Open Text Unveils Revolutionary New User Interface Paradigm with Customizable Views of Business Content
Designed from the Ground Up to Eliminate Barriers to User Adoption and Facilitate Rapid Delivery of Content-Enabled Applications; One of Three New Content Services Introduced by Open Text Today
LiveLinkUp 2007, Orlando, FL - 2007-10-22 - Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in enterprise content management (ECM), today announced Open Text Enterprise Connect, a revolutionary user interface paradigm designed to empower information workers to access and interact with all their business content, applications, and processes from within their familiar desktop applications, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Microsoft Explorer, Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes.
Open Text Enterprise Connect is one of three new content services announced today at Open Text s LiveLinkUp 2007 conference. The new services form the basis for Open Text s next-generation content management framework, which takes a unique, repository-agnostic approach to ECM, eliminating the content and process silos created by different systems by decoupling the user experience from the underlying information repositories.
With Enterprise Connect, information workers can easily interact with content from multiple repositories and applications, drag and drop objects between repositories, initiate workflows, and apply metadata and records classifications to objects.
At the core of Enterprise Connect is a framework which allows organizations to deliver to information workers content in context, leveraging customizable business views. Its extensible plug-in architecture and software development kit decouples the user experience from the underlying content repositories, providing seamless access to all business content. Leveraging the business views, Open Text partners and customers will be able to design and deploy content-enabled applications with much greater speed, eliminating the development effort for an application interface.
Enterprise Connect s powerful plug-in architecture facilitates rapid deployment of applications through a universal client, leveraging single-sign-on technology. Training is minimized because the application looks like a natural extension of the preferred user interface. Plug-ins are available to access and interact with content stored in Open Text content repositories, SAP applications and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server repositories.
Enterprise Connect overcomes usability and user adoption challenges, by allowing us to bring the application to the user in a more user-centered and familiar way, rather than forcing them to learn how to work in a completely new interface, said Steve Miller, Chief Architect & Information Strategist for Strategic Innovators, an Open Text partner specializing in usability focused information management strategy and solutions for the Energy Sector. The ability to easily develop and add plug-ins to expose content from multiple business applications is very powerful. And what makes it a killer-app is the ability to allow the end user to interact with the system in the most straightforward business centric way, customizing the interaction such that usability and efficiency are greatly enhanced. Using the out-of-the box framework, business users can customize the way content is presented and delivered. This significantly reduces dependencies on IT and empowers managers, who best understand their business challenges, to deliver applications to staff in tailored user environments. The plug-in architecture allows customers and partners like us to develop more in-depth solutions, such as our prototype plug-in for Well File Management, targeted at specific business needs with a repository-agnostic approach.
Our customers have a myriad of different interfaces and many different systems which support the business, said Kirk Roberts, President, Livelink ECM Division at Open Text. Open Text Enterprise Connect enables organizations to simplify the user experience by aggregating every type of business content and bringing it to the desktop in a logical, business-centric view, customized to a user s role, all inside the Microsoft desktop environment.
Open Text Enterprise Connect s rich software development kit (SDK) makes it easy for customers, third-party developers and system integrators to deliver any content-centric application to users at the desktop in the same familiar interface. The SDK includes .NET and C++ base classes, plus source documentation, source code and a variety of tools that will help organizations to easily develop custom solutions and plug-in applications for Enterprise Connect quickly and efficiently.
Open Text Enterprise Connect is already available for SAP applications and will ship in December for Livelink ECM and Livelink ECM eDOCS. Support for email systems and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2003 and 2007 will be available in the second quarter, 2008. For more information on Open Text Enterprise Connect, go to: http://opentext.com/2/sol-products/content-services/enterprise-connect.htm.
Open Text s LiveLinkUp 2007 conference is being held this year at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida. For more information, go to: http://livelinkup.opentext.com/orlando/2007/
About Open Text
Open Text, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise content management, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of their business content. Open Text brings two decades of expertise supporting 46,000 customers and millions of users in 114 countries. Working with our customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts to help organizations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity, automate processes, mitigate risk, manage compliance and improve competitiveness. For more information, visit www.opentext.com
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