Yesterday, OpenText announced the general release of its Smart Process Applications and its enhanced file transfer service SercureiX. Today, it has announced the availabity of its Information Access Platform that discovers and analyzes unstructured data across the enterprise, and OpenText Archive for archiving all information in a single silo.

OpenText’s Data Management

For enterprises that are finding it difficult to manage the vast quantities of information that are entering the enterprise either one of today’s releases are going to get them salivating, even if it’s a hard call as to which one is tastier.

Personally, the single silo of the Archive system looks really attractive, but then thinking about all that unmanaged unstructured data across the enterprise and the pendulum swings. You get the picture – both are interesting releases from one of the heavyweights in the enterprise information management space, so both warrant a look.

OpenText Unstructured Data Management

OpenText InfoFusion is OpenText’s most recent attempt to deal with the problem of enterprises with multiple silos at a time when their clients are starting to use all their data in customer experience management systems, or for big data analysis.

With both of these application sets -- CXM and big data -- it is absolutely key that enterprises can access all of its information, otherwise no amount of analysis is going to produce a full picture.

With InfoFusion, OpenText says it can provide access, but not just any access, unified access which adds double data goodness. It can also migrate the content too, so that the information that is occupying valuable storage spaces can be moved to places where it costs less and doesn’t hinder the management of the content lifecycle.

While there has been a lot of attention given to the potential value locked in unstructured content, most organizations are actually just trying to come to grips with the volume and the velocity of growth of unstructured information…” said OpenText CEO Mark J. Barrenechea.

With InfoFusion, enterprises can address problems around legacy systems and shunt data around the enterprise to wherever it is needed, including an enterprise CMS, or OpenText’s Archiving and Records management application with which it is integrated.

OpenText Single-Silo

So once you have accessed all that information and used it, what do you do? If you have developed a data management strategy you will either shift it somewhere that won’t cost a fortune to store and is easy to find, or you archive it.

OpenText says that the general availability of its Archive solution will address the problem of enterprise data stored in different siloes that make finding it difficult.

Archive, OpenText says, enables enterprises to place all their data in a single, scalable repository that will make it not only easier to manage, but also less costly to store.

While storage and archiving products are widely available -- many applications come with archiving included -- there are few, if any, that can store all kinds of data in the same silo.

This, in fact, is what OpenText says is the differentiator with this product. It says its solution is the only one on the market that can do just that.

While it is no surprise that Archive is integrated with all OpenText products, including Content Server, Email Management and Archiving for SharePoint, it also provides the ability to integrate with any other third-party system through Web Services and APIs.

In terms of enterprise savings, OpenText claims that it can save companies as much as 50 percent compared to other archiving systems. These savings are the result of a rationalization of storage infrastructure, smarter storage decisions, and the decommissioning of legacy systems.

Well that’s what OpenText is saying anyway even if it’s difficult to quantify this. That said, the fact of a single siloed archive though is something whose value can’t be estimated. Imagine knowing where all your records and important documents are, and also knowing where to find them if you have to go looking.

Both applications are generally available as of today, which makes this week’s total for OpenText four, in what must be some kind of record for tech companies, but certainly not the end of OpenText’s productive cycle for this year. More on this as it happens.