Ingest & Workflow

This special industry segment represents organizations involved in the development and production of software applications and systems that automatically intake or load files into a database or file management system. When a digital file is authored and saved, the first of many file and workflow attributes are created to assist in the management of the new digital asset. The process of creating and saving a new digital file generates specific information that accompanies the file and is typically represented as header code including the name of the file, the file type (represented by the file extension), the author, the size of the file (bytes), and the time that the file was saved (date stamp). The complexity of header code is typically directly proportional to the complexity of the software application utilized to generate the file. However, when a digital file is generated from a source of analog media, it must go through an “ingest” process that converts the analog source into a digital file format. It is common that the analog source is authored by one individual and ingested by another. Paper documents including printed pages (such as an 8 ½ x 11 page printed from a fax or copy machine, or laser printer), magazines, newspapers, and books; photographs and slides; a reel of film or videotape, an audiocassette are all forms of analog media. Once a file is authored and saved, or ingested (scanned, A to D conversion, digitally photographed, etc.) and saved in a digital format it becomes accessible on a system and potentially can be routed over a network. Point to point routing typically refers to a step in a workflow process. Solution offerings (systems) and/or solution capabilities (components) represented in the ingest and workflow category are identifiable by the association of attributes and elements that are created during the authoring and/or ingest processes.

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