Openbravo Draws Community Members from across the Globe to European Community Get Together in Run-up to First US Community Event

Openbravo, the leading developer of web-based open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Point of Sale (PoS) solutions for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), has completed its European Get Together 2008 which was attended by more than 50 companies from 15 countries around the world.

At the event, the Openbravo management team presented the Openbravo Manifesto, the company’s commitment to the open source community. The manifesto stresses Openbravo’s belief in transparency, openness, excellence and leadership, with each element relating to the community. The full commitment is available on Openbravo’s website.

As well as presentations on the company’s plans and vision, the Get Together included forums to discuss business and technology, and to share ideas.

The Get Together events are a vital opportunity for Openbravo to gather feedback from its community. They are one of a variety of series of free events held by Openbravo as part of the company’s continuous commitment to delivering market-leading software driven by community feedback.

Each Get Together is split over two half days with a business track that focuses on business development and sales tactics and the other day focused on technical features and updates.

Openbravo community members that attended the Barcelona Get Together said, “This was the first Openbravo community event we have attended and it was worth every minute. It was great to spend time and share ideas with Openbravo’s management team, and to get to know the people behind the technology which drives our success.”

Manel Sarasa, CEO for Openbravo said, “Open source is all about sharing information, and much of that communication is online. But there’s no substitute for bringing the community together in the real world, and having a chance to discuss things unencumbered by technology. It was wonderful to meet so many customers, partners and other community members and to receive their feedback and ideas. We’re already looking forward to our first US event in June that will be open and free as well, which we’re sure will be equally successful.”

The next event, Openbravo’s inaugural American Get Together, will be held in Miami on June 21. It will be free and open to all community members. Program details can be found on the Openbravo website, where registrations can be made online. The event will coincide with the conclusion of Openbravo’s three-week Training Convention, which will kick off on June 9, 2008. Courses at the convention can be bought at the Openbravo e-shop.

About Openbravo

Openbravo is the leading developer of web-based open Source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Point of Sale (PoS) solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Driven by open source philosophies and best-in-class services, it delivers a fully integrated, web-based ERP system tailored to the needs of any company, regardless of size or industry sector. The functionality of Openbravo ERP is in continual growth thanks to an expanding international community of users, partners and developers. Openbravo ERP helps companies to manage daily operations, optimize business processes, enhance customer satisfaction and ultimately increase profitability. And because it is open source, Openbravo ERP puts the customer in full control without the overheads of contracts or licenses. In January 2006, Openbravo secured a EUR 5 million ($6.4m) financing agreement with Sodena – record funding for an open source ERP company – to fuel further software development and international growth. Openbravo is a winner of a 2007 ‘Red Herring 100 Europe Award’. At LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in August 2007, Openbravo was presented with a Product Excellence Award for ‘Best Integration Solution’. In September 2007, the company’s ERP solution was declared the ‘Best of Open Source Software’ by InfoWorld in the 2007 BOSSIE Awards. In January 2008, Openbravo was selected as a winner of the European Open Source Business Awards.

In October 2007, Openbravo acquired Librepos, formerly Tina POS, the leading open source POS solution. The newly renamed Openbravo POS is a point-of-sales application designed for touch screens. It supports ESC/POS ticket printers, customer displays and barcode scanners. It can support single and multiple users and has a strong back-office including product entry form, reporting and easy-to-read charts. Openbravo POS is integrated with Openbravo ERP and is also available as a standalone product.