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SABIC deploys OpenText for 37,000 users

OpenText has entered into a global agreement with SABIC, one of the world’s top six petrochemical companies, in which SABIC will be deploying the OpenText ECM Suite to its 37,000 users. The agreement will provide users around the world with a single integrated environment that allows them to manage documents in an efficient and transparent manner. The OpenText ECM Suite offers comprehensive features for document management, records management and integration with SAP and Microsoft SharePoint.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is a leading producer of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilisers. The organisation has offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. Ultimately, SABIC aims to be the world’s leading manufacturer of chemical raw materials. In this context, the company requires an ECM solution that is able to manage the diverse range of information across different systems in an efficient and professional manner.

Jos Linden, global program manager at SABIC, said, “At SABIC we currently use a number of different document management solutions, but from a strategic point of view it is advisable to migrate to a single, centralised ECM solution. This will make sharing information easier, and ensure that we retain important know-how. Furthermore, use of a single, central solution will improve collaboration between offices around the world, which is increasingly important at an international company like SABIC.

“This is why SABIC decided to look for a supplier offering a central ECM solution,” Linden said. “During our search we used a number of clearly defined selection criteria, including functionality, user-friendliness, flexibility, easy integration with existing SABIC IT systems and processes, possibilities for future development, a single-supplier relationship, a good relationship with the company, and the total cost of ownership. The OpenText ECM Suite met all the requirements and, in particular, because of their strategic alliances with SAP and Microsoft, we decided to enter into an agreement with OpenText. We consider the implementation of OpenText at SABIC one of the cornerstones of our global collaboration.”

Ingrid Bosman, country manager for OpenText in Benelux, where the agreement was signed, said, “We are very excited about this agreement with SABIC. The global agreement demonstrates that the solutions provided by OpenText can be used in a broad context, but also deployed for global use in an international organisation. This furthermore stresses the relevance of our strategy of collaboration with other IT suppliers. SABIC’s worldwide strategic choice for the OpenText ECM Suite enables us to further extend our partnership from European to worldwide implementation.”

Neil Kinson, VP, Europe South and the Middle East at OpenText, considers this a significant addition to the company’s existing customer base in the Middle East, serviced from OpenText’s Dubai office.  This provides a foundation both for SABIC’s global deployment and for further growth of the OpenText ecosystem within the region.

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