Openbravo International Conference 2009


 

This was the official website for the first ever Openbravo International Conference on April 18-19, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. The free event was an opportunity for the publisher to "bring together the largest number of international members of the Openbravo community to date, with nearly 300 participants expected." The conference featured sessions where community members were able to share their Openbravo ERP experiences as well as facilitated sessions by publisher collaborators.

Content is from the site's 2009 archived pages and other sources.

 



Video session of the community slot that Elondra presented at Openbravo World Conference 2009, where we talked about easy and affordable enterprise mobility fully integrated into Openbravo ERP with a brand new module for the 2.50 version. bmSales provides easy to install, easy to use and easy to afford enterprise mobility, integrated into Openbravo ERP. bmSales uses our SaaS model and runs on BlackBerry and standard Java enabled phones, so no investment is needed to benefit from mobility.

 

Join us in Barcelona next April, when Openbravo will be bringing together ecosystem members from all over the world to share and fuel the growth of the professional open source space, primarily around Openbravo ERP technology.

Participants will have the chance to meet with Openbravo’s visionaries and chief developers, learn about future plans, share and listen to Openbravo success stories, as well as learn how to create more business and complete successful implementations.

The first day of the event will be exclusively reserved to Openbravo World partners and it will be tailored to their specific interests. Participants will have the possibility to attend business-driven sessions and to profit from an open forum to solidify the relationship and support delivered by Openbravo.

The second and third days will be dedicated to Openbravo World Community. The goal of these two days is to provide an open setting for ERP professionals and enthusiasts to explore and create the best solutions, getting first-hand information from key Openbravo developers and other field experts. All Openbravo ecosystem members are welcome: developers, partners, customers, and newcomers.

Openbravo World Conference will be free for attendees. Registration now open!

Openbravo launches its first Community Awards, to honor individuals and companies for outstanding contributions to Openbravo ERP and POS projects. Nominate yourself or your favorite candidates next March, and celebrate the winners at the event!

Openbravo World Conference 2009 goes beyond previous events by placing a strong emphasis on community contributions. The Openbravo World Community Days will cover a larger scope of our ecosystem’s interests, including sessions from well respected contributors, and leaders of other open source projects.

 

 

An aside: The Openbravo technology platform is a truly modular, mobile-enabled and cloud-ready platform ready to deliver omnichannel services. I've attended a number of conferences in the intervening years since the 2009 Openbravo World Conference. And the Openbravo technology platform just keeps getting better. This 2009 conference occurred just three years after the Spanish investment company Sodena invested 6.4 million USD in the further development of the company which was renamed Openbravo. You may remember the first product launched was Openbravo ERP. As of 2018, Openbravo is present in more than 60 countries via its Global Partner Network. Openbravo targets today mid-sized to large organizations seeking for a complete solution to manage the entire business or very specific solutions that help to improve existing legacy systems. I have become an Openbravo expert. My newest job is taking me and my family from our Baltimore home to NYC. My wife has researched moving companies and decided upon Hampden Moving & Storage, movers serving Baltimore MD for over a hundred years. Yes, you read that correctly. It was established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1895 and is now run by fifth generation family members. We needed a full-service moving company that provides packing, moving, and unpacking. We are long past the time of moving all our belongings ourselves! This is a very busy yet exciting time. A new job, let alone a major move can create a lot of stress. But the both of us, plus dog, are excited to be moving to New York City. At least Hampden Moving & Storage is taking some of the pressure off our shoulders.

 



SPEAKERS

 

The Openbravo World Conference 2009 program is being chosen by a program committee consisting of several representatives.

    Matt Asay, Open Source Evangelist
    Manel Sarasa, Openbravo's Chief Executive Officer
    Paolo Juvara, Openbravo's Chief Technology Officer
    Josep Mitjà, Openbravo's Chief Operating Officer
    Jordi Mas,  Openbravo's Director of Community Development

 
Matt Asay, Alfresco
Matt Asay has been involved with open source since 1998, and is one of the industry's leading open source business strategists. Asay currently manages sales and business development activities in the Americas for Alfresco as a General Manager and Vice President.

