Innovation and Opportunity

The ISIS Papyrus Platform is one of the most innovative IT products available. Here is a list of truly unique features that have no competitor:

  1. Peer-to-Peer object-relational database and transaction engine
  2. Distributed enterprise service bus with central metadata management.
  3. Version controlled metadata repository for distributed database definitions.
  4. Deeply imbedded security and authorization concept.
  5. Automated network discovery and communication tuning.
  6. User accessible metadata repository and vocabulary for business architecture.
  7. User definable GUI with recording, training and natural language input.

Analysts such as Forrester, Butler and Strategy Partners are slowly waking up to the fact that the ISIS Papyrus Platform is a force to be reckoned with. Our competitors claim that they are more innovative, flexible and modern simply because they have been in the market shorter. A company such as ISIS simply has to be old-fashioned because it has been in business for over 20 years … I would hope that any CIO worth his money would see through that pitch, but I see business being named innovative just because they jumped on the XML/Java bandwagon. That is not innovation!

A serious software company with many satisfied customers such as ISIS has one problem: Supporting existing customers and keeping new product versions upward compatible. Also ISIS has to try to achieve that as well as possible. A new business has no customer base and therefore they can do things any way they want. But that is not yet innovation. Apple has in difference been there long and is still one of the most innovative businesses.

ISIS has not only been first in many capabilites but has always pushed the envelope. Papyrus document formatting in transactional, on-demand and interactive mode is still the most powerful and by far more capable and performant than anything using XML such as XSL-FO. The document classification of Papyrus Capture still defines the state of the art. The metadata state/event driven modelling of processes is unique and more advanced than your basic BPM Suite. The machine learning for processes is an industry first as well.

I have challenged our competitors to head-on comparisons many times and they always decline. I have asked analysts for functional comparisons and they rather go by market share. Finally I don’t understand that these products are still bought without a proof of concept installation. Try before you buy is the only approach that makes sense.

The recession offers many opportunities and more scrutiny when buying software is certainly much more in vogue. All vendors claim to be innovative so call them out and put it to the test. Just adding buzzwords to the marketing pitch is not even innovative marketing.

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Being Ahead is not always good!

Innovative and future oriented software vendors face tough times today. ISIS Papyrus has always been on the forefront and quite ahead of times. I always proposed for example that a standard electronic format had to be at the center of any enterprise document product long before PDF came into the market.

I remember that even when we could print to all major printers, our competition would go out and claim that having AFP as a core architecture was a drawback of our the ISIS Papyprus prodcuts. And yes, some businesses believed that and went with the competition. Don’t get me wrong, I am not moaning about the fact that IT vendors lie in their marketing and sales process. Competition is good and has always forced us to do better. There are those that make the most unbelievable claims and they are still believed. One vendor claimed that because we supported AFP we were a mainframe product adpated for PC and therefore so slow, when everyone knows that the opposite is the case. IBM keeps telling us that we are the ONE VENDOR that has by the largest C++ compilations for z/OS and z/Linux. Papyrus formatting is only slower when you compare it to products with a lot less functionality and flexibility.

Take for example Transpromo! This sudden hyped up buzzword can really make me mad. We did our very first TRANSPROMO project with dynamic marketing messaging into bank statements for Citibank in Singapore in 1996 in mixed English and Chinese. We do transpromo better than anyone else in black and white, spot color and full color printing.

We at ISIS Papyrus have never taken the short cut. We still do not raise our prices so high that we can discount to 50% and make an ignorant purchasing clerk look good. It is simply not good business.

And that is all we do at ISIS – Win for you and Win for us!