Open Solutions Alliance Announces New Class of Membership for Users, Addition of Four Members

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions, today announced its Customer-level membership class and the addition of four new members.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions, today announced its Customer-level membership class and the addition of four new members.

CorraTech, Ingres, Open IT Works and UK-based brokerage firm Redmayne- Bentley join existing members to establish interoperability practices and protocols that meet the increasing demand for open solutions. Redmayne Bentley is the first member to join under the OSA's new Customer-level membership.

The OSA Customer-level membership has been established to further increase the dialog between vendors and users of open solutions. Customers will now be able to actively participate in OSA initiatives, have direct influence on specific OSA projects and make contributions that are included in the final work products of the Alliance.

"With open source maturity comes inherent responsibility for vendors to deliver solutions that meet customer expectations. Interoperability and the pace of delivery rank paramount among these expectations," said Barry Klawans, OSA board member and chief technology officer at JasperSoft. "Companies such as CorraTech, Ingres, Open IT Works and Redmayne-Bentley have a real understanding of these market factors, and we are looking forward to their contributions to the OSA."

CorraTech, Ingres, Open IT Works and Redmayne-Bentley will work with other OSA members to offer practical insights into what it takes to make open solutions work together in any environment. They will collaborate at technical and business levels to carry these insights to fruition for users of open solutions.

"We are thrilled to join the OSA's impressive roster of open source leaders," said Ron Bongo, CEO of CorraTech. "In our work with more than 70 global companies, we have seen first hand the growing need for interoperability between applications in order for the true benefits of open source to be realized. The OSA represents a powerful body of technology innovators that are working together to solve this problem and we are excited to bring our talents and resources to this effort as a new member."

"Customers depend on Ingres for enterprise class database technology with all the benefits of the open source business model," said Roger Burkhardt, president and COO of Ingres Corporation. "They look to Ingres to collaborate and innovate successfully with other open source companies to meet their evolving needs. Our Icebreaker family of 'software appliances' is one example of collaboration and innovation at work," Burkhardt continued. "The OSA is an impressive and growing group of companies that we are happy to partner with to improve our customers experiences through improvements in open source interoperability and standards."

"We are very happy to become part of the OSA as a community member. Open IT Works' CIO members collaborate on projects and share resources similar to Open Source except our projects are Open BITS(TM) Best IT Solutions, including sharing of processes, methodologies, and a network of thought leaders instead of code. Our members see Open Source as crucial to their business needs and have agreed to launch a project to work with OSA to provide solutions that meet their real-world support and interoperability needs. Our goal is to accumulate solutions validated by CIOs for CIOs," said Michael Grove, CEO and founder, Open IT Works.

"Redmayne-Bentley has worked closely with Unisys to deploy mission critical open source operating systems and applications in a multi-platform environment. We firmly support the objectives of the Open Solutions Alliance and look forward to participating in order to drive forward interoperability standards for the benefit of the end user," said Michael Wheeler, CIO/CFO Redmayne-Bentley, Leeds UK. "We expect the work being done in the OSA to result in improvements in total cost of ownership, functionality and product variety."

About the New Members

About CorraTech

CorraTech is a leading, open source software services and consulting firm and founder of the open source project OPENSUITE. OPENSUITE delivers pre- integrated, open source applications in a pluggable framework that allows business users to maximize the benefits of open source. Through OPENSUITE, businesses of all sizes can extend their investment in multiple open source applications by improving functionality, synchronizing data, and simplifying IT maintenance. For more information about CorraTech or OPENSUITE please visit www.corratech.com.

About Ingres

Ingres Corporation is the leading Business Open Source software company, created in November 2005 as part of a partnership between CA, Inc. (NYSE: CA) and Garnett & Helfrich Capital. Based on more than 25 years of technology investment, Ingres Corporation offers a product family of enterprise-class, highly scalable databases and tools that are currently being used by more than 10,000 major global customers and partners. Ingres's database technology is also embedded in a large number of major third-party software offerings including CA's primary product offerings Unicenter and eTrust. Ingres Corporation is headquartered in Redwood City, California, and has major development, sales and support centers throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Australia, and supports customer implementations in more than 58 countries around the world. Additional information is available at www.ingres.com.

Open IT Works

Open IT Works is Open Source for CIOs. Open IT Works uses a unique business structure to make sharing IP possible between different organizations. CIO members contribute IP without the hassle or overhead of traditional Open Source licensing issues. In addition, the Open IT Works uses professional thought leaders (many former CIO's) to facilitate projects from concept to measured result. Current projects include security, green IT, Sarbanes-Oxley, monitoring and Open Source. More information is available at www.openitworks.com.

About Redmayne-Bentley

Redmayne-Bentley Stockbrokers is a trading name of Redmayne-Bentley, a partnership that is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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 www.OpenSolutionsAlliance.org.

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