State-of-the-art architecture in Doxis4
A company hoping to become more agile must pay close attention to architecture when selecting its software, particularly when it comes to Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Driven by ongoing globalisation, innovation and ever-changing customer requirements, markets are changing more quickly than ever, meaning that agile IT structures of key importance. The changing market landscape also means that business processes and applications are changing too, which in turn affects the content used in business processes and their underlying organisational structures.
More often than not, companies' application landscapes have grown and evolved over long periods of time and, as a result, contain a large number of individual applications that communicate with one another via point-to-point interfaces (if they indeed communicate at all). The more application-specific interfaces a company has, the more dependent they are on the overall system, thus decreasing transparency within the landscape. As a result, it becomes difficult to foresee how changes could impact other functions and technology. Older applications may become resistant to changes. By the time a company has reached this stage, it has reached a critical point in its development as it is no longer able to react quickly and adequately to new market requirements. As a result, the company's IT systems start to restrict its progress, instead of supporting it.
Interaction between platforms and across companies
In light of new market dynamics, formerly independent document management systems and archiving applications now have to be able to interact with one another across platforms and across the entire company at business logic level. Thanks to its CSB architecture, Doxis4 aims to consolidate the complexity of heterogeneous and diversified DMS application landscapes without restricting their functionality in any way. A global ECM system like Doxis4 supports business processes that spread across the entire company and, on an operating level, also provides departments and divisions with a filing system for their operating business processes. This enables new products and services to be launched quickly and existing services to be adjusted to meet new requirements within a shorter space of time. As a result, development times and costs can be reduced. Such a degree of flexibility is particularly helpful when companies are required to satisfy new regulatory requirements.
Streamlining infrastructures for resources and costs
A comprehensive ECM system also helps to simplify work for the IT department and reduce costs because the company no longer needs to administer several DMS systems, being able to focus on just one solution. Consolidating information management using an ECM solution brings the infrastructure down to a single core streamlined in terms of resources and costs. It also helps you to get rid of any IT functions that are spread across several different applications and are thus redundant. You will therefore be able to avoid excess capacity and reduce operating and process costs.
A DMS solution has a lot of different operating requirements, which tend to increase over time. Thanks to Doxis4's CSB architecture, new or modified requirements can be implemented and adjusted both quickly and easily. Installation of the Doxis4 iECM Suite covers its organisational, structural and technical integration. Doxis4 CSB offers flexible services and business logic encapsulation (3-tier architecture) for this purpose. Unlike software made up of various different ECM solutions provided by different ECM vendors, Doxis4 enables applications and services to interact with one another. Without problems caused by interfaces, you can also “create” new applications and make modifications.
- Plays a key role in a company's competitiveness in the modern environment
- Determines how easy it is to alter data processing, particularly in terms of fast-growing capacities (users, data volumes, etc.) and changing functional requirements
SOA architecture in the Doxis4 iECM Suite
What makes the Doxis4 iECM Suite so agile?
In contrast to monolithic document management systems that have grown bigger and bigger over time and are thus difficult to maintain and modify, Doxis4 provides companies with a standardised platform with maximum transparency when it comes to interaction between components, functions, and content.
The Doxis4 iECM Suite is agile because it enables companies to couple technology for services without interfaces and content for various information objects. As such, you only need a single piece of technology to cover a variety of different applications.
Using a single specialized administration client and no programming, the Doxis4 iECM Suite is quick and easy to design and parametrise across several clients (Windows/web).
The basic and specialised services within the Doxis4 iECM Suite consolidate cross-company data and functions so that they only exist once within a single application. Repeated functions are now a thing of the past.
The agility of the Doxis4 iECM Suite is reflected in the maximum scalability of its structures. With Doxis4, companies are able to adjust capacities (users, volumes, etc.) to suit their needs.
As opposed to having several ECM applications created by various different vendors and using systems where functions often overlap with one another, Doxis4 integrates all of your services onto a single system platform without having to deal with the issue of interfaces.
Services can be reused in a variety of different application contexts. By encapsulating functions in services that are independent of one another, companies are able to track the effects of any changes.
Working in harmony with your business processes
The Doxis4 iECM Suite is based on a state-of-the-art service-oriented architecture (SOA). The flexible application architecture assigns all functions to services that can be used as a basis for developing ECM applications. Shared basic services for authorisation, security, events, audit trails and metadata administration serve as a basis for creating high-quality ECM services for managing documents, process instances and records on a shared universal platform. This shared platform and flexible combination of services enable you to construct applications on a gradual basis. For examples, documents in the Doxis4 Archive Service are easy to link to records thanks to Doxis4 Records & Relationship Service.
The Doxis4 iECM Suite
- Service-oriented platform
- Structural segregation of content and metadata
- SOAP WebService communication
- JEE basic technology
- Independent of any operating systems and databases