It’s been an action-packed few days at Enterprise World 2018 in Toronto on the back of the big announcement of the release of next-generation platform OpenText™ OT2.
On day one of Enterprise World 2018, Mark J. Barrenechea, Vice Chair, CEO and CTO, OpenText told the 4000 delegates about a “Mundus Novus” new world of challenges facing businesses. Connectivity, a majority millennial workforce, the relentless threat of cyberattack, and new information privacy and regulatory environments are all changing the way businesses operate.
Mark called OpenText OT2 a “platform for innovation”, which enables businesses that need to keep some data on-premises to still reap the benefits of a flexible cloud-based SaaS environment. The platform brings together microservices for content collaboration, security, process automation, and analytics.
On day two of the show, Muhi Majzoub, EVP, Engineering and Cloud Services, OpenText dived into some of the detail on OT2, saying it will enable customers to “build their own IP” on the platform. Muhi talked about some of the microservices and applications for OT2, including vertical-specific offerings for life sciences and the legal sector.
The final day of Enterprise World 2018 was in a large part about the Women in Technology Summit (WIT), celebrating diversity and inclusion in the tech industry with an inspiring line-up of speakers.
Mark kicked off the WIT Summit saying that “diversity and innovation are inseparable”. He shared four ideas he believes can help change the narrative on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. These are:
- Shared values instead of programs
- Culture add instead of culture fit
- Moving from equality to equity
- Embracing the “human ratio” of 50/50 diversity, as opposed to arbitrary industry benchmarks
Mark revealed progress on gender diversity at OpenText, which now has close to 30 per cent female representation in its workforce, as well as centers of excellence in Canada (40 per cent), China (42 per cent) and the Philippines (43 per cent). Mark said: “We’re proud of our progress but we’re by no means satisfied.”
OpenText also announced the company has joined the 30% Club Canada. The 30% Club was initially founded in the UK with the aim of raising the level of female representation on FTSE100 boards. The organization runs initiatives to broaden the pipeline of women at all levels from the schoolroom to the boardroom.