Lockheed Martin Chooses Livelink to Create Global Extranet; Livelink’s Multiple Security Layers and Collaborative Capabilities Essential to a Successful Bid
WATERLOO, ON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 17, 1999–Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEXF)(TSE:OTC) announced today that Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems has chosen Livelink, the industry’s leading collaborative knowledge management solution, to manage its proposal to build the Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed Martin, the leading manufacturer of military aircraft, including the F-16, and F-22, is implementing Livelink as an extranet application to coordinate its proposal with key partners and suppliers worldwide.
Previously, on the F-16 project, Lockheed Martin used a client-server document management system. For the new Joint Strike Fighter program, Lockheed Martin required a knowledge management application that would enable all global suppliers and teaming partners to interact in a secure, Web-based environment, which automatically controlled versions via workflow, and encouraged collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Additionally, the workflow tool in Livelink allowed Lockheed Martin to automate many of the proposal tasks.
“With new users gaining access to Livelink every day, scalability is paramount. We plan to have thousands of users on our extranet in the next month and this number will grow exponentially as we incorporate workflow into a fully automated proposal process with all of our suppliers at the Engineering and Manufacturing Design (E&MD) phase of the program,” said Graham Rutherford, Integrated Product Team Leader of Data Management for the Joint Strike Fighter of Lockheed Martin.
For the Joint Strike Fighter program, Lockheed Martin will use Livelink to collect design information for developing manufacturing concepts for the new Joint Strike Fighter aircraft from suppliers and partners around the world. Livelink’s ability to provide secure document management is essential, enabling users to see only documents relevant to their part of the project. Maintaining tight security is crucial for what is considered the biggest defense procurement into the next century.
“Lockheed Martin had very explicit deployment, security and scalability requirements for their extranet project,” said Dan Latendre, Vice President, Product Marketing, Open Text Corporation. “We were able to meet Lockheed’s stringent requirements because Livelink was specifically architected as a secure, ‘out of the box’, Web-based, enterprise solution. And as the Joint Strike Fighter project grows, Lockheed Martin will be able to easily scale its extranet, enabling full utilization of Livelink’s Web-based functionality.”
Livelink is a highly scaleable, collaborative knowledge management application for intranets and extranets. Livelink’s richly-featured enterprise document management, virtual team collaboration, business process automation, enterprise group scheduling and information retrieval services are tightly integrated into an off-the-shelf application that is easily customized and extended to fill a broad range of information and knowledge management needs. Livelink servers are fully Web-based and open-architected to ensure very rapid deployment, requiring just a standard Web browser on users’ desktops to access its full functionality. Livelink runs on Microsoft Windows NT(R) and the leading UNIX platforms and supports most popular relational database management systems.
About Open Text
Open Text Corporation’s software and services enable the world’s largest companies to leverage the global reach and openness of intranets, truly “Putting the Web to Work”(TM) . Open Text has a world-wide installed base of 2.5 million users in 3,500 corporations. Open Text’s dramatic growth has been fueled by the rapid market acceptance of its innovative collaborative knowledge management system, Livelink. The company has been named the growth leader by the Delphi Group and the market share leader by International Data Corporation. Further information about the company, its products and services, and its partners and customers can be found at http://www.opentext.com.
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