Liferay Portal vs Open Text


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Liferay Portal
Liferay Portal is an alternative enterprise web platform for building business solutions that deliver immediate results and long-term value. Liferay Portal ships with broad product capabilities to provide immediate return on investment: Content & Document Management with Microsoft Office integration, Web Publishing and Shared Workspaces, Enterprise Collaboration, Social Networking and Mashups, Enterprise Portals and Identity Management
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Open Text
OpenText products help organizations put content to work. Whether your goal is to drive revenue, improve productivity, reduce costs or ensure regulatory compliance and sound information governance, OpenText has the product to execute.
Liferay Portal vs Open Text in our news:


2017 - OpenText acquired forensic security vendor Guidance Software. Documentum keeps calm



Content management company OpenText acquired Guidance Software, a forensic security and eDiscovery vendor for $240 million. OpenText has never been afraid to open its wallet to fill in a hole (or even buy something with overlapping functionality). As a case in point, just about a year ago, it bought Documentum, alternative enterprise content management firm, from EMC for $1.62 billion. This acquisition gives the company some overlapping functionality too, but Cheryl McKinnon, an analyst with Forrester Research who monitors the content management industry, says it also gives the company forensics tools, which are new to them.

2016 - OpenText acquires Documentum for $1.62 billion



OpenText is acquiring Dell EMC's enterprise content division, including Documentum for $1.62 billion. Under the terms of agreement, the software, associated services and employees of ECD will be integrated into OpenText.  The deal comes less than a week after EMC officially became part of Dell. EMC’s content management business did not fit into that mix. EMC acquired Documentum in 2003 for $1.7 billion. Documentum was always an odd fit for EMC and it was no secret that EMC has been trying for the last few years to find a buyer for Documentum. The acquisition further strengthens OpenText as a leader in Enterprise Information Management,  and OpenText is now taking on IBM (FileNet) head to head.

2016 - OpenText acquired Recommind. ReadSoft is in panic



Just a week after OpenText announced that it was selling off $600 million worth of senior debt notes to fund future acquisitions, the company dropped $163 million to acquire Recommind, an e-discovery and information analytics provider.  Recommind provides a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform and managed services solutions that include Axcelerate for e-discovery review and analysis, Perceptiv for contract analytics and Decisiv for enterprise-wide information access. OpenText officials said the e-discovery capabilities will complement their enterprise information management (EIM) solutions. Recommind will also expand OpenText's expertise in cloud and analytics.

2016 - Liferay launched Digital Experience Platform



Open source enterprise CMS provider Liferay launched Digital Experience Platform (DXP) - the solution is designed to help companies create and manage experiences that support the end-to-end customer relationship. It offers a comprehensive view of customers that extends beyond marketing by bringing together sales, marketing, support and service teams, design highly personalized experiences by targeting useful information, offers and resources to user segments and individuals, create a single customer profile aggregated from all of the customer’s interactions with the company as well as important data points, access to engagement data such as video content views, click-throughs on targeted content, community activity and social metadata.

2015 - Liferay partners with Red Hat to provide an open source portal solution



Liferay and Red Hat are collaborating on an open source portal that combines Liferay Portal and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP). The product is targeting companies that want more open-source, enterprise grade portal options, the companies maintain. To that end, there is the potential of additional integration with other Red Hat JBoss Middleware products in the near future. From a company perspective the deal is an interesting one in that Red Hat stopped offering new subscriptions to JBoss Portal in February 2015. Red Hat is continuing support for JBoss Portal through the current release stream, which is scheduled to end in March 2018. This new venture represents, one could conclude, Red Hat's ongoing commitment to the portal market.

2014 - OpenText buys Big Data analytics provider Actuate for $330 Million



OpenText, the world leader in Enterprise Content Management, acquired Business Intelligence provider Actuate, which is one of the leader in Enterprise Business Intelligence. Actuate, often called “the BIRT company,” (BIRT stands for “Business Intelligence Reporting Tools” and is an Eclipse Foundation Open Source Project). Actuate supports BIRT – the open source IDE – and develops BIRT iHub – its deployment platform – to significantly improve productivity of developers working on customer-facing applications. Actuate's BIRT Analytics delivers self-service predictive analytics to enhance customer engagement using Big Data. Actuate for CCM empowers ECM architects to easily transform, process, personalize and archive high-volume content.

2012 - Open Text and Liferay create Dropbox clones



Could you imagine couple of years ago that such serious enterprise vendors like Open Text and Liferay, that develop such a serious enterprise content management systems (ECM) will copy such a simple consumer service as Dropbox? Nevertheless, it happens. Because even in large corporations (that use ECM) employees are ordinary people. And they also don't want to work for the system, but want the system to help them work. And they also use Dropbox, even if IT administrators prohibit it. There is only one way out - to create the same (simple) service and protect it with firewall. This is the very idea behind the new services: Open Text Tempo and Liferay Sync. They allow to sync files between desktop folder, web account, tablet and smartphone, quickly share files with co-workers, and they work on corporate servers. That's simple.

