8 months, 17 days ago

Top Reasons The OpenText Acquisition Of EMC’s ECD Will End Up As A Positive For Customers

EMC purchased Documentum in 2003 for $1.7 billion, a very high price tag at the time, and did not grow the core business. Today, the Enterprise Content Division (ECD) business unit consists of Documentum, next-generation content platform Project Horizon, and the archiving solution EMC InfoArchive. Core Documentum products include the Documentum platform, xCP and D2, midmarket ECM solution ApplicationXtender, Captiva, and Document Sciences xPression; additional products include Kazeon, MyDocumentum, and eRoom. A mix of aging and newer and aging technology but lots of customers, which is what OpenText seems intent on accumulating.

A Fresh Focus On Documentum Is Overdue

Documentum products received good ratings in five Forrester Wave evaluations, yet never realized their market potential under EMC. Their future with Dell only looked bleaker. OpenText acquisition gives hope.

A Spinoff Was The Best Hope

EMC is set to become a private company as funding for the deal comes from Michael Dell, private equity firm MSD Partners, and investment firm Silver Lake. As we said in November of 2015, Documentum will only prosper if it’s spun into a separate, agile, and more strategically aligned entity. And with OpenText it has.

Customers Should Stay The Course, At Least Through 2017

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1 year, 1 month ago

Pega Buys OpenSpan: Watch out – RPA Vendnor Landscape Is About to Change

Enterprises, in their quest to reduce labor costs are applying RPA technologies. Yet they do not have a well-defined set of principles and best practices including how to position RPA with other process tools and initatives. Today it may have become a bit more clear. Pega is the first tech provider, and only BPM market particpant of substance, to purchase an RPA provider (OpenSpan). The combination brings robotics, analytics, and case management together – and that makes sense. Think of Pega’s process/rules capibility firing off a set of RPA scripts.

RPA in many respects is an alternative, some would say the polar opposite of Pega’s current business model that feasts on the transformitive “big IT spend” for BPM, case management, automation, and customer service projects. RPA does not require invasive integration. It is a quick hit for automation, a “low touch” approach for process improvement for brittle legacy systems. The bottom line. Enterprises that employ labor on a large scale for process work, can gain efficiencies by just automating repetitive human tasks for the “as is” process.

OpenSpan is nice pick up for Pega that will help with back office BPM work, but more so with contact center environments where the agent requires human and machine multi-tasking that often spans multiple windows and web applications, few of which are integrated with each other. Cumbersome process flows, rekeying of data and lack of integration add up to lengthy call times, reduced accuracy and an overall increase in customer frustration. Pega/OpenSpan, will give Jacada, and NICE a run for thier money and the future integartion with Pega’s analytics tarcks where the RPA space is heading.

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1 year, 2 months ago

The Blind Spot For Man-Machine Collaboration

We are kicking off a research series on the future of work for “production services,” with a focus on administrative and customer service jobs where a high degree of automation is projected. Basically, cognitive computing may do to white-collar jobs what robotics did to blue-collar jobs. This may lead to radically different work patterns and unintended consequences. Enterprises risk blindly bringing in advanced analytics without a best practice approach that covers change management and identifies gaps in the formerly human-driven process that affect compliance, customer experience, and efficiency. To date, few are doing serious thinking about a force that will lead to a restructuring of work that is more profound and far-reaching than the transition from the agricultural to the industrial age.

Please take or send this survey to businesses contemplating or using smart machines to augment human-based processes. They will receive a free copy of the report.

Thank you.

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1 year, 2 months ago

The Blind Spot For Man-Machine Collaboration

We are kicking off a research series on the future of work for “production services,” with a focus on administrative and customer service jobs where a high degree of automation is projected. Basically, cognitive computing may do to white-collar jobs what robotics did to blue-collar jobs. This may lead to radically different work patterns and unintended consequences. Enterprises risk blindly bringing in advanced analytics without a best practice approach that covers change management and identifies gaps in the formerly human-driven process that affect compliance, customer experience, and efficiency. To date, few are doing serious thinking about a force that will lead to a restructuring of work that is more profound and far-reaching than the transition from the agricultural to the industrial age.

Please take or send this survey to businesses contemplating or using smart machines to augment human-based processes. They will receive a free copy of the report.

Thank you.

https://forrester.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6RI5qO6FJ2S13z7

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