OpenText Welcomes Digital Canada 150 Plan
WATERLOO, Ontario, April 4, 2014 /CNW/ - OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM) and Canada's largest software company, today welcomed the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, as he announced the federal government's Digital Canada 150 plan at the Company's headquarters.
"We now live in a digital world. What connects us today is the internet, and new technologies that have created tremendous opportunities for Canadians to communicate with each other, and business to compete globally," said Minister Moore. "Our Government's top priority is jobs and economic growth. Digital Canada 150 is a plan to take full advantage of the digital economy as we celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2017. It's the next step to build our nation and connect Canadians to each other."
The Digital Canada 150 plan identifies Economic Opportunities as one of the plan's five pillars, which will see Canadian companies, large and small, use digital tools to boost productivity, develop their businesses and capture growing markets at home and abroad.
Following the announcement, the Minister will take questions from stakeholders in a question and answer session moderated by Mark J. Barrenechea, President and CEO of OpenText.
"Digital Canada 150 lays the foundation for a connected and competitive Canada," said Barrenechea. "Our 2020 Agenda helps organizations prepare for the digital economy of tomorrow by re-imagining their information platforms today and delivering a roadmap to navigate the evolving business landscape."
As a global company based in the region, OpenText is committed to supporting Canadian technology innovation through its investments and advocacy in the start-up community.
OpenText has undertaken a number of initiatives within the last six months intended to directly seed technology entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada:
- February 28, 2014: OpenText sponsors the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) national appathon;
- February 11, 2014: OpenText announces it is a founding partner in the Open Data Institute;
- January 21, 2014: OpenText announces it is the lead industry sponsor in a newly created $300 million 'fund of funds' that will invest in high-potential venture capital fund managers across Canada to seed innovation, along with the federal and provincial governments;
- January 21, 2014: OpenText announces it expects to close in the next six months with its financial partners, a $100 million OpenText Enterprise Applications Venture Fund (OTEAF) to infuse funding directly into creative app development;
- November, 2013, OpenText announced its own AppWorks developer platform to dramatically accelerate the time to market for enterprise-grade applications. Entrepreneurs can get on board at: https://developer.opentext.com
Today's announcement is being livestreamed at www.opentext.com/digital
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