Open Text Corporation

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OpenText Corporation
Industry Computer software
Founded 1991
Founders Tim Bray, Gaston Gonnet, Frank Tompa
Headquarters Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Key people Mark Barrenechea, CEO
Tom Jenkins, Chairman
Products Content management solutions

Increase US$ $1,363.3 million(FY 2013)
Employees 8,200+ (2014)

OpenText Corporation is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada[1] and is Canada's largest software company. It produces and distributes Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software solutions for large corporations across all industries.[2]

OpenText software applications manage content or unstructured data for most types of governance, efficiency and monetization requirements in large companies, government agencies and professional service firms. OpenText solutions are aimed at addressing information management requirements, including the management of large volumes of content compliance with regulatory requirements, and mobile and online experience management.

OpenText employs over 8,000 people worldwide and is a publicly traded company, listed on the NASDAQ (OTEX) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (OTC).


OpenText originated in 1991 as a small four-person consulting operation. The company was a spin-off of a University of Waterloo project that developed technology used to index the Oxford English Dictionary. In partnership with colleagues from Oxford University, participants in the project included two professors of Computer Science, Dr. Frank Tompa and Dr. Gaston Gonnet, an undergrad Computer Science co-op student, Michael Knowles, along with their Faculty of Arts colleague, John Stubbs. Later founders of the business application of the technology developed during the course of this project include Tom Jenkins, who joined the company as COO in 1994 and Tim Bray. Tom Jenkins later became President and Chief Executive Officer. John Shackleton served as President from 1998–2011, and as CEO from 2005 - 2011. Today, Mark Barrenechea serves as President and CEO of OpenText, and Tom Jenkins as Executive Chairman.

OpenText is a supporter of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, contributing both funds and in-kind services to the school.[3]

The growth of OpenText has largely been by acquisitions:




  • Easylink


  • MESSAGEmanager Solutions
  • Metastorm
  • weComm
  • Global360
  • Operitel


  • Nstein technologies
  • StreamServe Inc



  • eMotion LLC
  • Spicer Corporation
  • Captaris



  • Optura


  • IXOS
  • Artesia



  • Centricity


  • Bluebird


  • Microstar Software
  • PS Software Solutions
  • Information Dimensions
  • Lava Systems
  • OnTime
  • NIRV
  • Odesta


Content Suite: allows users to apply consistent policies across any type of content in the enterprise to maintain a secure, single source of truth and manage content.

Process Suite: provides business process platform with applications that enable organizations to automate complex processes.

Experience Suite: speeds collaborative media creation and personalization.

Information Exchange Suite: provides solutions that enable people to control how information is delivered.

Discovery Suite: addresses unintegrated, unstructured and unmanaged information – with applications that enable organizations to query warehoused data.

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