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How to Image-Enable Any Business System without Soul-Crushing Annual Maintenance Fees

Thursday, July 26, 2012

EMC ApplicationXtender Integration Services from The Windward GroupWe've all heard that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This applies as much to canines as it does to an organization's application infrastructure as well as its big, expensive document management systems—and getting them to work together over time.

Standard enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications like Oracle and SAP can be a challenge to image-enable on a good day, as can other common line-of-business applications from accounting to HR—especially when multiple versions of these systems were inherited as a result of mergers and acquisitions. And all of the above looks downright easy when compared with image-enabling home grown applications—this is when most imaging resellers run for the hills...

At The Windward Group, we love integrating document management with the hairiest, most complex ERP systems, line-of-business applications and homegrown apps. We're one of the top EMC ApplicationXtender (AX) partners in the country and are able to integrate AX document management with just about anything because of our deep document imaging and development experience.

With ApplicationXtender's web services, we can also easily integrate with any web-based applications, especially for state government agencies that need to give public access to documents. The best part: as your business applications change over the years, only small document management adjustments are needed instead of expensive upgrades.

Additionally, The Windward Group is able to rescue companies, schools and government agencies from expensive legacy document management systems that can be very difficult to integrate with new or upgraded business systems. These systems can easily cost six figures every year to maintain even with no major changes to them. It's understandable how organizations get hooked: they were the only option back in the day. Today, these systems are very cheap to acquire—though clients basically have to re-purchase them, disguised as "maintenance agreements."

Because ApplicationXtender costs a fraction of what the big boys charge and because we've got the development chops to do so, we migrate people away expensive document management platforms like Hyland OnBase, Laserfiche, IBM FileNet, Hummingbird, OpenText Alchemy, and Oracle Stellent every day. What do they do with all that extra money? We don't know, but they tend to be out on vacation a lot lately...

Combining The Windward Group's experience with ApplicationXtender technology from EMC, you'll be able to migrate out of any expensive document management system, as well as deliver an integrated document imaging solution with just about any business system out there.

This dog might not learn any new tricks, but it'll hunt.

Contact us to learn more about our ApplicationXtender solutions or for a free consultation


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