Open Text Corporation

Open Text Corporation

November 07, 2005 12:34 ET

Open Text Collaborates with Microsoft on Digital Asset Management

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 7, 2005) -

Companies to Provide Open Text's Artesia DAM on Microsoft's SQL Server 2005

Open Text™ Corporation (TSX:OTC)(NASDAQ:OTEX), the leading independent provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, said today it has committed to offering Open Text's Artesia Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database platform to help customers more effectively manage digital assets.

The announcement demonstrates the companies' shared view of the significant need, especially within the media and entertainment industry, for an ECM strategy that addresses the complexities of creating, managing and distributing rich digital media, such as video, audio, photos and graphics.

By using SQL Server 2005 with Open Text's Artesia DAM, customers will benefit from a low total cost of ownership (TCO), while utilizing sophisticated DAM technology running on a highly available and secure database platform. SQL Server 2005 is well-suited to the demands of customers in the media and entertainment industry, offering the scalability and reliability needed to manage the enormous volume of valuable digital assets customers must maintain.

To facilitate deployment of the combined solution, Microsoft has developed the SQL Server Migration Accelerator (SSMA) tool, software that dramatically accelerates the migration of back-end data to the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 platform. The SSMA tool reduces the cost and time required for analysis, migration and follow-up testing, effectively streamlining the transition of customers' DAM solutions to the SQL Server platform.

"SQL Server 2005 marks the biggest release in SQL Server history and will offer customers such as media intensive companies the highest levels of availability, performance and security," said Mike Tuchen, General Manager for SQL Server at Microsoft. "The media and entertainment industry has experienced a great impact from the proliferation of digital content and distribution channels. Through our work with Open Text, we are able to provide DAM to media and entertainment companies, as well as the ability to integrate DAM with other components that comprise an overall content management strategy."

The Open Text Artesia Digital Media Group helps customers address the growing competitive and regulatory pressures to improve the management of digital media content. This group also leads Open Text's horizontal strategy for digital media as a key component of ECM, and champions the unique ECM requirements of media companies worldwide. Customers include Time Warner, DaimlerChrysler, Discovery Communications, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, General Motors, HBO, and the U.S Department of Defense. Open Text is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with a track record for delivering powerful ECM solutions that extend Microsoft applications.

"Open Text's DAM customer base has always been on the cutting edge of the digital revolution and are constantly facing complex technology challenges, such as global access, achieving speed-to-market, and simply managing the proliferation of rich media within their organizations," said Scott Bowen, President of Open Text's Artesia Digital Media Group. "Microsoft is at the vanguard of solving many of these challenges for media-intensive firms, and that is why we are so pleased to embark on this collaboration to offer Microsoft's enterprise-class database platform to our valued customers."

Open Text anticipates an accelerated initial rollout of solutions in calendar Q1, 2006.

The announcement was made at the Microsoft Global Product Launch in San Francisco, California, an event bringing together more than 3000 participants and featuring the product launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006. Open Text is attending the event as a Gold Sponsor and will participate in press and product demonstrations throughout the day.

About The Artesia Digital Media Group and Open Text

The Artesia Digital Media Group is a leader in enterprise Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions that help information-intensive companies more efficiently manage and deploy their rich digital media content. 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:

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