Microsoft is relaunching Syntex with a wide range of AI-based content management tools

Microsoft launched Microsoft Syntex, an app rebranding as the company turns it into a suite of content apps, low-code tools, and services that use artificial intelligence to simplify how organizations work with content.

Part of a new class of technology Microsoft calls “AI content,” Microsoft Syntex — which was announced at the company’s Ignite conference on Wednesday, and formerly SharePoint Syntex — uses artificial intelligence to read, tag, and index large amounts of content. automatically, linking them where required in context and integrating offers via Microsoft Cloud, from Microsoft 365 (Newly renamed Office 365) and Azure to power platform And the Microsoft Purview.

As operations have become increasingly digital over the past 10 years or so, an increasing number of companies have moved all of their documents to the cloud. For Microsoft 365, that rate has grown tenfold over the past five years alone, says Jeff Teper, head of collaborative apps and platforms at Microsoft, with an average of 1.6 billion documents added to Microsoft 365 each day.

While moving towards a paperless society that brought with it the promise of efficiency, the number of documents that are now stored digitally has reached a critical point, which means that people are wasting vital time sifting through digital files to find the necessary information. Furthermore, it is estimated that organizations spend $46 billion annually storing and managing content from which they derive little value.

“It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have lawyers review contracts, but if you can have a 200-page contract scan of and say, ‘Those are the three items that changed from the standard form,’ that can significantly save companies time and Tipper said.

Syntex 11 offers a basic ability

Microsoft Syntex supports more than 300 different types of content and has 11 capabilities. here they are:

  • to improve: no code Artificial intelligence that enhances your content to help you understand and organize information, and simplify the workflow of your business.
  • Document processing: Helps you understand, tag, and secure information, and integrate AI from Microsoft Azure, AI Builder, and other Microsoft sources.
  • Summarizing: Uses AI to create content summaries to extract key points on demand.
  • Content aggregation: Helps users to automatically create this document using templates and metadata using content aggregation.
  • Image, audio, and video processing: Allows users to process and tag images with approximately 10,000 automatically recognized objects “out of the box” and extract text from images in SharePoint and Exchange using optical character recognition (OCR)
  • Connect: Helps users connect, discover and reuse content using AI-powered search
  • Electronic Signature: An electronic signature is one of the fastest growing types of content transactions. You can submit e-signature requests using Syntex, Adobe Acrobat Sign, DocuSign, or any of Microsoft’s other e-signature partner solutions.
  • Search: Built on Microsoft Search to provide powerful ways to query, shape, and discover the content and data contained in your files.
  • Annotation: Use annotations — such as ink, notes, redaction, stamps, and comments — on any content without modifying the original files.
  • Content Rules Wizard: The Syntex Content Wizard allows you to create simple rules to trigger the next action in a series of tasks, such as a transaction, alert, or workflow.
  • Accelerators and Templates: Microsoft provides a range of application accelerators for the common patterns and scenarios that organizations encounter.

The change of the SharePoint Syntex brand to Microsoft Syntex indicates that the new capabilities will play a broader role in Microsoft’s AI portfolio, said Larry Cannell, senior analyst at Gartner.

Cannell added that he was skeptical of Microsoft’s use of “AI content” to describe Syntex, since its description of this market is very similar to what the industry has called content management for years.

“However, if the value is there, Syntex will give Microsoft customers more options in meeting their content processing needs,” he said.

Use low token use and no code

Tepper explained that the technology Microsoft uses for its so-called pre-made AI models, which include optical character recognition or language translation, is increasingly being improved as part of its Azure Cognitive Services. This allowed Microsoft to take platform capabilities from elsewhere in their technology suite and build them into Syntex.

However, while Microsoft is still offering APIs For professional developers, the company has tried to identify patterns that make it possible for customers to solve their unique needs without writing any custom code.

As a result, many of the capabilities that make up Microsoft Syntex make use of files Low code and no codewhich enables users with little or no coding experience to get the most out of Microsoft Syntex.

Based on Microsoft’s Power Platform, a suite of low-code tools for creating applications, workflows, AI bots, and data analytics, Tepper explains that its coding capabilities will allow users to create workflows and automate business processes in a way that allows them to easily match their exact needs. .

“Success with this integration will depend more on Power Automate’s flexibility than Syntex’s ability to invoke the stream,” said Gartner’s Cannell, adding that while he was interested in integrating Syntex with Power Automate, it was still unclear whether customers would embrace the use of a solution that does not. Contains code embedded in mainstream content operations.

Microsoft Syntex is now available, including document processing, annotations, content aggregation, content querying, accelerators, and more. More services will roll out for public preview later this year, with the rest to follow in 2023.

Microsoft will also offer a consumer business model for Syntex, allowing customers to expand the range of services to best suit their needs.

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