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Users can mashup content from SharePoint and OpenText ECM Suite for use in intranets, extranets, Web sites, and enterprise content management systems.

The company also released navigation and federated search portlets for Microsoft SharePoint. With the navigation tool, users can steer across one or more SharePoint instances to complete the most common document-management tasks, as well as configure filters and view across lists, sites, and site collections. With the federated search portlet for SharePoint, users can conduct basic or advanced searches that span multiple SharePoint instances, content server instances, file systems, databases, and custom applications, and see the results in one customizable view.

"The release of these new portlets highlights OpenText's ability to deliver content-centric sites through powerful content aggregation and to give users instant access to critical business applications, processes, and information," said Lubor Ptacek, vice president of product marketing at OpenText. "OpenText Portal provides a highly scalable and efficient means of aggregating content and applications for use across a variety of initiatives inside and outside the firewall."

OpenText itself has been aggregating, announcing plans on Feb. 2 to acquire Metastorm, a provider of business process management, business process analysis, and enterprise architecture software for $182 million in cash.

The developer's good news continued Monday, when it disclosed it had won a two-year contract with the National Archives in the United Kingdom. The deal, whose terms were not disclosed, includes options to extend it for two additional one-year periods.

"The exponential growth in digital data volumes presents a challenge to any organization; but it places particularly huge demands on public sector organizations. Without effective data management systems in place, digital information can become incomplete, unavailable or unusable over time. If government bodies cannot guarantee access to this data, it can have a serious negative impact on service provision to the public - and also threatens their ability to operate legally," said Stephen Walsh, OpenText's senior account manager for central government, in a statement.

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