Leading open source business strategist to launch Openbravo community event Thursday 4 October 2007 PDF Print For further information or to schedule a briefing, please contact: Hazel Butters or Ellie Turner Prompt Communications on behalf of Openbravo Email: firstname.lastname@example.org UK: +44 (0) 20 8996 1653 / +44 (0) 7780 687813 Matt Asay to deliver keynote speech on the Art of Corporate Involvement in Open Source Communities Pamplona, Spain – October 4, 2007 - Openbravo (www.openbravo.com), the leading developer of web-based open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions for small and medium businesses, has announced that open source guru Matt Asay will be the keynote speaker at the Openbravo ‘Get Together’ event in Barcelona, Spain, from October 26th to 28th. His presentation ‘Community Capitalism: The Art of Corporate Involvement in Open Source Communities’ will take place on Saturday the 27th at 10:00 a.m. The keynote will identify the most successful mechanisms that commercial open source vendors and community open source projects have found to improve the depth and breadth of their communities, as well as how end users can derive significant benefits from participating in and contributing to relevant open source communities. Matt Asay has ten years’ operational experience working with commercial open source technology, and regularly speaks and publishes on emerging open source business strategies and opportunities. He is considered one of the industry’s leading open source business strategists and is a prolific blogger on open source, where he is a regular contributor to ZDNet and CNET. Asay co-founded Novell's Linux Business Office in 2002 and was an early agitator and architect for the company's shift to open source. He is currently the VP Business Development of open source content management vendor Alfresco, a board member at Open Source Initiative and advisor of several leading open source vendors. The event, the Openbravo ‘Get Together’, to be held on the October 26th to 28th in Barcelona, Spain, will provide a forum for Openbravo customers and partners to come together and experience a selection of workshops and seminars looking at market opportunities, projects and business successes in the world of open source, ERP systems. Matt Asay said, “Open source has come a long way in the last decade. With open source talent increasing steadily, it’s simply become a better, more efficient way to distribute and develop software; and should see more and more enterprises implementing open source solutions. I look forward to taking part in the Openbravo ‘Get Together’ event, which provides an important forum for industry professionals and the whole open source community to share ideas with like-minded individuals, building on their own knowledge as well as networking.” Manel Sarasa, CEO of Openbravo, said, “We are very excited to have Matt Asay on board as a guest speaker at our first Openbravo ‘Get Together’ event. Matt has a wealth of experience and knowledge of open source and how it enables new business opportunities across different software-related industries. His keynote greatly enhances our aim of organizing an event that will help our growing community attain maximum visibility into open source technology, as well as our own product and services. By including seminars on best user practices and providing valuable insight into the industry, we hope to lay out our own open source vision for the future; all the while creating a forum for discussion where organisations can come together and share ideas.” About Openbravo Openbravo is the leading professional open source enterprise management (ERP) solution for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs). Driven by open source philosophies and best-in-class services, it delivers a fully integrated, web-based ERP system tailored to the needs of any company, regardless of size or industry sector. The functionality of Openbravo is in continual growth thanks to an expanding international community of users, partners and developers. Openbravo helps companies to manage daily operations, optimize business processes, enhance customer satisfaction and ultimately increase profitability. And because it is open source, Openbravo puts the customer in full control without the overheads of contracts or licenses. In January 2006, Openbravo secured a €5 million ($6.4m) financing agreement with Sodena - record funding for an open source ERP company - to fuel further software development and international growth. Openbravo is a founding member of the Open Solutions Alliance – an independent consortium launched in January 2007 to educate and inform businesses deploying open source, while promoting best practices and interoperability among vendors. Openbravo is a winner of a 2007 ‘Red Herring 100 Europe Award’. At LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in August 2007, Openbravo was presented with a Product Excellence Award for ‘Best Integration Solution’. In September 2007, the company's ERP solution was declared the 'Best of Open Source Software' by InfoWorld in the 2007 BOSSIE Awards. 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