Whenever I hear the word “breed” in any context, my mind automatically goes to dog breed for some reason. I can’t help it, but my mind starts to wander and think of Miniature Pinschers and Bloodhounds. At my company, we tend to use the term “best-of-breed” to describe the types of systems and solutions that we implement for our Customer Partners. This simply means that we determine what their needs and goals are, where their pains lie, and decide what the best technology is to fit those needs and goals and to hopefully reduce a number of their pain points.
This is one of the reasons I love working for an agnostic Enterprise Content Management integrator. We are able to work with so many different platforms and pull together the best of those products to make a solution that fits what the organization is looking for. We may take a capture platform from one manufacturer, a repository from another, and then connector pieces from a third. There are so many possibilities, and it truly depends on what those goals, needs and pains are.
Going back to my original thought, I look at each installation that ImageSource has done as its own breed. We come up with new breeds all the time, whether it’s a new combination of products or a new process or department, or even a new integration.
So next time you hear someone use the term “best-of-breed” whether in regards to your own system or someone else’s, I hope it will be related to the merging of various technologies and platforms, as opposed to your neighbor’s dog.
Sales Associate, ImageSource, Inc.