Open Text Corporation

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OpenText Corporation
Industry Computer software
Founded 1993
Founder Tim Bray, Gaston Gonnet, Frank Tompa
Headquarters Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Mark Barrenechea, CEO
Tom Jenkins, Chairman
Products Content management solutions

Increase US$ $1,624. million(FY 2014.[1] )
Number of employees
8,200+ (2014)

OpenText Corporation is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada[2] and is Canada's largest software company. It produces and distributes Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software solutions for large corporations across all industries.[3]

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 was founded 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.

Early 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, and with their Faculty of Arts colleague, John Stubbs.

Key people who become involved later include Tom Jenkins (P Thomas Jenkins, known as Tom), who joined the company as COO in 1994 and Tim Bray. Tom Jenkins later became President and Chief Executive Officer, and has been Executive Chairman since 2013. John Shackleton served as President from 1998–2011, and as CEO from 2005 - 2011. Mark Barrenechea has been President and CEO of OpenText since 2012.

OpenText is a supporter of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, contributing both funds and in-kind services to the school.[4]

The growth of OpenText has largely been through acquisitions:





  • Easylink


  • MESSAGEmanager Solutions
  • Metastorm
  • weComm
  • Global360
  • Operitel


  • Nstein technologies
  • StreamServe Inc



  • eMotion LLC
  • Spicer Corporation
  • Captaris



  • Optura


  • IXOS
  • Artesia



  • Centrinity


  • Bluebird


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


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.

OpenText Analytics is a suite of platforms focused on the autonomy of business analysts owned by Opentext Corporation after Actuate Corporation acquisition on December 2014.[6] The suite includes the following products:

OpenText Big Data Analytics, formerly BIRT Analytics, was mentioned by TDWI for providing “easy-to-use visual data mining as well as predictive analytics capabilities to business analysts”.[7]

OpenText Information Hub, formerly BIRT iHub, was mentioned by Nucleus Research for including “enhancement to simplify deployment via cloud, SaaS and on-premise environments, as well as unlimited scalability through multi-tenant, and multi-instance clustering.”.[8]

OpenText Analytics Designer, formerly BIRT Designer Pro, was mentioned by Dresner as #1 of top 24 vendors [9]

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