Digital Transformation

Enterprise World 2016 – Learn How to Improve Process Productivity with Extended ECM Platform

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM) was supposed to be a single solution to all of the myriad business problems. It would let the business owners dictate where and how all data would be stored and structured, apply user rights and retention policies, and most importantly, control what happened to that data over its lifetime. But we all know how that story ended. Users felt constrained by all of the new rules that got in the way of their ability to do their job and were baffled by the complex metadata and classification requirements. Sharing information with external resources (gasp!) became a monumental challenge. And most of all, they resented having to do the real work of their job—be it sales, HR, engineering, or virtually anything else—in one application, then switch to the ECM system to (attempt to) file and find documents related to their business processes. So those very employees that were hired to be self-motivated problem solvers and critical thinkers did what they were hired to do—they found alternative solutions so they could do their job more efficiently. Custom add-on applications were built to handle common processes, while whole industries evolved for things like enterprise resource management (ERP) and engineering document management (EDM). Users switched between different applications to perform different aspects of their job, often to complete steps in the same process. The result? An inconsistently used ECM system and unstructured data that is spread across various (largely uncontrolled) silos with no control and poor personal and process productivity. So what if you took the heart of what ECM represents to your business—the backbone for your unstructured information—and integrated it with the leading application where the work actually gets done? You get Extended ECM and an engine for Digital Transformation.   With Release 16 OpenText launched the Extended ECM Platform, which offers unprecedented integration of Content Suite Platform to ANY  other system. OpenText offers out-of-the-box solutions for many leading business applications like SAP® ERP, Oracle® E-Business Suite, and Microsoft® SharePoint®, but Extended ECM Platform allows organizations to connect their ECM system to as many leading applications as they need, even if no pre-packaged offering is available. With Extended ECM, users get to work in the application they know and prefer, while getting effortless access to the right unstructured information. Metadata is automatically applied from the business object, turning unstructured information into structured. No searching, no switching, and no workarounds. Users are more efficient, processes more streamlined, and the holy grail of “a single source of the truth” is achieved. Best of all, it allows organizations to start with one process at a time and to leverage existing ECM efforts. Extended ECM Platform uses a template mechanism to join business processes with information and documents, so you don’t need to start from scratch. It really is time to rethink ECM and achieve a better way to work. OpenText™ Extended ECM Platform will get you there. And best of all, you can come see it in person at Enterprise World in Nashville, Tennessee on July 11 – 14. Join me at these key Extended ECM sessions: ECM-100 ECM Strategy and Product Direction: Re-thinking ECM for the Digital Enterprise ECM-301 How To: Extended ECM Platform Developer Workshop ECM-237 Putting the X in ECM – Extending ECM into Leading Business Applications Plus, the Content Theater in the Enterprise Expo has recurring demos of all the new Content Suite features, Q&A sessions, and the chance to chat with OpenText experts about anything and everything ECM related. Feel free to stop by anytime!

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If Wilt Chamberlain is Running Your Digital Transformation, Fire him!

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Digital transformation is hard, digital marketing is hard too. Keeping up with your customers and competitors is harder. And creating the organization, process, and supporting technology stack to make success routine instead of heroic is hardest of all. But why is it so hard, and what kind of leader is required to pull it off? In the third episode of his new podcast, Malcom Gladwell recounts the story of Wilt Chamberlain’s amazing 100 point game (no one has ever come close). He even made 28/32 free throws (also more than anyone, ever, in a single game). But that game, and his free throw shooting percentage that day, was the exception that proved the rule. When Chamberlain had joined the NBA, he was a terrible free throw shooter. That season, he adopted an underhanded shot from the foul line, and improved his shooting percentage by over 50%. But he didn’t stick with it. He didn’t want to shoot “granny style” – even though it would have made him an even more valuable player! A player of Wilt’s exceptional caliber and athletic prowess was afraid of how he’d be perceived and was willing to give up better performance for it. As Gladwell says: Let’s think about what he did for a moment. Chamberlain had a problem. he tested out a possible solution. the solution worked, and all of a sudden he’s fixed his biggest weakness as a player…This is doing something dumb even though you are fully aware you are doing something dumb. Gladwell’s podcast is really about why some people are willing to be different. To be path breakers. To suffer ridicule to do what they think is right. To subsume social concerns for higher performance. Such folks are rare (and often insufferable in my opinion). In the NBA, only one player ever, Rick Barry, shot underhanded free throws consistently (watch below). And he was one of the greatest free throw shooters ever, missing only 9 free throws in the entire 1978-9 season. So what does all of this have to do with digital transformation? Like any transformation, it’s really, really, really hard to succeed. A lot will get in your way. More than technology, existing process, people, fiefdoms, entire departments, egos, loss of focus, lack of senior executive support, or general organizational inertia can all slow, reverse, derail, and destroy efforts at true digital transformation. It’s very easy to let any one of these barriers defeat your efforts. To give up. To be a “team player.” To get along. It may often even be career enhancing to do so. That’s why digital transformation is so hard, and so rarely successful. Do you have what it takes? Are you Wilt Chamberlain or Rick Barry? Here’s the podcast audio: I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments!

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The Cloud: Bigger and Better at Enterprise World

