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Open Text Corporation

September 22, 2005 09:27 ET

British Columbia Schools' Increasing Demand for Open Text's FirstClass Solution Leads to Agreement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 22, 2005) -

Province-wide Agreement to Offer Volume Pricing Discounts to BC Public School Districts

Open Text™ Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX)(TSX:OTC), the leading independent provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, today announced that its FirstClass Division has entered into an agreement to provide standardized pricing to public school districts within British Columbia. The special pricing was negotiated in response to growing demand for the FirstClass collaboration and communications solution among primary and secondary school districts in the province. The agreement provides an easier and more cost-effective way for customers to acquire the software.

FirstClass entered into the agreement with the Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC), an association of British Columbia public school districts and groups working together on software and video acquisition. ERAC staff, in conjunction with school district representatives on ERAC's Software Working Team, survey member districts for their software needs, establish priorities, evaluate options and negotiate prices and site licensing agreements. ERAC also guides districts in purchasing, distributing and implementing software. The agreement will provide all ERAC-member school districts in British Columbia with standardized pricing for FirstClass licenses, making the solution even more affordable to education communities large and small.

"The ERAC software committee surveys its 56 member districts in British Columbia on an annual basis to determine their software priorities," said Mac Petrie, Executive Director, ERAC. "A growing number of school districts are using Open Text's FirstClass solution and ERAC was asked by districts to try to secure improved pricing. ERAC appreciates the support that it received from Open Text and the company's willingness to establish a pricing plan for British Columbia schools."

Open Text's FirstClass delivers a platform independent, cost-effective and feature-rich software solution that enables school districts to create collaborative online learning communities that connect students, faculty, and administrators via any Internet-accessible device. FirstClass delivers a broad range of features including email, calendaring, instant messaging, collaboration and document sharing, web publishing and unified messaging. The solution is deployed in more than 2000 academic organizations and has more than eight million users worldwide.

"We believe the trend toward province-wide agreements, such as this latest with ERAC, will continue to grow," said John Myers, General Manager of Open Text's FirstClass Division. "We are seeing a steady increase in both awareness and demand for FirstClass software that enables school districts to create collaborative online communities for enhanced learning. The province-wide agreements simply make sense for our customers as they pool the purchasing power of an entire province to make pre-approved solutions like FirstClass both readily available and cost-effective to all education districts."

About Open Text

Open Text™ is the leading independent provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions that bring together people, processes and information in global organizations. Today, the company supports 20 million seats across 13,000 deployments in 114 countries and 12 languages worldwide. For more information on Open Text, go to: www.opentext.com

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