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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 23:07

OpenText secures NZ government contract


ECM vendor OpenText has secured a contract to deploy its content server solution with New Zealand's Ministry of Economic Development which it says will pave the way for improved links with the general public and across all government agencies.

The OpenText deployment follows a public tender process conducted by the MED, with OpenText's leading solutions provider in New Zealand, Techtonics, awarded with a four-year partnership to implement and support the OpenText platform.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Economic Development, Simon Lawrence, said that, once fully implemented, the OpenText enterprise content management (ECM) solution will provide the MED with full content lifecycle management for any type of electronic document, with a 'single, central, authoritative repository for storing, managing and organising documents ensuring a greater degree of collaboration and compliance between agencies.'   

'We're excited about this opportunity to lead the way with a cutting edge solution.  This will facilitate far better management of information and knowledge across the Ministry, and will pull together a number of fragmented and costly systems, saving us money over the long term.'

According to Lawrence, 'Techtonics demonstrated that they can deliver the OpenText project cost-effectively into the future, with the added strength that as a New Zealand company they have an inherent understanding of our working environment and are committed to the long haul.'

OpenText's vice president Asia Pacific, Graham Pullen, said that recently, another New Zealand ministry, the Department of Labour, also began rolling out the OpenText platform using the services of Techtonics.

Greg Bickerton, CEO of Techtonics, said that OpenText's ECM Suite was increasingly being adopted by the public sector globally as a revolutionary platform for creating 'borderless' public service securely and cost efficiently.

'OpenText solutions are currently helping over 9,500 public sector customers across all levels deliver improved services, programs and outcomes,' Bickerton said.

Pullen said that exponential growth in records and document management presents a challenge to any organisation 'but it places particularly huge demands on public sector organisations.'

'Without effective data management systems in place, information can become incomplete, unavailable or unusable over time,' Pullen added.

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