Compassion International Selects Open Text to Centralize Digital Assets and Boost Productivity

    Open Text's Artesia Digital Asset Management System To Help Expedite and
    Facilitate Distribution of Photos, Video and Other Content to 26 Global

    CHICAGO, IL, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Open Text- (NASDAQ:   OTEX, TSX: OTC), a
global leader in enterprise content management (ECM), today announced that
Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry, has selected
Open Text's Artesia Digital Asset Management (DAM) system to centralize the
management of photos, newsletters, web site materials and videos; and
streamline processes for distributing and sharing content between its field
offices around the world.
    Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing
Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as
Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in
24 countries. With 26 global field offices, Compassion made the move several
years ago to centralize its media assets, but after growing out of the system
it required a more robust solution that could help the organization manage its
assets on a larger scale so that people in all offices could access the same
content, use it in multiple formats and repurpose it.
    "As an NGO, we have to be efficient in order to meet our mission of
helping children around the world, so it's really important we expedite and
facilitate the distribution of information to each of our offices," said Nydia
Teter, Field Communications Director, Compassion International. "Centralizing
all of our content and being able to access it whether we're in India,
Ecuador, or Kenya is going to increase our productivity dramatically; and will
help us find new ways of using content that we thought may have had only one
    With Open Text, Compassion International will now have a single point of
management for all of the organization's storytelling materials - what Teter
calls the photos, newsletters, web site materials and video that help
Compassion talk about the impact of the organization's work around the world -
and underlying metadata information. Users will be able to easily find,
access, edit, share, reuse, distribute, and archive their digital assets, all
within unique workflows and using the desktop applications of their choice
such as Adobe(R) InDesign(R).
    Compassion just went live with the new solution in August. Within the
next fiscal year, Teter hopes to expand the system's workflow functionality to
Compassion's global partners so that they are able to manage their own
workflow. Ultimately, Teter would like the Open Text solution to be a chain in
the CRM link so that Compassion's sponsor donors are able to access whatever
information the organization has about the child or children that they sponsor
and support.
    "Organizations like Compassion International use our software to get
their message out to global sponsors and partners," said Scott Bowen,
President of Artesia, the Open Text Digital Media Group. "By centralizing all
content, users will be able to efficiently repurpose articles, newsletters and
web site content within various field offices, helping to reduce research time
and increase productivity profoundly."
    For more information on Compassion International, please visit:

    Open Text's Leadership in Digital Media Solutions

    Open Text's Artesia Digital Media Group is a leader in enterprise Digital
Asset Management (DAM) solutions, bringing a depth of experience around rich
media workflows and capabilities. Artesia DAM, an award-winning and proven
solution, is the choice of leading companies such as Time, General Motors,
Discovery Communications, Paramount, HBO and many more. Open Text announced
the latest version of Artesia DAM -- version 6.8 -- in February
( For more information about Artesia,
the Open Text Digital Media Group, go to:

    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

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