM used to be about how organizations take control of their content and while it is still a basic tenet, it’s not where we believe customers will receive the most value. We released LEAP because it is clear to us that the future of ECM is heading away from the notion of a single massive repository to a place where heterogeneous ECM systems work together to support the needs of the business; where purpose built applications that address different use cases, yet share a common API, can leverage content irrespective of where it lives. Fundamentally, the focus is on business outcomes and customer experience, where content apps seamlessly integrate with enterprise apps and enhance the experience of both customers and employees. Both LEAP and our solutions portfolio have key strengths making people way more productive, improving business outcomes and enhancing customer experiences, as demonstrated through the following apps: LEAP Courier – a new way to power business processes that depend on structured document exchange across organizational boundaries, providing a consumer-grade user experience for secure and structured document exchange, validation and tracking LEAP Snap – automatically captures, categorizes and organizes documents and related document information in real-time, turning unstructured content into actionable digital business information LEAP Concert – enables the creation of documents in a collaborative but controlled environment with the ability to identify and assign work to be done, and the use of simple review workflows that allow review and approval LEAP Express – easily browse, access, search and approve all content, no matter where it lives, on multiple form factors including web, tablet and mobile LEAP Focus – allows for fast, yet detailed reading and reviewing of business documents on mobile devices, eliminating “pinch-to-zoom” functions by automatically reformatting the document It is little wonder then, that we believe LEAP and our solutions portfolio are viewed as key strengths by our customers, partners and the industry at large. After all, these strategic initiatives make people way more productive, improve business outcomes and enhance customer experience, but perhaps equally important is the fact that our vision provides customers with a roadmap that enables their Digital Transformation initiatives. Much has been written about Digital Transformation and its disruptive impact to incumbents and while there is massive potential for disruption there is also massive potential for innovation. In the Digital Transformation era customer expectations are at an all-time high and successful organizations will need to address these expectations. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Three Ways to Provide Integrated and Personalised Care

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A new European study, commissioned by IDC highlights the key role in managing clinical information in a more integrated way. The research reveals that the UK and Nordics healthcare organisations are progressively adopting integrated and personalised care models. While today only 10 percent of healthcare organisations are ready for an integrated and personalised care model, 45 percent of them plan to move in that direction over the next two years. The reasons behind this shift is due to the rising costs of fragmented care across healthcare systems. In addition, there has been a shift in demographics due to an aging population and the rising burden of chronic diseases and mental health conditions. Patient demands are also changing. They have higher expectations regarding the quality of care and expect a better, more personalised experience as a result. The problem is that healthcare executives are aware that change needs to happen to achieve integrated and personalised care. However, they still have concerns over security and data protection, regulatory compliance, and constraints on resources whilst trying to keep costs down. In order for organisations to make this change, their information management strategies, governance and architecture must be aligned. There are three ways to do this: 1. Share data with wider healthcare networks – The full 360-degree view of the patient is still a distant vision, but sharing data with other healthcare providers, and starting a dialogue with social care and public health is a feasible objective. Information sharing between care settings is critical to incorporate and manage the increasingly wide mix of data types and sources that can help build a 360-degree view of the patient. Today, the majority of healthcare providers that own patient data have established standard rules for multilateral data sharing across the health ecosystem as they recognise the value of sharing data across the health ecosystem. Doing so can also help to improve the quality and speed of clinical research. 2. Give patients more control over their data – Healthcare executives want to give patients more control over their data to enhance engagement and make them aware of the value sharing information can offer, in order for them to act as active participants in the delivery of healthcare services. However, healthcare establishments still need to define guidelines for consent from the patient as, at the moment, they can still claim their own privacy rights. In the next two years, 45 percent of healthcare executives are expected to co-own data with the patient and ask for their consent to share data across the health ecosystem. Implementing a strategy that takes into account greater patient empowerment, will be a benefit to any healthcare organisation. 3. Better integration, Improved Clinical Outcomes – Mobility, cloud, social media, big data analytics help to overcome the limit of data sharing caused by point-to-point integration. To establish a truly patient-centric longitudinal record to be used along the patient journey, healthcare executives need IT systems – across both health and care – to be interoperable with one another and to support the end-to-end information management strategy. Thereby, strategy, governance and architecture capabilities have to be aligned in order to deliver integrated care in a coordinated way.

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Partnership Transforms Everything at #MMTM16

