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Kiwi firm fills in missing link

Kiwi firm fills in missing link

Document Management Technology New Zealand is helping Auckland company Anuva develop a linking engine that will enable companies to share and update common data-sets across the various database products within a business

Document Management Technology New Zealand is helping Auckland company Anuva develop a linking engine that will enable companies to share and update common data-sets across the various database products within a business.

The company’s core product, Anuva, is a document management system that allows users to find relevant electronic documents, email and content across their organisation. It also enforces consistent filing and prevents mismatched document versions. The addition of linking software offers further time savings and greater efficiency by bringing common data-sets held in databases into the same overarching information management system.

Managing director Richard Burton says that, with the help of investment of $100,000 from Technology New Zealand, Anuva has already been able to come up with the first stage of a linking toolkit.

“We began this project because customers have been telling us they need a way of interfacing their various databases with a document management system. For example larger companies may have the same client details duplicated in multiple locations, with the possibility of errors when they are copied from one to the other and confusion if one list is well maintained and the other is not.

The pressure went on Anuva last year after it signed a heads of agreement with legal services firm CCH New Zealand, a subsidiary of multinational firm Wolters Kluwer, to find a way of integrating CCH’s LAWbase practice management software with a DMS.

Anuva was also in discussion with a South Island local authority wanting to use the product to link with its existing software.

Burton says the link toolkit developed in the first few weeks of the eight-month R&D project has already been instrumental in linking Anuva’s document management system to NCS local body software, and this clinched the sale to Central Otago District Council. The product, Anuva Link, has also resulted in the finalisation of the deal with CHH. Both deals offer further exciting potential for the company.

“CHH will distribute the product throughout its offices in Asia with the prospect of significant export earnings. Now that it’s been proven to work well for local authorities, we anticipate strong sales in this sector within New Zealand as well.”

The software link developed so far allows databases to interface with the Anuva document management system but the ultimate goal of the project is to produce a generic link that will allow the sharing of information stored in databases across various software products.

The software expected to result from the current R&D project is expected to be of interest to New Zealand’s thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) as well as further afield.

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