Open Source Business Alliance

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Open Source Business Alliance
Focus Open Source Matters in Germany and Europe

The Open Source Business Alliance is a German non-profit forming Europe's biggest network of companies and organizations developing, building and using open source software.[1]

"The aim of the OSB Alliance is to improve the success of open source software and other forms of open collaboration. The OSB Alliance achieves its objectives, through the dissemination of information, the creation of positive conditions for producers and users, as well as through the active networking of manufacturers, customers and service providers. Interoperability between different open source systems and proprietary software in particular plays an important role."


Open Source Business Alliance Logo

The Open Source Business Alliance e.V. was founded in July 2011 in Stuttgart. The two founding associations, Linux Solutions Group e.V. (Lisog) and the LIVE Linux-Verband e.V., took the official decision at their annual general meetings on the 20th and 21st of July 2011 to combine their activities with immediate effect.[2][3]

The merger aimed to create a unified lobby group for the German open-source movement.[4]

In 2014, a further attempted consolidation of the German open-source movement failed. The OSB Alliance and the Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF) first announced their intention to merge the two associations to form a single large advocacy group on the 18th of November 2013. After almost a year of negotiations which only achieved an agreement, the merger collapsed on the 15th of October 2014.[5]


General goals[edit]

The LiSoG (Linux Solutions Group) cloud computing initiative brings this stack into several clouds. The infrastructure partners in Germany (IaaS) are Noris Network and Fujitsu. LiSoG works together with the Open Cloud Initiative, initiated by Sam Johnston to provide a full open source cloud enterprise stack. The main goal here is to avoid a vendor lock-in for clients.

Task groups[edit]

  • EVB-IT: They are supplementary conditions of contracts regarding the procurement of IT services. The templates for call for bids, derived from these supplementary conditions, require a reformulation because they discriminate against businesses that offer free and open-source software-based solutions.
  • The Open Thin Client Alliance works on some RDP-based solution for an operating system independent Thin-client infrastructure (but the Remote Desktop Protocol is proprietary...)
  • The initiative Deutsche Wolke wants to create solution stacks for cloud computing composed entirely of free and open-source software for "Infrastructure as a service" (IaaS) and also for "Software as a service" (SaaS), which shall be exclusively provided by data centers in Germany.
  • The fourth project wants to improve inter-operatability between the ODF and the OOXML file formats.


The current board of Open Source Business Alliance e.V. consists of 12 members:[6]

  • Peter Ganten, Univention GmbH (Chairman)
  • Holger Dyroff, ownCloud GmbH (Vice Chairman)
  • Thomas Uhl, Empalis Systems GmbH (Vice. Chairman)
  • Uwe Meyer-Gundelach, IBM Deutschland GmbH (Financial Director)(Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar, Technische Universität München
  • Henriette Baumann, integratio GmbH
  • Karl-Eugen Binder
  • Niels Mache, struktur AG
  • Jens Ziemann, Red Hat
  • Elmar Geese
  • Rico Barth, Cape IT GmbH
  • R. Haidl, SUSE Linux GmbH

Honorary Chairman

  • Dr. Karl-Heinz Strassemeyer, formerly IBM Deutschland Entwicklung

Lisog open source stack[edit]

Lisog open source stack

Component Provider Description
Virtual Desktop Environment Red Hat, Topalis, Univention
Web Portal Red Hat, tarent, OpenSAGA
CRM/Project management Projectile, Information Desire Software Customer relation management, project, program and portfolio management
ERP Nuclos (Novabit), HeliumV Enterprise Resource Planning
ITSM OTRS IT Service management
GW Open-Xchange, VIPcom, Zarafa Groupware
PM Onepoint Project Project management
PLM OSSWORX Product Lifecycle Management
BI JasperSoft Business Intelligence
DMS agorum core Document management
BPM SOPERA BPM BPMN, BPEL, BPEL4PEOPLE, Process server and monitor
Database EnterpriseDB, Ingres, Postgres, GraphDB Datenbanken
Application Server JBoss, Sopera ASF JEE Application Server, eclipseSOA WebService AppServer
ESB JBoss, Sopera ASF, Mule Enterprise Service Bus
Application Integration Sopera DI Drag & Drop ETL Data integration components
OpenMAPI Topalis, Wilken, Zarafa E-Mail, Groupware
e-mail archive Benno SMTP-based e-mail archive
VOIP Asterisk, Cowic Voice over IP
Linux/Hypervisor Novell, Red Hat, Debian (credativ), Univention Corporate Server operating systems
File sharing filespots File sharing and file converter
iFolder Novell File sharing in the cloud
Online Storage RisingTide Systems iSCSI, FCoE, FC Storage server, based on LIO Target
HA Pacemaker (LinBit/Red Hat/Novell) High availability, data mirroring
Backup SEP Sesam Backup and recovery
Archiv Grau Data AG Longterm archive OPENARCHIVE
Hardware Pyramid, Boston Deutschland Hardware for Cloud center and appliances

Open Source Integration Initiative (OSII)[edit]

LiSoG initiated a project intended to integrate the single components through a SOA strategy. The project is hosted by MFG in Stuttgart and founded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology within the Central Innovation Programme SME.[7]

Lisog SOA approach


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ [4]
  5. ^ [5]
  6. ^ board OSB Alliance
  7. ^ SME/ZIM Programme of German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

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