Dez 22, 2017 | by Johannes Schabel | 1 Comments

Prolog
Es ist kurz vor Weihnachten im Jahr 2017. Ich beschäftige mich tagtäglich beruflich mit Themen der Digitalisierung. Business Intelligence, Big Data. Ich zeige unseren Kunden beeindruckende neue Möglichkeiten auf, die die Digitalisierung uns eröffnet. Die Geschäftswelt wird revolutioniert. Es ist Dezember, kurz vor Weihnachten und ich sitze im Büro.

 

Akt 1
Riiing, riiing.
Hallo Schatz. Die Heizung ist kalt.
Warum ist die Heizung kalt?
Alle Heizkörper im Haus sind kalt. Es ist so kalt hier.
So ein Mist, zwei Tage vor Weihnachten. Ich rufe den Spengler an.

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Aug 1, 2017 | by Kirstin Dreyfuerst | 0 Comments

The continuously growing number of contracts and their precise handling is a constant challenge to many organizations. Therefore, fme developed an OpenText Documentum D2 based Contract Management Framework. With this framework, clients can efficiently manage their contracts and ensure that they are accurately recorded and audited to meet compliance guidelines. But what’s behind all this? Let’s take a closer look!


OpenText Documentum D2 – a solid backbone

The OpenText D2 background provides a configurable and adaptable basis with which the contract management solution can easily be adapted to customer needs.


Main functions of the fme D2 Contract Management Framework

The solution contains all basic settings for the setup of contract management documents and processes: a set of document types with attributes, lifecycles and workflows, permission control and search and reporting functionality.

Additionally it contains a specific clause library functionally to compose contracts of already reviewed and internally approved text blocks, which are organized as part documents and serve as contract template parts. This reduces risks of inconsistency and ensures organizational compliance.
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Mai 13, 2016 | by Günter Ilka | 0 Comments

Glühbrine

Document management is no longer greenfield terrain. By now many companies have already determined their need for a document management system and understand the benefits it offers them, especially in the Life Sciences. For this reason, nearly every company dealing with mission-critical documents has implemented some sort of solution in recent years.

The question that is now more likely to arise is whether the performance level and user friendliness of today’s system are still adequate, and/or capable of meeting growing requirements. And it could be that other providers have developed a newer, more attractive solution.

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Apr 14, 2016 | by Ria Gebert | 0 Comments

Unfortunately, that is reality far too often. The rollout of a new software takes place without integrating those people that should eventual use it effectively– namely the employees. But rollout projects are always change projects because the use of a new application normally is connected with process changes in the functioning of the employees. But why changing well-tried? That is what many users ask themselves and start using the new software with old and familiar processes. It is obvious that this is doomed to failure and the result is rejection and frustration from all sides. The solution: target-group-specific communication starting at an early stage.

A communications strategy that accompanies an employee before, during and after introducing a new software and which considers the elements hand, head and stomach increases the satisfaction and the success of each rollout. But why especially these three elements?

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Feb 12, 2016 | by Markus Oponczewski | 0 Comments

Lately I have been talking to different clients about their journey into the digital transformation, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). We are looking into how we can help them to fully exploit the possibilities of existing technologies and business models and furthermore challenge existing business models through existing and new technologies. In the course of this I finally got my hands on a bunch of Amazon dash buttons. Despite that I’m not able to use them as intended (only US, only Amazon prime), buying detergents or diapers just by pushing the button, I am quite happy! The dash buttons are remarkable IoT devices and representing a milestone in technical evolution affecting the lives of most of us.

Remarkable, milestone, evolution, revolution… isn’t it just a button able to order some goods or products? I think it’s far more, Amazon paved the way for IoT business for retail and consumer markets. They standardized a powerful hardware setup for low cost, running infrastructures capable and scalable to handle any amount of purchase requests, provide easy setups for the users and alongside ease customer loyalty and are attractive to vendors, selling their goods.