2009 - Open Text launches social interface

Open Text Social Workplace

Open Text has released the new module for its ECM platform - Open Text Social Workplace, that will help organizations to implement social tools. The company believes that the traditional tools are no more relevant for collaboration in the intranet. Users want more convenient social tools, and will use them even without the IT compliance. At the same time, companies deploying the social tools should consider the security issues that may appear. The new Open Text social interface offers a wide range of collaboration tools - communities, profiles, blogs, wiki, personal home pages, mobile access (iPhone and BlackBerry). And all this with compliance management, that is used for managing enterprise e-mail.

2009 - Open Text buys Vignette for $310 million to compete with ReadSoft

Open Text Vignette

Canadian ECM vendor Open Text announced the acquisition of Vignette - the developer of solutions for enterprise portals and web content management (WCM). The deal amount is $310 million. The industry experts note that the functionality of Open Text WCM and Vignette is very similar. Nevertheless, the Vignette WCM software is of "somewhat higher level" and may be offered to larger customers. Recall that the existing Open Text WCM (now called Open Text Web Solutions) is based on RedDot CMS, the solution that was acquired together with Hummingbird in 2006.

2008 - Vignette gears up WCM for Enterprise 2.0

Web content management (WCM) software maker Vignette, freshly bitten by the Web 2.0 bug, this week released a new set of community and social networking tools to enhance the Web experience of online users. The move underscores a growing trend among enterprise content management (ECM) software vendors to re-tool their platforms for Web 2.0's big brother, Enterprise 2.0.

Comment: Like other vendors in the wider ECM market Vignette is starting to re-tool its platform for Enterprise 2.0. The company's roadmap for its Web Experience platform going forward is full of Web 2.0 capabilities around personalization (analytics, rich media, intent-based content recommendations, social search), social computing (wikis, blogs, forums) and multichannel (process automation and interaction across devices and platforms).

The company has spent much of last year heads-down laying the groundwork for its Enterprise 2.0 strategy and reengineering its WCM approach around these three areas. It has now started to roll them out. In February it released two products.I Its Recommendations software delivers more targeted content to online users based on intent, rather than traditional lookups of past history, and also  incorporates elements of social search, which determines the relevance of search results by considering the interactions or contributions of multiple users. Its web analytics product integrates with Omniture's SiteCatalyst online marketing optimization platform that helps customers identify and promote high value content and ads on media sites. A rich media services product is slated for the first half of this year that promises to ease management and publishing of digital media assets on websites.

This week it added a second element - community and social networking capabilities branded as “Vignette Community Services.” The services effectively allow companies to add wikis, blogs, forums, tagging, usage analysis, moderation support and other social networking-like phenomenon to their Web properties. The goal is to increase and customize interaction to better engage with visitors.

Web 2.0 might seem like a convenient marketing fad these days. But Vignette is really buying into a new user-focused trend in the ECM and WCM markets. Arguably it has already stolen a lead in areas like personalization - the company was an early pioneer in delivering tailored content based on user profiling. With that in mind, and the company perhaps wary of being seen to be dabbing some fresh 2.0 lipstick onto its old platform, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Vignette is calling its Web 2.0 strategy personalization 2.0. That's a positioning that's in tune with users taking on different personas and roles across digital environments that are increasingly becoming multichannel these days. In other words it's all about delivering the right (relevant) content to users as their personas shift - from social networking environments to inside of corporate firewalls.

Of course there's also a commercial angle to all these Web 2.0 plays. Brand-conscious online companies, for example, see value in capturing the breadcrumbs of those enhanced Web user experiences to better serve up high-value marketing content like ads and offers on media sites, refine portal content or drive optimal mixes of social sites.

Vignette isn't alone in blowing Web 2.0 bubbles in the ECM market. Rival content management firm Open Text is also rolling out its own set of Web 2.0 enhancements which comes with similar branding - Experience Optimization. Like Vignette, Open Text's Web 2.0 play aims to improve the user experience by engaging the user and personalizing their Web experience through the use of analytics, blogs, tagging and other personalization elements. Open Text's Enterprise 2.0 vision also stresses collaborative services like workgroup optimization (which adds structure to project teams and communities of practice) and the notion of “Enterprise 2.0 Content Management” (that taps popular Web 2.0 applications like wikis, blogs and tagging for better handling of rich-media content).

What can we make of this Web 2.0 jockeying? First it highlights a broader trend of better understanding Web user behaviour, specifically how they interact with website content, to engage more closely with users and measure the effectiveness of that engagement so that it can be optimized. With staple ECM and WCM functionality becoming more or less a commodity, Web 2.0 has now emerged as the next battleground for competitive differentiation among vendors.

Separately, Vignette this week also warned of a shortfall of revenue for its first-quarter, blaming weaker than expected licence sales in North America and a soft financial services sector and a slow North American market. The company now expects revenue to fall between $44-45m, below analyst estimates of $47.6m. Vignette's share price tumbled nearly 10% on Monday as a result of the lowered guidance.

With sales execution a continuing problem, stiff competition and less than healthy demand, there's not much for Vignette shareholders to smile about this week. Clearly, Vignette has a lot to fix in its business before adding Web 2.0 features.