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Open Text Buys Document Viewer

From the category of – why doesn’t everybody do this – OpenText has announced the acquisition of Spicer Corporation to form their own content viewing, annotation and redaction product. Some major ECM vendors have elected in the past to remain “viewer” agnostic and left this to ISV’s. EMC/Documentum for example, after abandoning their docviewer product of the 90’s developed a long relationship with Informative Graphics and has remarketed their Brava! product – but they curiously opted not to bundle this viewer when they released TaskSpace. Other third party options exist (Snowbound, but more customers expect their CMS to do more than uberfilemanagement out of the box. Embedded viewers are such a natural fit. Just ask Stellent (Oracle) .

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