OpenText has ‘containerised’ its Release 16 suite, and started to expose the suite’s capabilities in the new OT2 microservices platform, setting up the building blocks for a new parallel stream of OpenText SaaS apps, and third-party custom applications alike.
I’ve spent much of this week at OpenText’s annual Enterprise World conference, in Toronto. And although I was there (in part) to deliver a presentation on blockchain in the supply chain as part of the conference’s Business Network track, I also had an ear to the ground for news.
The big news for those of us who’ve been following OpenText’s cloud (and hybrid cloud) developments since the acquisition of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (bringing with it not just Documentum, but also the latter’s LEAP platform of content services and apps) was the launch of OpenText OT2 – which is the production name for an initiative OpenText trailed last year under the banner of ‘Project Banff’.
OpenText describes OT2 as its “next generation hybrid-cloud platform” – with a unified data model and a standard UI, built on a SaaS-native microservices architecture that exposes OpenText capabilities across content collaboration, security, process automation, and analytics.
The intention is that developers will be able to rapidly build their own apps in the OpenText Cloud, as well as customers accessing an array of OpenText’s own pre-built applications that integrate with its own solutions (like Documentum, OpenText Core sharing and collaboration app, Extended ECM, or vertical applications like OpenText Legal and OpenText Quality – which are roadmapped to arrive by the end of the year).
The OT2 platform is available now, along with its first batch of apps and the corresponding microservices built to deliver them. OpenText also plans quarterly releases that promise to build out coverage aligned with the quarterly releases of OpenText Release 16 platform (which run until the spring of 2020). OpenText describes OT2 as being ‘tied’ to Release 16, so that even though OT2 is only itself available to be run in the OpenText Cloud, it can integrate with customers’ instances of Release 16 whether they’re also in the OpenText Cloud, on-premises in the customer’s own datacentre, or hosted in AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform.
OpenText has cited the launch of OT2 as evidence of its commitment to advance as both an applications company and a platform company, with its containerised microservices (running in the private OpenText Cloud) exposing capabilities from its Release 16 ‘enterprise information management’ suite, plus key additions like access and identity (from the Covisint platform it acquired last year), security (from Guidance Software, also acquired in 2017), and AI from the open source Magellan platform.
The company has acquired and assimilated products before, but now it appears to be serious about sweating the most of those new assets in the cloud age by ‘servicising’ what it’s got – for both its own engineers, and for independent developers to plug together and build new SaaS apps that are able to leverage all these key components.