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If your business is already operating applications in the cloud or is considering adopting cloud for EIM applications, you will find many opportunities at Enterprise World to advance your plans. The Cloud is everywhere at Enterprise World this year! If you would like to better understand our cloud strategy and meet with the leaders that manage all parts of our cloud, join us at: CLD-100 OT Cloud: Strategy, Offerings, and Talk with the Experts on Wednesday morning. This panel session will offer you the opportunity to learn more about all aspects of our cloud operation and to ask questions. Directly after this session we will head to the Elite Lounge where you will be able to enjoy a coffee and talk with the cloud experts one-to-one. For those that want to dive deeper, there are several sessions that are aimed at helping you with the details of working in the cloud: CLD-200 Enterprise Managed Services in the OpenText Cloud provides a deep dive into the services that are provided when your applications are managed in the cloud. It will describe service levels, operational standards, security and compliance processes. CLD-201 Total Cost of Ownership Benefits in the Cloud provides guidance on how to evaluate your total cost of ownership on-premises and in the cloud and evaluate the possible savings for your organization. This session features a customer describing how they went about analyzing TCO for 2 systems on-premises and in the cloud. CLD-202 Embracing the Cloud in the Public Sector is a customer panel session where customers will share what they are doing and how they are advancing through the use of cloud applications. This interactive session will provide high value for all Public Sector and customer service focused organizations. ECM-223 Top Questions you need to ask when upgrading ECM to the Cloud will provide answers to some of the top questions when considering a move to the cloud as you upgrade to Release 16. You will leave this session with a clear understanding of the path to cloud success and have a chance to ask the experts about your particular situation. CEM-201 Strategies for a Successful DAM Implementation on a Cloud Platform shares practical advice on managing media in the cloud including architecture, metadata, ingestion of content and administration. Cloud is very popular for media management customers and this session will provide great practical advice. Do you want to have 1:1 practical advice for your own organization? Now is the chance to spend quality time with our Professional Services and Managed Services experts. Book a private session with our experts – go to the Professional Services area in the Expo Hall to request the time that works for you. If you don’t have time to fit full breakout sessions into your schedule, there are several Theatre sessions running in the Professional Services Expo Hall Theatre. Check the daily schedule for a 15 minute short session on:  TCO in the Cloud, Trends in Cloud Implementations, Upgrading to the OpenText Cloud and an overview of Managed Services in the Cloud. Networking: Meet with other customers who have experienced the cloud through all of the networking events and sessions. Meet with our executives and experts in booked meetings, in the Expo Hall, or after breakout sessions. We would love to speak with you in more depth. This is the best work week of the year for us as we get the opportunity to speak with you and learn together. Please take the time to talk with us, and with your peers and have a wonderful Enterprise World. See you there! To register or get more information visit our Enterprise World site

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Enterprise World 2016: How to Succeed with ECM

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Having attended more iterations of Enterprise World than most, I know from personal experience that every edition of our flagship annual event is a world unto itself; every one has its own unique feel and personality. This year promises to be no different. For the first time I can recall, the OpenText community will be convening right on the heels of a major product release. Back in April, we launched Release 16, the most extensive product announcement in our history. That makes this Enterprise World something special; the perfect forum for customers, partners, and thought leaders to come together and experience a brand new, revolutionary product suite in person. You’ll have a front-row seat to discovering what it can do, how it all fits together, and what it all means to your organization. The focus at Enterprise World this year is squarely on learning: Learning how to maximize your existing infrastructure, learning what’s available to up your game, and learning which trends are going to impact your future. We’re turning the floor over to the product gurus, the solution experts, and the industry thought leaders to teach and educate. If you happened to read CEO Mark Barrenechea’s recent post, you’ll see some interesting numbers; this year we’re scheduling double the number of breakouts, and almost double the number of technical training sessions. From a Content Suite standpoint, that means: How To’s A wide variety of technically-focused “How To” and training sessions covering everything related to Content Suite and ECM, from maintaining to optimizing to upgrading. Honestly, there are so many topics covered, if you’re a practitioner or administrator, you just have to dive in and peruse through. Product Updates What’s new? A lot. And there’s an abundance of sessions devoted to the nuts and bolts that make up the advances in our new and existing solutions. These are the overviews where you’ll get clear, tangible insight on new features and functionality, new integration capabilities, and new use cases. Keynotes Always a strong point at Enterprise World and even more so this year. Again, it’s all about learning, so look for a first-rate assortment of OpenText and industry thought leaders to help you do your job better, increase your understanding of the rapidly evolving information management landscape, and the role our new solutions can play in maximizing your digital enterprise. Connecting My personal favorite activity at every Enterprise World! And we’re making sure there are even more settings to have the conversations that matter to you — answering your questions and expanding your horizons. From interactive customer panels featuring organizations tackling the same challenges and opportunities as you to hands-on demonstrations of Content Suite’s new features at the Content Theater, the experts are all here for you. Let’s talk. Nashville in July…School’s in Where will I be? Hopefully everywhere, but here’s the shortlist of ECM sessions I’m counting on to inspire both my left and right brains: ECM-100 ECM Strategy and Product Direction: Re-Thinking ECM for the Digital Enterprise ECM-201 Product Update: Smart UI – Content Suite User Interface ECM-301 How To: Extended ECM Platform Developer Workshop ECM-212 How To: Insights from the In-House Upgrade to Content Server 16 at OpenText Enterprise World 2016 is shaping up to be an epicenter in re-thinking ECM and its role in digital transformation. The next-gen solutions, the best practices, and the thought leadership will all be there. Now all we need is you. Take a few minutes to read about the new possibilities for ECM in the digital enterprise and plan on learning more—much more—in Nashville. See you there!

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Learn How to Walk the Digital Line at Enterprise World

