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OpenText is redesigning the way business information management is done with a number of new upgrades to its OpenText Tempo product line. The upgrades also offers practical examples of how its Project Red Oxygen will work.

The upgrades, announced this week, are intended to provide users a way to increase business productivity through secure social collaboration. OpenText is changing Tempo — essentially a collaboration application — into something that covers all the bases of enterprise collaboration, including enterprise file synchronization and sharing.

Tempo Upgrades

The newly bundled offerings come with Tempo Box 10.5, Tempo Note and Tempo Social 8.5. According to Muhi Majzoub, senior vice president of Engineering at OpenText, it puts content and social interaction at the heart of business.

In effect, the goal is to ensure that enterprise IT environments are fully integrated and that all the assets workers need to accomplish tasks are readily available to them. He explained:

Tempo Box keeps both content and social interactions at the heart of collaboration to help companies grow into highly productive and integrated organizations. With the shift in communication models from hierarchical to social, enterprises want to accelerate the flow of information to make decisions faster at all levels of the organization."

More importantly, it continues a process of integrating social collaboration capabilities into new and existing Enterprise Information Management (EIM) products, which OpenText has been doing for some time as part of a wider initiative to integrate all its product lines, a strategy that was formally announced under the Red Oxygen banner at Open World in November.

Red Oxygen

Red Oxygen is something to watch.  If OpenText manages to pull it off, it will give substance to its claim to be the only EIM company that can provide enterprises with a completely integrated information management product line.

Unveiled at OpenWorld in November, Project Red Oxygen will pull five of OpenText’s integrated product suites closer together. While OpenText argued that doing so would give enterprises a competitive edge, it really means is that they won’t have to look further than OpenText to meet their enterprise IT needs.

Combined ,the five suites offer a unified developer platform, a consistent user experience, deep integration across suites and major new functional enhancements to enable CIOs to partner with lines of business for product or business development.