Daybreak ICS, Inc., a provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software and services, recently announced the release of eCapture Express, a new addition to its eCapture Suite of distributed document capture and delivery solutions.
eCapture Express is designed for workgroup or departmental deployments and establishes "a new level of simplicity" with its client-only architecture and subscription pricing model.
A key differentiator of eCapture Express is its ability to capture and deliver both scanned and electronic documents directly to a wide range of Enterprise CMS systems using a client-only architecture. It can also be integrated with EMC Documentum and Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise CMS solutions.
eCapture Express Features
Key features of this new offering include:
* Easy deployment and operation
* Automatic metadata capture
* Zonal and full text OCR
* TIFF, PDF, sPDF and native file format support
* Bar code recognition
* Configurable capture profiles for different document types
* Batch scheduling to optimize network bandwidth
* Secure communications environment
Since there is no server component to install and manage, installation and set up is simplified and can be performed without professional services involvement.
eCapture Suite vs. eCapture Express
The client-only eCapture Express product is targeted at workgroup and departmental deployments, and is basically a slimmer version of Daybreak's client-server eCapture Suite for enterprise applications.
eCapture Express is based on a different pricing and licensing model. The original product version -- eCapture Suite -- is a server-based, concurrent licensing model, where organizations can install the client component on the unlimited number of servers/clients and the number of users is the only figure that matters.
With eCapture Express, there’s no server component, and the price depends on the non-concurrent amount of users. Rusty James, Daybreak's VP of Worldwide Sales, describes it as a “dedicated workstation type.”
Using eCapture Express users can connect to content repositories through the web services layer. MOSS and EMC Documentum connectors come out of the box, and custom integrations with other Enterprise CMS are also possible in the 4-6 weeks timeframes, given there’s a commercially available API.
"Our customers have been telling us how much they value the features of eCapture Suite and wanted those same features in a client-only desktop model for ease of deployment," added James.
eCapture Express retains all of the same functionality as the client-server version of the product. The heart of the solution is the eCapture LaunchPad tabbed interface that integrates directly into target ECM repositories out of the box without the need for any special export modules or custom release scripts.
Users can set up their document profiles, which define the destination repository and document metadata, and start capturing and sending content immediately into their repositories without toggling back and forth between multiple applications. The solution supports both paper and electronic content for metadata tagging and repository delivery, enabling users to remain in one interface regardless of the destination repository.
Pricing and Availability
eCapture Express comes in a new, subscription-based pricing model, reducing initial software license expense and cost of operation. eCapture Express is licensed via a monthly fee per user, billed annually, with no page count charges or limitations.
There is no annual maintenance fee and users get access to software upgrades as they are released. Current pricing is set at US$ 35.00 per user/month and includes plug-ins for EMC Documentum, ApplicationXtender, eRoom and Microsoft SharePoint.
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