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We’re getting ready to kick off our Partner Summit at Momentum Europe in Barcelona today, and I’m excited to be spending time with our European partners and team, discussing the opportunities ahead. It’s one of the things I love about heading up the global partner program – partnership transforms everything – and with Digital Transformation as a key theme of our event, the timing for these discussions couldn’t be better. In another post, I’ll share some key takeaways from my partner interactions, but for now let me share some of the ways our partners are driving transformation. Below is some of the exciting news they’re announcing as part of their Momentum participation: Life Sciences Transformation Informed Products today announced the release of two new products, both designed to help transform the Life Sciences industry. A great complement to our recently announced Documentum Life Sciences Solution Suite 4.2, these Informed Products share our focus on making transformation easier, faster and more cost effective, while maintaining compliance. Informed Products’ SharePoint for Life Sciences (SPA4LS) takes the SharePoint integration with Documentum one step further by integrating it with Documentum’s Life Sciences Suite and adding specific Life Science functionalities. In addition, Informed Products’ Enterprise Quality Management Solution Light (EQMS Light) is an integrated Quality Management module for the Documentum® Life Sciences Solution Suite. EQMS Light enables Life Sciences companies to comply with FDA and EMA Quality Management rules instantly and affordably, while being flexible enough to cater to company-specific needs. Healthcare Transformation In the Lutech wHospital® announcement, Lutech explains how “Digital disruption is real and it’s affecting every sector, every market and our daily lives…It’s important to be aware of this transformation and be ready for it.” And they’re right! We’re excited to be working with Lutech wHospital team to help drive efficiency, ensure traceability and integrate with critical systems across Q&M. We’re also excited that #MMTM16 provides us with an opportunity to talk to our healthcare customers about their digital choices. Digital Workforce Transformations Celebrating both its 10-year anniversary and 10-year relationship with the Enterprise Content Division (ECD), Docbyte explained how our organizations work together to assist organizations with their digital transformation challenges by providing smart digital workplace and archiving solutions. These help organizations gain full and flexible control over all documents and optimize business processes. When it comes to content and business process management, the organizations are focused on delivering the right tools to their customers to help them build the next digital enterprise. The relationship has also been instrumental in extending Docbyte’s solution portfolio across different sectors, including Financial Services & Insurance, Healthcare, Life Sciences and more.  Application Transformation Digital transformation also occurs when organizations eliminate applications they don’t need, reinvest those dollars for innovation, and use inactive data to provide insights for a competitive advantage. ASSET Technology Group is doing just this with its recently Certified Solution, ARROW Correspondence Management Solution and ASSET Suite for InfoArchive. ASSET has successfully met a comprehensive set of criteria for superior design, development and implementation. ASSET has demonstrated that it understands customer challenges, such as data volumes growing exponentially and stricter regulations increasing. Now organizations can tap into an easily accessible and agile solution that can scale to meet their needs, increasing operational efficiency and tapping into the power of data for digital transformation. Partnering for Transformation It’s also exciting to see our partners take their own transformations to the next level. Today, MetaSource, the largest distributor of ApplicationXtender (AX) announced that it is partnering with inovoo for its dedicated sales and technical support partner for the EMEA region. Additionally, Metasource’s MetaSTOR product (AX in the cloud) will be available for the EMEA region and offer cloud-based archiving and workflow solutions built around ApplicationXtender & Captiva software, plus inovoo’s NOVO Mail and NOVO Mobile. I’m pleased to see that partner platforms like our Springboard program, are bringing partners together to transform themselves, and ultimately their customers. These are just a few of the announcements we expect to see, and certainly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our focus on digital transformation.

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What is the Future of Data Governance for the Financial Services Sector?

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In the past few years, the Financial Services sector has been working to comply with a range of regulations that have called for data governance to be embedded in their business, including the likes of Solvency II and BCBS 239. Many companies are probably relaxing a little as dates for these regulations have now passed or are imminent. But what is next? Can Financial Service companies stop focusing on data and data governance? I promote the benefits of data governance to everyone, so obviously, you’d expect me to say no, of course, they cannot, or should not abandon data governance. But let’s be clear, the reason I say no, is not based on an evangelistic stance of managing data for the greater good. Firstly, meeting the existing regulatory requirements was not a one-off project. They require an ongoing commitment to manage and protect the quality of your data going forward. In addition, there are several new regulatory requirements and changes coming in the sector that will lead to an increased focus on data. This is certainly not the time to stop managing your data proactively. The new regulations may not spell out that “data governance” is needed, but if you have implemented data governance properly, your Data Governance Framework should sit at the centre of all your data activities, ensuring that everything is aligned with both each other and the corporate strategy of your company. So, let’s look briefly at a few of the themes that are going to impact the Financial Services sector over the next few years: GDPR No blog on this topic would be complete without mentioning GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in May 2018. That may sound a long way off, but the requirements to manage personal data are likely to require a significant change in how you manage your data. I have found that the Data Protection Officers want to mature their data governance approach, as some of the GDPR requirements have a direct link to data governance. For example, you need to prove data accuracy, data integrity and, to enact the right to be forgotten (i.e. data erasure), you need to know what data is stored where on your systems and where better to hold that than in a data repository? Improving your Data Governance Framework leaves you in a better place to meet these GDPR requirements. Digital Transformation This term is much used of late and sometimes not understood. According to Wikipedia, it relates to “the change associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society”. Digital transformation is going to rely on the technology being able to find the right and consistent data. If you are not confident that your data is well defined, understood and of good quality, then you need to mature your data governance approach before you embrace these technologies, or you may not get the results you were expecting. Operating Model Programmes Operational Excellence and Target Operating Model Programmes are prevalent in the industry at present. However, not all are getting the expected results and that maybe because they have not focused on data. Companies in the know are including a data work stream in such programmes. New systems and streamlined processes are unlikely to achieve the desired efficiencies if sub-standard or missing data is ignored. Indeed, in one instance it was discovered that many of the manual and time consuming processes they were trying to streamline had arisen because of data issues. It should be a fundamental part of such programmes to identify what data is needed where and of what quality to run your business better. In summary, now is the time to evolve and embed your Data Governance Framework to ensure that you can meet new regulatory requirements and get the results you expect from big change initiatives. Build on what you have delivered to date and extend it to other data in your organisation. Maturing your data governance capability will leave you not only able to comply with regulatory requirements but in a great position to support your company as it embraces the digital advance.

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