Kodak attacks SharePoint workflow

Kodak has announced a new enterprise capture system built on SharePoint 2010 and designed to help businesses automate workflow processes, known as Info Activate.

The user interface has been kept deliberately simple to allow knowledge workers to simultaneously digitise paper documents and initiate a business process with a single click. 

The company says Info Activate has been designed to be less complicated than traditional capture and enterprise content management (ECM) systems and fit neatly into an existing SharePoint installation. 

It is compatible with standard SharePoint modes such as thin-client operation, content libraries, business connectivity services, dashboards and third-party add-on technologies and modules. 

“Info Activate Solution represents a significant milestone in Kodak’s expanding software portfolio,” said Tony Barbeau, Kodak’s General Manager for Document Imaging. “Its scalable framework will enable IT administrators and software developers to more easily design, deploy, and maintain an enterprise-wide capture system to support workforce collaboration.”

Businesses can use Info Activate Solution to create customised digital workflows for any business task that involves paper documents such as case management, claims processing, invoice processing, account registration, payment processes, contracts and approval workflows. 

Each business workflow is represented within the user interface by a one-button job shortcut or “tile.” Businesses and their IT administrators configure each tile to capture paper documents into a specific transaction or workflow process.

Tiles are accessed from a thin-client capture portal on users’ web browsers. The portal can be configured so that users only see jobs that are relevant to them, a feature which helps businesses prevent errors caused by misfiling.

Businesses can use any TWAIN-compliant device to capture images from their paper documents. Scanned images receive high-performance image processing from essential editing capabilities and built-in Kodak Perfect Page Technology. Users can also index documents by entering metadata into input fields during capture.

Info Activate Solution provides IT administrators with the ability to control both document capture and workflow processes, which keeps information organised, searchable, relevant and easy to find. IT administrators can use existing skills from their experience with SharePoint to assign document libraries, build lists and modify workflow properties to specific departments’ jobs and other programmed tasks.

Info Activate Solution functions inside SharePoint 2010 for tight integration, however, it also provides file output for use with other major ECM platforms. It can also output digital documents into common file formats including several types of PDFs, rich text or TIFF, and supports a wide variety of naming schemes.

“Customers with Info Activate Solution can rely on our service professionals and partners to align their businesses to the demands of a digitally-driven workforce,” said Barbeau. “Together, Info Activate Solution and Kodak’s service and support teams make it easier than ever for a business to implement a document management solution across their organization.”

Francis Yanga, Business Manager for Document Imaging Australia and New Zealand said, "For Australia and New Zealand, we are in the process of recruiting channel partners who will work with us in delivering InfoActivate-based solutions to the market.  We are looking at partners who focus on deploying SharePoint-based solution preferably with strong Capture and ECM capabilities."

Enquiries to Francis Yanga francis.yanga@kodak.com