Open Text CEO predicts coming boom for Ottawa tech sector

by Liam Britten

Hang in there, baby; if the CEO of Open Text Corp. is right, Ottawa should be in for a revitalization of its technology sector.

Tom Jenkins says that while some companies have folded or left town, Ottawa will soon become a fertile destination for another “cycle” of technology growth. With so many trained professionals in town already working on the products of tomorrow, it’s bound to happen, he says:

“Ottawa has only been through one technology cycle,” said Jenkins. “If you’re in Pittsburgh or Boston, you start realizing that there are these cycles. All those people that worked at Nortel (Networks Corp.) or JDS (Uni-phase Corp.), did they migrate out of the province? No, they are still here.”

He pointed to California’s Silicon Valley as an example of a region that has been through many technology cycles. Each time the region has rebounded thanks to new companies with new ideas.

Jenkins was visiting Ottawa to promote his new book called Managing Content in the Cloud, which details the rise of “cloud computing’’ and the impact it will have on business.

Here’s hoping Jenkins is right. They say that technology sector jobs are “recession-proof,” but that’s cold comfort to anyone in the field who’s struggling these days.

But at least it’s reason to be optimistic. He’s putting his corporate money where his mouth is, because Open Text, originally a product of Waterloo, is opening up offices in Ottawa. And maybe he’s right about the creation of new, innovative products right around the corner. But who’s going to come up with the next big one? Could it be ... you?

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OpenText, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise content management, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of their business content. OpenText brings two decades of expertise supporting millions of users in 114 countries. Working with our customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts to help organizations capture and preserve corporate memory,... more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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