November 20, 2012
OpenText Brings Tempo Social to the Cloud, Introduces InfoFusion
By Rachel Ramsey
TMCnet Web Editor
With growing volumes and a host of formats to manage and leverage, organizations need to bring structure to the unstructured. By doing so, they will be unleashing the power of information to drive faster decision making, improved agility, strong security policies and an increased ability to both exploit the opportunities and control the risks of enterprise information.
Last week, the company released its OpenText Cloud, the industry’s largest field cloud designed specifically to address enterprise information management. OpenText Cloud aims to provide all OpenText software as cloud-based offerings, in addition to the existing on-premises products. It provides more than 20,000 customers with anytime, anywhere access to OpenText’s EIM solution portfolio in the cloud, including more than 20 ready-to-use applications and services.
“There’s a big emphasis on social in our cloud because that’s kind of the new way of working,” said Lubor Ptacek, the VP of strategic marketing at OpenText. “A lot of companies are looking this way for working but they don’t want their employees to work on Facebook (News - Alert) because then the data is kind of open to anybody and you can’t deal with security easily. What you need is a secure social environment where you have your own work teams and they can decide who see s the information and who doesn’t. That’s what we have built into our cloud.”
In addition to the OpenText Cloud, the company also had two other exciting announcements; Tempo Social and Tempo Box (News - Alert) in the cloud and InfoFusion. OpenText Tempo Social in the cloud provides an out-of-the-box social collaboration solution with enterprise-grade security, compliance and customization capabilities. Featuring a unique combination of activity feeds, communities, and dashboards, as well as individual and team profiles, Tempo Social helps organizations synthesize information needs in a common user experience.
Tempo Box allows users to easily sync, share, and store information across all the devices they use, without sacrificing the records management rigor and security mandated by organizational policies and industry regulations.
“You probably are familiar with something like Dropbox (News - Alert) or some of those offerings, where you can easily sync files and share them with your friends. Well that’s the consumer world, we do the same thing but in the enterprise,” said Ptacek. “What’s important for the enterprise is that the company retains control over that content even if it’s being shared through the cloud. That’s very critical.”
The social collaborative environment allows teams to focus, work efficiently and connect with relevant resources and expertise throughout the organization.
“Employees want to use these tools. Facebook became popular for a reason. It’s very easy to use and it sparks curiosity and stimulates communication,” said Ptacek. “Giving employees those kinds of tools in an enterprise fashion is something that a lot of organizations are looking for and it’s something a lot of our customers have been asking about.”
InfoFusion is an information access software platform specifically designed for enterprise information management that offers businesses a new and dramatically improved approach to discovering, analyzing and managing unstructured information across the enterprise.
“The idea behind the information access platform is very simple. The reality in a lot of organization is that there is a lot of information that is stored in a lot of separate places,” explained Ptacek. “What we are providing with InfoFusion is the ability to now aggregate all of that, analyze it (so think about it as a small way of filtering the information, finding out what’s meaningful for the type of work I’m doing right now) and then presenting it all cohesively. That’s a huge challenge in companies today.”
Whether your challenges are managing storage capacity, applying retention and lifecycle controls on terabytes of content, rationalizing legacy applications and content, or providing unified access to content for end users, InfoFusion can help. It significantly reduces the cost and complexity of individual systems and content sources through discrete applications for data integration, content migration, data archiving and legacy decommissioning.
“It’s not just a pure integration with connectors to all the different repositories, we do that, but it’s also the smarts on top of it,” said Ptacek. “It’s the ability to analyze it and aggregate it intelligently so that you reduce the volume so you prioritize what’s really relevant for the task at hand.”
To learn more about OpenText and its recently released products, visit www.opentext.com.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo