In the Flow

Nintex Xchange 2018

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 08/14/2018

Earlier this year Nintex hosted Xchange 2018, the company’s third annual customer and partner conference. More than 500 business leaders and IT professionals converged on the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, to network and learn about AI, best practices and Nintex’s workflow solutions. The event featured keynotes and presentations from Nintex’s (now former) CEO John Burton, CTO Alain Gentilhomme, CMO Matt Fleckenstein, Senior VP of Technology Strategy Ryan Duguid, Salesforce VP for Strategic Research Peter Coffee, and Box Chief Product Officer Jeetu Patel. Attendees could also attend more than 40 breakout sessions or meet one-on-one with representatives from Nintex.

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Digitalization, the MFP and the Mobile Worker

Larry Trevarthen

by Larry Trevarthen | 08/13/2018

As the office market has evolved from desktops to mobile, the multifunction printer (MFP) has evolved as well. Not only is the MFP the critical printer for high impact color documents in the office, it is also a fundamental element of the digital ecosystem with its scan and mobile integration. In this sense, the MFP bridges the gap between the paper and digital environment. Today, in addition to print, copy, scan and fax, MFPs offer connectivity and fully integrated workflow solutions.    

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Cybersecurity Has Become the Business of Technology at CompTIA ChannelCon

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 08/10/2018

Thousands of IT professionals descended on Washington, D.C., July 31-August 2 for the annual CompTIA ChannelCon event, and BPO Media was there to bear witness. The focus this year was "The Business of Technology," and to our eyes, it seems that a large portion of that business is now focused around cybersecurity.

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Jumping S-Curves and the Cyber-Physical/Cyber-Life Revolution

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 08/06/2018

Workplaces have traditionally consisted of people following processes that were supported by technology. Not anymore. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about a keynote presented by Dr. Tassu Shervani which explored how technology is reshaping the world, along with the opportunities and challenges it brings. Dr. Shervani is a professor at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University as well as an external consultant to some of the largest companies in the world. He discussed why he thinks technology is coming at us so fast, explained S-curves to the layman, and talked about how we are on the cusp of a technological revolution that will fundamentally change the world. It was hands down one of the best presentations I have seen in a long while, and I must not have been the only person that felt that way, because after the Sharp National Dealer Meeting where I first experienced Dr. Shervani’s insights, I was lucky enough to see Shervani again in Ft. Worth sponsored by Sharp at the latest BTA event.

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Driving Innovation With Digital Technology and Process Automation

Ken Neal

by Ken Neal | 07/31/2018

When it comes to the level of importance placed on automating business processes, research by AIIM reveals that this is high on the list for many organizations. Seventy-five percent of survey respondents report that this is a “must do” in their business model, making it more of a requirement than a “nice to have.” This priority was the driving force behind a project recently initiated with a leading law firm.

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Workflow Ninjas: A Conversation With Nintex’s Ryan Duguid

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 07/31/2018

Whether they need to share, store and collaborate on documents, or manage projects, customer accounts, billing, contracts, and so on, many businesses rely on platforms like Box, SharePoint and Salesforce as a part of their everyday operations. For many of those businesses, the platforms have evolved from “useful tool that helped us grow our business” to “critical business system that we can’t live without.”

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SharePoint Saturdays

Joanne E. Novak

by Joanne E. Novak | 07/23/2018

The first time I heard about SharePoint Saturdays (SPS), I did a double-take. What? People attend an event run by volunteers to learn more about SharePoint? Then I saw how many of these free sessions exist around the world. It turns out that with 100 million active users, there is plenty of interest in SharePoint and how to use it beyond collaboration.

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The Future of Collaboration Is in the Digital Workspace

Alexandra Lilienthal

by Alexandra Lilienthal | 07/17/2018

Digital workspaces are workspaces of the future – integral to the success of business in the long term, allowing teams to collaborate from anywhere. But they do come with challenges in ensuring they perform optimally within organizations’ ecosystems and satisfy the requirements of a connected world.

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The Power of PDFs

Tracey Mustacchio

by Tracey Mustacchio | 07/10/2018

PDF files are underrated. They are commonly shared as forms or presentations, and often serve as the final destination in the creative process – after a document is typed, the last step is to convert it to a PDF for sending.  However, in some cases the finality of PDF files can frustrate recipients who may need to take the extra step of printing the document to sign and rescan, or manually retyping the content in a word processing program to create an editable version.

