Open-Xchange Plans First Partner Summit
Open-Xchange, which promotes open source groupware to more than 500 resellers and integration partners worldwide, plans to host its first partner summit on October 8 in Germany. Here’s the scoop from The VAR Guy.
First, a little background about the company: Open-Xchange has largely avoided the SaaS vs. on-premise groupware debate. The company doesn’t host software on its own, and instead depends on SaaS specialists and integrators to decide how to offer Open-Xchange to end-customers.
The agenda for the Open-Xchange partner summit appears set. In addition to sessions hosted by Open-Xchange executives, watch for executives from Parallels (virtualization), SEP (data backup and recovery) and Univention (Linux solutions) to grab the spotlight at the event. Open-Xchange also says there will be specific tracks for system integrators, SaaS providers and ISVs.
Sounds promising. But for Open-Xchange to broaden its appeal, the company will need to effectively position itself against Microsoft’s emerging Business Productivity Online Suite (which includes Exchange Online) plus a range of successful Exchange SaaS specialists — including Azaleos, Intermedia, and mindSHIFT’s groupSPARK business.