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Just like it went on with SAP and Microsoft in the past, Open Text (news, site) has gotten cozier with Oracle in a recent partnership deal.

Open Text signed a technology and distribution agreement with Oracle to embed their tech stack in the Enterprise CMS.

This step gives Open Text a chance to offer their products to the Oracle world in a native Oracle look and feel. So, even if you are a customer who wants to use Open Text ECM Suite, but in the pure-play Oracle route, you may want to look into this agreement.

Oracle for Everyone

What Open Text has its eyes on is the technology and distribution license for the Oracle Universal Online Archive Content Management SDK.

What OTEX also wants to do is to utilize Oracle's technology in its products, providing the ability for customers to work with Oracle Database 11g as an enterprise content repository – if they choose to go with Oracle for the repository, instead of (or an addition to) native Open Text content repository capabilities.

The usual suspects such as Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and other Oracle platforms are also in the play here.

Moving the Mountains

An old saying comes to mind: If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.

Open Text’s intention to make Oracle devotees (who are using Open Text Enterprise CMS suite or thinking about doing so) happy is quite understandable, given that many large enterprises choose to invest in Oracle technology and don’t want to change the entire existing infrastructure to fit an Enterprise CMS.

The latest financial results showed a 10% licensing revenue dip in Open Text’s numbers. Opening up to the world of Oracle may not be such a bad idea.