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You know the why and the what of going digital, but how do you actually start walking the walk? This July at Enterprise World in Nashville, you can learn how to use your existing software and infrastructure with OpenText™ Release 16 to take your enterprise to the next level. With over 200 breakout sessions, 40+ training courses and Professional Services experts in our booth, you can create a custom agenda to match your goals. Our recommended how-to custom tracks are below: Take the First Step: If you are planning to upgrade to Release 16 this year, you should plan to attend how-to sessions such as: (BPM-202) Moving Up to Process Suite v16 (CEM-200) Upgrade Considerations for Moving to OTMM v16 (ECM-232) ECM Customer Panel Session: Upgrading to Content Suite 16  Define Your Path: If you are in the process of defining your EIM strategy, take in how-to sessions like: (BPM-301) Building EIM Solutions with Process Suite (B2B-201) Automate Procure to Pay with OpenText Active Applications (EIM-203) Delivering Electronic Medical Records PLUS – The Industry experts will be hosting 5 user group sessions where EIM strategies will be discussed. Optimize Your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): If you want to improve your TCO and make the most of OpenText Professional Services programs, attend sessions such as: (CLD-201) Total Cost of Ownership Benefits of the Cloud (EIM-201) Optimize Your Investment with OpenText Services Programs After your sessions, come to the Professional Services booth where our experts will help you plan a program that fits your needs. Meet the Experts at Enterprise World Visit our Professional Services experts in Nashville to find out how you can: Realize your EIM strategy: Look beyond software to design and build end-to-end solutions that support and optimize your key business processes. Our services teams are in the best position to help you realize your EIM strategy. Optimize costs: Our Optimize services programs can help reduce your TCO by placing management of your OpenText software in expert hands. Upgrade to Release 16: Upgrading your existing OpenText or a legacy system? We have the tools and expertise to help you do it on-prem or as a hybrid or cloud deployment. Migrate to the OpenText Cloud: Move to the cloud and focus on what you do best while your infrastructure is in the best hands of the only team that is 100% Release 16 certified. Breakout Sessions We’ve added 100% more technical sessions this year and now have more than 200 to offer! We’ve organized them into 12 tracks with 3 different areas of focus: Business and Strategy – Staff pick @ EW: (ECO-104) Ready for SAP SuccessFactors – Solutions for the Digital Workforce Developer – Staff pick @ EW: (CEM-301) Media Management – System Monitoring, Troubleshooting, and Logging Practitioner – Staff pick @ EW: (FNS-202) Compliance Have a look at the breakouts already posted, and make your selections. Training For an even more in-depth look at the how-to of going digital, learn how to deploy and use OpenText Suite 16. We are offering an exciting 3-day pre-conference Enterprise World Training Program July 9-11, with plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning about Suite 16 and OpenText best practices. Whether you are returning or new to Enterprise World, you can learn how to use your existing software and infrastructure with OpenText Release 16 to bring your enterprise to the next level. Enterprise World is where you can learn how to walk the digital line!

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The Customer’s Perspective of the Redefined Customer Journey

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The digital customer journey is being redefined – it’s never been easier to buy stuff. All it takes is a few clicks of a button. But there are an almost infinite number of websites and online sources from which to make purchases. How do you choose? In today’s digital age do you simply buy something, or do you create ongoing relationships with the companies that meet your needs and provide a good experience? I’m guessing that it’s probably more of the latter. Several blog posts ago I talked about how the customer journey is being redefined in the digital age from a linear process to an ongoing loop of BUY then OWN with the companies you choose to deal with becoming more and more engaged in every part of the cycle. But how does that on-going loop look like from a customer perspective? Although the overall experience is continuous it is made up of 10 distinct stages: Awareness: Do you know what is available in the market place that relates to your activities, business, or lifestyle? Need: Why do you buy something? It is generally to fill a business or personal need. Is it something to solve a problem, make life easier, or just to provide pleasure? Defining a need is an essential part of the purchasing process. Research: Once a need is identified and you’ve matched that need to an awareness of what is available, you will often start to ask questions. What has anyone else used or purchased to meet a similar need? In the digital world research is playing a more and more important role with the majority of purchasers doing their own research rather than engage with a sales person to get answers to questions. Evaluate: How do various products and solutions compare? What are other people’s experiences in using those products and solutions? The collective experience of a peer groups are becoming a vital part of the evaluation process in an increasingly connected social world. Buy: Once a decision has been made the ideal purchase experience should be frictionless and consistent irrespective of which channel you use to make the purchase. Delivery: This is the point where the experience moves from the BUY to OWN part of the process, and is often the point where many companies step away from the relationship with the customer. Delivery, be it digital or physical, should be well documented, well communicated, and as fast, and as efficient as possible. Use: The everyday use of a product or solution is the longest part of the customer experience, and yet is often to most overlooked. How easy is it to actually use what you have purchased? Does it meet your needs and expectations? Does the company you purchased it from provide information on its continued use, or ways to connect with other customers to compare experiences? Maintain: What is something goes wrong? How easy is it to get help, or receive product updates? Advocate: Do you talk about products, services, and solutions that you enjoy? So will your customers. Customers who have a positive experience will become brand and product advocates. Recommend: And good advocates will recommend to others. Or they will self-recommend and make repeat purchases based on having been engaged as part of a well-designed and delivered continuous journey. The full engaged customer journey cannot be addressed by separate applications at different parts of the process. To be fully effective, it has to provide an exceptional continuous experience made up of a combination of the many different experiences and processes. In an upcoming blog post we’ll take a look at the next layer related to the company’s activities in providing a continuous connected customer experience. In the meantime this white paper “A Better Way to Engage – Redefining the Customer Journey for a Digital World” is worth a read.

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Unlock the Value of Your Supply Chain Through Embedded Analytics

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Over the past few months I have posted a couple of blogs relating to the use of analytics in the supply chain. The first one really discussed the ‘why’ in terms of the reasons for applying analytics to supply chain operations, Understanding the Basics of Supply Chain Analytics. The second blog discussed the ‘how’, in terms of the methods of obtaining meaningful insights from B2B transactions flowing between trading partners, Achieve Deeper Supply Chain Intelligence with Trading Grid Analytics. The blogs were written in support of our recently announced OpenText™ Trading Grid Analytics, one of the many Business Network related offerings in Release 16. Release 16 is the most comprehensive set of products to be released by OpenText to enable companies to build out their digital platforms and enable a better way to work. Now those that have followed my blogs over the years will know that I have worked with many analyst firms to produce white papers and studies and I guess it was only appropriate that I should be fortunate to work with an outside analyst on a thought leadership white paper relating to analytics in the supply chain. I engaged with IDC to write a paper entitled, Unlock the Value of Your Supply Chain Through Embedded Analytics. IDC has been producing some interesting content over the years in support of their ‘Third Platform’ model which embraces IoT, cloud, mobile and big data and how companies can leverage these technologies for increased competitive advantage. The aim of our new analytics related white paper was to discuss the business benefits of embedding analytics into the transaction flows across a business network. Compared to other business intelligence and end user analytics solutions, OpenText is in a unique position as we own our Business Network and we are able to introspect the 16 billion EDI transactions flowing across our network. IDC leveraged a relatively new management theory called VUCA which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity to discuss how analytics can bring better insights into business operations. VUCA was originally defined in the military field and for our paper IDC aligned VUCA so that it leverage against a more connected, information-centric and synchronized business network, namely Velocity, Unity, Coordination and Analysis. I am not going to highlight too much content from the paper but here is one interesting quote from the paper. “It is the view of IDC that the best supply chains will be those that have the ability to quickly analyze large amounts of disparate data and disseminate business insights to decision makers in real time or close to real time. Businesses that consistently fail to do this will find themselves at an increasing competitive disadvantage and locked into a reactionary cycle of firefighting. Analytics really will be the backbone of the future of the supply chain.” Now I am not going to spoil the party by revealing any more from the paper!, if you would like to learn more then please register for our webinar, details are provided below. If you would like to get further insights about the white paper then OpenText will be hosting a joint webinar with IDC on 27th July 2016 at 11 am EDT, 5pm CET. This 40 minute webinar will allow you to: Understand how embedded analytics can provide deeper supply chain intelligence Learn how the VUCA management theory can be applied to a supply chain focused analytics environment and the expected business benefits that can be obtained Find out why it is important to have trading partners connected to a single business network environment to maximize the benefits of applying analytics to supply chain operations Learn how OpenText can provide a cloud based analytics environment to support your supply chain operations You can register for the webinar here.

