open text_logo_2009.jpgAs every company and its dog leaps to announce its love and support for the new SharePoint 2010 platform, Open Text (news, site) joins in the fun.

All Aboard SharePoint 2010

The number of press releases from companies in the SharePoint ecosystem has gone through the roof now that Microsoft has finally released the 2010 edition. With more to shout about than most, Open Text and its enterprise CMS are full of beans about its announcement.

Open Text cites SharePoint's improved usability, productivity and the steps taken to address the volume and complexity of company data as reasons to be cheerful and upgrade, safe in the knowledge that your Open Text products will retain full compatibility.

Supporting Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

We recently covered how Open Text and Microsoft were supporting each other at GRC. The two have long histories, with Open Text picking up a Global ISV of the Year award back in 2006.

Now, with the launch, Open Text products with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 support are out for all to try. Among the improvements users will see in the form of updated products and features:

  • Open Text’s document management offering eDOCS DM makes use of Microsoft Office 2010's developer tools to improve document security, and implement eDOCS functions directly into Office 2010 menus, ribbons and the new Backstage View.
  • BackStage View adds a new page view, accessed by clicking the Office button that shows a document's check-in or check-out status, permissions, version management and the Check for Issues icon that helps prepare a document for publication. eDOCS uses that and other features to make for a more robust set of publishing processes.

Office 2010 features are being used to improve third-party products

Managing Services With Open Text SharePoint

Open Text is making use of SharePoint features in its other applications too. Content Lifecycle Management Services lets administrators centralize control over their SharePoint repositories and content, wherever they may hide within an enterprise. Similarly, Open Text Email Archiving for Microsoft Exchange uses the new Outlook 2010 interface, letting users extract required content out of an archive mailbox and manage it in their content libraries.

With its ride range of solutions and target markets, a large number of customers will be looking at Open Text's announcement as a green light to upgrade and it will be interesting to see how many are ready to advance to Microsoft's next generation Office product.