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Open Solutions Alliance Adds Six Members to Its Roster

SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions, today announced that six new organizations have joined the Alliance. The new members include Black Duck, The Mambo Foundation, Onepoint, The Open Source Technology Alliance (TOSTA), Palamida and Project.net. The OSA today has 18 members.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions, today announced that six new organizations have joined the Alliance. The new members include Black Duck, The Mambo Foundation, Onepoint, The Open Source Technology Alliance (TOSTA), Palamida and Project.net. The OSA today has 18 members.

"Even more important than the level of inquiries we've received about membership since our launch in February is the kinds of companies and organizations that are joining the OSA," said Barry Klawans, OSA board member and chief technology officer at JasperSoft. "This list of new members really reflects the best of the best throughout the open solutions ecosystem and we look forward to increasing collaboration on today's most critical interoperability issues."

The newest members will work with the OSA, ISVs, systems integrators, and the broader community to improve interoperability among software products, resulting in integrated and rapidly deployable solutions for business users.

"Black Duck Software supports the Open Solutions Alliance's mission to remove roadblocks confronting enterprise adoption of open source technologies," said Douglas Levin, president and CEO of Black Duck Software. "Many companies use Black Duck solutions to ensure they are integrating open source code into their offerings in a proper way. These users understand the power of open source applications, and we look forward to providing insight from our experiences with them to the Open Solutions Alliance."

"The Mambo Foundation feels strongly that it is in the best interests of all to support efforts to improve the development of interoperability and standards," said Ric Shreves, president, The Mambo Foundation. "Our internal emphasis has been on implementing best practices within our community and the OSA gives us access to senior and experienced professionals who can help our community efforts. In return, we are happy to provide manpower and resources to the OSA community."

"Through our project leadership software, Onepoint ensures transparency across projects. Therefore, it is central to our business strategy to ensure our customers can easily integrate Onepoint solutions with other projects and products," said Gerald Mesaric, chief executive officer, Onepoint. "We look forward to contributing to OSA's goal to increase the market awareness for the maturity of open solutions."

"The Open Solutions Alliance through its various initiatives will advance enterprise adoption of open source software and open standards," said Ron Fresquez, CEO at The Open Source Technology Alliance (TOSTA). "OSA will facilitate solutions to key challenges of open source and open standards adoption: accessing trusted open source products, education and training, and networking for end users and developer communities across all sectors. OSA is a much-needed organization."

"Enterprise adoption of OSS is now more of 'when' rather than an 'if.' Why has it taken off so rapidly? The answer is two-fold: Because open source solutions are good, they solve real world problems, and they provide enterprises with new options for bringing products to market faster, better and less expensively. Secondly, there are now solutions in place capable of removing the FUD surrounding the internal adoption of OSS, and our company, along with the members of the OSA, provide such solutions," said Mark Tolliver, CEO of Palamida. "When the OSA was announced, we knew we needed to join. The aims of the OSA membership closely align with our own and continued work on interoperability and standards only serves to make OSS less black art and more state of the art."

"Customers have been benefiting from Open Source infrastructure software for some time, and now Open Source business applications are ready to do the same," said Peter Winston, president and CEO of Project.net Inc. "We fully support the objectives of the OSA and will work with the other members to maximize the OSA's benefits to customers."

About the New Members

Black Duck

Black Duck Software(TM) is the leading provider of software compliance management solutions that help companies govern how software assets are created, managed and licensed. Black Duck's offerings help businesses take maximum advantage of open source software while at the same time ensure that they satisfy the obligations associated with the code they use. Black Duck's customer base includes enterprises, product developers, outsourcers, law firms and other organizations worldwide that are concerned with protection of software intellectual property. For more information about Black Duck, visit http://www.blackducksoftware.com.

The Mambo Foundation

The Mambo Foundation was formed in August of 2005 and today exists for the benefit of Mambo and the community. It is independent and it is absolutely committed to Mambo as an open source project. The Foundation is non-profit, open and accountable, and controlled solely by the members. The Foundation is modeled primarily on Eclipse and GNOME, and is governed by its members via traditional voting and referendum rights. For more information, please visit http://www.mambo-foundation.org/.

Onepoint

Onepoint Software is the first vendor integrating project planning, controlling, monitoring and reporting into a single, easy-to-use, Web 2.0-based project leadership software solution for high tech companies. The open source approach and the consistent orientation to industry standards allow easy integration into existing IT infrastructure. Onepoint customers get all project-related information up-to-date and target-oriented, thus increasing the transparency of the project while reducing project risks and administrative costs at the same time. For more information, please visit http://www.onepoint.at/.

The Open Source Technology Alliance

The Open Source Technology Alliance (TOSTA) is a chapter/member based Educational and Collaborative Exchange for Private and Public Sector organizations and Educational Institutions interested in furthering their knowledge and understanding of open source software. TOSTA demonstrates clear business value as a gathering point for vertical industry issues and the means to solve them, a networking vehicle for research and development in organizations and a source for Open Source Technical Resources. For more information, please visit http://www.tosta.org.

Palamida

Palamida enables organizations to manage the growing complexity of multi-source development environments by answering the question, "What's in your code?" Through detailed analysis of the code base customers gain insight into their code inventory – a critical component of quality control, risk mitigation, and vulnerability assessment. Palamida was founded in 2003, offering market leading solutions and services that allow organizations to safely and confidently leverage the power of open source in internal and external software development. Palamida's customers include Avaya, Cisco Systems, EMC, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, among others. Read Palamida's blog at www.palamida.com/blog or for more information visit http://www.palamida.com.

Project.net

Project.net, a commercial project and portfolio management application with more than 50,000 users in Global 2000 companies worldwide, helps companies realize dramatic cost and time savings by enabling them to improve project execution across the enterprise. Project.net is available in both enterprise and commercial open source versions, addressing the needs of a broad range of organizations, from those requiring commercial quality support and services to users seeking free and open access to an enterprise-proven project and portfolio management solution. For more information, please visit http://www.project.net.

About the Open Solutions Alliance

The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) is a nonprofit, vendor neutral consortium dedicated to driving the interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions. Founded in 2007, it is supported by leading companies from around the world who are dedicated to improving interoperability among software products, resulting in integrated and rapidly deployable solutions for business users. Through cooperative action and advocacy, the OSA helps facilitate interoperability, reduce barriers to adoption and raise the awareness of open solutions in business. For more information, please visit http://www.OpenSolutionsAlliance.org.

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