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OpenText Sets Tempo For Enterprise File Sharing

Tempo and Tempo Express blend cloud-style file sharing, in the mode of Box or Dropbox, with enterprise control.

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OpenText content management customers can provide cloud-style file sharing and multi-device file synchronization without giving up enterprise control, the company announced Monday.

The release of OpenText Tempo Content Server Edition was accompanied by the announcement of an Express Edition that can be used on a standalone basis or integrated with other enterprise content systems. OpenText said the Express Edition will be available later this month.

OpenText is a longtime enterprise content management and search technology player, now also active in social software. With Tempo, it is also taking on Dropbox, Box, YouSendIt, and other services that have emerged to support mobile, multi-device, multi-organization file sharing. OpenText is positioning Tempo as an alternative for organizations that don't feel comfortable with newfangled cloud services.

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"Secure publishing, sharing, and syncing information across multiple devices is clearly resonating with users, hence the emergence of cloud-based services on the consumer side. For enterprises, however, the consumer cloud is just another way for information to get lost or into the wrong hands," Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer of OpenText, said in a prepared statement. "Tempo combines consumer-level usability with enterprise-level reliability and security. It will fundamentally change the tempo of how information is used, shared and stored by enterprise users."

Both editions of Tempo include:

-- Transparent integration into user desktops, including sharing with internal and external users.

-- Synchronization across computers, tablets, and other devices.

-- A Web interface for managing file information, setting permissions or sharing files.

-- A choice between managing file sharing entirely on premises or a hybrid model that allows organizations to maintain control of the information but offload application maintenance to OpenText.

OpenText Tempo was announced on a preview basis in November 2011 at the OpenText Content World customer event and made available to customers on a trial basis.

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