OpenText announced that it has continued to extend its leadership as a global information governance solution provider by becoming the first major ECM vendor to achieve VERS certification for its records management solution with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. With this accomplishment, OpenText further establishes itself as the premier partner for information governance solutions that extend and enhance SharePoint 2010.

VERS, which stands for Victorian Electronic Records Strategy, is a globally respected standard for capturing, managing and preserving electronic records and most Australian corporations and government agencies require that records management solutions achieve certification. VERS consists of a framework of standards centered around the goal of reliably and authentically archiving electronic records. In order to be certified, products must undergo rigorous, independent testing by the VERS organization and demonstrate that all requirements of the standard are fully met.

Meets Global Requirements

Introduced last year, OpenText Application Governance & Archiving for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 provides integrated end-to-end management of SharePoint 2010 sites and documents across an entire enterprise. With VERS certification along with existing U.S. Department of Defense 5015.02-STD v3 certification for this solution, organizations can now confidently deploy SharePoint 2010 with the knowledge that regulatory and legal requirements for records management around the globe are being fully addressed.

A globally managed, strategic Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, OpenText has a close working relationship with Microsoft. As detailed in the online resource center at, Microsoft and OpenText are working closely to help companies around the world enable an effective and holistic compliance framework to address information spread across the enterprise. OpenText was named 2011 ISV Line of Business Partner of the Year in Australia and was a finalist for 2011 Global ISV Partner of the Year.

“For customers in highly regulated industries and government agencies, compliance with major standards for records management and archiving is critical to their ability to deploy SharePoint 2010 strategically across the enterprise,” said Gianpaolo Carraro, Director, Microsoft Australia. “By taking on the effort to achieve VERS certification, OpenText demonstrates the value of a strong ecosystem in helping customers get maximum benefit from their investment in the Microsoft platform.”

Take Control of SharePoint Sites

Through use of OpenText Application Governance & Archiving for Microsoft SharePoint 2010, enterprises can take control over SharePoint sites to enforce broader compliance and archiving policies and lower ongoing administration and storage costs. It also helps to improve user productivity by opening access to all enterprise content from within SharePoint, ultimately increasing the value of content by giving corporations a robust, well-managed long-term corporate memory.

“With the volume of content continuing to expand at an alarming pace, information governance and records management has taken on an increasingly vital role within organizations. As the clear market and technology leader in information governance, OpenText places a high priority on meeting the full spectrum of global standards,” said Graham Pullen, Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific for OpenText.