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Enterprise World Session Spotlights

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This year’s Enterprise World has more than 200 breakouts, technical sessions and more on EIM, Cloud, Analytics, Business Network and other key elements of the digital world. That’s a lot of options! But, don’t panic we’re here to help. As you’re going through and trying to decide which sessions will be best for you, we’re going to highlight some of your options to help you make the best choices. To get you started, we’ve pulled a few highlights together: Exploring Release 16: Explore the features and enhancements of OpenText™ Release 16, a single platform that manages and analyzes the entire flow of information, addressing key areas of the user experience, machine-to-machine integration, automation and other aspects of the digital organization. Understanding Big Data Analytics: Explaining the concepts, architecture and secrets behind big data analytics including columnar databases, calculations in-database, algorithms, complex segmentation and high performance. B2B-101: Hear the top 5 “do’s and “don’ts” when considering the move to outsource your B2B operations from experts and peers. OpenText Cloud Strategy and Offerings: Learn about the OpenText™ Cloud options for your organization directly from the teams that provide them. Don’t forget to check back here regularly as we turn the spotlight on more sessions you won’t want to miss!

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ECM Show and Tell at Enterprise World 2016

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We’re closing in on two months since we unveiled the most significant release in the history of OpenText, including, of course, a powerful new version of OpenText™ Content Suite 16. After a busy few months with the ECM product team doing the ‘CS16 show and tell’ via the OT Live webinar series, our next stop is in-the-flesh in Nashville at Enterprise World 2016. Following so closely on the heels of the Release 16 launch, this year’s event is going to have a special vibe: There’ll be less, “Let’s talk about what’s coming!” and a lot more, “Let see how to leverage what’s here!” But, of course, we aren’t the only ones participating in a little ‘show and tell’ at Enterprise World. This conference is truly a gathering of the top minds in ECM—including those of you who work with the OpenText ECM solutions every day! Here are a few things on the ‘not to be missed’ list: On the more formal side, we have a wealth of Customer Panel Breakouts this year including ECM-232, A Discussion on Upgrading to Content Suite 16; ECM-233 Real World Stories of Transforming through ECM; and ECM-226, Harnessing the Cloud to Amplify the Value of ECM. Upgrading to Release 16 and Content Suite 16 is a strategic move to fast-track your digital transformation. To set you off on the right path, the OpenText Services Experts will be on hand helping you leave the event with a concrete plan of action specific to your organization. Read Bob Schindelar’s recent blog post on making the most of the OpenText Professional Services resources on hand at the event. If there’s one thing I hear every year when we ask you about the best part of the conference, it’s the opportunity to spend face-time with your peers exchanging ideas and experiences. As with previous events, the ECM product experts will be your hosts in the Content Theater where we’ll help you experience and test drive the new features. The kicker, there’s really no better place for firing up an impromptu conversation on the topic than the Content Theater. The cross-pollination of ideas here is priceless! So, to kick off the build-up to Enterprise World and help drive home that, by attending, you are also taking a driver’s seat in defining the future of ECM, I’m going to suggest we all do a little homework to bump up our knowledge of the rapidly evolving ECM landscape. I encourage you to read a few of the most recent reports by the respected industry analysts who spend their careers scrutinizing what we all mean when we talk about how digital disruption is transforming information management. Here are a few findings from key ECM analysts’ latest reports: In 2015, Forrester split their ECM Wave into two distinct reports to better address the use cases most organizations are adopting for ECM. Supporting the ECM value of process productivity, the Forrester Wave: ECM Transactional Content Services, Q3 2015 cited OpenText for having the broadest backbone for embedding ECM in enterprise applications. In this report Forrester commented “We also like OpenText’s vision for the ‘connected workspace,’ which organizes unstructured information, folders, tasks, and milestones. This allows transactional workers to swarm a customer exception with social, collaboration, and ECM capabilities.” And on the personal productivity side of the house, the Forrester Wave: ECM Business Content Services, Q3 2015 commended OpenText for investing in secure file-sharing, synchronization, and team collaboration. Gartner sees a similar shift in the use cases for enterprise content management with transactional content management, compliance, and digital workplace scenarios taking precedence amongst their clients. In the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for ECM our efforts in both process productivity and control are lauded with Gartner calling our offering “a strong option for businesses looking for solid ECM functionality to address information governance requirements,” while highlighting our strong technical partnerships with SAP®, Microsoft®, and Oracle®. And in the Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Content Management: Compliance and Records Management OpenText scored the highest of any vendor on Trusted System of Record, Regulatory Compliance, and Long-Term Digital Preservation. Other analysts also are weighing in on the role of ECM in the path to digital transformation. Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Enterprise Content Management Solution, 2015–16 our ECM portfolio was called “one of the most comprehensive” with capabilities in every category of ECM. Nucleus Research ECM Technology Value Matrix 2015: Liked our “wide range of functionality with tight integration, making the transfer of information between different products or applications much smoother.” Info Tech Content and Email Archiving Vendor Landscape states that OpenText has the “most comprehensive solution in the landscape due largely to the traditional content management strengths of the vendor” and particularly called out our “wide set of deployment and management settings to deal with complex data sovereignty and compliance issues.” Does that get you in the mood for a trip to the music city? Don’t worry about packing those cowboy boots, we know it’s kind of hot in July so come see us in the Content Theater and we’ll dress you up right for the week. We’re all excited to talk more with you about the new roster of OpenText Content Suite solutions so remember to pack light, register to attend Enterprise World and we’ll see you in a few weeks!

