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Open Source Groupware Provider Open-Xchange Announces Partner Summit

“Competence Meets Demand” Theme for SaaS Providers, System Integrators, Resellers and ISVs

NUREMBERG, Germany, August 6, 2009 - Open-Xchange, the leading provider of open source groupware, today announced the first Open-Xchange Partner Summit taking place October 8 at the RheinEnergie Stadion in Cologne, Germany. The Summit provides the partner community with a unique forum to learn how to advance their business with e-mail and collaboration services.

Through its partner community, Open-Xchange is successful selling open source collaboration services as both an on-premise solution and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) using exactly the same source code. Open-Xchange enables SaaS providers and on-premise channel partners to join forces and leverage their respective strengths, while system integrators and resellers can partner with service providers to offer hosted Open-Xchange to their customer base without any upfront investments to set up a complex and secure hosting infrastructure. SaaS providers can benefit from resellers' and system integrators' local and regional customer base and in-depth technical and consulting expertise.

"With its partners, Open-Xchange brings together the benefits of on-premise and SaaS, which results in a growing number of customers for both system integrators and service providers," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "SaaS is a disruptive way for a growing number of enterprises to benefit from groupware technology without an initial investment or on-going administration efforts at unrivalled price points. At the same time, we've seen large enterprises realize lower cost by moving their on-premise installation from their proprietary client-server solution to a modular open source stack using a full-featured web client."

Highlights of the Summit include:

  • Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange, sharing ideas about how channel partners can benefit in this challenging economy from industry trends such as SaaS, mobility and open source by offering new services based on Open-Xchange.
  • Frank Hoberg, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, explaining how system integrators, hosting providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) can take advantage of Open-Xchange's on-premise and SaaS offerings in different market segments.
  • Presentations by industry executives from Open-Xchange, Parallels, Univention and SEP providing perspectives on integration, security and mobility technologies.

The Open-Xchange Summit features separate tracks for system integrators, SaaS providers and ISVs. Keynotes and tracks provide in-depth technology and marketing strategy sessions for business and technical professionals interested in learning more about how to grow their business with Open-Xchange messaging and collaboration solutions. The Open-Xchange Partner Summit concludes with an evening networking event. For the detailed agenda and free registration, visit

Open-Xchange is installed by more than 3,500 companies and organizations worldwide with the Open-Xchange Hosting Edition used by more than 10 million users worldwide as hosted business-class e-mail, along with personal information management (PIM), and full groupware. Open-Xchange works together with top-tier technology partners like Parallels, Novell, Red Hat, and Univention, as well as to more than 500 system integrators and resellers worldwide.

More Stories By Glenn Rossman

Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.