OpenText Corporation (also written opentext) is a Canadian company that develops and sells enterprise information management (EIM) software.[2]

OpenText Corporation
Traded asTSX: OTEX
S&P/TSX 60 Component
IndustryComputer software
Founded1991 (1991)
FounderTim Bray, Gaston Gonnet, Frank Tompa
HeadquartersWaterloo, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Mark Barrenechea, CEO & CTO
ProductsEnterprise content management (ECM), business process management (BPM), customer experience management (CEM), information exchange, discovery and analytics software
Revenue US$ $2.815 billion (FY 2018[1])
Number of employees
12,200 (as of Aug, 2018) 

OpenText, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,[3] is Canada's largest software company as of 2014[4] and recognized as one of Canada's top 100 employers 2016 by Mediacorp Canada Inc.[5]

OpenText software applications manage content or unstructured data for large companies, government agencies, and professional service firms. OpenText aims its products at addressing information management requirements, including management of large volumes of content, compliance with regulatory requirements, and mobile and online experience management.

OpenText employs over 12,000 people worldwide[6] and is a publicly traded company, listed on the NASDAQ (OTEX) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (OTEX).


University of Waterloo professors Frank Tompa, Timothy Bray, and Gaston Gonnet founded OpenText Corporation in 1991.[7] It grew out of OpenText Systems Inc., founded in 1989. The founders spun the company off from a University of Waterloo project that developed technology to index the Oxford English Dictionary.[8]

Key people involved later include Tom Jenkins, who joined the company as COO in 1994. Tom Jenkins later became President and Chief Executive Officer,[9] and has been Executive Chairman since 2013. John Shackleton served as President from 1998–2011, and as CEO from 2005 - 2011. Mark Barrenechea has been President and CEO of OpenText since 2012.[10] Mark Barrenechea was named Canadian Business CEO of the year in 2015.[11] From January 2016, Steve Murphy served as the President,[12] however, the company eliminated the position in 2017 Q1.[13]

OpenText is a supporter of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, contributing both funds and in-kind services to the school.[14]

On September 12, 2016, OpenText further expanded its share of the enterprise content management software market by buying that division of Dell EMC—which included Documentum—for $1.6 billion USD.[15] OpenText had originally had Documentum and Hummingbird, Ltd., as its chief competitors in this space, but this acquisition brought the long-time third competitor in Documentum under one corporate roof.

On November 11, 2019, Open Text Corporation announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Carbonite Inc. for $23.00 per share (~$1.42 billion in total) USD in cash.[16][17] Open Text said that it plans to initiate the tender offer within 10 business days, take up any untendered shares through mandatory take up provisions in applicable legislation,[16] expects the transaction to close within 90 days, and that the purchase price of $1.42 billion is inclusive of debt and equity.[16][17]


RedDot, founded in 1993, is a business unit of OpenText Corporation that the company refers to as the Web Solutions Group. The software assists in the management of content, with regulatory compliance and industry specific requirements.

Its core product, RedDot CMS is a Windows-based server application that provides Web content management in a multi-user environment. Complementary to the CMS or as a standalone product, LiveServer aggregates disparate document resources and serves them as Web pages.


Captiva Software became a subsidiary of OpenText in 2017.[18] It makes software for document information processing and data capture from paper and electronic documents and provides related services. Information in the form of extracted content and files are acquired in the Captiva Solution and then delivered for storage or workflow into document management systems such as those from Documentum, Open Text, Microsoft, or IBM.[19] In 2019 Captiva was rebranded as OpenText Intelligent Capture. [20]

Content authoring

Red dots on the authoring interface indicated sections of editable content for each web page,[21] hence the name RedDot for the product. This feature was popular with customers and won awards[22] in 2001 for its usability. By 2006 RedDot was one of the few WCM vendors that continued to develop their own content authoring interface. Most other WCM vendors had moved to open source alternatives, or had licensed an online rich-text editor from commercial vendors such as Ephox or Ektron. In response to customer attempts to work around the limitations of the RedDot editor by installing other editors[23] RedDot developed an integration layer to support CKeditor and Ephox EditLive! as alternative editors.[24] In 2009 RedDot (now the OpenText Web Solutions Group) made the Telerik RadEditor available alongside the existing RedDot editor for CMS 9.[25]


Acquisition Date Become part of Company Business Acquired Price Refs
2019 Enterprise Information Management Carbonite Inc. Entire Business (including Mozy, which Carbonite Inc. had earlier acquired) $1.42 billion USD in cash ($23.00/share) [16][17]
2018 OpenText ALLOY® Platform Liaison Technologies Entire Business $310M [26]
2017 Guidance Software Entire Business [27]
2017 OpenText Business Network Covisint Entire Business ~$103M [28]
2017 Catalyst Repository Systems Inc. Entire Business
2016 Dell EMC Enterprise Content Division Documentum, InfoArchive, ApplicationXtender [29]
2016 Captiva Software Entire Business
2014 OpenText Business Network GXS Inc. Entire Business
Cordys Entire Business
2008 Captaris, Inc. Entire Business $131M [30][31]
2006 Hummingbird Ltd. $489M [32]
2003 IXOS Software AG Entire Business
HP Teamsite, and others

Acquisitions by GXS

Acquisition Date Become part of Company Business Acquired Price Refs


OpenText Content Suite Platform

In 1996, the product originally called "Livelink" became OpenText™'s.[33] Between 2003 and 2005, "Livelink" evolved from being the name of a single product to being a brand applied to the names of several OpenText software products. As a result of this change, "Livelink Server" became known as "Livelink Enterprise Server" (LES) and later "Livelink ECM.[33] In 2012, OpenText introduced the OpenText Content Suite. Then the technology component formerly known as Livelink ECM - Enterprise Server became known as OpenText Content Server, which is now a key component of OpenText Content Suite Platform.[33]

Version release dates[34][35]

Product Name Version Release Date
OpenText Content Server 16.2.6 16.2.6 September 2018
OpenText Content Server 16 16.0.20 June 2016
OpenText Content Server 10.5 10.5 December 2013
Livelink ECM 10.0.0 10.0.0 September 2010
Livelink 9.7.1 December 2007
Livelink 9.7.0 December 2006
Livelink 9.6.x May 2006
Product Name Version Release Date
OpenText Explorer 10.6.20 December 2010
Livelink Explorer 4.8.6 December 2009
Livelink Explorer 4.8.5 January 2009
Livelink Explorer 4.8.3 May 2008
Livelink Explorer 4.8.2 December 2007
Livelink Explorer 4.8.1 May 2007

OpenText Archive Center (Archive Server)[36]

Around 2010 Livelink Enterprise Archive (LEA) became Archive Server. It is a key product in the Extended ECM scenario. With Version 16 the Archive Server was renamed to Archive Center.

Product Name Version Release Date
Archive Center 16.0.20 June 2016
Archive Server 10.5 10.5 December 2013
Archive Server 10.0.0 10.0.0 September 2010
Livelink Enterprise Archive 9.7.1 December 2007
Livelink Enterprise Archive 9.1.1 December 2006
Livelink Enterprise Archive 5.8.x May 2006


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