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ConxAudit Will Give You a Whole New Management Dashboard You Didn’t Know You Could Have

By Paul Edwards, Co-Founder & Product Manager, SynApps Solutions

Last time we spoke, I started to explain about the problem audit trail users can have with Enterprise Content Management systems; how they do a very useful job, but can get ‘clogged up’ over time, as they record so much data that gets pushed into a database in a way that often makes it hard to work with, plus starts to impair the performance of the overall system – as it often comprises millions of tables after a year or two of serious enterprise use.

Hence our release this quarter of a new addition to the ConXApps) family of products; ConXAudit, which takes that growing audit trail data pile and turns it into a highly indexed form that is not only a lot easier to work with (especially via our graphical front end, which makes it really simple to interrogate the audit log to see who did what with which document) but also removes the audit database’s drag on the ECM (be it Documentum or Alfresco) in terms of overall daily performance.

Another benefit of porting your ECM audit trail to ConXAudit is that it will make it a lot, lot quicker to restore the system should you ever need to – or, indeed, move your work to a different ECM platform, when and if you should need to do that.

I also mentioned that we are helping an early ConXAudit customer work though the issues their huge – 65 million row! – audit database is giving them. That customer is a major transport facility that wants to upgrade to the latest version of its chosen ECM, but which was worried this audit data issue would complicate this process (or not allow it to keep all of the data it really needed, which is a potential compliance headache further down the road).

The great news is that that issue has gone away. Another benefit is that the team says that the amount of time needed to work with audit data has dropped, quite dramatically, since it moved the data into ConXAudit.

That’s because of the wide range of data presentation formats that the app offers, from pie charts and other sorts of statistical analysis tools; you are getting a whole new dashboard piping important usage and security information to you that you would have struggled to get before. And in the case of this early customer work with ConXAudit audit, the team there has told us it actually intends one large display in the support office with a rolling dashboard view displaying system usage as a way of promoting the value of the ECM platform internally.

So, as you can probably tell, I am really excited by ConXAudit, as it solves a problem in convincing ways that will genuinely help ECM users.

Find out more about ConXAudit here, and contact the SynApps ConX team today to start streamlining your ECM audit trail.

ConXAudit: A Powerful Way to Deal with ECM Audit Trail ‘Clog’

By Paul Edwards, Co-Founder & Product Manager, SynApps Solutions UK

It’s a great pleasure for me to talk to you, as this is the first blog I’ve written for the SynApps site.

In case you don’t recognise the name, I am one of the six original founders of what recently became an 11 year old company! As I have done from the start, I concentrate on the technical side of things, even from time to time writing some code.

Which is what I want to talk to you about today: some code that we have helped produce, based on talking to customers. I think it’s a system that is going to be of interest and relevance to a lot of people, certainly anyone who’s running the kind of big ECM platforms we work with, EMC Documentum or Alfresco.

The system that’s emerged from these conversations is one that addresses a big issue that many ECM users have struggled with for some time, but never had a way of dealing with; audit trail clog – which is why we have called the product ConXAudit.

Let me explain a bit more about what I mean by ‘audit trail clog.’ Most modern ECM suites of any reputation come with a built in audit trail feature; in practical terms, this is a facility for capturing who has done what on the system at any one time. You will typically want to record who has accessed a document, who checked it out, which team made comments (or didn’t), be sure a certain individual really did read that health and safety update for our compliance records and so on.

So, useful. Which is why most customers turn it on. But the trail builds and builds, as more use is made of the system. In tech terms, you have a database that is growing and growing – until it has, if you are an enterprise user of an ECM platform, millions and millions of rows in it.

That isn’t an exaggeration. One of the first customers of ConXAudit is a major transport entity which has been using Documentum for a few years (and finding it a mission-critical, highly useful system). We’ve been in to help them manage their audit trail its audit log is 65 million rows.

A database that large presents you with two problems. One, it’s inherently difficult to navigate and intelligently interrogate – which takes away the point of having an audit trail, honestly. And two, it acts as a major brake on the overall performance of the main ECM; it’s an invisible anchor on the system, degrading its capacity to do the work you bought it for.

Let your ECM do the work it’s supposed to!

So we have launched ConXAudit to help deal with those two specific issues – the lack of functionality a big, unwieldy audit log gives you and the invisible drag issue. What ConXAudit does is export all of the data into its own index. That has two immediate effects: one, it makes it a lot easier to work with and query; two, it lifts out that big bit of metal holding down the engine of the big ECM, letting you get on with the job at hand. And, of course, it also continues to do what you needed it for in the first place – auditing!

We’ve also worked hard on a key feature of the product – its highly graphical, easy-to-use interface. That’s a front end that means all that exported audit data is made accessible to you and your team in a highly intuitive way, so you have mouse-click driven ways of checking all your audit knowledge base via a range of powerful statistical analysis and graphing tools.

That’s a much easier way of managing and working with this asset than building SQL queries and offers you the best use of that data for checking or report building. In fact, customers are telling us that the graphical analytics capability is one of the major attractions of the product because of the wide range of data presentation formats that the app offers, from pie charts on.

To sum up, I really think ConXAudit is going to be a lot of use to ECM users out there who want to get rid of that audit trail clog issue.

Find out more about ConXAudit here, and contact the SynApps ConX team today to start streamlining your ECM audit trail.



SynApps Launches New Tool, ConXAudit, To Combat ECM Suite Audit Trail Build-Up

System will turn your passive ECM audit trail into the true business tool it needs to be

Maidenhead, UK – February 10, 2015SynApps Solutions, the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions leader, has launched ConXAudit, an indexing tool to transform endlessly-growing ECM audit trails into highly indexed forms that are much easier to work with.

ConXAudit addresses a big issue that many ECM users struggle with: audit trail build-up. Enterprise ECM suites have a built-in audit trail feature which is useful for quality control and compliance – but the trail builds as more use is made of the system, leading to a database of potentially millions of rows.

A database that large is inherently difficult to navigate and interrogate, removing the value of an audit trail, plus it acts as a major brake on the overall performance of the ECM itself.

SynApps’ ConXAudit deals with both problems but also makes the audit trail into a useful source of management information by opening up the data for reporting and KPI purposes via a highly graphical, easy-to-use interface and powerful statistical analysis and graphing tools.

“Customers tell us that by turning to ConXAudit they are finding a difficult to use feature of their ECMs, the audit database, is becoming a truly mission-critical, useful business tool,” commented Mark Winstone, Sales and Marketing Director at SynApps.

“One of the first customers of ConXAudit is a major transport entity which has turned an audit database with 65 million rows in it into a useful management dashboard after years of problems,” added Winstone.

About SynApps

SynApps is an independent services and solutions company specialising in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technologies. Founded in 2003 by former Documentum services professionals, SynApps provides consultancy, implementation and support services for EMC Documentum and Alfresco, and has authored a suite of content integration solutions, ConXApps, that allow businesses to quickly maximise their investment in ECM technologies.

Organisations across healthcare, government and commercial markets rely on SynApps solutions and services to capture and share knowledge more dynamically and efficiently.

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