Linux alliance established for business apps

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Linux alliance established for business apps

Antony Savvas

Ten open source companies have announced the formation of the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a non-profit, supplier-neutral consortium dedicated to promoting open source business solutions.

Among its activities, the OSA will work with open source independent software suppliers, systems integrators, and the broader open source community to improve interoperability among software products, with the intent of delivering integrated and rapidly deployable solutions for business users.

Founding members of the OSA include Adaptive Planning, Centric CRM, CollabNet, EnterpriseDB, Hyperic, JasperSoft, Openbravo, SourceForge.net, SpikeSource and Talend.

Leading open source companies including Red Hat, IBM and Novell are not among the members yet.

“More and more companies, from small businesses to global enterprises, are turning to open source software stacks for flexible, affordable solutions to their business challenges,” said Barry Klawans, OSA spokesperson and chief technology officer at JasperSoft.

“We’re inviting all companies developing and using open source software to work together and ensure the availability of turnkey, enterprise-ready solution suites faster and at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary alternatives.”

Initially, the OSA will focus its efforts on defining and promoting tools, frameworks and best practices that facilitate easy deployment and interoperability between applications.

It will also build “meta-communities” by partnering on projects that involve a variety of companies, communities and individuals to drive innovation and collaboration.

The OSA will also co-ordinate joint marketing campaigns to raise the awareness of business-hardened, open source applications and solution suites.

Companies interested in joining the OSA should contact membership@OpenSolutionsAlliance.org or visit www.OpenSolutionsAlliance.org

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