Prior to Alfresco, Asay was an early member of Novell's Linux Business Office. In 2003 Asay founded the Open Source Business Conference, the industry's premier open source strategy event, and has served as an Entreprenuer-in-Residence for Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, focusing on open source investment opportunities. Before Novell, Asay was General Manager at Lineo, an embedded Linux software startup, where he ran Lineo's Network & Communications business.

Asay earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Stanford Law School, spending two of his three years studying software licensing and innovation, and specifically the GNU General Public License, under Professor Larry Lessig. He also holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and Brigham Young University, respectively.

 
Manel Sarasa, Openbravo Chief Executive Officer
Manel is leading Openbravo to fulfill its vision and extend the adoption of ERP to all small and midsize enterprises through an innovative open source business model. To this end, Manel is responsible for overall strategy, management, international expansion.

Manel comes to Openbravo following seven years with DiamondCluster International where, as a Senior Principal, he led the successful launch of eight businesses in various countries and consulted leading telecom players in the areas of overall strategy, marketing & sales, customer service and overall turnaround programs. Prior to DiamondCluster, Manel worked at Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture).

Manel has a BS in Engineering and Industrial Organization from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and did his postgraduate studies at London School of Economics.

 
Paolo Juvara, Openbravo Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Products Officer, Paolo leads Openbravo's ERP product development organization. In this capacity, he coordinates with the Openbravo community to define the product roadmap, and is responsible for all engineering and integration projects in the ERP space.

Prior to joining Openbravo, Paolo was based in Redwood Shores, California, working for Oracle Corporation for over fourteen years in applications development. Most recently he was a Senior Director leading the development of the Service product line. He also held a broad range of development and management roles within Oracle's Applications business, including positions in the Financials, Supply Chain Management, CRM and Business Intelligence development teams.

Paolo also worked in Paris, France, as part of Oracle's Globalization team.

Originally Italian, Paolo graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Electronic Engineering and a specialization in Software Engineering.

 
Josep Mitja, Openbravo Chief Operating Officer
Josep is in charge of Openbravo's operations, leading the partner services capabilities within the firm. In this capacity, he is currently focused on the development of the relationship with partners, with the goal of spreading the usage of Openbravo's platform and enabling a truly differential, sustainable, and profitable business model for partners.

Prior to joining Openbravo, Josep was a principal with DiamondCluster International, where he worked in more than 10 countries across 3 continents advising senior executives in the high tech industry. In the start of his career, he worked for BASF in Germany and Spain.

Josep holds an MBA from IESE in Barcelona, and from MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. Previously he graduated in Telecommunications Engineering in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).

Josep also serves on the board on the Open Solutions Alliance, an international organization that aims to promote the use of open source in the enterprise and facilitate the interoperability among the leading open solutions.
Jordi Mas, Openbravo Director of Community Development
Jordi brings to Openbravo a wealth of knowledge and experience in all matters related to open source.

He has been a free software contributor since 2002 when he started collaborating with the Abiword open source project. Nowadays, he is an active contributor to GNOME, Abiword and Mono. He has written many articles about technology as well as two books: "Free Software: technically viable, economically sustainable, socially just" and "Free Software and enterprise in Catalonia. Success cases". He also co-authored the book "Software engineering in free software environments".

Jordi has more than 10 years of experience in software development with a variety of companies: MENTA, Vodafone, Amena, Terra Networks, eresMas, InOut TV and Novell.

Jordi earned his bachelor degree in computer science at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and holds an Executive MBA from EADA Business School.

Note: The conference language will be English.

 

Throughout the Openbravo World Conference, you will have the chance to meet with Openbravo’s visionaries and chief developers, learn about future plans, share and listen to Openbravo success stories, as well as learn how to create more business and complete successful implementations. 
This agenda program has been planned for the largest ever gathering of Openbravo community members and reflects the wide-ranging appeal and capabilities of Openbravo’s projects.

