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Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint Simplifies and Automates Hiring Processes

Native Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Application Streamlines Complex Hiring Processes, Minimizes Time Required for Hiring Managers Involved in Recruiting

Waterloo, ON – 2009-1-20 – Open Text™ (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), today announced the release of Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint, a native Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 application for collaborative hiring case management that helps to simplify the recruiting process within organizations. This release is part of a continuing Open Text strategy to build applications that extend Office SharePoint Server 2007, based on the Open Text ECM Suite.

Recruiting processes in any organization can be complex, involving numerous approvals, collaboration with many departments, interactions with multiple HR systems and many pieces of content such as resumes, credentials, certificates, application forms, etc. To help today’s organizations manage the inherent complexities of the corporate hiring process, Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint offers a collaborative, flexible case management application that brings simplicity, efficiency and automation to the recruiting process.

"In today's economy, many companies are restructuring and consolidating operations, and as they make these changes, they're finding holes in their personnel rosters," said Jens Rabe, Vice President, Microsoft Solutions Group at Open Text. "Like any business process, hiring must be done more effectively and at a lower cost. Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint allows hiring managers to efficiently manage recruiting documents and data from within SharePoint Server 2007, providing superior ease of use and full visibility of the entire recruiting process."

"The business processes associated with hiring employees are often challenging and labor intensive to manage," said Tom Rizzo, Director of SharePoint at Microsoft. "With Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint, Open Text is expanding on the SharePoint Server 2007 platform to make the end user experience seamless in getting relevant candidate data and content."

The new solution highlights Open Text's unique approach to Microsoft SharePoint. Rather than competing with SharePoint, Open Text is creating specialized ECM applications designed to run natively on top of SharePoint. Last year, Open Text introduced a case management framework (www.opentext.com/2/global/press-release-details.html?id=2004) which lets developers easily create functional extensions to SharePoint. Open Text uses the framework to create a series of ECM applications for SharePoint, including Open Text Legal Information Management (www.opentext.com/2/global/press-release-details.html?id=1997), a specialized ECM application for law firms, and now the new recruiting solution announced today.

Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint utilizes familiar and user-friendly Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 environments to facilitate the tasks related to the recruitment process within one application, allowing everyone in the recruiting hierarchy to participate in the process without the need to be trained on such HR systems as PeopleSoft. The application also takes advantage of Open Text Enterprise Connect (www.opentext.com/news/pr.html?id=1949), which lets users access and interact with their business content, applications, and processes from within their familiar desktop applications.

A dashboard is conveniently accessible from Office Outlook 2007, or directly within Office SharePoint Server 2007, making it easy for hiring managers to instantly request a new hire by completing a simple web form. Once a job offer is extended, the Open Text application archives the job site with other information for long-term audit and retention, and automatically replaces the non-hired candidates into the central applicant pool to be accessed for future recruiting.

Features for Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint include:

  • Integration with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise: Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint automatically imports relevant HR data from PeopleSoft. Consistency of PeopleSoft usage is maintained through presentation and data exchange from SharePoint without needing to access the PeopleSoft user interface directly.
  • Full Auditing Capabilities and Records Retention: Built upon the compliance strengths of long term retention and archival of Open Text Enterprise Library Services, the application shares central records management practices and maintains compliance with corporate and legislative regulations.
  • Automated Workflow and Approval: Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint leverages request forms, automated tasks and notifications to simplify the hiring process.
  • Dedicated Collaborative Work Area:Information related to the job is available within the Office SharePoint Server 2007 site. Users work with everyone involved in the hiring process and take advantage of the collaborative features of Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Availability: Open Text Recruiting Management for Microsoft SharePoint is available now. For more information, please visit: www.opentext.com/2/global/sol-products/sol-pro-extensions-microsoft/pro-ot-recruitmgmt-sharepoint.htm

Open Text's Leadership in Solutions for Microsoft Open Text is a leader in delivering solutions for the Microsoft platform, including the industry's widest range of solutions that extend Office SharePoint Server 2007. Open Text is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. For more information on Open Text and Microsoft, go to: www.opentext.com/microsoft-partner

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 50 million 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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Open Text Corporation
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