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Living without Legacy – – Part II

July 27, 2011

There’s a great series on the History Channel, called “Life After People”. The series explores what happens to our cities, buildings and bridges without people to maintain them. In just days, our very infrastructure we take for granted, our tunnels and subways will become flooded. Transportation will cease. Power will be cut. Our planet begins to look like this (click on thumbnail).

Some things increase in value with age, like a Monet or nice Cabernet.  Not so legacy software.  To run a software application in a SaaS environment you have to deploy the latest web technology.

How do you deploy over 2,000 scan stations, 9,000 signature pads and a combined total of over 12,000 eSign, Scan and Document retrieval stations across the country for a single customer in less than one month?  The answer is called is an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) suite of web-based software built on the Microsoft .Net latest architecture. can run efficiently in a Software as a Service (SaaS) environment.  Our competitors are running client-server applications, let’s just call it what it is “legacy” software.  To learn more about “legacy” software follow the link to read my last post – Living without Legacy.

When evaluating ECM software, especially when it’s time to choose your core banking or credit union software, a 30 minute PowerPoint presentation or a brief demo showing integration with the core solution shouldn’t be enough to go with the “core” vendor’s company “owned” ECM software.

“It can be a giant step backward.  Take a harder look.”

Even when the core vendor’s ancillary product is recommended by your consultant.  Consultants most times go with the core vendor’s recommendation on ancillary products. How do I know?  None of the bank and credit union consultants have ever contacted Integra to evaluate

Besides the efficient and the low cost of deployment, what other reasons do you have to select a SaaS environment for ECM?  Number one on everyone’s list should be…  pay as you go.

No large upfront capital investment.  Rather than pay for IT infrastructure, that can soon become obsolete, operating software and services, either in-house or outside IT consulting, you can rely on a SaaS provider to supply everything you
need to run your ECM application.

The buzz is all about cloud computing.  There’s bound to be some confusion between cloud computing and SaaS.  SaaS is software application(s) running either in a private network infrastructure or a commercial network infrastructure.  Our can run on either infrastructure or in-house on your network.

When I talk about savings on infrastructure by going SaaS, I’m talking about avoiding the investment in Server(s); Operating System (OS); Database (SQL); archival – secure document storage and access, encryption, reliable redundancy, backup and regulatory compliance. These cost all become the burden of the ECM provider in a SaaS environment.

When I talk about the savings you gain by choosing the latest web-based technology, I’m referring to our Smart Client” deployment via ClickOnce for applications that need to touch the PC, like iDentifi.eSign and iDentifi.Scan software because they are tied to a signature pad and/or document scanner.  Clients automatically update themselves from the server.  Client configuration is centrally managed to speed up deployment. Multiple customers can be hosted on a single server.  Centralized management of licenses, users, groups and security are managed through iDentifi.Core.  All less time your IT folks need to invest as opposed to a legacy ECM product.

Follow the link for a Company and Product overview. customers live without legacy.  To us ECM is not our ancillary, it’s our occupation.

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