By Ryan White, August 9, 2012
DTI Integrated Business Solutions, Inc. (www.dtiibs.com ) started as a company in 1984 selling microfilm solutions to companies and other organizations to help them efficiently manage their traditional paper problems. Today our focus is on digital imaging, capture, and workflow solutions, (http://www.dtiibs.com/managing_content.aspx), but we never forget where we came from!
Microphotographs date back to 1839 when John Benjamin Dancer was able to reduce an image to a ratio of 160:1. It took almost eighty years for the technology to make its way into the commercial space where applications ranged from cancelled checks to foreign newspapers, engineering documents to land records.
When DTI started selling microfilm in 1984, we had a distributor agreement with Canon Micrographic division to sell the first plain paper (not a thermo print roll of paper like the old fax machines) reader printer. Fortunately this was a great product for the market and our company began to grow.
In the early 1990’s, scanning technology entered the general marketplace. We continued to sell microfilm reader printers, but the sales of microfilm cameras essentially stopped. This new scanning technology fascinated us all and we made a shift in our company focus toward the future with digital images. For the last 15 years, we have been predicting the end of microfilm to be “coming in the next two years.” But somehow, each and every year when we look at our annual sales performance, we continue to show solid performance for micrographic equipment (relative to today’s market). Although the overall demand for microfilm technology has diminished, it has not gone away.
One of the benefits of microfilm as an archival media was its durability. Quality film could last one hundred years and as long as you had a light and a lens, you could retrieve the information. Now, this 150 year old technology is in every city, county, state, and federal agency. The media created over the last 50 years will last for the next 50 years and beyond. The vast amount of organizations that need microfilm equipment and support has brought us to the realization that there is still a smaller, but viable market for this technology.
DTI will proudly continue to deliver and support microfilm products to our clients for years to come. Visit our web page (www.dtiibs.com ) for more information on the products we have available. If you currently have microfilm equipment and are in need of support in NC, SC, or Va., please let us know, as we would be glad to help.
Tags: ApplicationXtender, AX, content management, DTI, EMC
By: Ryan White, July 23, 2012
DTI Integrated Business Solutions, Inc. (www.dtiibs.com) has been providing content management, workflow, imaging, and integration services since 1984 when gas was $1.10 per gallon, Ghostbusters was in theaters, and the first Apple Macintosh hit the market. It is amazing to look back on history and reminisce about the past and relive some of the good times.
That is the situation where we find ourselves today with one of our valued partnerships. When DTI began selling and implementing electronic document imaging solutions in the early 1990’s, one of our first partnerships was with a company called OTG. They had a simple, yet dynamic product that was able to manage large amounts of images and electronic content helping companies solve problems of paper overload, access to information, and office productivity. This product was named ApplicationXtender, or AX for short (http://www.dtiibs.com/documents/AX65DataSheet.pdf ).
In 2002, OTG was acquired by Legato, which was then acquired by EMC about one year later. The AX product became overshadowed by other products in the EMC line and despite the strong margins provided by the product, the revenue numbers were small when compared to other EMC products.
Last year as we evaluated our business, we were delighted to see that our most successful implementations and ongoing service engagements were with our EMC AX client base. And why shouldn’t they be? The product is stable, consistent, and requires as little overhead as it used to. New applications are added in a few hours, and additional licenses are easy to acquire. These clients represented a broad market segment from government to manufacturing and AX is deployed in sites with hundreds of users and those with only a few. Our clients did not lose focus on their commitment to a great product. Many continued to expand the use across departments and continue to enjoy the stability of a long standing solution.
Organized under EMC’s Intelligent Information Group (IIG), AX 6.5, sports a new look, new functionality and is still easy to deploy and use. New developments in the integration capabilities and an updated licensing model have enhanced the user experience while protecting a low cost of ownership when compared to other solutions. Blending these developments with Captiva scanning software (http://www.dtiibs.com/documents/intelligent-capture-so.pdf ) also an EMC product in the IIG) provides the advanced capture capabilities unavailable in the early days of AX. Now EMC clients have the benefits of a broad spectrum of content management functionality all from a single manufacturer.
At a recent Partner Conference, we found and one of the most exciting aspects was the general atmosphere and attitude of the partners in attendance. Everyone was very open in sharing successes and specialties they had developed. This is a very active community of small businesses and we see the value in working together. Some partners highlighted new technology such as mobile solutions, others highlighted recent successes in a specific industry, and we were asked to share our strategy for an emerging market opportunity. Working with this group in a collaborative environment brought new ideas to the table and everyone left with action items to help grow our business and bring more value to our clients.
EMC ApplicationXtender continues to provide great performance and reliability. New development efforts at EMC supported by revitalization of the partner community bring back the excitement of working with this product years ago. We are having fun renewing old friendships in this community and reliving the success of the early days of the product. In upcoming articles, we will be sharing a blend of technical information along with commentary on new technologies related to content management. If you have specific questions, let us know and we will do our best to answer. For now, here is a link to our website where you can find more information on content management technologies including a short video produced by EMC on ApplicationXtender. http://www.dtiibs.com/managing_content.aspx Our resource page (http://www.dtiibs.com/resourcelibrary.html ) contains other information that may be helpful in your research.
Now excuse me while I go watch some Home Improvement reruns, play the original Nintendo Game Boy, and listen to my old Genesis CD’s on my Sony Discman…
Tags: document management, workflow automation
This brief presentation will describe the value of extending your existing applications – such as SAP, Microsoft Office and SharePoint – with an instant document management solution from EMC.
Tags: capture automation, capture software, process improvement
This brief presentation describes the Captiva Intelligent Enterprise Captures solution, and how the solution can stop paper from slowing down your business.
EMC Captiva InputAccel for Invoices transforms manual, paper-intensive invoice processing into an incredibly efficient AP operation, taking invoice processing time down from weeks to just hours. InputAccel for Invoices reduces manual data entry and operational costs by leveraging intelligent capture automation, resulting in increased productivity and the opportunity to take advantage of early pay discounts. For more information, check out the following data sheet on Captiva InputAccel for Invoices: http://ow.ly/6Hr4Y
Check out Solution Overview of EMC’s Documentum ApplicationXtender for Accounts Payable http://ow.ly/6bBfO
Learn how Captiva Intelligent Enterprise Capture Solutions reduce cost and streamline paper-intensive business… http://ow.ly/6bB8I
Learn how Captiva Intelligent Enterprise Capture Solutions reduce cost and streamline paper-intensive business processes: http://www.emc.com/collateral/software/solution-overview/h4791-ax-accounts-payable-so.pdf
Check out Solution Overview of EMC’s Documentum ApplicationXtender for Accounts Payable
By Mark Jackson on July 7, 2011
Organizations can benefit in a multitude of ways by implementing a unified ECM platform. As organizations are faced with an influx of unstructured content across the enterprise, it is crucial that a content strategy be established in order to minimize the number of disparate systems that manage both paper-based and digital content. Implementing all ECM functionality on a single platform will lower your total cost of ownership, provide greater efficiency to access and share content across enterprise, and allow for effective integration with other lines of business systems from a single core solutions provider.