Our vision starts at the evolution of information creation and sharing. Only one hundred years ago people communicated in very different ways than we do today. Internet was not yet invented so during this period it took several weeks to have news travel all around the world. The very first time this occurred was when the Titanic sank in 1912. It took about 3-5 weeks before this sad news was on the front page of a newspaper in Australia.
Since the '50s the internet has made its entrance and has changed the way the world shares information. Companies work, collaborate and share information with other tools and processes than before. E-mail was one of those tools that could facilitate a quicker way of communication. This tool made it possible that people didn't need to send physical documents anymore. It was possible now to collaborate in a digital way, without physical involvement.
Sharing information today is done in a very different way. We are all connected with each other, thanks to the internet. Collaborating and sharing information was never so easy as before. But this holds some challenges for the modern day company. Since we are all able to create and share information, documents get more and more updated. The consequence of this phenomenon that information is outdated quicker and quicker. For example: Think about price lists, twenty to thirty years ago prices were update once a year. Everybody received a very thick book with all prices that were valid for one full year. So it was justified to type those prices during one or two full weeks in a structured application, usually an ERP system.
These trends are progressive and give companies the opportunity to grow beyond any sizes we knew before. But this evolution holds some challenges as well. Since documents' content changes so fast, we usually have no more time to insert all that data in a structured application. For example: Today, prices tend to be changing weekly or monthly and are shared by using websites or mails. So how do we need to manage data then? Companies are storing only business critical data nowadays in ERP systems or other applications. All non-business critical data is stored the way it is received: as a document.
The solution for this challenge is a document management system. Systems as SharePoint are booming like never before. But one big question remains a difficult challenge. The applications contain massive business critical information and the document management system contains all documents. How do we connect both? How can an employee find all relevant information in one window? How can we view a price list of a supplier, but also all previous invoices found in financial application? How can we check project documents but also budget calculations registered in the ERP system?
Ometa develops a generic framework that can connect any system to any system in portal technology. You can say we build digital bridges between systems...