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The Value of Deployment Options

By Bernadette Nixon and Isam Alyousfi
The announcement today that OpenText has acquired Netherlands-based Cordys will provide significant value to customers, partners, and prospects. Not only does it give them many new capabilities, but it also gives them a host of new options for deployment. This kind of power and flexibility is what we strive for at OpenText, and this acquisition takes us to a whole new level.

The new capabilities of the Cordys platform mean that we can offer on-prem, SaaS and PaaS BPM and Case Management solutions all in the same platform, which adds convenience, efficiency, and value for our customers. The Cordys platform also includes a built-in ESB, RIA (Rich Internet Applications) framework, master data management, rules engine, business activity monitoring, and cloud orchestration capabilities.

Cordys has also created a composite applications framework (CAF) with mash-up capabilities, so our customers will be able to build custom applications quickly, and integrate them to their backend systems, all from an intuitive interface that is really usable by business analysts. The CAF will be a nice complement to our Assure platform, which provides pre-built service delivery-focused processes and user interfaces, and together they redefine the term “time-to-value” for our customers.

The acquisition also brings a new level of flexibility in development and deployment. Many customers and partners are looking to the cloud to ease the burden of managing hardware and infrastructure, and the Cordys platform can take them there. The platform was built from the ground up for the cloud, and is a true multi-tenant solution that offers a complete middleware Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, with cloud orchestration for BPM / case management and the underlying infrastructure. This includes app development, app integration, and enterprise mobility, from an on-premise deployment, 100% cloud deployment, or with a hybrid cloud model. While many of our customers will continue to deploy Assure, MBPM, and Case & Process 360-based solutions on-premise, we know others will choose to deploy with OpenText in the cloud. That’s true flexibility, and flexibility increases value.

Also important about the acquisition is that we now have a very compelling offering for OpenText partners, including ISVs, SIs, and Managed Service Providers to develop and deploy their own process automation solutions to a much broader set of customers than we could reach alone. These might be horizontal, vertical, or custom solutions that will bring specific functionality to meet specific business needs in new markets.

So we couldn’t be happier with the news. We now have a very comprehensive set of products that cover the application development needs of even the largest global organizations. When we add the capabilities of the broader OpenText EIM platform, which includes content management and customer engagement management – all from a single vendor – we have an extremely compelling and competitive offering that’s going to be very hard to beat.

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