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Kofax Transform 2012

Anne Valaitis
 Mar 16, 2012

The 2012 Kofax Transform event was held in San Diego earlier this week.  This Kofax event is a mix of partners, vendors, customers and analysts with a total attendance estimated at over 600.  They had a robust lineup of educational sessions targeted at the diverse set of attendees that would span 2 days (there were pre-conference product certification classes as well).

Kofax has undergone dramatic changes in the last few years; optimizing their own historic business, reorganizing their channel (down from 1200 at a high), managing through a tired economy (both in the US and EMEA), and acquisitions meant to expand and bolster their capabilities and portfolio.  Kofax remains a leader in enterprise scan and content capture with the lion’s share of licenses in this space.  In order to remain on trend, and looking to be agile with its business, Kofax made two significant acquisitions in the last 8 months, Atalasoft and Singularity.  Atalasoft is a development company that works with its DotImage SDK to image enable apps and portals.  Singularity, by contrast, allows Kofax to extend their reach into the business beyond capture and into the BPM market.

At the event, the main message was “capture enabled business process management”, and what that will mean for its customers, and resellers.  Executives such as CEO Reynolds Bish and CMO Martyn Christian spent time outlining the current business and then began to connect the dots for the future.  The future, according to Kofax, will be heavily influenced by mobile development and technologies.  They went so far as to provide a “preview” of a mobile app along with a strategy to integrate mobile into the capture continuum.

In terms of tone, I felt the event was well received from their partners and resellers.  The dust seems to have settled and generally the resellers feel positive regarding the path that Kofax is taking.  Customers I spoke with were happy with their implementations of Kofax, some being clients for years now.  It remains to be seen how Capture, DM and ECM vendors will weather the storm of acquisition and compression in the industry, last week’s announcement of Lexmark acquiring Brainware demonstrates the value of content capture in a total solution.

HIMSS 2012: Interoperability, Mobility, and New Innovations in Healthcare IT

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 Feb 27, 2012

HIMSS 2012, one of the largest health information technology conferences in the United States, was held in Las Vegas last week where vendors showcased a variety of new hardware and software relating to the healthcare market. One of the biggest announcements during the conference was the new CDA standard approved by HL7, which addresses universal requirements for the conversion of unstructured, paper documents into files that can be distributed into EHR systems.

This was great news for vendors like Nuance, Canon, and Fujitsu, who demoed their solutions, MFPs, and scanners as being CDA compatible with the ability to seamlessly integrate documents into an organization’s EMR. Nuance’s eCopy ShareScan streamlines the scanning of paper documents to electronic documents using existing hardware. (Nuance also plans on incorporating clinical language understanding (CLU) into their capture software later this year). Canon MFPs were used to demonstrate the eCopy solution at their booth and at the Interoperability Showcase, where attendees could watch several live use case scenarios simulating healthcare environments and witness how standards-based transactions streamline clinical workflows regardless of device brand or software or service provider. Fujitsu and Inofile also showcased their new document imaging solution running on the ScanSnap device. The Inofile software is designed to help healthcare organizations reach Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. Read more »

Increasing efficiency and mobility integration: Is there an MFP app for that?

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 Feb 2, 2012

Apps have taken the IT industry by storm, quickly moving into businesses and onto MFPs. Many MFP apps are meant to save businesses time and money while improving efficiency. Although many of these apps allow users to scan documents to a cloud repository, send alerts to staff, or find cartridge refill stores with the touch of a button (or app?), there are many others that aren’t quite as efficient or economical.

For the most part, vendors have created printer apps to enhance office productivity. Some vendors even provide app categories tailored to certain verticals, like healthcare or legal. But even when looking at these types of apps, they all pretty much have one thing in common — printing. And in such an eco-friendly, “think-before-you-print” environment, are these apps truly meant to increase efficiency and save businesses money if it’s costing more in ink, toner, and paper? Instead, there are apps to print out stationary, Sudoku puzzles, news feeds, maps, and more. Now I see why there is a “cartridge finder” app. Read more »

Nuance acquires eCopy

Anne Valaitis
 Oct 6, 2009

Nuance has completed an acquisition of eCopy. Apparently inked on September 30th, the Nuance acquisition shouldn’t be surprising in this rather accelerated time of consolidation. In fact it seems compression in our industry is hitting a fever pitch these days with acquisition news abound. We ponder on a daily basis, who is next, what makes sense, and who can afford to acquire whom?

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Obama’s Plan: Focus on Healthcare, Part 2

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 Dec 12, 2008

In my last post, I discussed some recent research conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine regarding Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions in light of President-elect Obama’s proposal to invest $50 billion in these technologies. In this post, I’d like to broaden the scope of the discussion to include market dynamics, Google’s and Microsoft’s roles, and what the future may hold. As before, you can access a more robust audio/PPT webinar, which also includes some discussion of enabling technologies.

(Webinar note: although I briefly mention the importance of back-file digitization strategies in deploying an EHR — including capture hardware and software — this element should not be understated. Healthcare remains a paper-intensive vertical market, and strategies for digitizing the paper-based information that will continue to be created are at least as important as capturing the mass of legacy documents that are already in existence.  To this end, InfoTrends perceives growth in distributed capture hardware and software, which allow these paper documents to be ingested by EHRs closer to their point of origin.)

There seem to be two somewhat-competing camps in the healthcare records space: Read more »

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