Along with Information Hub and Big Data Analytics, OpenText Release 16 also provides a combined system for predicting, analyzing and reporting.
Digital transformation is a top priority for enterprise organizations today as customers demand instant service, business users want instant insights, and executives look for technology to drive value, not merely support internal users.
On the technology side, the forces shaping this transformation are extreme connectivity, extreme automation (coming in the next three to five years), and extreme computing power, Barrenechea told InformationWeek.
“Second is really a changing workplace,” he said, and some of that is related to a growing workforce of Millennials. These workers don’t want to have to wait a year for a new system or implementation. “There is a sense of being able to have a fully self-service, immediate, anywhere experience.”
The third factor driving digital transformation, Barrenchea said, is the arrival of new disruptive business models. That can mean disintermediation of the middleman, moving to a subscription model, and new modes of working with intellectual property.
All of these are top of mind for enterprise leaders. IDC forecasts that spending on digital transformation technologies will grow to more than $2.1 trillion in 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of 16.8% between 2014 and 2019. “Digital transformation is not just a technology trend, it is at the center of business strategies across all industry segments and markets,” said Robert Parker, group VP at IDC, in a statement released with the analyst firm’s digital transformation forecast.
That digital transformation applies to OpenText and other tech vendors, too. As part of the program, OpenText will standardize on a single ERP system, SAP, and a single EIM (enterprise information management) system, OpenText. The company has named Eric Bencina to the new role of chief data strategist. He will manage all the data, and report to the company’s CFO. “We expect to go live in the first phase by the end of the calendar year, and we are well on track for it,” Barrenechea said.
OpenText Release 16
OpenText Cloud 16 makes the company’s four on-premises suites — enterprise content management (ECM), business process management (BPM), customer experience management (CEM), and analytics available in the cloud or in hybrid cloud environments. It also includes the Business Network, a new name for the OpenText Information Exchange.
These platforms will be available to be deployed on both the OpenText Cloud and on third-party cloud platforms.
Combining the Information Hub and big data analytics, OpenText Release 16 also offers an integrated system for predictive and embedded analytics and reporting. The company said analytics will be integrated across OpenText EIM suites to provide greater business insights and actionable analysis throughout the information lifecycle. The new release also offers several new functional capabilities, including integration with Postgres SQL.