Bill Priemer announces OnBase Foundation at #CommunityLIVE!

“The last time we held the Hyland user conference here in our hometown was 20 years ago,” said Bill Priemer in his keynote speech at CommunityLIVE. “Bill Clinton was President. ER was the TV show everyone was watching. Half the people in this country weren’t using the Internet yet, only 30 percent had mobile phones, and there was no iPhone.”

Back then, Hyland had 400 customers and 80 employees, and we hosted about 100 people at our user conference, which we called Spring Training.

“But some things about that conference, and every conference since, have not changed at all,” said Priemer. “It’s still all about learning, sharing, and having a little bit of fun. And it’s about inspiring each other to go further, faster, and more boldly in digitally transforming our organizations.”

The truth is, we were the original digital transformers, 20 years ago, converting our organizations from paper to digital content, and from manual to digitally managed processes.

“But as good as the Hyland platform is, we are constantly working on making it better and expanding what it is capable of,” Priemer noted. “There are currently 1,100 professionals on Hyland’s research and development team, and they have a three-pronged mission.”

“One is to introduce new functionality that will make our solutions more capable and valuable – more powerful,” he said. “Two is to improve our software to make it easier to use, implement, and manage. And three is to modernize the architecture to leverage the latest technology.”

For more than 25 years we have successfully progressed on all three fronts, and we continue to do so.

Those are the broad brush strokes of how we are adding to what is already the widest range of content services available. But even as we introduce new features that make our platform more powerful, we are also committed to making it easier to use, implement, and manage.

A foundation for success

“If you attended CommunityLIVE last year, have been to a recent user forum, or have been stuck next to one of us on a plane,” said Priemer, “you’ve heard us talk about this vision of elevating our platform to utilize modern development paradigms and cloud computing practices. Leveraging cloud-first technology will enable us to provide our users with rich, intuitive, tailored experiences across browsers and devices. It will enable us to provide our administrators with simple, configurable tools to build solutions and integrate with other applications. And it will enable us to provide more frequent product releases, along with a more streamlined upgrade process, so you don’t have to wait to get on the best, latest version.”

Now, we’re proud to introduce the first manifestation of this vision: Foundation. Whether you’re deployed in the cloud, anticipate moving to the cloud, or are remaining on-premises, Foundation is the pathway for bringing your current solutions into the future.

What is Foundation, exactly? For starters, it’s a product versioning strategy.

To date, each of our products has had unique version names and release cycles. Going forward, for select products in our portfolio, starting with OnBase and continuing with OneContent and PerceptiveContent later this year, we are moving away from numbered versions and standardizing on a new “Foundation” nomenclature.

“These Foundation versions will be available to all customers whether deployed on-premises or in the cloud,” said Priemer. “And they’ll receive more frequent updates and enhancements in the form of enhancement packs, or EPs, which contain security updates and fixes as well as new features and capabilities. Foundation versions will represent the most modern versions of our products, and because of more frequent updates, they will be the most enduring, stable, and secure we’ve ever been able to offer.”

Experience matters

The most exciting thing about these Foundation versions, though, is that they’ll serve as the connection to the forthcoming Hyland Experience platform. Hyland Experience is a true cloud, software as a service (SaaS), multi-tenant platform. It will enable our customers to utilize content services that are currently locked within individual products, as those capabilities are made available as stand-alone, cloud-based micro-services.

Everyone at Hyland is very proud of this release. And we’re excited for the Foundation versions coming to other products in the next few months.

We hope you’re as excited as we are. If you’re at CommunityLIVE, you can check out Foundation in CommunityCENTRAL. We’ll also have more details about a Foundation webinar series soon. And we’ll make resources available on Community and via Hyland Training.

With a strong Foundation, the future is looking good for all of us.

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien is a former radio station mascot. A rabbit, if you really want to know. These days, he's a content marketing manager at Hyland, as well as the editor of this blog. The author of three books, he’s been writing about tech at Hyland for more than a decade. His industry certifications include CDIA, ecmp, and an MBA.

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