Videos Highlighting New Captiva InputAccel CaptureFlow Designer

Back in December I wrote about the new EMC Captiva graphical capture design tool and how it delivers the power of enterprise capture made easy.

If you have taken a look at this announcement, I wanted to point a couple videos that are available for viewing. The first one is a demo that shows the InputAccel CaptureFlow Designer application in action.

The second video is a quick video talking about the benefits and various use cases where partners and customers will find this new application very useful.

As I noted in the earlier posting, the new application will enable system integrators, value-added resellers, IT developers, and power users to build document capture processes in just a few hours, at a substantially lower cost, without any coding.  And it is part of the Captiva InputAccel product at no additional cost.


New EMC Captiva Graphical Capture Design Tool Delivers the Power of Enterprise Capture Made Easy

It’s here, a powerful new application designed to make it easy to develop and deploy Captiva capture processes all without compromising the flexibility of Captiva InputAccel.

EMC has announced the powerful new Captiva InputAccel CaptureFlow Designer application, a graphical drag-and-drop tool for designing capture processes. System Integrators, Value-Added Resellers, IT developers, and power users can use this latest capture process design application to build document capture processes in just a few hours, at a substantially lower cost, without any coding.  It is part of the Captiva InputAccel product, so no additional purchase is required.

You can read more and view an online demo on by clicking here.

What the new tool delivers

Delivering a new standard in enterprise capture process development, the InputAccel CaptureFlow Designer application brings together the advanced document capture capabilities of the Captiva InputAccel intelligent capture platform. It provides an environment for building processes that capture and classify documents, extract and validate data, and deliver information to key business systems and processes.

Here are just a few highlights on what this new application will provide:

  • Graphical drag-and-drop process design application for developing capture processes
  • Point-and-click mapping of values between capture steps
  • Ability to handle both simple and complex document process requirements like adding conditional branch logic or rerouting steps in a process
  • Support for both Captiva InputAccel and Captiva Dispatcher modules and services, including scan, image enhancement, recognition, classification, classification edit, validation, and all exports
  • Ability to incorporate custom modules into an InputAccel CaptureFlow Designer capture process
  • Ability to insert custom code steps into a capture process to execute custom routing and validations

InputAccel CaptureFlow Designer application

What it means to IT organizations, partners, and power users

What it means to anyone who has or will be developing capture processes in Captiva InputAccel, is your job just got easier. Imagine this….

  • Develop capture process in a few hours without having to write any code.
  • Deploying processes with fewer resources improving your time to value and lower total cost of ownership.
  • Eliminating project complexity and inherent risks associated with custom coding.
  • Still being able to leverage Captiva’s modular architecture and flexibility to handle the most complex enterprise capture requirements.
  • Rapidly deliver custom demonstration and proof of concept examples enabling partners to differentiate from other solutions and win new business.

What next?

The new Captiva InputAccel CaptureFlow Designer application is available to all customers and partners running that latest InputAccel 6.0 release. All you need to do is download, install, and you are off and running.  In future postings, I’ll share additional technical details on what this new application enables you to do.


Capture Webcast Series: Captiva Intelligent Capture Release

I just finished up a two-part Webcast series in which we discussed the latest advancements of the EMC Captiva “intelligent capture” solution. If you missed the release announcement, EMC announced the latest Captiva InputAccel and Dispatcher releases on November 19th.

Joining me on part one of the Webcast series was Omri Duek from InfoTrends, who provided an analyst perspective on how capture has evolved over the years from simply digitizing information to fully utilizing captured information within line of business processes and enterprise applications. This can be attributed to the maturity of the capture technology around data recognition (reading information from documents), and the advances with intelligently identifying a wide range of documents (not just structured forms like a tax form or new account application, but all the less structured documents).

A key trend Omri highlighted is the shift from centralized capture to distributed capture, which is being driven by organizations wanting to leverage capture in a front office setting to further cut processing time and drive down cost. If you have remote employees who are mailing documents from branch offices to a central site where an individual(s) then opens the mail, preps the documents, and scans the documents, then pushing capture to the forefront is worth considering since there are significant business benefits that can be measured (reduced shipping cost, access to information, paper storage, etc).

With that said, distributed capture is not necessarily replacing centralized high volume batch capture, rather a “hybrid” approach is often necessary to address the various capture requirements.

Another area Omri hit on was around a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and leveraging capture as a service so that it can becomes an interactive process with other enterprise applications. New in the Captiva InputAccel 6 is exposing capture processes as services, where InputAccel receives a request, creates a batch based on the document images it ingest, and processes them according to the defined capture process. One could also use the InputAccel Web Services functionality to make a request to an external service that could handle anything from validating data, performing recognition (outside of InputAccel), and more. This should prove very useful to IT developers that want to provide a tighter “handshake” between capture and other business applications.

If you’re looking to see a live demonstration of the Captiva InputAccel 6 release, then you’ll want to check out part two of the webcast series. Dennis Demott, EMC Senior Systems Engineer, gives a nice overview of the latest release showing the new scan and index client interfaces, and the new administration console that delivers several key advancements including security roles, advance batch searches, and reporting. If you’d like to get the full InfoTrends analysis on this release, here’s a link to register and download the report – InfoTrends Analysis: InputAccel 6: Intelligent Capture for the Enterprise.

With that said, I’ll follow up with additional postings around the latest Captiva release, including the new advancements around leveraging capture as a service. Stay tuned for more…