Their usage in the creation, amendment and distribution of content make the Office products without doubt some of the most important applications in a company. This especially applies to Word and PowerPoint, but also to Excel and Outlook. These applications therefore also play a central role in internal and external corporate communication.
The major challenge is on the one hand to handle a growing quantity of documents and content, and on the other to effect the targeted enhancement of documents and content with company and business data and to integrate document processing into company processes. Here are some examples:
Word: As well as the issue of enhancing content with company and process data, a common question concerns how specific generated documents can be enhanced with metadata and transferred to long-term archiving.
Excel: Data can be analysed relatively quickly with Excel. But how quick and efficient is it to incorporate different data sources? Which technologies are most suitable for this task? How can the analyses generated be made centrally available to other corporate processes in a nevertheless controlled manner?
PowerPoint: Flexible incorporation of charts, graphics and text content must always respect the requirements of CI/CD (Corporate Identity and Corporate Design).
InfoPath: Where the purely form-based generation and processing of business data is concerned, InfoPath is often a superior alternative to Word. A significant advantage it has over Word is its strict separation of data and presentation. This makes InfoPath an excellent option for the user-end distribution of XML-based data streams.
For some applications, connecting your Office products to your ECM platform via these technologies can be far more efficient than opting for complex system solutions. On the other hand, these technologies can also be employed as useful additions to existing system solutions to ensure a consistent implementation of your ECM strategy.
Implementations involving Macros, COM or VSTO will certainly continue to function with reasonable stability in the foreseeable future. However, Office 2013 brings with it a new technology: Office Web Apps (OWA).
With our extensive and diverse project experience in this field we can support you in selecting the right technology from initial implementation to process integration.