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Jan 27, 2016 | by admin | 0 Comments
1 | MIGRATION VS. DECOMMISSIONING

IBM Domino has been around for decades. Mid-sized to very large companies have built hundreds and thousands of applications around IBM Domino that support their business processes; many of those applications are business critical, e.g. because they store information that is subject to legal requirements.

But the IT world keeps changing. New technologies arise nearly every day. Companies need to continuously review their IT strategy in order not to fall behind. Regarding IBM’s Domino offering there are quite a few reasons why companies reassess their investments into that technology. Many of those companies already have decided or are in the process of deciding to move away from IBM Domino. They are looking at Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems like Alfresco, EMC Documentum, OpenText, SharePoint etc. to replace the applications they have built on IBM Domino technology over the last 15 to 20 years. Another option is to archive the information from these applications in an Enterprise Archive like EMC’s InfoArchive platform. And – what a surprise, this is not an easy job. IBM Domino as well as the applications built on top of it has unique features that the target platform might not support and that might be difficult to implement – even with huge customizing efforts.

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Nov 25, 2015 | by muhlenberg | 0 Comments

Maintaining a silo with millions and billions of documents is a huge challenge. At some point the need to make changes to the system configuration, metadata and object model or even to the physical environment, either in terms of hardware or with software- version upgrades might arise.

Usually this does not seem to be a very big deal since there are plenty of migration tools and products out there specifically designed for such a task. The obvious way is to put the corresponding system in read-only mode, do necessary changes and/or upgrades, move documents from A to B and activate the new platform. (In fact this is not as easy as one may think- but that is another story)

But what happens if there is no option for a large maintenance time-frame? No option for a single system-downtime at all? There may be situations where the system must be up and running for nearly 24 hours a day, seven days a week…

Good news is there are two approaches how such requirements can be met. The first one, compared to the other, will take a lot of time but makes it theoretically possible to migrate without a single second of downtime. read more

Sep 11, 2012 | by J. Wagner | 0 Comments

Gerade blicke ich auf die Client-Server-Architekturen zurück, mit denen ich in meinen mehr als 25 Jahren als Software-Entwickler zu tun hatte. Dabei sehe ich vor meinem geistigen Auge so etwas wie ein Pendel, das zwischen Client und Server hin- und herschwingt.

Während meines Studiums in den 80er Jahren waren Mainframes/Hosts mit 3270er Terminals angesagt. Das Pendel hing also beim Server.

Als in den 90er Jahren die PCs dank Intel-486 immer leistungsfähiger wurden und durch sinkende Preise weite Verbreitung fanden, schwang das Pendel zur Client-Seite. Anwendungen wurden typischerweise als Fat-Clients gebaut.

Doch dann der Zoo genutzter Windows-Client-Plattformen zur Jahrtausendwende: 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT mit diversen Service-Packs. Die Client-Anwendungen waren sehr empfindlich… Stichwort DLL-Hölle. Das Pendel schwang wieder zurück zum Server, Web-Applikationen im Browser waren angesagt… bis die vielen Seitenladevorgänge wieder die Suche nach etwas Neuem anstießen.

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Nov 20, 2009 | by admin | 0 Comments

Die Situation ist altbekannt: die meisten Informationen in Unternehmen liegen in unstrukturierter Form – als Texte – vor. Heute kommen Dokumente nahezu ausschließlich elektronisch zur Welt („digitally born“) und jedes Dokument existiert im Durchschnitt 5,3 Mal. Da ist es nicht erstaunlich, dass mit steigender Dokumentzahl die Suche nach dem relevanten Dokument zunehmend mehr Zeit beansprucht. Um dem entgegen zu wirken, wurde versucht, mit einer Reihe von neuen Software-Produkten diese Herausforderung zu lösen: Der ECM-Markt entwickelte sich. Der „Missing Link“ war jedoch das Thema „Suche“, denn sie entscheidet darüber, ob der ECM-Ansatz trägt oder nicht. Am Ende des Tages muss man sich nämlich fragen, wozu man den ganzen Aufwand treibt. Die Antwort ist banal: Um das richtige Dokument zu finden! read more