The 64-bit Revolution: innova™ 7.6 and More
64-bit processing has been around for a while. Supercomputers started using it to handle vast amounts of data in the early 1960s. Although it has taken a few decades, 64-bit computing is finally becoming the new standard. For large firms, the benefits of upgrading are clear. An updated architecture equals better memory allocation, faster processing, and increased stability. Most enterprise-grade software systems, however, have been late to join the 64-bit application bandwagon. Until recently, that is.
Once major Document Management Systems (DMSs) announced the ability to support 64-bit integration, the demand to upgrade skyrocketed. For the first time, fully-fledged 64-bit environments have not only become possible, but also extraordinarily practical. The greatest potential for 64-bit computing rests in the practical software capabilities made possible by leveraging the extra processing power.
This is what makes the latest and upcoming updates to innova™ so exciting. Our best-of-breed document automation platform now supports 64-bit Microsoft Office, and soon, all of the latest versions of the top DMSs. Endless possibilities have opened up for new features and improved functionalities in the platform, and that is exactly what is taking place. To learn more about what’s new and upcoming in innova™, I reached out to the VP of Client Development at Litéra, Joy Heath Rush.
Question: What’s the big deal with innova 7.6?
Joy Heath Rush: People have wanted to use 64-bit Office for some time because of its significantly improved memory management (compared to 32-bit Office). Until now, however, 64-bit Office has only been an option for smaller scale firms and enterprises. Why? Because most enterprise software and Document Management Systems didn’t support 64-bit integration. Of course, once iManage announced their move to 64-bit, everything changed. Large scale organizations especially are eager to make the change.
Q: What are the advantages to 64-bit computing?
JHR: Better memory allocation: just because our PCs have 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of RAM doesn’t mean that takes care of any memory management issues we may have. The amount of RAM we have is only part of it. The applications themselves have to be more efficient with using that memory. People are keeping more and more emails, documents and applications open at the same time. Whenever you have to do less swapping of data into virtual memory, you’re going to have higher performance and better stability, and that’s really the goal with 64-bit.
Q: What does this mean for innova™ going forward?
JHR: We like to say our clients are our greatest innovators, and this is certainly true in the case of innova™. We have great ideas, but our clients often have even better ideas. When they ask us if it would it be possible to do something, we find a way to make it happen. One of the advantages innova™ has always had is that it is much more of a platform than it is an application. What I mean by that is you can use it to build even more in your environment. Just the other day the team was discussing the desire of a client to manage all their ribbons in [Microsoft] Word through the innova™ ribbon because they just find our tool easier to use.
64-bit opens the door for us to provide even more of these kinds of features for our clients. Our clients want more integrations, more one-stop-shopping. They want more of the tools and capabilities within the innova™ platform, and that’s what the upcoming update is bringing to the table.
Q: Can you talk about more of the specifics of the upcoming update?
JHR: Because the 7.6.1 update is so extensive, I couldn’t possibly cover everything, but I can mention a few of the most exciting highlights:
- 64-bit integration with the latest versions of all major DMSs (eDOCS 16 and iManage Work 10, NetDocuments, etc.)
- Updated security groups features including the ability to segregate content based on group membership
- Ability to automatically generate mailing labels for service lists
- Ability to easily create a blank page of labels
- Improvements to the Dialog Designer including a progress indicator for complex Dialogs
- Multi-office selection in the Dialog Manager
- Automatically associate user names with specific languages
- Add user-based dynamic display of templates in the ribbon
- Better integration with Litéra products in the ribbon, including Litéra LexPro®
Q: What is the 7.6.1 release date?
JHR: April 6th, 2017.
Scalable Enterprise Automation
One of the messages often repeated at Litéra is we don’t want our clients to pay more for capabilities most of their users are never going to need or use. Because we serve both small and large organizations, we understand that there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ in terms of software features. Not everyone is going to need to use every function, and those who need less shouldn’t have to pay the same fee as those who need more. That’s the beauty of innova™. The platform is scalable to the needs of any organization, no matter what size. Whether organizations decide to upgrade to 64-bit, stay with 32-bit, or take on a mixed deployment, innova™ will still be able to supply them with the best enterprise-grade document automation on the planet.
Staff Writer – Litéra