Xpertdoc is known for being an innovative and reliable provider of document generation solutions to enterprise customers; our recently launched Smart Flows strive to be the perfect complement for Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Less known is the fact that software companies can rely on the Xpertdoc Smart Flows solution to offer document generation as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) component. Our support and OpenAPI services make integration for customers and partners easy and robust.
One of such software companies is Ex Arte, a Microsoft Dynamics solution provider that brings document management to the highest level with their modular solution. Their annual event is always something to look forward to. This year, on Thursday October 18, the 3rd Ex Arte “Reflection Day” took place in Ghent, Belgium. After the keynote session during which An Vander Aa, CEO of Ex Arte, and Filip Bossuyt, CEO of shareholder company Ad Ultima Group, prepared the attendees for a new product announcement, it was all about electronic documents. Peter Craddock, of multinational law firm DLA Piper, talked about the legalization of electronic signatures and archiving in Europe. He explained that the entire legislation is defined by Regulation 910/2014, ratified and supplemented per country. Authenticity and validity are key elements for the legal use of electronic documents; the more certainties, the better the score on legal validity.
When issuing an e-document, there are several ways to capture “signatures”. Today, not only do we have electronic signatures, but we also have electronic seals, time stamps, registered mail, and the new European eIDAS law (by which the Belgian eID card is generally accepted as the ideal mean for signing). It is important to choose a trusted method, with a provider that can guarantee transaction authenticity and security. Unfortunately, we still have to overcome a number of obstacles in the area of digital archiving, especially for scanning paper documents. It is currently difficult to guarantee the authenticity of a scan, so the original paper document remains advisable to keep as evidence in the event of a dispute.
After this presentation and several free sessions – which all turned out to be part of the big announcement – Ex Arte’s Innovation Manager Oliver Van Camp and Product Manager Diederick Hallynck made the announcement and presented the roadmap of Raptor, a new modular system for implementing a digital workplace within 3 key functions: document management, process management and data management.
The document management and process management functions both include components that can be used either independently or together, as needed. Part of the output management component is Xpertdoc Smart Flows OEM solution for document generation, which enables Ex Arte’s customers to automate the creation, management and delivery of highly personalized business documents, directly from Raptor. Other components include context management as “single point of truth” for documents and information, an e-platform able to collaborate with SharePoint and Office365, process management with complex automation and process definitions, as well as input management where artificial intelligence is used to recognize document types.
All details were briefly overflowed in a demo; it became clear that Ex Arte’s powerful end-to-end Raptor solution, coupled with the expertise of the Ad Ultima Group, will be able to help companies solve their unique challenges in industries such as manufacturing, construction and logistics.