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Meet the OpenText Experts: Adam Howatson

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As we gear up for Enterprise World 2016, I thought I would sit down with some of the folks who make this event such an amazing learning opportunity. Each week I will turn the spotlight on our OpenText experts. To kick us off, I sat down with OpenText CMO, Adam Howatson. Read our interview below to see why Adam is excited about this year’s event. What excites you most about the industry right now? We’re in a period of great change. We’re seeing the emergence and commercialization of extreme automation, predictive analysis and artificial intelligences along with cognitive computing. What excites me every day is that the best Sci-Fi I’ve read (I’m a big fan) is now becoming reality, and it’s organizations like OpenText that are paving the way! What does the digital world mean to you? The digital world is about digital engagement. Automation, integration and experience. If you’re not digital, you’re simply going to be left behind as we have seen in many prolific industry examples over the past 5 years. The digital world is exactly as it’s described; taking the best business and services available to our society today and ensuring they are fully equipped and transitioned to be key players in the future to come. Are you ready for Nashville and why? I am so ready! We have an incredible week lined up to deliver a huge amount of information and futures to our attendees and also plan to make the most out of Nashville while we’re there. We’re going to the Grand Ole Opry! It’s going to be a very exciting week. Why is this going to be the best Enterprise World yet? We have fundamentally changed the format of Enterprise World this year based on our customers’ feedback. We have more breakout sessions, networking opportunities and technical speakers than ever before and we’re ready to show our customers HOW to get the most out of Release 16. I can’t wait! Stay tuned for more “Meet the Experts” as we get closer to OpenText Enterprise World 2016. Not signed up yet? Click here and register for your chance to learn about the digital world and network with peers, experts and more!

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Accelerate Your Customer Experience Plans at Enterprise World

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Join us in Nashville this July at Enterprise World 2016 to learn, and share, the latest in Customer Experience Management and the keys to delivering a continuous connected experience for your customers. The new OpenText™ Experience Suite helps you deliver high impact digital content, interactive customer communications and gain analytical insight to continuously refine your customer’s experience, and we’re excited to have te opportunity to show you the benefits that come with the new Release 16. Included in the Enterprise Suite experience are : Communications Center Enterprise introduces Immersive Authoring with a new user interface and templates that make it easier to create correspondence that excites your audience Digital Asset Management is enhanced with Adaptive Media Delivery and the Media Hub to make sure your creative images and video look great on every device, every time. Web Content Management provides the latest in web publishing, marketing optimization and mobile marketing activities Workforce Optimization brings the customer contact center and voice of the customer programs front and center in the Digital Customer Journey With over twenty sessions devoted to Customer Experience Management there will be lots of opportunities to learn, network, and engage in great conversations. Breakout Sessions will include topics such as: Experience Suite Strategy and Product Direction: Designing a Continuous Digital Customer Experience Excellence in Customer Service: Marketing’s Secret Weapon Enhance OpenText Experience Analytics with custom insight Integration of Communications Center with Content Server Fast-track Sales from Contract to Digital Signature Responsive Design and Web Experience Management Media Management and Adaptive Delivery Visit us at the Digital Experience theater in the Expo Hall to see the latest demonstrations and also to setup 1:1 meetings for: OpenText™ Communications Center OpenText™ MediaBin OpenText™ Media Management OpenText™ Qfiniti OpenText™ TeamSite OpenText™ Web Experience Management If you haven’t yet registered for Enterprise World, now is the perfect time to do so. Come join us in Nashville.

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OpenText’s Innovative DAM Solution Wins Industry Accolade!

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OpenText™ Media Management wins the 2016 SIIA CODie Award for Best Digital Asset Management (DAM) Solution, continuing to build momentum in the industry. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Award is a prestigious honor for OpenText. Each award winner was reviewed by a field of industry experts, whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then reviewed the finalists and their votes were combined with the scores from the industry experts’ to select this year’s CODiE Awards winners. “SIIA’s 2016 Business Technology CODiE Award winners are some of the most innovative products impacting businesses across the world. Recognized by their peers, the CODiE Winners should be proud of this prestigious accolade honoring excellence in business technology products,” said Rhianna Collier, VP & Managing Director for the Software & Services Division at SIIA. “We congratulate all of this year’s CODiE Award winners, and thank them for the contributions they have made to their industries.” This recognition validates OpenText’s DAM efforts, especially with the innovations in our latest Media Management release. However, this award is really for our customers as none of this would have been possible without your valuable input and insights. OpenText Media Management is a recognized leader in the industry. Our latest release adds new capabilities to keep us at the forefront of the industry, including embedded analytics, adaptive media delivery services, Media Management Cloud Edition and usability. See the CODie Award Press Release and the Announcement.

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Turn Regular Customer Communications Into a Powerful Marketing Asset

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When you receive a bill or an invoice do you ever give it a second glance? Most bills that arrive at my house just get dropped on the desk in my wife’s office to get paid. All except one. The monthly bill for our power consumption is more than just a straight forward demand for payment, it’s a tool that we use to run our house. As well as telling me my consumption for the last month, it is personalized to show the last three months, and a comparison with the same three months last year matched against the average temperatures. It also shows me what time of day I’m hitting peak consumption. We check it each month and adjust our thermostats accordingly to make sure we are using the power we pay for in the most efficient manner, while keeping the house at the comfortable temperatures we want. As a customer I appreciate the information that matchs my personal needs against the larger data set that the power company has access to. It has made me more loyal, as we’ve stayed customers despite several opportunities to switch to other suppliers over the years. The invoice as a customer retention and sales tool is one aspect of the customer experience that many companies overlook. Yet by delivering a more personal and interactive document (be it in print, on mobile, web, or even a well-crafted text message) a company can deliver a better customer experience and accelerate the customer acquisition. This in turn, has shown to improve retention rates and total Customer Lifecycle Value as well as giving the company’s personnel more time to focus on fulfilling customer’s needs, addressing their questions and concerns, thus deepening the relationship and expanding sales opportunities. With OpenText™ Communications Center you can maximize the effectiveness of your communications, not only by providing a single, consistent look and feel across all devices, but also by creating a dialogue from the document. Also, because the channels are linked, a customer can, say, initiate an application from their email reader and complete it on their tablet at a later time or date. Communications Center provides the robust, enterprise-grade CCM solution that you need to effectively generate and manage communications that connect all your business systems, while providing up-to-the-minute critical information to your customers, partners, vendors and personnel. You can find out more about the benefits of using Communications Center here.

