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OpenText Corporation
Industry Computer software
Founded 1991
Founder Tim Bray, Gaston Gonnet, Frank Tompa
Headquarters Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Mark Barrenechea, CEO
Tom Jenkins, Chairman
Products Content management solutions
Revenue US$ $1,624 million (FY 2014[1])
Number of employees
8,500 (2015)
Website .com.opentextwww

OpenText Corporation is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada[2] and is Canada's largest software company as of 2014.[3] It develops and sells Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software solutions for large corporations across all industries.[4]

OpenText software applications manage content or unstructured data for most types of governance, efficiency and monetization requirements in large companies, government agencies and professional service firms. OpenText solutions are aimed at addressing information management requirements, including the management of large volumes of content, compliance with regulatory requirements, and mobile and online experience management.

OpenText employs 8,500 people worldwide and is a publicly traded company, listed on the NASDAQ (OTEX) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (OTC).


  • History 1
  • Suites 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


OpenText was founded in 1991 as a small four-person consulting operation. The company was a spin-off of a University of Waterloo project that developed technology used to index the Oxford English Dictionary.

Early participants in the project included two professors of Computer Science, Dr. Frank Tompa and Dr. Gaston Gonnet, an undergrad Computer Science co-op student, Michael Knowles, and with their Faculty of Arts colleague, John Stubbs.

Key people who become involved later include Tom Jenkins (P Thomas Jenkins, known as Tom), who joined the company as COO in 1994 and Tim Bray. Tom Jenkins later became President and Chief Executive Officer,[5] 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.

OpenText is a supporter of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, contributing both funds and in-kind services to the school.[6]

The growth of OpenText has largely been through acquisitions:




  • Cordys
  • ICCM


  • Easylink


  • MESSAGEmanager Solutions
  • Metastorm
  • weComm
  • Global360
  • Operitel


  • Nstein technologies
  • StreamServe Inc



  • eMotion LLC
  • Spicer Corporation
  • Captaris



  • Optura


  • IXOS
  • Artesia



  • Centrinity


  • Bluebird


  • Microstar Software
  • PS Software Solutions
  • Information Dimensions
  • Lava Systems
  • OnTime [8]
  • NIRV
  • Odesta [8]
  • Intunix
  • thinktank technologies


Content Suite: allows users to apply consistent policies across any type of content in the enterprise to maintain a secure, single source of truth and manage content.

Process Suite: provides business process platform with applications that enable organizations to automate complex processes.

Experience Suite: speeds collaborative media creation and personalization.

Information Exchange Suite: provides solutions that enable people to control how information is delivered.

Discovery Suite: addresses unintegrated, unstructured and unmanaged information – with applications that enable organizations to query warehoused data.

See also


  1. ^ "Open Text 2014 Annual report"
  2. ^ Nick Waddell. "Cantech Letter interviews John Shackleton of OpenText". Cantech Letter. 
  3. ^ "Ontario Liberals give $120M grant to Canada's largest software company". CTV News Canada. 
  4. ^ "Top 25 Canadian Software Companies"
  5. ^ Nick Bontis, ed. (2011). World Congress on Intellectual Capital Readings. Routledge. p. 7. 
  6. ^ "Grand opening for UW Stratford Campus". Kitchener. 
  7. ^ "Cory Doctorow; USC Center on Public Diplomacy". 1971-07-17. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  8. ^ a b Rao, Madanmohan (2003). Leading with Knowledge: Knowledge Management Practices in Global Infotech Companies. McGraw Hill. p. 365.  

External links

  • Official website
  • OpenText Analytics
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