Rhino Imaging Concordance Data Mapping and Transformation

Concordance Data Mapping

Rhino Imaging provides the latest in technological support for all imaging and document management services.  They use a program called Concordance to manage documents provided to them by their customers.  While Concordance is good at what it does, there are certain limitations to the things it can do.

However, Concordance does have the ability to import and export data to and from its database.  This ability allowed MVI to write an application that would allow Rhino Imaging to export their data from Concordance, reorganize it using the MVI-built application, and then re-importing it.  This ability gave an advantage to Rhino Imaging in that they were the only ones in their industry which used Concordance that could organize their data in this customizable way;  the data coming out of Concordance as a series of specially formatted data files which were then read, parsed and interpreted by the MVI application.

Then the application re-organizes the data based on the settings input into it and generates similarly formatted data files which can then be re-imported into Concordance.  The MVI application itself is Windows-based, written in VB6 and has a GUI (Graphical User Interface) which allows Rhino Imaging to customize the way their data is re-organized.  This application has become part of their daily process and has helped them give their customers exactly what they need.

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