Robin Lane

Robin Lane
Robin is OpenText’s Senior Manager of PR & Social Media. She heads up OpenText’s brand journalism strategy, working across the organization to help tell all facets of the OpenText story. Over the years, Robin has put her passion for writing to work for many leading technology companies to launch and manage their branding and digital media initiatives.

Enterprise World is All New and Coming Your Way!

While Enterprise World continues to be an amazing conference for our customers, partners, and employees this year we’re creating a whole new experience for all attendees. From location to program, we have listened to everything you’ve said and put your suggestions in action.

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Financial Synergy Outlines Integration of OpenText Big Data Analytics at OpenText Innovation Tour 2016

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Speaking at today’s OpenText Innovation Tour 2016 event in Sydney, Financial Synergy – Australia’s leading superannuation and investment software provider and innovator – outlined how it is embedding OpenText Big Data Analytics functionality into its Acuity platform. Using OpenText Big Data Analytics, Financial Synergy can provide a predictive and customer-centric environment for wealth management organisations and superannuation funds which relying on the Acuity platform. Stephen Mackley, CEO at Financial Synergy said, “Embedding OpenText Big Data Analytics into Acuity will allow superannuation funds of all sizes and types to affordably discover the hidden value of their data. They will have far greater capacity to retain existing customers and expand potential market share as they will know what has happened, what’s happening and what will happen.” Shankar Sivaprakasam, Vice President, OpenText Analytics (APAC and Japan) said: “One of the greatest challenges for Australia’s wealth management industry is its ability to engage with members, particularly in the early stages of account development. Advanced Big Data analytics is key to understanding the customer, their needs and behaviours. It will provide the ability to interrogate all structured and unstructured data and monitor how to best meet a customer’s goals.” Mackley continued, “We are offering a powerfully flexible tool with which our clients can use strategic, predictive knowledge to create new, efficient business models. It will also enable deeper segmentation, to ‘market of one’ levels of customer service.” Financial Synergy is a leading innovator and provider of digital solutions to the superannuation and investment services industry. The combination of its unique platform capabilities and expertise of in-house software and administration specialists, allow Financial Synergy to transform the member experience and boost business performance. Article Written By Shankar Sivaprakasam, vice president,  Analytics (APAC and Japan), OpenText  

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Breaking the Code

Who wants to code? If the thought alone gives you chills, don’t panic, you are not alone. Let’s face it coding is a bit scary for most of us. But, never fear, the Hour of Code is here to help us all, whether you are four or 104 years old! In case you are wondering, The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science. A global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries, the program consists of one hour tutorials in more than 40 languages. “The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. “Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.” Now, you are unlikely to be an expert coder at the end of the hour, but hopefully you will have a new appreciation for computer science. It’s a digital world today and computer science is at the heart of it. The Hour of Code movement makes that understanding accessible to all ages, all students, regardless of background. And, that is something we can get behind! We are already seeing the changes. Millennials are entering the workforce in full force and they are digital ready. With the swipe of their screen, they are running their lives. And, that is only going to get more apparent as the world continues its digital transformation. Companies are beginning to adjust for this new market. With the Hour of Code, not only will more people understand coding and computer science but companies also get a glimpse into the future. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder we felt this was a great fit for our company. Our offices around the world are setting up their own Hour of Code events – and people love it! From employees to children, these events are getting everyone involved. With events in Canada, Germany, North America, and more, our teams are meeting up and learning to code. So, how is it going? Just ask 10-year-old Ian Darroch in Waterloo,“I had a blast. I only wished it was ‘2 Hours of Code’!” How about our more senior students? Bill Combs from our Gaithersburg office says, “The Hour of Code was indeed fun and informative!  It has been a very, very long time since I’ve coded programs, and, I was interested to see what it was all about.” And, having personally participated, I can say the Hour of Code is a fantastic initiative that is both fun and informative. Click here for a recap of our Waterloo event! Anyone can host an Hour of Code event. If you are interested, check out the official website.

