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  • 18 February 2010 06:53

SAP and Open Text Expand Global Reseller Agreement to Include Digital Asset Management

Enterprise Software Leaders Join Forces to Help Marketing Departments and Media Companies Collect, Manage, Find, Use and Distribute All Types of Rich Media and Optimise Media Management Processes

WALLDORF, Germany, and WATERLOO, Ontario — Feb. 17, 2010 — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Open Text ™ (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in enterprise content management (ECM), today announced the third major expansion of an already successful strategic relationship to include Open Text Digital Asset Management (DAM), a key component of the Open Text ECM Suite and a part of marketing resource management (MRM) and intellectual property management (IPM) capabilities of the SAP® Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application. Through a new global agreement, SAP will resell the enterprise DAM solution from Open Text under the name the SAP® Digital Asset Management application by Open Text.

SAP has had great success reselling Open Text Document Access, Open Text Archiving and Open Text Invoice Management solutions, and the companies announced in October an expansion of the agreement that enables SAP to resell Open Text Extended ECM (see “SAP and Open Text Expand Global Reseller Agreement ”). Today’s announcement allows SAP to resell one of the industry’s leading DAM solutions as a part of an overall MRM and IPM solution with emphasis on enterprise marketing departments across every industry, as well as media industry publishing houses, entertainment firms and broadcasters.

DAM Drives Integrated Global Marketing Campaigns

With increased adoption of digital marketing channels, marketers need to develop higher volumes and more sophisticated digital assets that require collaboration with multiple departments, all while reigning in costs and achieving measurable return on marketing investments. Still, many marketing organisations suffer from a lack of standardised processes concerning content asset creation, publishing, maintenance and distribution. These problems can lead to marketing inefficiencies in lost or misplaced assets, or in having duplicate or misused assets.

To address these problems, marketers are turning to digital asset management solutions for centralised, global visibility across all marketing assets and usages. This enables them to simultaneously deliver integrated campaigns that span multiple products and regions to ensure consistent communications and branding. Further, organisations are using these tools to create marketing dashboards that monitor program effectiveness in real time.

When used in conjunction with the marketing capabilities of SAP CRM, SAP Digital Asset Management can support the entire marketing process from planning, developing content, execution and results measurement. It offers comprehensive functionality for collecting, managing, finding, using and distributing all types of content. Use cases range from strategic brand management to investor relations and partner collaboration, among many others.

“Many marketing organisations are making an investment shift to digitised marketing channels, thus creating a need for those organisations to develop, manage and distribute higher volumes of digitised content in a more systematic way,” said Susan Popper, senior vice president, Marketing Communications, SAP. “By providing a robust and well-proven DAM solution with the marketing capabilities of SAP CRM, we can help customers deploy a flexible, efficient infrastructure marketers need to achieve more with less, and succeed in the evolving digital media landscape.”

Integrated DAM Drives Competitive Advantage in Media and Entertainment

For media companies, the continued rise of digital content and its distribution channels dramatically increases the need for fully integrated, standardized media and asset management solutions. The SAP Digital Asset Management application allows editors and producers at media companies to more efficiently ingest, log, access, transcode and conform, distribute, reuse, monetise and archive rich media content. When used in conjunction with the SAP® Intellectual Property Management application, SAP Digital Asset Management provides media companies with a seamless process for organizing, collaborating on and tracking digital content to streamline their overall production and distribution processes.

Open Text is a strategic SAP software solution partner for ECM with multiple products that have achieved SAP-certified integration status. The two companies have been working together for over 20 years to help more than 3,000 SAP customers manage enterprise content more efficiently. Open Text is currently the only ECM vendor with a number of ECM solutions resold by SAP.

“There is significant opportunity to help enterprises create more value and drive more influence from their existing content and to lower the costs associated with creating and managing new content,” said James Latham, chief marketing officer, Open Text. “The continued growth of fast-moving digital media and online content make DAM solutions imperative. We are excited to see the continued expansion in our relationship with SAP. This ability to reach, serve and integrate marketing assets with business processes will further accelerate the adoption of DAM among enterprise customers and media companies alike.”

For more information, visit www.opentext.com/dam-for-sap

About Open Text

Open Text, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise content management, helps organisations manage and gain the true value of their business content. Open Text brings two decades of expertise supporting 50 million users in 114 countries. Working with our customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts to help organisations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity, automate processes, mitigate risk, manage compliance and improve competitiveness. For more information, visit www.opentext.com

About SAP

SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software(*), offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 95,000 customers in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol “SAP.” For more information, visit www.sap.com

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