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Leading open source ERP provider opens Barcelona office to support unprecedented international growth, develop key partnerships and drive further technology adoption
Pamplona, Spain – October 9th , 2007 – Openbravo (www.openbravo.com), the leading developer of web-based open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions for small and medium businesses, has opened prestigious new European office in Barcelona, Spain, underlining its ambitious growth plans.
Openbravo will drive rapid international expansion by creating a solid base in this world-class European city, ideally located for supporting and training its broad community of partners and customers. The company is confident of tapping a pool of extremely talented individuals already working in Barcelona and attracting those looking to move to the city.
Manel Sarasa, CEO of Openbravo, said: “Opening the Barcelona office will establish and solidify our Partner Services in this key European city, enable further growth and expansion of the business, and ensure that we continue attract the very best people to Openbravo.”
The establishment of an elite consulting practice is expected to encourage further robust growth. Eugeni Vives, chief consulting officer of Openbravo added: “Our consulting division has been crucial in the process of generating positive customer and partner feedback. We remain committed to building an elite group of consultants, and Barcelona is an excellent city to grow in.”
Barcelona is rapidly becoming one of the most vibrant technology marketplaces in Europe, boasting particularly high concentrations of small and medium sized businesses. In 2007 the city hosted a number of high-profile IT events including the Mobile World Congress, the International Technology Forum and the 3GSM World Congress, and was also named one of the ‘Best places to do business in the wired world’ by CNNMoney.com. Openbravo has developed several key partnerships in Barcelona within the past year, and looks forward to fueling further growth in the region.
Openbravo will kick-start activities in Barcelona by hosting a community event, the Openbravo ‘Get Together’, in the city from October 26th to 28th. The event will be a chance for partners, community members and users of Openbravo to meet in person and enjoy a weekend of activities, seminars and networking. Several training sessions will also be available before and after the event. A four-day ‘Basic Functional’ training course is offered by way of introduction to Openbravo from Monday, October 22nd to Thursday, October 25th. For users interested in delving deeper into Openbravo, a five-day ‘Customising & Basic Development’ course is available from October 29th to November 2nd. For advanced developers, a five-day ‘Advanced Development’ course is offered from October 5th to November 9th.
Any users interested in the 'Get Together' can register via Openbravo’s website by filling out the registration form. Training course may be booked by visiting the training section on the website or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on implementing Openbravo in your business, please email email@example.com. For partner inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Openbravo is always looking to add talented IT professionals. Please send all employment inquiries to email@example.com.
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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