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OnLiving; Deloitte and SAP Keynote

On Thursday, OpenText CEO Mark Barrenechea took us on a heartfelt journey of his successful recovery from leukemia this year, an experience he described as “the most difficult journey in his life.” In February, Barrenechea was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia — a disease that he described as “complex” and one that “wanted to win.” At one point, his DNA mutated after receiving chemotherapy, rendering all forms of chemotherapy completely ineffective. Doctors lowered Barrenechea’s chance of survival to 10%. Despite several months of fighting for his life, Barrenechea never missed a day of work at OpenText. He cited his decision to continue doing what he loves as essential to his resolve. Barrenechea studied his disease down to “the atomic level,” allowing him to be his own best advocate in the face of difficult decisions. Tying back to the world of business, Barrenechea encouraged executives to learn one or two problems down to the atomic level each year. Rather than leading to micromanagement, Barrenechea said expertise makes for better executives and better corporate teams. Barrenechea said his goal in talking about his diagnoses, treatment, and recovery from leukemia was to help others dealing with personal challenges. “If I can help at least one person, [this talk] will have been an hour well spent.” Next up was Rodolpho Cardenuto, president of Global Partner Operations at SAP. Cardenuto spoke about SAP’s long-standing partnership with OpenText and advocated for the transition to digital technology. Cardenuto said that despite 90% of CEOs believing that digital technology will impact their businesses, only 16% are taking action, adding that early adopters are winning marketshare. Lastly, Bill Briggs, CTO of Deloitte Consulting, spoke about the five forces pushing digital transformation forward: analytics, the rethinking of work processes, the business of IT, the cloud, and core modernization. Briggs said consumers have been largely responsible for driving modernization to date, but that enterprises will assume that role in the future.

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Barrenechea Announces Release of OpenText Suite 16 and OpenText Cloud 16

OpenText’s Enterprise World 2015 kicked off Wednesday with OpenText CEO Mark Barrenechea discussing his predictions on the future of Enterprise Information Management (EIM), and announcing the company’s largest ever product release with the upcoming OpenText Suite 16 and OpenText Cloud 16. Available in the spring of 2016, OpenText Suite 16 addresses four key element of EIM – Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Business Process Management (BPM), Customer Experience Management (CEM) and Analytics. The company’s cloud-based offering, OpenText Cloud 16, addresses those same solutions plus Business Networks, and will be deployable on both the OpenText Cloud and third-party cloud platforms. Addressing the question of whether customers should go with OpenText Suite 16 or OpenText Cloud 16, Barrenechea said the world “remains hybrid” and that OpenText is modeling its business and its products to give customers the maximum choice in terms of deployment options – on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid model – depending on business requirements and corporate IT strategy. Barrenechea said that OpenText is the leading provider of EIM solutions, with over 80% of the Fortune 5000 currently using OpenText software. The company is committed to being the number one vendor in all five areas of EIM – investing over $200 million a year in engineering to realize that goal. Barrenechea spent some time discussing the factors driving digital disruption across markets. Factors like the changing workforce, expectations of “millennial” employees and customers, and the move to mobile and device-driven access to services are having a radical impact on mature, established businesses on a global basis. Citing the impact of digital disruption, Barrenechea gave the example of the US insurance industry, which maintains a model of insurance agents selling to the customer. But with the average age of an insurance agent being 52, this model is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Consumers are looking to bypass agents altogether, and insurance companies are looking to digital to deliver compelling experiences for customers that service all their needs. Barrenechea’s mantra- in order to stay relevant, companies must disrupt or they will be disrupted. After his keynote, Barrenechea was followed on stage by comedian Mike Myers, who wore a bright blue Toronto Maple Leafs uniform, a nod to his Toronto upbringing. Myers spoke passionately about his Canadian background, applauding what makes Canada different from its nearest neighbor, and shared some experiences about his acting career and the state of the entertainment industry. He also talked about how digital is having a profound effect on how films are made, distributed and watched.

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Visit the Innovation Lab

Join us for a visit to the Innovation Lab, where customers get to test drive products and provide feedback to the team. We took a minute to catch up with Tony Haverda, director of user experience engineering.    

