This year, together with colleagues and clients, I had the opportunity to attend OpenText Enterprise World 2017, the annual gathering of the OpenText community held in Toronto. This was a special moment for OpenText and expectations were high regarding the future strategy and positioning of their newly merged portfolio following the acquisition of Dell-EMC Enterprise Content Division in late January.
The outcome of the event was extremely positive. It was obvious the OpenText community is enthusiastic about working together and sharing a common vision for the future. Besides taking the opportunity to meet with some of our partners and customers, we also joined the inspiring sessions and gained valuable insights. While we are already looking forward to meeting you in Toronto next July 2018, we’ve selected our top three key takeaways of this year session:
1. Documentum and OpenText - a synchronized duo
After years of strong competition, Documentum and OpenText are now under the same umbrella and sharing resources and customers. Throughout the event, all presentations and sessions made it clear that Documentum and its products (e.g. Captiva, InfoArchive, LEAP, D2 and xCP) will be fully integrated into the new portfolio of OpenText. OpenText’s strategy for supporting new and existing customers will include the use of XECM (extended ECM), LEAP, Documentum Life Sciences Solutions suite and InfoArchive, which complements SAP Archive solutions.
OpenText is committed to providing industry solutions for the Life Sciences and Energy & Engineering sectors based on Documentum technologies. They continue to enhance D2/xCP products, Captiva and InfoArchive, which will become the primary product for regulatory, compliance and archiving. Customers looking for legacy decommissioning or application archiving for non-SAP based systems now have a solution: InfoArchive.
2. The UX focus
The event included more than 200 sessions, labs and workshops, and those that presented the new set of OpenText products and solutions were noticeably crowded. One such session, Innovation Lab, was a great opportunity to meet and network with user interface designers. The lab enabled technical or business colleagues to speak with designers and exchange ideas, feelings and impressions about new features, functions, icons and product behaviour. Participants were also able to test and discuss prototypes for the next InfoArchive, D2 Mobile Express and LEAP integration with SAP.
This lab provided a unique way of putting the user experience to the test and collecting valuable feedback for product development and testing.
3. Next A(I)nalytics revolution
During the event, OpenText also revealed its new Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform called Magellan. The new generation of analytics technology combines open source machine learning with advanced analysis and the capabilities to acquire, merge, manage and analyze Big Data and Big Content. Another sign of Open Text's heavy investment in this area was the announcement of the acquisition of an American technology company specializing in Cloud Platforms for building identity and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. These capabilities will be part part of the Magellan offering to support the Internet of Things with their cloud based IoT platform.