Now that a couple of months have passed since the ink dried on the OpenText deal for Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD), I thought it was good time to offer my viewpoint on what this acquisition means specifically for Life Sciences. Some have questioned OpenText’s commitment to Documentum and future investment in the platform. Some have questioned the amount of investment that will be made to product/solution enhancements and innovation. However, only OpenText has the depth and breadth of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions that can deliver the future that Documentum customers deserve – while offering a whole series of synergies for existing OpenText customers.
Sir, step away from the FUD…
I don’t want to dwell too much on the past but I’d be sharing no great insight to say that Documentum was never a perfect strategic fit for Dell or EMC. EMC had made it explicit that continued investment in the platform might be limited. It was an open secret that the company would look to divest itself of ECD. The only question was to whom.
Many industry experts had suggested that the venture capital route was most likely, but this would always have left the shadow of future disintegration and sell-offs of the Documentum solution set. OpenText offered a completely different approach. Our solution sets are complementary and together offer a path to further develop and innovate in the ECM space. Our competitors – even those that have tried to spread some FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) – would struggle to suggest that we are not a perfect fit.
More importantly, the OpenText deal ensures the investment that the Documentum platform requires to fulfill customer needs. In technology solutions, as we are all acutely aware, if you’re standing still then you’re going backwards. It would have been unthinkable to let that happen to Documentum. In reality, this deal marks the end (not the continuation) of the uncertainty about Documentum’s future.
Where do we go from here?
The Documentum Life Sciences Solutions Suite was the pinnacle of EMC’s approach to take a solutions-based approach to delivering on customers’ pain points. I’m afraid the first thing we’ve done you may find fiendish. We’ve put the word ‘OpenText’ in front of it!
The next thing we’re doing is setting out a roadmap to ensure the platform meets your needs today and into the future. We’re doing exactly the same thing with other ECD product sets – such as LEAP – so that existing Documentum customers can be reassured that our solutions will always remain a strategic investment.
But, as I said, standing still is going backwards. Our belief in the Documentum platform was only part of the reason that OpenText was interested in this deal. Our strategic direction has long been to assist our customers to access the full potential of EIM. This means bringing ECM together with enhanced records management, analytics, and BPM into a single, coherent, end-to-end platform. We believe that this approach is the only way to fully release the value of information held within an enterprise and provides the foundation for Digital Transformation. Life Sciences companies can select (or maintain) either the OpenText or Documentum ECM platforms and expect to receive the same level of native integration into OpenText’s Discovery, Case Management and Customer Experience portfolios, as well as industry-specific solutions, reflecting our combined decades of experience and best practice.
Bringing immediate value to customers
Beneath this strategic direction, there are a number of actionable synergies that can immediately benefit both OpenText and Documentum Life Sciences customers:
- Extended solution portfolios – In areas such as analytics and B2B integration, existing Documentum customers can build out the capabilities of the Documentum for Life Sciences Solution Suite and leverage best-in-class OpenText solutions, such as Marketing Content Management for Life Sciences. Existing OpenText customers can benefit from ECD solutions such InfoArchive.
- Enterprise Application Integration – OpenText’s close relationships within its partner network introduce seamless integration with enterprise applications such as SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, and Microsoft for Documentum customers.
- Cloud and IaaS – The OpenText Cloud delivers the ideal platform as Life Sciences companies to transition from on-premise to Cloud-based solutions. You have the confidence that you are with one of the world leaders in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
I know it is natural to be cautious when large deals like this happen – and only time will show that what I’m saying will happen – but I’d like to think that you are as excited as I am about what this means for current and future customers.
To summarize, the OpenText Documentum for Life Science Solution Suite has the investment it needs and a talented team to drive its functionality forward. Additionally, we’ll continue to help Life Sciences organizations realize the potential of EIM to deliver the real benefits of Digital Transformation.
If you’d like to find out more about how this new union will affect your organization, please contact your Account Executive or click here and someone (maybe even me!) will call you. In addition, OpenText will be unveiling its strategic plans in more detail at this year’s Enterprise World, in Toronto, Canada, where we will have a full Life Sciences program designed to help maximize your investments in OpenText (including Documentum) platforms.