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OpenText Announced Deeper Integration with DocuSign

OpenText and DocuSign have announced new integrations to help OpenText enterprise customers securely create and route documents for electronic signature. OpenText has also agreed to resell DocuSign software as part of the new arrangement. Obtaining written signatures is often the most time consuming step in document processing. But, with the DocuSign integration, OpenText users now have a digital way to obtain signatures, as well as get a court-admissible audit trail to help comply with information governance needs. “By breaking the digital workflow, organizations risk losing track of the status of the document,” said Scott Harrison, senior director of business development for DocuSign. “We’re a natural fit for OpenText because we make it easier and faster for the user.” Leveraging OpenText’s large global customer base, Harrison is excited to expand DocuSign’s own reach overseas to help grow the dynamic company. DocuSign is now commonly used in the real estate, financial services, insurance, high tech, life sciences, and health care industries. Harrison can be found manning the DocuSign booth at the Enterprise World Expo Center, so stop by to learn more.

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A Very Special Event with Mark Barrenechea

As many of you may know, our CEO Mark J. Barrenechea battled and beat Leukemia this year. As proud as we all are of him on his triumphant journey, I am even more proud to say he will be sharing his experience with all of us in a very special session “On Living,” next week at Enterprise World. The session will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 8:30am on the Main Stage. Many of us have heard Mark speak about the industry and our business over many years, but I encourage each of you to come join him to hear about his personal journey and experience. Mark has fought one of the hardest battles of his life and won, and his life has been forever changed. It has been a long road of ups and downs to get him where he is today. He truly hopes in sharing his own journey he can, in some way, help and inspire others on their journey, whatever that journey may be. While he aims to bring hope with his words, we all know this battle requires more. Throughout Mark’s talk and over the following 72 hours, we will be holding a $1 a Tweet fund raising event for Leukemia research. For every tweet sharing your story, thoughts or words of inspiration, Mark will personally contribute $1 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), up to $20,000. You donate your time and tweets and he’ll provide the funds. The donation will be split between the US and Canadian LLS organizations. Make sure to use #OnLiving, #OTEW and @MarkBarrenechea in your tweets so we can count them and raise money! And, we are not bound by the walls of Enterprise World! We need everyone’s help to spread the word for this great cause. Tell your friends and colleagues, ask them to help, let’s do this! Whatever challenges we face in life, whether health, personal or professional, we are all on a journey and could use some support. Come join us and help us raise awareness, funds and spirits!

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Just the Facts Ma’am

If you are like me, you just want to know “what’s the what.” So, here we go, 2015 Enterprise World Facts: One keynote with thought leader on the Digital World, Mark Barrenechea Dozens of expert speakers Six days of programming from November 8 – 13, 2015 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, NV Four time American Comedy Award winner Mike Meyers Four days to influence future products at visit the Enterprise World 2015 Innovation Lab Three hours of an Enterprise World takeover of the OMNIA Night Club 150 targeted training workshops, breakouts, and customer roundtables 100’s of tips, tricks and new connections to take back with you Two ways to get more information: here or here 0 days to wait to Register There you have it! It’s a fact, you won’t want to miss this.

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Session Spotlight: Analyze This

Recently, we announced OpenText Big Data Analytics to access, blend, explore, and analyze Big Data without depending on IT or data experts. To celebrate, we’ve compiled the list of must- attend Analytics sessions at the 2015 Enterprise World! Don’t miss out!

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Session Spotlight: Cloud Blueprint

With enterprise migration to the cloud accelerating, enterprise cloud services help organizations to simplify businesses to stay competitive, agile, and innovative. Enterprise World 2015’s blueprint workshop is a half-day workshop providing an overview of the OpenText Cloud, benefits of managed cloud services, and a blueprint on how to develop a business case for moving your ECM process into our Cloud. Register today

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Wait for it…

Enterprise World 2015 is just around the corner! Are you as excited as us? As we close in on Vegas, we want you to feel like you are already there. So, we are going to bring you all the news right as it happens. When we know something, you’ll know it too. In fact, I’ll get you started. Did you know the agenda builder is already up? That’s right, beat the rush and put your schedule together now so you don’t have to think about it later. But, you can only build the agenda if you’ve registered, so go ahead and sign up and get that out of the way as well. You know you want to. If you are still not sure, check out these top reasons in person conferences can’t be beat. And, with that, stay with us and we’ll get you to Vegas, prepared and ready to maximize your trip.

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