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Is Your Application Development Getting Lost in Translation?

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More and more companies are changing their approach to application development, focusing instead on the information they need to create and manage instead of on the business process itself. Which makes sense, as people typically ask themselves what needs to happen, before they determine how it should happen. (You wouldn’t decide how you were going to get to a particular store, if you didn’t yet know what you wanted to buy..…….would you?) The biggest challenge with this situation is that the business experts who determine what is needed, rarely speak the same ‘language’ as the IT specialists, who figure out how to make it happen. Unfortunately, this ‘lost in translation’ scenario typically leads to significant delays during the development and deployment of new process or case applications. Bringing these key stakeholders together and providing them with a common language has long been a goal for BPM solutions, and now it is a reality, with an application development environment that meets both of their needs. Process Suite 16 removes this ‘language’ barrier, providing an intuitive application development approach that enables business experts to directly engage in development effort via a drag and drop user interface. And when IT support is required, developers work in the same environment as the business experts, streamlining communication and speeding the time and success of application delivery. OpenText has enabled this business process collaboration with an innovative, low-code application development approach that delivers case management capabilities. It supports ‘information-driven’ design, enabling the person building the application to start with the information or asset that needs to be managed, instead of how the process needs to flow. By enabling business experts, who prefer this approach, to be directly involved in the development of the application, there are fewer communication errors throughout the development process – which means less time and fewer resources are wasted. And by keeping the amount of complex (and expensive) code to a minimum, overall application costs are reduced. The result is an application development platform that speeds the time-to-market for new applications, simplifies the efforts required to modify and update processes, allows for experimentation and creates a common language that can be ‘spoken’ by both business and IT. Interested in learning more about how Process Suite 16 can help keep your application development from getting lost in translation? Read more about entity modeling in this whitepaper from Digital Clarity Group.

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A DAM Fine Time in New York – now on to Nashville

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Last week I got to spend time with Jon Snow, Mr. Peanut, and some monster trucks – thanks to spending a day at one of the regular OpenText™ Media Management User Group Meetings. This gathering of Digital Asset Management aficionados was kindly hosted by HBO at their building in mid-town New York. As well as the use of their impressive theater we also got to enjoy some great views of The Empire State Building from the top floor location. Customers like HBO, Kraft-Heinz, Monster Energy, and others, shared how they use the Open Text Media Management (OTMM) platform as the core of their digital marketing and content channel distribution (you can see us in the photo at the top of this blog). In these meetings each customer brings new perspectives and insights on building business cases, implementation, usage, and extending the use of DAM across the enterprise. Another highlight of the day was the opportunity for the customers and partners in attendance to hear, and see, what is in the recent Release 16 version of OTMM, and ask detailed questions of the product team. The session was highly interactive with great questions, observations, and some impressive feature demos. Overall everyone seemed very impressed by what they saw of the latest release. These single day User Groups are a great place to network with industry peers and find out what other people are doing with a technology solution; as well as get ‘under the covers’ with the folks who are developing the software. We’ll be taking this approach to a whole new level at the upcoming OpenText™ Enterprise World conference in Nashville the week of July 11. The focus for Enterprise World 2016 will be to provide more informative and detailed technical sessions, alongside customer case studies, making it the most informative user conference to date. For example, the OpenText Media Management specific sessions on offer in Nashville include: Best Practices and tips for a Scalable, Secure and Performance Tuned Media Management Platform Media Management – System Monitoring, Troubleshooting, and Logging. Creating custom widgets and transformers in Media Management How to Leverage the new Adaptive Media Delivery features in V16 to publish assets to your WCM And that’s just a small selection of more than 20 sessions around the Customer Experience Suite and the 200 plus breakout sessions, roundtables, labs, and demos on offer across the whole OpenText portfolio. Enterprise World 2016 is a must attend event for anyone in the Customer Experience and Media Management world. Check out all the details, and register at the Enterprise World website.

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New OpenText UK HQ Provides a Better Way To Work

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Over 250 OpenText employees gathered in the company’s Reading (UK) office recently to see Gordon Campbell, Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK, officially open the newly refurbished and extended OpenText UK headquarters. The expanded facility bring together a number of OpenText offices from across the UK into one building, providing employees with a work environment that fosters integration and collaboration, as well as a showcase for customers looking to succeed in the Digital World. During the opening, High Commissioner Campbell, said: “OpenText is a true Canadian success story that began 25 years ago in Waterloo, Ontario. Since then, we have seen OpenText grow to become one of the world largest software companies, and one of Canada’s premier technology providers. I am confident that OpenText’s new, expanded facilities here in Reading will lead to even greater – and well-earned – success across the UK.” The new OpenText UK HQ brings together people and technology to facilitate better, smarter and more collaborative working. Mark Bridger, Vice President of Sales, Northern Europe, OpenText commented, “We wanted to achieve three specific goals with the new OpenText UK HQ: a location that reflected the OpenText culture; an office that allows our employees to work flexibly and collaboratively; and a building that our employees would be excited about. With over 60% of the office space allocated to flexible working, we feel that employees, partners and customers will find the new OpenText UK HQ a truly inspiring place to work.”

