We have come across many different ways of dealing with the proliferation of data, be it structured or unstructured. OpenText (news, site) is now offering another, with the release of a new version of OpenText Integration Center that comes with a native connector to OpenText ECM Suite 2010.

Economics, Data Organization

The thinking behind it is that, because economic conditions are so tight in many organizations at the moment, it makes business sense to reduce the number of information sources that users are working with by bringing them all under the same roof.

While there is a lot of sense in that, given the number of sources of information that are now affecting the enterprise, it also makes sense from an information management perspective.

While OpenText says it is the economics of information proliferation that has driven this upgrade, if it can organize content in the way it says it does, then the management aspect will probably end up as the big selling point.

That is not to say that attempting to manage content and the economics of managing content are two separate issues -- because clearly they’re not even in terms of the work hours saved -- but anything that can help keep data under control is just about certain to be a big seller.

OpenText Integration Center

The bottom line with the OpenText Integration Center is the unification of access to the disparate content channels business users need to carry out their day-to-day tasks.

Current practice with many data integration technologies is to focus on either the structured content in databases, or on the content that finds its way into document repositories through a number of different channels, but generally not both.

Using OpenText Integration Center users can have access to multiple sources of information from OpenText ECM Suite 2010 to enable business systems integration, data decommissioning or content migration between different applications, and ultimately offer decisionmakers as much information as is available easily and quickly.

This allows them to take advantage of  analytics, semantic search and rich interactive user interfaces to boost productivity and improve decisionmaking.

The current economic conditions are forcing organizations to reduce the number of information sources by bringing structured and unstructured content together under the roof of a single business process and repository," said Eugene Cherny, OpenText's GM for Connectivity Solutions.

Integration Scenarios

Among the typical scenarios envisaged by OpenText with the latest release are:

  • Content Migration: Migration features that enable the movement of content from one, or several, repositories to a new location keeping all the metadata intact
  • Legacy System Decommissioning: Application of lifecycle rules to content stored in legacy systems that are to be decommissioned, including the archiving of that content
  • Data Archiving: Archiving of content with historical audit of that content
  • Systems Integration: Directs information across the spectrum of decision support systems and applications from data warehouses to mainframe systems to ERP or CRM systems.

Information Integration Market

Citing Susan Feldman, IDC's Research Vice President for Search and Discovery Technologies, OpenText says it expects the market for unified information platforms to grow substantially in the future.

Our survey of IT buyers demonstrates that they are eager to fix the information quandary by investing in software that gives them a single access point to all their information silos. We expect this demand to fuel a new wave of growth in information access software," writes Feldman in an April 11 report.

OpenText Integration Center does seem to fill that gap, particularly for enterprises that are looking to integrate their legacy enterprise content management systems with newer applications that they have taken on board to deal with information management problems. The new release of OpenText Integration Center is now generally available.