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OSA Announces New Board Members to Guide Consortium Push Toward Interoperability

SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions, today announced the results of its first annual board of director elections.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions, today announced the results of its first annual board of director elections.

The OSA, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in February, filled three vacant board positions by electing Deb Woods, vice president of product marketing at Ingres; Josep Mitja, chief operating officer at Openbravo; and Anthony Gold, vice president and general manager for the Open Source Business at Unisys. They join existing board members Michael Harvey, EVP and CMO at Concursive, and Dominic Sartorio, OSA President and Senior Director of Product Management at SpikeSource.

"We're pleased to continue into our second year with a reenergized board of directors," said Sartorio. "The Open Solutions Alliance will continue to capitalize on its strength of being a diverse, multilateral organization with a shared goal of better interoperability of open-source point solutions and further adoption of open source in the enterprise."

The board's initial focus will be setting marketing priorities for the organization, specifically around new-member recruitment and driving interoperability best practices through the OSA's flagship project, the Common Customer View, or CCV, which works across back-office and front-office applications to show a complete view of customer interactions.

Woods, new to the OSA's board of directors, provides product leadership for Ingres, a leading provider of open source database management software and support services. Prior to her time at Ingres she was Vice President of Product Management at Red Hat.

Mitja was reelected to the board for a second term and was active last year in establishing a European chapter of the OSA. Openbravo, based in Pamplona, Spain, is a developer of web-based Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Point of Sale (PoS) solutions.

Gold also returns to his seat on the board of directors. Gold, who is currently chair of the OSA's marketing committee, is a 20-year veteran at Unisys, one of the top-10 IT outsourcing companies in the world. He leads the open source business at Unisys and was recently named as one of the "open source business leaders who matter the most" by LinuxWorld magazine.

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.

SOURCE Open Solutions Alliance

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