Open Text Positioned in "Leaders Quadrant" in Top Analyst Firm's Enterprise Content Management Industry Report

    Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

    CHICAGO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Open Text(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ:   OTEX, TSX:
OTC), a global leader in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), today announced
that Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:   IT), a leading technology research and advisory
firm, has positioned Open Text in the Leaders Quadrant in the Magic(*) Quadrant
for Enterprise Content Management, co-authored by Karen M. Shegda, et al.,
published September 23, 2008 The study reviewed trends in the ECM market and
the software suites of 18 vendors.
    Gartner's Magic Quadrants analyze vendors in a market segment, based on
two sets of criteria: completeness of vision and ability to execute. Leaders
have the highest combined scores in both areas. According to Gartner, "The
ability to execute criterion measures how well a vendor sells and supports its
ECM products and services on a global basis. In addition to rating product
capabilities, we evaluated each vendor's viability, installed base, pricing,
customer support and satisfaction, and product migrations from one major
release to another.
    "Completeness of vision focuses on potential. A vendor can succeed
financially in the short term without it, but won't become a Leader without a
clearly defined vision or strategic plan. A vendor with average vision will
anticipate and respond to change by accurately perceiving market trends and
exploiting technology. A vendor with superior vision can anticipate, direct
and initiate market trends, particularly if it integrates its vision into a
broad range of areas, and capitalizes on product and service development."
    Open Text has extended its leadership in the ECM market over the last
year, introducing new solutions for its ECM suite, including new Enterprise
2.0 tools, and expanding strategic relationships with SAP, Microsoft, Oracle
and systems integrators such as Accenture. Open Text focuses on providing
experienced people, the right strategic partnerships, and a broad solutions
portfolio, backed by its focus on R&D. This combination delivers the best
solutions to address customers' ever-growing ECM challenges, whether it's
enabling enterprise collaboration, adopting Web 2.0 in the workplace,
integrating ERP and ECM for improved back-office efficiencies, or effectively
managing compliance and risk management initiatives.
    "In today's challenging global economy, organizations around the world
are operating in an increasingly complex and competitive environment," said
Kirk Roberts, EVP and President, Integrated ECM Group at Open Text. "With our
continued focus on our customers' needs, we are committed to helping them find
better ways to leverage ECM to reduce costs and improve their business. We
value the recognition we've received in Gartner's latest ECM Magic Quadrant,
and believe it validates our strategy. Going forward, we will continue to
focus on innovation, with a strong R&D investment, to further advance our
position as the ECM industry's leading independent software company."
    The report provides a detailed analysis of growth and trends in the ECM
market. Gartner states, "Worldwide ECM software license and maintenance
revenue represented a $2.9 billion market in 2007. Gartner predicts that total
software revenue in the ECM market will grow at a compound annual rate of
12.2 percent through 2012."
    Gartner evaluated vendors on a range of variables, including customer
experience, overall viability, product offering, and business model, among
other criteria. This year, Gartner gave greater emphasis to demonstrated
enterprise deployments, integration with other business applications and
content repositories; incorporation of Web 2.0 and XML capabilities; and
vertical-process and horizontal-solution focus.
    For the full Magic Quadrant(*) for Enterprise Content Management, 2008
report, Gartner clients may go to:

    Open Text Content World

    Open Text will host its Content World 2008 conference in Orlando,
Florida, November 18-20. The event will bring together leading ECM experts
from across the industry to network with peers, discuss the latest
developments and trends in ECM and Enterprise 2.0, and to gain a first-hand
account of the company's long-term strategy and product roadmap. For more
information, go to:

    About Open Text

    Open Text(TM) is the world's largest independent provider of Enterprise
Content Management software. The company's solutions manage information for
all types of business, compliance and industry requirements in the world's
largest companies, government agencies and professional service firms. Open
Text supports approximately 46,000 customers and millions of users in 114
countries and 12 languages. For more information about Open Text, visit

    (*)The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused
    with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a
    marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's
    analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that
    marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor,
    product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise
    technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders"
    quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and
    is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all
    warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including
    any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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For further information:

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

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