SUSECon 2014: Day One Highlights
SUSE kicked off its third annual SUSECon conference in Orlando this week, with the enterprise Linux distributor showing off several new product announcements and sales figures for the first half of fiscal year 2015.
SUSE kicked off its third annual SUSECon conference in Orlando this week, with the enterprise Linux distributor showing off several new product announcements and sales figures for the first half of fiscal year 2015. Vice President of Global Alliances and Marketing Michael Miller played host during the show’s opening keynote session, where SUSE went out of its way to emphasize its goal of being “always open”—whether it be in terms of revenue transparency, its dedication to the Linux platform and the enthusiasm of the company’s senior leadership to interact with partners one-on-one.
While the opening session was light on actual news, here are two of the most interesting tidbits to come out of the event:
1. SUSE’s president and general manager Nils Brauckmann sat down with new boss Kevin Loosemore, the executive chairman of Micro Focus, to discuss his company’s recent acquisition of Attachmate Group, SUSE’s parent company, for $1.2 billion. The acquisition, which was announced in September, is expected to close soon, will officially place SUSE under Micro Focus’s growing umbrella of companies. Loosemore added that Micro Focus has merged or acquired nine companies recently, and he is confident that adding SUSE will be mutually beneficial to both organizations.
“I think there is an incredible opportunity for the SUSE business to grow,” Loosemore said.
2. Brauckmann also disclosed some of the company’s fiscal year 2015 statistics, which showed significant growth for the company for the first half of the year. According to Brauckmann, SUSE is tracking ahead of expectations, with the company garnering a 27 percent YTD growth in bookings and an overall YTD revenue growth of 16 percent. Additionally, SUSE recorded a 47 percent increase in new business bookings, effectively bringing the company’s new business booking shares up to 65 percent.
Brauckmann said he expects SUSE to continue to be profitable throughout the second half of FY 2015, although growth most likely will be more modest than the kind seen during the first half of the year. Despite this, Brauckmann expects both the third and fourth quarters to exceed revenue expectations.
Stay tuned to The VAR Guy throughout the week for more news and updates from SUSECon, and follow Michael Cusanelli on Twitter @MCusanelliSB for more info during the show.