September 30, 2016 | Written by: Roger Welch
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There is a gigantic mountain of money waiting for the person or team that figures out how to deliver a cloud hosted, transaction-based document processing solution. This solution should include mobile devices as well as central scanning departments across numerous document types, as we are in the age of digital transformation. This is an opinion I share at every Datacap class that I teach and it’s grounded in years of feedback from every Datacap engagement I have delivered worldwide.
Transactional Datacap is a new spin on an old idea. The Web Server has always had the ability to call a single ruleset independent of RuleRunner or Datacap Server. We call Verify to validate field data and we do it from the UI. Transactional processing is simply extending that ability for a web service to call any ruleset, and this small change makes a gigantic difference.
For decades we have processed batches at a central office. A cloud offering maintains the central concept and is not a large leap for Datacap, but today’s mobile on-demand world doesn’t process in bulk anymore. Business operates at a transaction level, meaning 1 customer or process wanting to accomplish a single task and get immediate feedback. Immediate feedback for a single task or transaction, that’s the key, and it means we can’t run bulk items through numerous background process tasks. Neither can we return success or failure codes to a central server. We have to accept work from a variety of devices and methods, process the exact request – including its inherit requirements, and return the result in seconds to the original requestor while also saving the transaction to the central business repository.
It’s not a small task but all the tools are available. Transactional processing, the ability to write a ruleset for a given process and return immediately to the source, is a reality in Datacap, although it does require some programming effort. The open source Datacap mobile SDK is a powerful tool for developers to design front end document management. IBM cloud services including licensing models are set and ready.
The world is simply waiting for someone to step up and write a comprehensive solution to the obvious and glaring ECM problem of this decade. Analog paper process still exists in a world where only digital companies that extend their services to an on-demand customer will survive. The person that figures this out and gets it done will be on a Forbes richest people in America list. Sounds exciting? Have a look at the Datacap on Cloud infographic that can provide you with useful insights on getting up to speed with this digital transformation.