Tom Jenkins' presentation to explore major influences that will shape
Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
OTTAWA, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - GTEC 2007, a leading conference for technology
decision makers in federal, provincial, municipal, and regional governments,
today announced that Mr. Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman & Chief Strategy
Officer of Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), has been confirmed
as a keynote speaker for the 2007 conference. Mr. Jenkins' keynote address is
scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th. GTEC will be held October 15-17 in
In his keynote presentation, Mr. Jenkins will discuss the core elements
that make up ECM and the major business and technical influences that can be
expected to shape ECM in the coming decade. Information discovery is a
critical component of ECM and the discussion will trace the history of
internet based search engines from the perspective of Jenkins' early
participation through to current research into meta data techniques and the
impact of email as a defacto repository in many organizations today.
As Mr. Jenkins explains, "Just as Google and search technology have
dominated the consumer Internet and changed the way software is delivered to
users, there is an equivalent transformation underway in enterprises, focused
on how organizations manage email, documents, web pages and other content
their employees create every day. This tidal wave of information is breeding
enormous compliance and legal risks - remember Enron - and productivity
concerns when employees can't find the information they need to make good
decisions. ECM is a fast growing software segment rising to help organizations
meet these challenges, and it's already having a major impact on how
information is managed in large enterprises. To understand the importance of
ECM, consider Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, which currently
dominates business software with such notable brands as Oracle, SAP, and IBM.
Incredibly, ERP systems only account for 10 percent of the information in
organizations today. The other 90 percent falls to ECM. As organizations work
to extend ECM across the enterprise to improve access to information and gain
greater control, ECM will overtake ERP as the leading software segment."
"GTEC 2007 is a major thought leadership platform for industry and
government and having a bona fide pioneer like Mr. Jenkins delivering this
high caliber presentation will provide attendees an opportunity to gain
valuable insight on one of the key challenges of government 2.0 - knowledge
management - from a global (and Canadian) leading expert," said Kevin
d'Entremont, Executive Director of GTEC 2007.
Open Text is one of the largest providers of ECM solutions to national,
regional and local governments worldwide. The company provides agency-wide and
departmental document and records management, and collaborative solutions that
meet regulatory and security standards, while supporting key processes for
About Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins is the Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for Open
Text. Recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential People" in the world of
knowledge management by KMWorld Magazine for five years in a row, Mr. Jenkins
has been involved with the Internet since it emerged as a major public network
in the early 1990s. As CEO of Open Text, he was instrumental in the creation
of one of the first internet search engines that was used by Netscape(R),
Yahoo!(R) and IBM(R). Mr. Jenkins went on to direct the development of the
first Internet-based document management system as well the earliest versions
of internet based workflow, portals and online meeting software. All of these
component technologies are early forerunners of current ECM technology. Mr.
Jenkins co-authored three books on ECM and is a much called-upon speaker on
high tech and business trends.
Open Text has been Mr. Jenkins' passion as he took the company from its
original roots of indexing the Oxford English Dictionary to become a worldwide
leader in ECM, with about 3,000 employees and more than a half-billion in
annual revenues. He is active in developing the high tech sector in Canada and
abroad, and is the founder of Communitech - Waterloo Region Technology
Association, an industry association focused on the growth and success of the
Waterloo Region, one of the world's leading high-tech communities.
Mr. Jenkins received an MBA in Technology Management from York University
in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to this achievement he received an M.A.Sc.
in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a B.Eng. & Mgt.
in Technology and Commerce from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario,
About GTEC 2007
Now in its 15th year, GTEC is recognized as Canada's most significant
forum on the use of technology to improve government services and operations.
The event features an annual Distinction Awards program and gala, a
comprehensive Professional Development Forum, and the GTEC Exhibition. The
conference program and extensive trade show are attended annually by an
estimated 7,000 professionals. For more information, please visit www.gtec.ca
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Kathryn Schwab, Media and Analyst Relations, GTEC 2007, Phone: (613) 858-4407,