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Competing in the OpenText SDK Challenge: The Journey of aiMan

by Jürgen Tebrün |
Sep 8, 2023 |

Yesterday, the result of OpenText’s SDK Challenge was announced. Although we didn’t finish in the top three, we received honorable mention by OpenText and are proud to have made the aiMan work.

In the ever-evolving world of technology, innovation is the driving force behind progress. It’s what propels us to create new solutions, challenge the status quo, and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our journey in the OpenText SDK Challenge was akin to facing the intense scrutiny of the ‘Dragon’s Den,’ where innovative ideas are assessed, critiqued, and celebrated. This year’s SDK challenge was inspired by the “Dragon’s Den”, a well-known TV show format in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of wealthy investors (often referred to as “dragons”) who then decide whether to invest their own money in the presented business. This show is also known as “Shark Tank” in some regions, such as the United States.

The Competition: A Challenge for Innovation

The OpenText SDK Challenge brought together six talented teams, each tasked with developing groundbreaking solutions for the Documentum Smart View Client. It was a competition that demanded creativity, technical expertise, and the ability to think beyond the conventional. Our mission was clear: to create a unique and powerful software application that seamlessly integrated Artificial Intelligence with the Documentum Smart View Client.

Our Approach: AI Meets Documentum

Our team was driven by the exciting prospect of introducing AI into the realm of document management. We envisioned a future where users could interact with their documents in an entirely new way. Our AI-driven solution, aiMan, aimed to revolutionize document management by enabling users to search for documents using natural language, access frequently asked questions effortlessly, and even query business intelligence evaluations and workflow-related tasks in the future.

aiMan Technical set-up

The Technical Foundation of aiMan: Integrating FastAPI and LangChain

At the core of aiMan’s technical prowess lies the integration of FastAPI, a powerful web framework for building APIs with Python. This integration has opened doors to seamless communication between aiMan and LangChain, a framework that operates at the infrastructure layer. LangChain plays a pivotal role in enabling the orchestration of Large Language Models (LLMs), such as GPT-4, within real-world applications. For further technical insights, visit LangChain’s documentation.

Context Information and Azure OpenAI Service

In addition to LangChain, aiMan leverages Context Information, which can encompass a wide range of data represented as plain text. This additional information enriches the interaction with Large Language Models, enhancing their understanding and responses. Moreover, aiMan is backed by the Azure OpenAI Service, a cloud service provided by Microsoft. This service facilitates private deployment and access to various generative AI models, including GPT-4 and DALL·E 2. It allows for independent management, scaling, and billing, making it a robust foundation for AI-powered solutions like aiMan.

The Realization: New Ideas, Proven Solutions

As we put our hearts and minds into developing aiMan, we knew we were onto something innovative and promising. Our solution showcased the potential of AI in document management, making tasks more efficient and user-friendly. However, in the end, the jury chose to reward three other teams. We are happy about the honorable mention we received from the OpenText Team and will work on the tipps they provided us with.

Our View of the Future: More Beauty, More Marketing

But here’s the exciting part: we are far from being discouraged. We remain steadfast in our belief that aiMan offers substantial value to businesses looking to streamline their document management processes. In the coming months, we are committed to refining and enhancing our AI-based Documentum Smart View integration. Our goal is to make it even more beautiful, user-friendly, and tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

If you are interested, you can watch the recording of our presentation here: fme Presentation OpenText Documentum Dragon’s Den Partner SDK Challenge

To ensure that more companies can benefit from our innovative solution, we will also be ramping up our marketing efforts. A dedicated landing page for aiMan is already in the works. We want to ensure that businesses across industries are aware of the transformative potential of aiMan.

A Heartfelt Thank You

In closing, we want to express our deepest gratitude to all our team members who poured their tireless efforts and hard work into the competition. Our commitment to innovation and excellence remains unwavering. We are confident that aiMan will not only succeed but also thrive in the world of document management, bringing a new era of efficiency and user-friendliness.

Stay tuned for more updates on aiMan – and thank you for being part of our journey towards a smarter, more innovative future!
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