Open Text Corporation, provider of the Livelink collaboration and content management software for the enterprise, has announced an alliance with Siemens Business Services, a fully owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. The partnership is intended to provide customers with a comprehensive one-stop solution for consulting and system design, systems integration, deployment and ongoing support; and both parties have indicated the potential to extend the agreement into a global alliance in the future. The agreement is anticipated to have a positive impact on the Open Text and IXOS SOFTWARE AG business combination that was announced last February. IXOS has been a longtime partner of Siemens Business Services.
Siemens will combine its IT services, including consulting, systems integration, and IT systems management, with Open Text's Livelink Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, which provides integrated collaboration, content management, document management, and other capabilities. Through the partnership, the companies hope to leverage complementary expertise. As part of the partnership, Open Text becomes a Siemens premier partner, providing its full range of Livelink-based solutions. Siemens Business Services becomes a Premier Business Alliance Partner of Open Text, with the ability to deliver management consulting, system implementation, software customization, and project-based reselling for Open Text solutions. The agreement also allows all affiliates of Siemens Business Services worldwide to participate in the contract.