As we start the new year we’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to our licensees, partners and vendors. We truly value your business and look forward to many more years of working with you. We would also like to take this opportunity to review a few of our accomplishments of the year and provide a glimpse of some of the new features we plan to release in the coming months.
2012: Year in Review
2012 was a big year at FileOpen Systems. We saw steady growth in our licensee base, the number of documents protected, and of platforms supported. This year we added client support for new platforms including Apple iOS, Adobe Acrobat/Reader XI and Windows 8, even as we broadened the reach of our “zero install” solutions. We also saw FileOpen technology integrated into a number of 3rd party products. A few of the highlights from the year include:
- Early in 2012, we reported solid year-over-year growth and expansion of active licensees in the publishing, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and government sectors. At the same time we also had a significant surge in licensing to Virtual Data Room (VDR) providers, reinforcing our position as the predominant enabling technology for VDRs. To sustain this momentum, we expanded our engineering and marketing staff.
- In February 2012, we exhibited at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, “where the world talks security.” At the show we unveiled the zero-install FileOpen viewer, the culmination of years of development to grant the wish of our licensees who need to distribute documents securely with absolutely no client software download.
- During the summer we released the FileOpen Viewer for iPad and iPhone. This new app enables the secure display of FileOpen-protected documents in Apple iOS. In the PDF world we also continued to expand the list of FileOpen-compatible applications to include the most popular PDF viewers. These include Foxit Phantom/Reader, Nuance PDF Converter Pro, Bluebeam PDF Revu, Nitro Pro 8, and Tracker PDFXChange.
- This fall we launched the new and improved fileopen.com, with additional content organized by business need, industry segment, and solution. The site also provides new ways to test out clients with demonstration documents in addition to requesting a full evaluation version.
FileOpen Systems in 2013
We have been working on a number of projects that will be released in the new year. To avoid pre-announcing products or features, we’ll mention only a few general themes that we see as significant for the coming year and for which we hope to provide working solutions. These include:
- Encryption and management of content will continue to shift from
- being a centralized publishing function toward being a responsibility of individual document creators. FileOpen will be releasing new and improved tools for local document encryption at the point of creation and/or the point of exit from the local environment.
- FileOpen will continue to support BYOD in the enterprise through the release of viewer components for new platforms — integrated into a coherent system for enterprise document control.
- Storage and distribution of content will continue to flow toward cloud-based systems, and FileOpen will continue to expand the functionality to support these solutions. More specifically, we will be releasing the technology to detect user environments and display content in the most appropriate format while maintaining the highest possible degree of security.
- A trend toward tracking of documents, rather than control of those documents, may be accelerated by new offerings from FileOpen that provide this functionality.
- As the amount of data generated by document control and tracking systems continues to grow, new tools will be provided for the analysis and visualization of that data.
In closing, we would like to thank all of our community for being pioneers and visionaries. We send you our warmest wishes for the Holidays and for a happy and prosperous New Year.