OpenText Help­ing En­ter­prises and Gov­ern­ments World­wide Ex­tract Value from In­for­ma­tion

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Head­quar­tered in Water­loo, On­tario, OpenText is Canada’s largest soft­ware com­pany with of­fices in the heart of down­town Ot­tawa at the Rideau Cen­tre, neigh­bor­ing Canada’s Par­lia­ment build­ings and Ot­tawa’s core busi­ness district. OpenText is the global leader in En­ter­prise In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment (EIM) soft­ware that helps com­pa­nies of all sizes and in all in­dus­tries to man­age, se­cure and lever­age their un­struc­tured busi­ness in­for­ma­tion. The soft­ware and in­for­ma­tion can re­side in their data cen­ter or in the cloud.

Un­struc­tured in­for­ma­tion – in­clud­ing emails, videos, im­ages, documents, and other types of con­tent – rep­re­sents over 80 per­cent or more of all in­for­ma­tion in the en­ter­prise. That un­struc­tured in­for­ma­tion is grow­ing rapidly, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for or­ga­ni­za­tions to meet com­pli­ance with reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments, and man­age mo­bile work­forces that are in­creas­ingly us­ing de­vices of their own choice. Ex­tract­ing value from con­tent is how or­ga­ni­za­tions can turn un­struc­tured in­for­ma­tion into struc­tured con­tent and de­rive value with­out in­creas­ing risk.

“Big Con­tent is quickly be­com­ing the new fron­tier in the en­ter­prise, given ex­po­nen­tial growth in un­man­aged, un­struc­tured data,” said Pat Harper, Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer at OpenText. “Turn­ing ‘data’ into ‘con­tent’ and trans­form­ing ‘con­tent’ into knowl­edge, adds busi­ness value and drives or­ga­ni­za­tional suc­cess.”

To ad­dress that chal­lenge, it’s im­por­tant to es­tab­lish an en­ter­prise-wide in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment plat­form, Harper added. In­for­ma­tion in si­los has limited use; with the de­ploy­ment of EIM, in­for­ma­tion can be seam­lessly dis­cov­ered, cap­tured, man­aged, gov­erned, se­cured, lever­aged and trans­formed to cre­ate value, no mat­ter where it re­sides. “Or­ga­ni­za­tions to­day want to lever­age in­for­ma­tion to help make bet­ter and faster de­ci­sions, ac­cel­er­ate busi­ness pro­cesses and drive topline goals for their or­ga­ni­za­tions,” said Harper. “It’s re­ally about in­for­ma­tion driv­ing an agenda of in­no­va­tion and growth to be­come more com­pet­i­tive, and that’s OpenText’s rai­son d’être.”

In Novem­ber 2013, OpenText in­tro­duced its first co­or­di­nated set of soft­ware re­leases fo­cused on in­no­va­tion and in­te­gra­tion, mark­ing a ma­jor mile­stone as the com­pany moves to­wards an in­te­grated EIM suite. “We launched five suites that ad­dress Con­tent, Process, Ex­pe­ri­ence, In­for­ma­tion Ex­change and Dis­cov­ery and pro­vides in­te­grated prod­ucts that tackle a set of spe­cific busi­ness prob­lems,” said Harper. “That’s of real ben­e­fit to our cus­tomers as they con­front in­creas­ingly com­plex busi­ness needs.”

OpenText also in­tro­duced Ap­pWorks, the de­vel­op­ment plat­form that lever­ages the EIM suites to dra­mat­i­cally ac­cel­er­ate timeto-mar­ket for en­ter­prise-grade ap­pli­ca­tions. Us­ing Ap­pWorks, de­vel­op­ers can write their app once and have it run on mo­bile de­vices and web brow­ers with­out additional ef­fort.

Fur­ther, OpenText has an­nounced a $100 Mil­lion En­ter­prise Ap­pli­ca­tions Ven­ture Fund to sup­port de­vel­op­ment of a large ecosys­tem of com­pa­nies that will use Ap­pWorks to lever­age ex­ist­ing OpenText EIM so­lu­tions and dis­trib­ute their prod­ucts to OpenText cus­tomers glob­ally. En­trepreneurs can get on board at: https://de­vel­oper.opentext.com

In­creas­ing the abil­ity of app de­vel­op­ers to in­no­vate is the federal govern­ment’s Open Data ini­tia­tive, in­tended to un­lock the value em­bed­ded in stores of govern­ment data.

“For gov­ern­ments and or­ga­ni­za­tions around the world, we be­lieve that the power of Open Data, cou­pled with an en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tions plat­form, will en­able in­no­va­tion that re­ally de­fies imag­i­na­tion,” said Harper.

PATRICK HARPER, CHIEF IN­FOR­MA­TION OF­FI­CER

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