 

 

Exclusively reserved for our Partners and tailored to their specific interests, these business-driven sessions are part of the Openbravo value proposition: content aimed to leverage partners' business potential, while providing an open forum to solidify the relationship and support delivered by Openbravo.

 

Time

Session

Speaker

09:00-09:30

Registration

 

09:30-10:00

Word from the Openbravo Board

TBC

10:00-10:30

Celebrating Achievements

TBC

10:30-11:00

Openbravo's Vision and Plan for the Future

TBC

11:00-14:00

The Partner Business Opportunity

TBC

14:00-16:00

LUNCH BREAK*

 

16:00-17:00

Partner Satisfaction Survey Results

TBC

17:00-18:00

Forum: Exploring Collaboration Initiatives

TBC

18:00-18:30

Wrap-up

TBC

Note: This is a tentative Agenda and is subject to change.
*A two-hour break will be given for conference attendees to take lunch. During the event, Openbravo will supply information regarding the hotel restaurant and other local eateries.
The conference language will be English.

The goal of the Community Days is to provide an open setting for ERP professionals and enthusiasts to explore and create the best solutions, getting first-hand information from key Openbravo developers and other field experts. All Openbravo ecosystem members are welcome: developers, partners, customers, and newcomers.

 

Time

Session

Speaker

World Community Day 1 - Saturday 18th April 2009

09:00-10:00

Registration

 

10:00-10:45

Word from the CEO: Empowering the Ecosystem

Manel Sarasa

10:45-11:30

Keynote Speech

TBC

11.30-12:00

Community Slot

TBC

12:00-14:00

Openbravo Success Stories: How the Community is Benefitting

TBC

14:00-16:00

LUNCH BREAK*

 

16:00-16:30

Product Roadmap: What's in Store for Openbravo?

TBC

16:30-17:30

Ask the Experts Panel

TBC

>World Community Day 2 - Sunday 19th April, 2009

09:00-10:00

Registration

 

10:00-10:45

Word from the CPO: Creating an Open Source ERP Ecosystem through Modularity and Core Contributions

Paolo Juvara

10:45-11:30

Keynote Speech

TBC

11:30-12:00

Localization: Opening New Markets and Developing Unchartered Territory

TBC

12:00-12:30

Community Slot

TBC

12:30-13:00

COFFEE BREAK

 

13:00-13:30

Building Modules: Best practices

TBC

13:30-14:00

Community Slot

TBC

14:00-14:30

First Edition of Openbravo Community Awards

TBC

14:30-15:00

Wrap-up

TBC

Notes: This is a tentative Agenda and is subject to change.
* A two-hour lunch break will be given for conference attendees to take lunch. During the event, Openbravo will supply information regarding the hotel restaurant and other local eateries.
The conference language will be English.
The Openbravo Community awards are organized and sponsored by Openbravo to honor individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to the Openbravo ERP and POS projects. The standards for companies and organizations are higher than for individuals, proportionally to their level of resources.
Since the objective of the awards is to recognize peoples' contributions beyond Openbravo's activity, the participation of Openbravo employees is limited to contributions done outside the scope of the individual's responsibilities on the job.
 The Individual Awards acknowledge people that have allocated time and resources to make Openbravo POS or ERP better projects.
Categories:

  • Best Quality Assurance.An individual with outstanding contributions in the area of Quality Assurance. Criteria for relevance:
    • A strong ratio (> 75%) of confirmed / reported bugs
    • A good participation level(number of bugs reported)
    • Has participated in a number of early release Quality Assurance cycles
  • Best localizer. An individual with outstanding contributions in the area of localization. Criteria for relevance:
    • A full localization for a country that matches the best quality standards
    • Contributions enhancing localization processes or tools
    • Implemented an important new localization or accounting feature for Openbravo
  • Best developer. An individual with outstanding contributions in the area of software development. Criteria for relevance:
    • Completed a large number of accepted bug fixes
    • Has implemented large features
    • Has participated in the functional description of a relevant feature
  • Best support participant. An individual with outstanding participation in Openbravo support channels. Criteria for relevance:
    • High level of forum messages answered
    • Answers are useful, clear and lead to successful resolution of issues. Builds on top of other people's answers
    • Regular participation in the Openbravo IRC channels

The Technology Awards recognize outstanding projects lead by companies or organizations build on top of Openbravo technology.

