Big Data and Analytics has been a much discussed topic in business and IT news for a while now. This emerging capability of mining and analyzing vast amounts of data to recognize patterns, correlations and trends has never been possible before. The concurrent streams of advancing hardware scalability, speed and affordability, and advancing software capabilities around natural language processing and artificial intelligence have come together to make this possible. Relatively cheap storage enables vast amounts of data to be collected and retained from a mind-numbing array of sources, including almost any and all smartphone and computing device programs or apps. Imagining practical valuable applications for this capability is one of the few limiting factors in the burgeoning deployment of this technology.
Another successful PRINT conference has passed and I think we can all agree that we are happy to be back in Chicago! That excitement aside, this year’s show did provide us with some interesting insight to how our industry is evolving. That being said, there are three key observations that stood out:
Office document rendering is a critical part of ECM infrastructure for large organizations. It provides a way to normalize formats like Microsoft Office documents into PDF, a format better suited to distribution, publishing and cross platform viewing. Rendition services are often deployed as an automated workflow within ECM systems, rendering new documents into PDF when they are added or updated in the system.
We’ve been busy over the last weeks and months getting ready for Print ’17. CrawfordTech will be at booth 454, where we’ll be discussing and demonstrating a number of new products and features, so if you’re planning on attending, be sure to stop by.