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Of late there's been more records management and eDiscovery announcements than fitful man can shake a stick at. Open Text takes the scoop of the day, delivering good news for themselves, governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) managers, and Microsoft. Come early March the company will have achieved the first U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 5015.2 certification for records management of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 business data. The certification is unique because it was the combined offering of Open Text's records management with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 that passed the government's certification process. Open Text had the solution tested with SharePoint Server 2007, showing that it could declare content stored in SharePoint Products and Technologies as a record, thereby applying records management policies and managing the entire lifecycle of the information. The solution is the first in a series of new capabilities Open Text will be rolling out for the 2007 Microsoft Office system over the next few months. Open Text as the largest free standing Enterprise CMS vendor has dedicated themselves to integration and symbiotic partnerships. This strategy has been pursued aggressively with Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, and others. Since announcing a strategic relationship with Microsoft in 2005, Open Text has introduced a steady stream of products that build on and extend Microsoft applications. Recently, Open Text was named the 2006 Microsoft Global ISV Partner of the Year. "Our close alliance offers customers the best in collaboration and content management solutions, and the ability to gain greater value from their investments in our technologies," states Rob Bernard, General Manager of the Worldwide ISV Group at Microsoft. Open Text was the first to receive the DoD's certification for classified records, called Chapter 4 certification, in 2002. In November of 2006 the company announced DoD certifications for Livelink ECM - Records Management for use with SAP and Livelink ECM - Microsoft SharePoint Integration (2003), as well as recertification for Livelink ECM - Records Management. Open Text records management software is also certified under the United Kingdom's TNA regulations and Australia's VERS regulations. Open Text is not the only one to pursue DoD certification for MOSS 2007. As covered here recently, one of the SharePoint program managers, Ethan Gur-esh, leaked the company's plans to go for 5015 Chapter 2 certification for MOSS 2007. If our facts are straight, they've got a date with the DoD just about 6 weeks after Open Text.