  • Best localization. An organization with outstanding contributions in the area of localization. Criteria for relevance:
    • A full localization for a country that matches the best quality standards
    • Contributions enhancing localization processes or tools
    • Implemented an important new localization or accounting feature for Openbravo
  • Best implementation. An organization that has performed an outstanding implementation of Openbravo in a challenging environment. Criteria for relevance:
    • The customer has challenging technological and business requirements
    • The customer is willing to be documented as success story of Openbravo
    • The project produced contributions back to the community
  • Best development. An organization that has performed an outstanding development based on Openbravo. Criteria for relevance:
    • Represents a major achievement in terms of overall functionality
    • The development enables Openbravo in a new industry or market segment
    • It has been proposed or included as part of Openbravo Core

Note: A localization may include a translation, chart of accounts and code customizations.

 

A special website will be open where, during two weeks, everyone can nominate their favorite candidates for each category. At the end of the process, a list of accepted candidates matching the selection criteria will be compiled for every category.
During a week's duration, anyone will be able to vote for their favorite candidate. Any community member can vote once (their votes will be counted equally). Every voter will have to provide their name and e-mail address.
The winners will be awarded during a special Conference session on Sunday 19th April, 2009. Please check back at this site for further details about the voting process.

  • 2nd March, 2009. Candidate nomination period opens
  • 16th March, 2009. Candidate nomination period closes
  • 20th March, 2009. Final candidates published and voting period opens
  • 31st March, 2009. Voting period closes
  • 19th April, 2009. Awards granted

 



Openbravo World Conference 2009 will be held in NH Constanza, situated in Barcelona´s commercial and financial centre, at the Avenida Diagonal / Numancia axies.

The hotel, designed by architect Raphael Moneo, has recently been built and is fully equipped for conventions and events. It offers bright and spacious rooms with avant-garde interiors and contemporary art, all of which boast full in-room facilities, including wireless internet access.

 
Address:          C/Deu i Mata
69-99
08209 Barcelona
Spain
Email: nhconstanza@nh-hotels.com
Tel:      +34.93.2811500
Fax:     +34.93.4100335
             
Openbravo has negotiated exclusive conference attendee rates.
 
149.00€ + 7% IVA per night    Double room for individual use (includes breakfast)
165.50€ + 7% IVA per night    Standard double room (includes breakfast)

To ensure that you benefit from these special rates, make sure to mention you will be attending the Openbravo World Conference when reserving your room on or between Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th April 2009. Rooms are subject to availability, so make sure to book well in advance.

If you will be driving to the Openbravo World Conference, we advise you to use a service such as Google Maps to plan your route directly from your departure point to the NH Constanza.

Barcelona International Airport is situated 13km south west of the city centre. The journey time from the airport to the centre is approximately 20 minutes, depending on the time of day.
Choose from airport taxis (or private car transfer), bus, train or car hire. Please note, the metro does not run to and from the airport.

The most up-to-date transport information can be found on the Barcelona International Airport website.

Here is a list of alternative hotels situated in the vicinity of NH Constanza. The prices are approximate and quoted for a standard single room per night, not including breakfast nor taxes, and are subject to change.

NH Les Corts - 90€
Hotel u232 - 90€
NH Numancia - 95€
NH Rallye - 100€

Four Star****
Zenit Borrell - 110€
ApartHotel Atenea - 115€
Hotel Guitart Gran Passage en Barcelona - 120€
Abba Sants Hotel - 125€
Hotel Gran Derby - 128€

AC Irla - 143€

 

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