Document management roll-up

There’ll be no separate Sunrise for Microsoft.

Instead, Microsoft is pulling the built-in calendar app for Android and iOS that it bought for $100 million earlier this year into Outlook.

According to a blog post that appeared this week, the Sunrise team is now officially a part of the broader Outlook product team and will bring “a fresh approach to calendaring, combining it with Microsoft’s email and calendar experience,” Javier Soltero, corporate vice president for the Outlook team, wrote.

Soltero promised users richer calendar experiences in Outlook and more connections to apps and services. Users will also see improvements to Outlook’s ability to create meetings while on the go and handle meetings across time zones, he claimed.

“Outlook will eventually replace the current Sunrise app. We will leave Sunrise in market until its features are fully integrated into Outlook, the exact timing of which we will communicate in advance,” he continued.

IBM’s Thinking Capture

Now even IBM is jumping into document capture. It just announced the release of a new data capture solution, specifically one with cognitive computing capabilities.

While there are many vendors that can offer high-end capture capabilities, IBM stands out for its sheer computing power as well as the content analytics that it can bring to bear across the enterprise.

Document capture is getting hot, largely because of the rise of digital business and increasing amounts of unstructured data.

Unstructured data typically required some degree of human intervention, which always raises the possibility of human error. But the introduction of capture with cognitive possibilities could enable organizations to automate the process.

According to IBM, by applying a combination of advanced imaging, natural language processing and machine learning technologies, IBM Datacap Insight Edition can automatically classify and understand the document. It also understands format and structure, as well as words and numeric information.

By analyzing the content, Datacap can identify which content to apply analytics to at the point of capture while at the same time continuously learning about new document types for future capture projects. It also allows businesses to learn as it processes more transactions.

IBM Datacap

Cloud|AG Splits

Cloud|AG, which provides Microsoft cloud solutions, plans to separate its ServicePoint365 applications business from Cloud|AG in a transaction that will result in two independent companies.

David Huseonica, president and CEO at Cloud|AG, said splitting the company will enable both sides of the business to compete more successfully.

ServicePoint365, which will begin operations as a separate legal entity effective immediately, is an Office 365 SharePoint App sold through Office 365 distributors and value-added resellers (VAR).

SIGNiX Gets Quik

SIGNiX, which provides cloud-based digital signature and authentication services to enterprises, has partnered with Efficient Technology, a provider of enterprise forms-based workflow automation solutions under the brand Quik.

On the back of the new partnership, SIGNiX will integrate its e-signature technology into ETI’s Quik Software.  Quik converts paper documents into a Quik Form that can be displayed as both HTML and fillable PDF.

SIGNiX’s e-signature app uses public key infrastructure technology to embed cryptographic evidence into signed documents.