OpenText Helping Enterprises and Governments Worldwide Extract Value from Information
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