Open Source Business Alliance
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|Focus||Open Source Matters in Germany and Europe|
"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."
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.
The merger aimed to create a unified lobby group for the German open-source movement.
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.
- Promotion of complete solutions composed of free and open-source software programs.
- The OSB-Alliance aims to help companies with developing an open source based business strategy due to the general advantages and benefits of open-source software. (cf. Business models for open-source software). Many providers of an open source stack had a proprietary offering only.
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.
- 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 current board of Open Source Business Alliance e.V. consists of 12 members:
- 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
- Dr. Karl-Heinz Strassemeyer, formerly IBM Deutschland Entwicklung
Lisog open source stack
|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|
|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)
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.
- board OSB Alliance
- SME/ZIM Programme of German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology