Tuesday, 7 April 2009

The Openbravo World Conference happening in 10 days

Dear community,

In 10 days we will be having our Openbravo World Conference in Barcelona. Please let me share my excitement since:
  • It is the first edition of this special and free event, which was long overdue to unite our international community
  • We have over 300 attendees already registered, traveling from more than 30 countries worldwide
  • The theme of the conference “Empowering the Ecosystem” is more relevant than ever to Openbravo since we are convinced that the industry needs change, and thanks to the participation of our vigorous community, we are making it happen. We expect to discuss many interesting topics which will help push our community further such as our new 2.50 release, our new forge among others
  • The event is bringing to Barcelona fellow open source innovators from Pentaho, Alfresco, Talend, IBM, Sun, ProcessMaker, Ubuntu, JasperSoft, … which you will all be able to meet
  • And last but not least, we are expecting to have a celebrate our first Community Awards and have lots of fun

For more information about the Conference, take a look at:

If you still have not registered, please make sure you do by Thursday April 9th when registration closes in here
The event is nearly at full capacity, so reserve your seat before it’s too late!

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Open source comes of age: Jesper Balser joins Openbravo board

Since Openbravo was founded in 2006, the adoption of open source enterprise applications has been increasing at an unstoppable rate.

The commitment of our team, community and partners is reflected in the calibre of our executive leadership, which was further strengthened by the news that Jesper Balser will join the Openbravo board of directors, Navision co-founder and former head of strategy at Microsoft Business Solutions.

The news has been well received. On the CNET ‘Open Source’ blog, Matt Asay says “Open source has clearly gone mainstream. It is attracting some of the best and brightest from the proprietary-software world, as they see the writing on the wall for incumbents.”

The VAR Guy, meanwhile, says the news signals “growing momentum for business-centric open source applications” and “highlights Openbravo’s continued investments in its IT channel partners.”

A decade ago, proprietary software companies poured scorn on claims about Linux’s reliability, support, mainstream adoption and ROI. But it didn’t stop users, businesses and governments all switching to Linux in droves, precisely because of its reliability, stability, security, cost-effectiveness and innovation.

More recently, open source business applications came under the same sort of fire. But adoption has still been unstoppable, and for all the same reasons. It’s no longer a question of ‘going mainstream’: open source applications are already there. If you wish to form your own opinion, you might want to attend the upcoming Openbravo World Conference in Barcelona, April 18-19th.

Jesper has the insight, the experience and the ability to guide Openbravo to the next level of enterprise adoption. We’re delighted to have him on board and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming him to Openbravo and to the open source applications community.