If you spend any time with us at SynApps, before very long we’re going to start talking about a trend we believe is highly important, ‘connected content.’ So I will spend a minute or two trying to articulate just what that is – and why we are so passionate about it.
There’s lots of words around ‘connection’ in the industry, and if you think of the name SynApps – as in, that wonderful chip in the brain we have millions of, your synapse – we are talking about connections, about connecting brain cells.
Beyond that, we find that for every single project we get involved in we have to implement some form of integration between the content management system and several line-of-business applications. These could be SAP Accounts Payable, some form of HR or other point systems such as a claims management system or an insurance package.
Because we integrate so often, we ended up ‘productising’ the process so as to make that back end business platform linkage happen as quickly as possible; hence our range of connection products, the ConXApps family. What they do is content-enable the major line-of-business applications, e.g. SAP, Oracle eBusiness, plus the leading desktop productivity tools such as the Microsoft Office suite with leading Enterprise Content Management solutions, including Alfresco, Microsoft SharePoint and EMC’s Documentum.
Why this is useful is because instead of a three month project, we can integrate your corporate EDRM with an accounts payable system in a very short space of time by extracting the connection from the core business application to the central document and records repository – so that instead of having to do it differently every time, we do it in a common way.
Connecting up your content like this will not only save you lots of time and resource, it will make you more efficient.
That’s why we’re so excited about it.
Why do you need to be excited about the G-Cloud, especially the latest incarnation Giii, the third version of its core procurement framework?
Simple. It provides a game changer in IT procurement – by which I mean something SMEs can get involved in, providing cloud based services to the public sector.
Let’s put this in context. You may have come across us SynApps in the context of our work in the NHS, where we are helping Trusts extend their existing imaging databases to become the foundation for something equivalent to the long-awaited electronic patient records.
But that’s only part of what we offer the UK public sector with our involvement in the G-Cloud. In specific terms, what you could get from us buying our services this way is the Public Sector IT buyer, a range of cloud-based business solutions covering document capture, document management, case management and records management. To find out more, we are listed under IaaS, SaaS and Specialist Cloud Services, with our three most prominent partners: secure cloud infrastructure specialist Skyscape, EMC and Alfresco. Our customers tell us that one of the major benefits of contracting with SynApps is our agility and focus – we are 100% focussed on delivering ECM solutions to the UK marketplace.
We believe that there is a strong momentum for cloud services in government right now, and across the board. The programme is geared up to connect SMEs into one of the biggest and most important of all British ICT marketplaces. This is in stark contrast to what it has been for years, which is a playground for the large Systems Integrators.
They are still going to play a role of course with this customer base, especially for big systems work; but some doors have genuinely been opened for companies of our size. This is great for the taxpayer, as speed of procurement will be much shorter for a cloud solution than for an on-premise one.
This is a great development for us as a supplier, for our partners, customers and for the UK too.
Join us at the annual UKRC event in Liverpool on Monday through Wednesday, June 10-12.
UKRC is a three day multidisciplinary Congress covering all aspects of diagnostic imaging and oncology. Whether your interests are in clinical service delivery, management, informatics or research, the Congress has exciting sessions and presentations to offer.
On Wednesday at 10:30, SynApps’s Mark Winstone will present Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trusts’ ‘VNA to EPR’ journey. Join Mark in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Exhibition Hall.
We’ve talked in these blogs before about the potential application of your familiar PACS systems to the problem of building the practical, easy to use EPR (electronic patient records) we need to get to create a true ‘paperless NHS’.
Well, I am delighted to tell you that one Trust has embarked on such a project.
We all know that ‘the Holy Grail’ in healthcare is when we get to a point where patient services can be provided seamlessly and with continuity across any combination of service providers – from acute and mental health Trusts to community GP practices, pop-up clinics and even via the caregiver in the field.
Find out the latest on the EMC’s CMA product strategy and roadmap for Documentum and Captiva at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge on 24th February.
The Excellence in Integration was awarded to SynApps Solutions in October 2011 for its ConXApps suite of products and Quality of Delivery based on key EMC technologies.