ECM Show and Tell at Enterprise World 2016

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!”

OpenText Enterprise Expo
OpenText Enterprise Expo

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!
OpenText ECM Theater 2015
Darren Hodder, Product Manager demonstrating new features in OpenText Content Suite 16

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.
  • 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!

Alison Clarke

I'm the Product Marketing lead for OpenText ECM products such as Content Suite Platform and Content Server. I'm passionate about helping customers find new ways to distill value from information, making end-users and teams more productive with ECM-enabled solutions.

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