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Professional ERP support delivers unrivalled peace of mind for SME market

Pamplona, Spain – January 29th, 2008 - Openbravo, the developer of the leading professional web-based open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) and point-of-sale (POS) solutions designed specifically for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), has launched Openbravo Network, a subscription service for the award-winning Openbravo ERP.

Openbravo Network is the answer for enterprises looking for an efficient, production-ready open source ERP solution, combining software and support for a complete solution. It provides SME customers with support contracts for Openbravo ERP as well as the rest of the stack (operating system, database and application server), plus all further licenses required for third-party proprietary components, including technology from Oracle and rPath. Openbravo’s partnership with rPath enables the company to provide Openbravo Network as a pre-configured ERP appliance designed specifically for SME customers seeking simplified deployment together with an automated mechanism for maintenance, backups and system updates.

Josep Mitjà, COO of Openbravo explained: “Openbravo Network delivers all the benefits of an open source development model together with a level of support which exceeds that available for proprietary and open source software alike”.

“This launch is an important step for us, and it is just the first of a family of products we will be launching to widen our market presence and meet the needs of different types of clients. Openbravo’s ability to provide enterprise-ready solutions to our users and partners is a key strategic deliverable for us as a company,” said Manel Sarasa, CEO of Openbravo.

Openbravo Network is the ideal solution for SME organisations looking for an efficient, production-ready open source ERP solution. It provides a number of key benefits including:

• A fine-tuned environment - all components of the stack have been fine-tuned for Openbravo ERP so that no superfluous software consumes background system resources.

• Fast deployment - suitable for bare metal or virtual environments. Packaging is available on bootable DVDs and in virtual images for VMWare, Xen or Amazon EC2.

• Simple maintenance - a custom web-based administration console performs all tasks including scheduled back-ups and system updates.

• Peace of mind - a support contract guarantees systems as current and bug free with system updates delivered dynamically on-line once tested by Openbravo’s QA team.

• Professional support - expert service is provided by a dedicated team at Openbravo.

• No commitment - contracted on an annual basis with no obligation to renew.

Alex Fletcher, Lead Technology Analyst at Entiva Group Incorporated, a leading analyst firm that focuses exclusively on Open Source technologies, said: “This is a vital step for Openbravo ERP, and a natural progression for the company as its products and its user base grows. The mid-market for ERP software is underserved by the giant proprietary ERP companies that have been distracted by large global installations, but Openbravo has the software, vision and now the support mechanism to deliver to that market professionally.”

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About Openbravo

Openbravo ERP 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 ERP is in continual growth thanks to an expanding international community of users, partners and developers. Openbravo ERP helps companies to manage daily operations, optimise business processes, enhance customer satisfaction and ultimately increase profitability. And because it is open source, Openbravo ERP 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 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.

In October 2007, Openbravo acquired Librepos, formerly Tina POS, the leading Open Source POS solution. The newly renamed Openbravo POS is a point-of-sales application designed for touch screens. It supports ESC/POS ticket printers, customer displays and barcode scanners. It can support single and multiple users and has a strong back-office including product entry form, reporting and easy-to-read charts. The product can be integrated with Openbravo ERP.

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