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Next Generation OpenText Content Suite is Here…You Won’t Look at ECM the Same Way Again

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Re-thinking ECM Drives Personal and Process Productivity as well as Control It’s happened. Last month saw the release of major upgrades to the OpenText product line, including an incredible new version of OpenText™ Content Suite. Together they represent the most ambitious, extensive launch in OpenText history. Nothing has even come close to this in my eight years with the company and I have to say, it’s a pretty exciting milestone! Of course, I’m most excited about the powerful new edition of Content Suite. Its most important innovations — huge advances in functionality and usability — are inspired by a whole new way of thinking about ECM, its role in the enterprise, and the way knowledge workers interact with, and use information. What’s led to this step change? Take a look around your own office and the answers become clear. People Processes Governance The demographic make-up of our co-workers is tilting toward the digital-native generation, a cohort that’s come of age with simple, instant access to the information they want, whenever and wherever they want it. And they expect to work the same way; they’re mobile, agile, and instantly responsive. As you’ve probably experienced, most organizations are poorly equipped to meet this new approach to sharing, collaborating, and innovating. Used to be, phone calls, faxes, and eventually email provided 99% of the information flow you needed to do your job. Not any more. Digital information is flooding the enterprise in exploding volumes, from ever-diversifying sources. Data generated by everything from social media to the supply chain constitutes an organization’s most valuable asset, if they can use it properly. There’s a critical need to seamlessly integrate, aggregate, and correlate this information to extract full value from it, as well as the people and processes that create it. Unfortunately, working with huge pools of data has a dark side. Digital information’s key strength — mobility— has led to regular data breach headlines. Countless employees put employers at risk every day by transferring intellectual property to unsanctioned, ungoverned apps for easy access. In a world of increasingly complex and far-reaching security, privacy, and compliance requirements, organizations struggle to maintain control over their information with outdated tools, inadequate oversight, and labor-intensive practices.   Content Suite 16 is purpose-built to help organizations solve all these problems. It’s not just a re-launch of our ECM platform, it’s a complete re-think of the purpose and function of ECM within enterprises as they transform to become fully digital. By building on its traditional strengths as guardian, bond, and organizer of information with new usability and integration functionality, Content Suite shifts the focus of ECM toward creating an enterprise-wide information backbone that places people before technology. It can now bridge previously isolated silos and distribute information effortlessly to drive productivity and oversight in three inter-connected areas: Personal Productivity Users want to access, share, and collaborate on business content in the same seamless, simple ways they connect with each other in their private lives. Content Suite 16 creates this environment. With OpenText™ Tempo Box and OpenText™ Core, organizations can finally foster frictionless synch-and-share collaboration on both sides of the firewall in a fully governed ECM environment. Users work the way they want, on their own terms, anytime, anywhere, underpinned by an ECM safety net that manages everything from version control to auditing to application of meta-tags. Content Suite 16 also introduces a new user interface, one that provides a cohesive personal experience tailored to each individual user. Everything related to a subject can be personalized and presented in a simple format based on the user’s role and device. As an example, here’s an insurance industry use case: Through one easy-to-master interface, users can see everything they need to in relation to a claim — account information, completed claim form, feeds from the adjustor in the field, in-line communication from across the company, task lists, and more. All compiled, connected, and shared through Content Suite. Process Productivity In the digital era, we’ve digitized enterprise processes but not done a very good job of connecting them to each other. The information they produce is usually stored in a siloed repository aligned to the process. It’s usually hard to access, difficult to govern, and almost impossible for the business to use effectively. The Extended ECM capabilities of Content Suite eliminate this. They integrate ECM into the lead applications that produce this data (SAP®, Oracle®, Microsoft® and others), connecting silos to aggregate related information and present the full picture of any instance. With ECM fully embedded in the process, governance policies and classification tags can now be automatically applied right at the source. Users are spared from doing the dirty work, yet benefit from the results. Imagine a use case where a user with a decision to make doesn’t even leave the application they’re working in to access the contract, inventory reports, sales figures, and email communication related to a supplier. Think of the increased efficiency, insight, and throughput. It’s all possible now. Control Having all this newly accessible information available to be usedin innovative, far-reaching ways actually creates more risk and inefficiency if proper governance and control isn’t consistently applied at all points. Analysts have always considered information governance to be one of Content Suite’s competitive strengths and Content Suite 16 improves on that. The key is in the ability to integrate governance best practices into both personal and process information flows without impeding productivity. Personal Productivity content — the high-volume, wildly unpredictable result of day-to-day collaboration and creation — is notorious for being high-risk while resisting oversight. Content Suite 16 introduces new capabilities to transparently capture content as it’s created in applications like file synch and share, email, and SharePoint® and automatically apply retention and security policies based on machine learning. Process Productivity data — critical to continuity and records management — can now be automatically classified, tagged, and aggregated behind the scenes as soon as it’s generated. It’s inducted into the enterprise information lifecycle for effortless discovery and use by records managers, legal teams, and LOB leaders. OpenText Content Suite is the Future of ECM Content Suite redefines the role of ECM in the digital enterprise. It creates a seamless cross-enterprise information grid that provides the Personal and Process Productivity gains enterprises need within a framework of Control. Available on premise, as a subscription in the OpenText™ Cloud, or as a managed service, today it stands as the only comprehensive, fully integrated ECM suite in the industry. Take a few minutes to find out more about what we have in store for you in Content Suite 16. Start by erasing your preconceived notions and perceptions of ECM. Then, visualize what transforming to become “digital inside” means to your organization. Chances are, OpenText Content Suite’s innovative new approach to implementing, extending, and using ECM can get you where you want to be.