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HIMSS18 Roundup

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 07/03/2018

In early March, over 45,000 people descended on Las Vegas for HIMSS18, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference. As expected, almost everyone had something to say about interoperability, automation, security and compliance, and AI and machine learning technologies dominated a lot of the five-day-long show’s discussion. 

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How Legal Teams Can Leverage Automation

Eric Johnson

by Eric Johnson | 06/25/2018

For in-house legal teams, efficiency is everything.

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How Business Process Management Propels International Business Toward GDPR Compliance

Mark Holenstein

by Mark Holenstein | 06/18/2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a popular topic among businesses around the globe. The law was originally introduced and adopted into place on April 27, 2016, and allotted a two-year post-adoption grace period for businesses to meet compliance regulations. The formal enforcement date for fining noncompliant organizations took effect May 25, 2018.

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Q&A With Sean Morris, Director of Sales, Digitech

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 06/15/2018

Sean Morris is the director of sales for Digitech Systems, a provider of ECM software. Digitech announced recently that they have certified their PaperVision Capture (advanced capture) and PaperFlow (desktop scanning) applications with the Epson WorkForce DS-770 and DS-575W wireless color document scanners, adding more reseller opportunities to the company’s existing partnership. I spoke with Sean and asked him to explain the relationship and the resulting benefits to resellers and customers.

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DX-UX-CX: Connecting the Dots

BJ Johnson

by BJ Johnson | 06/12/2018

Ever feel like you are not one of the cool kids and need a decoder ring or Google translator to understand all the terms we hear and read about in this digital age?  Well, you’re not alone. However, the terms DX, UX, and CX will continue to reshape our personal and professional lives, so it is important we understand what they mean and how they are related.

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Working Digitally

Ken Neal

by Ken Neal | 06/05/2018

A lot has been written lately about the concept of digital transformation and its potential to significantly enhance workflow and streamline operational efficiency. I like to think of digital transformation as the result of actions taken to move an enterprise away from the manual way business is transacted, to new ways of working in the digital era. Since the bulk of information is created or born digitally, it makes sense that the processes associated with that data should be carried out digitally, keeping the information in its digital form throughout.

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Three Signs You're at Risk for GDPR Fines

David Jones

by David Jones | 05/29/2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, harmonizing data protection laws across the European Union (EU) via a new set of rules intended to ensure that the personal data of citizens is protected and available upon their request. While some companies have been preparing ahead of the GDPR go-live date for some time now, many others are still scrambling to ensure they’re ready for the compliance requirements.

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How Apple is Solving Facebook’s Privacy Problem

Henning Volkmer

by Henning Volkmer | 05/21/2018

Good timing from Apple when it comes to Facebook’s data protection scandal and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that goes into effect this week – with the iOS 11.3 operating system update, companies can now fully separate their business and private contacts.

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Q&A With Alan Hui, CEO of izzbie

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 05/15/2018

After obtaining an aerospace engineering degree from UCLA, Alan Hui worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Mars Rover program as a mechanical engineer. He then went on to found several startups in the e-commerce industry. Currently, he is the CEO and co-founder of izzbie, the maker of a cutting-edge device that allows users to set up and host a virtual private network using their own internet service from anywhere in the world without relying on third-party proxy servers. The company plans a Kickstarter launch in June.

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Scanning: The Foundation of Automation

Larry Trevarthen

by Larry Trevarthen | 05/14/2018

There was a time when scanners were exclusively standalone devices used in dedicated locations in a business — and while this is still the case for specialized areas, input now takes place in many areas thanks to the MFP.

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Bringing Business Intelligence to Mount Everest

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 04/30/2018

I have a confession to make: I’m an Everest junkie. Not climbing the mountain, of course. I’m not an elite athlete — or an athlete of any kind.  But I really like watching other people climb Everest. Like many people, my fascination began with the book “Into Thin Air,” which is the story of the 1996 tragedy on Mount Everest in which eight climbers were killed because of a freak storm. After reading Jon Krakauer’s account, I immediately went in search of the numerous other accounts of the event. From there, I moved onto other books about other Everest expeditions, and movies and TV shows like “Beyond the Limit” and “Everest Air.”

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