If OpenText and SAP get any more loved-up it could become indecent. The latest in the ongoing and well-established relationship between the two is that OpenText (news, site) has been awarded two 2011 SAP (news, site) Pinnacle awards, one for Global Software Solution Partner of the Year, the other for Global Enterprise Support Partner of the Year.
Leaving aside the apparent back-slapping here, it does seem to suggest that the OpenText ECM is beginning to develop traction in the SAP space, so much so that at next week’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference for SAP customers, OpenText will be presenting at no fewer than 20 different sessions.
The Pinnacle awards, apart from the positive publicity they generate for the recipient, are given to companies that have “excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAP” and providing software that SAP customers are happily working with in their enterprise environments.
This is the fourth year that OpenText has won such an award -- although never two on the same night -- and reflects a long-standing relationship that has produced a range of integrations and mutually beneficial partnerships going back years.
To list those integrations would be impossible, but recent agreements include one that enables SAP to resell OpenText Employee File Management, as well as others that offer OpenText solutions for document access, presentment, archiving and invoice management and digital asset management.
In the enterprise content management space, there is also the ongoing development of Extended ECM for SAP -- upgraded to v9.8 just before Christmas -- which saw the introduction of collaboration and social elements, improving the integration of content within business processes and built on the release of the rebranded SAP Extended Enterprise Content Management in October 2009.
With SAPPHIRE NOW opening next week, and with such an overwhelming OpenText presence, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see news of more developments on this front or on any other projects on which they have collaborated over the years, so let’s wait and watch.
OpenText, Young Entrepreneurs
Meanwhile, OpenText has been busy developing its education and innovation program with the announcement that the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YEA) has adopted the OpenText Social Workplace digital collaboration platform, which it says was donated to it by OpenText.
The result is the development of a secure portal for Alliance members that will enable many enterprise collaborative activities including document sharing, document collaboration and improved communications across G20 YEA organizations worldwide.