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How Digital Disruption is Shaping Customer Experience – Webinar Invite

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On May 12, I am the key speaker on a customer experience webinar entitled ‘From Drones to Smart Homes’. It’s the first in the new OpenText Digital Innovation webinar series that takes a fresh perspective on important issues that are affecting every business today. So, I thought I’d take a moment to give my perspective on delivering an excellent customer experience beforehand in the hope it persuades you to join me on the day. Perhaps the place to start isn’t with experience at all. Perhaps the place to start is with customer expectation. In almost every industry there are transformational changes in the experience companies are delivering to their customers. Think about moving from 28 days to same day delivery – then to real-time tracking of your order in transit. Today it seems that we’re not far from having delivery drones landing on our lawns! The first time you experience something like this, it feels like a revelation. By the tenth, it feels like it’s the norm. We have to live by one rule of thumb: customer delight always turns rapidly into customer expectation. You can occastionally afford to not delight your customer on a few of the interactions you have with them –  but you are in big, big trouble if you consistently fail to meet their expectations. The challenge is that, with every digital customer experience innovation we deliver, we consistently raise the bar on customer expectation. So what do customers expect? They expect a consistent experience with a company no matter which stage they are in their buyer’s journey. They expect to be able to connect with the company on any channel they choose. They expect to begin an interaction – buying a product or receiving support – on one channel and complete it on another seamlessly. They expect more transparency, more honesty and more information from their chosen suppliers than ever before. They don’t hope for this experience. They don’t want this experience. They expect this experience. And, they will go elsewhere if they don’t get it. Customer experience expert Steven Van Belleghem says: “The amount of trust consumers put in brands is decreasing all the time, and a typical consumer will now switch brands without hesitation if they get a better offer.” In this world of digital disruption, it is all too easy for an organisation to become the architect of its own downfall. In a rush to provide better and better external experiences, the company overlooks how closely tied external and internal processes actually are. In doing so, they set themselves up to disappoint the expectations of their customers. There is little point in marketing painting a wonderful picture in the customer’s mind if the product or the service fails to meet the expectations set. A customer can have the perfect purchasing experience but if the product arrives damaged or doesn’t arrive at all then all that good work is undermined. Organisations want to go digital on the outside. They know they need to be able to accommodate the growing number of data types and communications channels that their customers are embracing. They also want to go digital inside – creating new systems that transform digital operations, streamline internal processes, reduce information glut, and integrate business applications with information stores. Most companies find the prospect of tackling both at the same time too daunting and risky preferring to focus on internal processes. But, even here, creating end-to-end processes is challenging when you are faced with information silos built up over years or decades. On top of breaking down the silos, you have to layer on the ability to integrate the new data types and channels. Digital disruption is challenging the customer-facing parts of your business, but business transformation is an even greater force. At this point, business transformation becomes the bigger initiative and digital transformation falls under the larger umbrella. Unless carefully managed, the initial reason for embarking on the transformation – to deliver excellence digital customer experience – can become lost in the drive to improve internal processes. From my perspective, a more productive and longer term strategy is to redefine what you mean by digital outside and inside your business. You can instead see then both as a single cross-functional process that flows seamlessly between customer behaviours and internal functions. This allows you to focus on changing a single business process – such as supply chain management – rather than taking on two huge transformation projects simultaneously. It reduces the cost and risk involved in effectively responding to digital disruption and delivering consistently excellent customer experience today and into the future. I hope this has captured your curiosity and you’d like to know more about how OpenText can help you deliver an ever better customer experience. If so, I’d like to invite you to join me on the ‘From Drones to Smart Homes’ webinar on May 12 at 2pm BST for an hour.

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Transforming Your Business Processes

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Many people think of digital transformation as nothing more than the act of going paperless. However, at OpenText, we believe it is much more than this. In fact, we consider digital transformation to be ongoing business processes – a journey instead of a destination. Going digital radically redefines how we innovate, regardless of industry. It accelerates the pace and scale of a business, and creates opportunities for new ecosystems to thrive. With this in mind, business processes need to do more, use more and change more. They need to better adapt to manage routine and non-routine work, and support structured and unstructured processes. And all these processes require content, from forms and documents to images and many other types of media. As this content moves through the business via various processes, the two – content and processes – need to be tightly connected. This is where OpenText™ Process Suite 16 together with enterprise content management (ECM) and customer experience management (CEM) delivers the solutions that support digital transformation. With Release 16, Process Suite supports tight integration between content and processes to connect the right person, system or thing with the content it needs – at the right time. We call this ‘information-driven’ design: it focuses on how your information assets need to be managed and then allows you to build the right processes to manage them. By connecting your business processes with your content, you’re able to create context: your users can stay in the flow of work, uploading and sharing content as needed while the content management transparently happens behind the scenes, applying metadata to content, enriching its contextual value. This enhances your business processes and gives you the opportunity to ensure the right information is acted on at the right step in the process, providing the context so that action can be taken to move forward. To learn more about how OpenText Process Suite 16 and how it can help you create context for your business process, check out the Process Suite Executive Overview.

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Using Synchronized Media Assets to Bridge Platform Silos

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Positive customer experience is all about removing the friction from the process. The easier something is to do, the better the experience. Today’s customers increasingly expect these transactions to seamlessly transition from one digital platform to another while retaining a consistent, personalized, digital experience, with data, information, and media assets moving seamlessly from one environment to another. It is tempting to try to address this by breaking down as many operational and siloed business and technology platforms as possible. This is often an impractical approach that leads to mismanaged expectations, delays, and higher than expected costs. It is better to bridge the silos in a way that allows data to flow between them. Instead of trying to break down silos, bridge them into irrelevancy by delivering a customer experience solution that focuses on delivering high impact content (usually visual), and allows you to conduct meaningful analytical analysis to continuously refine the experience. With an exceptional digital experience in place, it is not only the customer, but also your supply chain, distributors, and even employees who can benefit as well. The most effective way to bridge content silos is by adopting a media management strategy that empowers your digital supply chain by drawing brand approved assets from a centralized repository to deliver a connected consistent experience to multiple destinations – web, kiosk, mobile, tablet, etc. – which are compatible with the end user’s device. But what happens once you’ve published a media asset and it’s been delivered to one or more devices? What if the asset (be it an image, video, PDF file etc.) needs updating? Do you need to trace it and update each siloed instance individually? How do you know that you’ve found all the possible uses of that asset? Managing a media asset’s lifecycle can often be a hidden cost that in real terms costs more than the original investment in producing the asset. With the OpenText™ Media Management (OTMM) you can control your assets even after they’ve been published outside of OTMM. Assets are updated automatically when the tethered version in OTMM changes so you don’t have to. Every web page or application with the asset’s embed code – even the forgotten ones – will have the latest, correct version to make sure you stay on brand with current media assets. No more chasing content across operational and technology silos. Find out more about OpenText Media Management and how it helps companies enhance their investment in brand value and digital media with technology to manage and control media assets across various departments and optimize resources, efforts and budgets in an organization-wide strategy that delivers on your brand promise.

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