Energy Supplier EWE AG Turns to Open Text for Contract Management Solution



    Large German Energy Firm Finds that Open Text Solution Lowers Risk,
    Speeds Operations, Increases Transparency

    CHICAGO, July 28 /CNW/ - Open Text(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ:   OTEX,
TSX: OTC), a global leader in enterprise content management (ECM), announced
today that one of Germany's largest energy suppliers, EWE AG, has selected
Livelink ECM - Contract Management as the basis for a company-wide contract
management solution. EWE is one of the largest energy suppliers in Germany,
with annual revenue of EUR 4.7 billion and more than 4,700 employees.
    EWE's Central Contract Management program, based on the Open Text
software, was rolled out across the company earlier this year. The solution
has helped EWE mitigate risk, quickly access strategic contract files,
research contract information and improve transparency. The system contains
more than 2,700 contract files that include finalized contract documents as
well as all supporting content. The solution was implemented with Open Text
partner BTC AG, of Oldenburg, Germany.
    "Through our Open Text-based electronic contract management system,
information can be analyzed prior to contract negotiations, making it easy for
anyone to understand how contracts are developed," said Stefan Hitz, Manager
of Documentation Systems at EWE. "Contract management is an interdisciplinary
process. The added-value potential of consistently using all the information
contained in contracts company-wide is enormous. With a contract management
solution, process mapping and support is now simple and systematic."
    Among the key factors in EWE's decision to select Livelink ECM - Contract
Management for this project included comprehensive functionality that aligned
with EWE requirements and tight integration with other key corporate
applications, including Microsoft Office and SAP.
    At EWE, contract files are essential for not only new contract
negotiations, but also to ensure that performance criteria are being met.
Using the Open Text solution, deadlines defined in contracts with important
suppliers, for example, are automatically monitored while the transparency and
visibility into key contracts is enhanced despite decentralized processing.
EWE anticipates the solution will reduce the risk of loss, allow the company
to better leverage contract conditions, and provide other cost benefits.
    Rental, leasing, service and supplier contracts from across the company
are now being housed in the Open Text solution together with related meta
information, such as liability regulations, warranty expiration dates and
search criteria. Using single sign-on, users from all departments can access
this content through an employee portal and a browser. Thanks to the Open Text
solution's ability to integrate with desktop applications, e-mail, Microsoft
Word and Excel documents as well as PDF files can be easily copied into
contract folders using drag-and-drop. Stored workflows with authorization
processes and deadline tracking enable simple and interdisciplinary
cooperation across EWE and its subsidiaries.
    To date, more than 500 users from four organizational units have been
working with the Open Text solution. Currently, the archive solution from Open
Text is connected to the Central Contract Management solution. This ensures
that the full contract life cycle is being addressed, including long-term
archiving and document destruction. In a later expansion phase, the foundation
for a company-wide ECM platform will be created by connecting the contract
management solution to EWE's SAP system and by more tightly integrating with
desktop applications such as Microsoft Outlook in the front end.
    Livelink ECM - Contract Management offers organizations a comprehensive
solution to automate and manage contract processes from creation of individual
clauses to secure collaboration during the negotiation process; proactive
alerts for contracts that require review and tracking of clauses, renewal
dates and terms; and retention, archival and disposition of contracts to
satisfy compliance, legal and business policy requirements. The solution also
integrates with a variety of enterprise systems so that contract content can
be made available in other environments. To learn more about Livelink ECM -
Contract Management, visit:
www.opentext.com/2/sol-products/sol-pro-docmgmt-collaboration/pro-ll-contract-
lifecycle-mgmt-dmc.htm.

    About Open Text

    Open Text, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise
content management, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of
their business content. Open Text brings two decades of expertise supporting
46,000 customers and millions of users in 114 countries. Working with our
customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts(TM) to help
organizations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity,
automate processes, mitigate risk, manage compliance and improve
competitiveness. For more information, visit www.opentext.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Richard Maganini, Open Text Corporation, (847)
267-9330 ext.4266, rmaganin@opentext.com; Stephanie Dodge Fazio, Open Text
Corporation, (519) 888-7111 x2429, sdodge@opentext.com; Brian Edwards,
McKenzie Worldwide, (503) 577-4583, briane@mckenzieworldwide.com


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