Leading Open Source Collaborative Solution Now Available with the Leading Open Source CRM Solution, SugarCRM, and Delivered by the Leading Open Source Systems Integrator, Levementum

SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2010 — MindTouch, the industry’s leading open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint, today announced its partnership with Levementum, the industry leading open source systems integration firm, enabling sales collaboration solutions that redefine collaborative CRM, through MindTouch’s availability as an integration with SugarCRM. MindTouch announces this collaboration during the week of SugarCon 2010 in San Francisco, where Aaron Fulkerson, MindTouch CEO, will be speaking on Tuesday, April 13, 11:45-12:30 in a session entitled, “Collaborative CRM Is the Center of the Enterprise 2.0 Universe.”

This new integration with SugarCRM and delivered by Levementum, allows teams to create — automatically and directly from the SugarCRM opportunity — new sales opportunity collaboration pages; create configurable templates for sales opportunities; develop standardized materials for key sales deliverables such as contracts and memorandums; and maintain the height of version control. The integration further provides automatic access to internal team members, partners, and customers. As such, SugarCRM, MindTouch and Levementum are allowing sales team easier paths to sealing deals, better forecasting of business growth, and an improved view into the opportunities that will most benefit their overall business.

“MindTouch has the smartest available collaboration platform for integration with SugarCRM — where the customer’s needs and requirements can be collected, stored and translated into specifications defining the sale and where all key players can be brought together around the negotiation leading to sale,” said Geoffrey Mobisson, Managing Director of Technology and Partnerships. “There’s also no replacement for the standardization of contractual documents that comes with use of a system as robust as MindTouch.”

“The art of sales is a collaborative process involving sales, sales operations, the customer and often third parties, with as much as 75 percent of sales process cycle time spent on collaborative activities,” said Aaron Fulkerson, CEO, MindTouch. “We make that a more smooth and predictable process with the SugarCRM integration, providing standardization of sales deliverables where such benefit has been largely lacking. Levementum has been invaluable in bringing this new offering to fruition.”

MindTouch is the industry’s leading provider of enterprise collaboration solutions in a market that continues to grow rapidly as more companies are operating under “lite” IT budgets for the foreseeable future. Enterprise spending on Web 2.0 technologies is predicted by Forrester to grow strongly over the next five years, reaching $4.6 billion globally by 2013.

About Levementum

Levementum is a leading professional services firm focused on delivering world-class implementations of Open Source Enterprise Software, including CRM, ERP and e*Commerce solutions. Levementum’s Open Source Practice shows companies how to leverage open source information technology and innovate. As an implementation partner and system integrator of SugarCRM, MindTouch, Magento, Compiere and Pentaho, Levementum has led dozens of change management and technology implementations over the company’s lifetime, and it’s “PILLAR” implementation methodology enables rapid deployment and helps customers maximize the value of their investment through process consulting, project leadership, adoption and training programs, application development, integration and business intelligence.

For further information about our services, please visit our website: http://www.levementum.com or contact us directly at +1 (480) 320-2520.


About SugarCRM

SugarCRM is the world’s leading provider of open source customer relationship management (CRM) software. Over 6,000 customers and more than half a million users rely on SugarCRM to execute marketing programs, grow sales, retain customers and create custom business applications. Leading publications such as CRM Magazine, InfoWorld and eWeek praise SugarCRM for its ease-of-use, flexibility and open design. SugarCRM runs on the leading cloud computing platforms, including Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Sugar On-Demand and Private Clouds, offering customers unparalleled choice and control of their data and deployments.

For more information, call (408) 454-6900 or 1 87 SUGARCRM toll-free in the US, email [email protected], or visit http://www.sugarcrm.com.

Leading open source collaboration provider will reveal the value of adding collaborative solutions to CRM deployments

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — March 9, 2010 — MindTouch, the open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint, will present at this year’s SugarCon event in San Francisco, being held April 12-14. SugarCon 2010 unites CRM customers and developers with companies and projects committed to building open business applications for the Cloud. Aaron Fulkerson, CEO of MindTouch will lead the discussion, aimed at highlighting how companies can gain from adding next-generation, open collaboration tools to their existing CRM initiatives.

Session Details:

Collaborative CRM is the Center of the Enterprise 2.0 Universe

  • Topic: The definition of effective customer management has completely changed – gone are the days of transactional, point to point phone calls and emails. The relationship building process has become more open and participatory, and requires collaborative capabilities – an open environment of teams, communities and forums. These methods dramatically improve the relationship that companies like yours can have with their customers and partners. This session will discuss this new approach and the underlying technology required to make it a reality.
  • Presenter: Aaron Fulkerson, CEO, MindTouch
  • Date and time: Tuesday, April 13 11:45AM PDT
  • Location: Palace Hotel, San Francisco

MindTouch is also a Gold sponsor of the SugarCon event. Representatives from MindTouch will be available to provide further information at the MindTouch booth, located in the SugarCon exhibitors’ hall inside the Palace Hotel’s Garden Court.

SugarCon 2010, SugarCRM’s fourth annual user and customer conference, brings together SugarCRM users, developers, partners and industry experts from around the world. Packed with more than 100 sessions, SugarCon provides a wealth of practical knowledge that any business can apply to improve performance and differentiate in the market.

For more information about SugarCon, visit: http://www.sugarcon.com.


Ramji Joins Executives from SugarCRM and Canonical to Provide Strategic Insight as MindTouch Brings Collaborative Networking to the Enterprise

SAN DIEGO, February 23, 2010 — MindTouch, the open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint, today announced that technology thought leader and open source veteran Sam Ramji has joined its advisory board. Mr. Ramji will provide strategic insight and guidance to the MindTouch executive team as it positions the company for continued market capture in the enterprise collaborative networking space.

“Having Sam join our advisory board is a testimony to how much MindTouch has accomplished,” said Aaron Fulkerson, CEO, MindTouch. “Sam’s insights into technology adoption will be extremely valuable to us as we continue to lead innovation in the enterprise collaboration market. We are thrilled to be working with him and look forward to his contributions.”

Mr. Ramji, currently the Vice President of Strategy at Sonoa Systems, brings over 15 years of diverse experience in enterprise software, product development, and the open source community. Previous to Sonoa Systems, he drove many of Microsoft’s contributions to open source. Ramji was also a leader in BEA’s move into cross-platform initiatives as a founding member of the AquaLogic product team. Prior to that he led the Ofoto engineering team through its acquisition by Kodak.

“I firmly believe that MindTouch’s technology and vision will drive fundamental change to the next generation of collaborative networking” said Ramji. “I am excited to share my views and expertise, helping MindTouch lead collaboration adoption in the enterprise.”

MindTouch has been recognized as the leading alternative to SharePoint for enterprise collaboration. To capitalize on the market opportunity at hand, MindTouch has assembled the industry’s most impressive roster of industry advisors to help best position MindTouch. Ramji joins existing MindTouch advisory board members including Matt Asay and Larry Augustin, a veritable ’who’s who’ of top open source business influencers recognized by leading industry analysts and journalists within the open source community.

Matt Asay currently serves as the COO of Canonical, the company behind the fast-growing Ubuntu open source operating system. He is one of the industry’s leading open source business strategists who has been involved with open source since 1998.

Larry Augustin is currently the CEO of SugarCRM, an angel investor and advisor to early stage technology companies. He was CEO and founder of VA Linux (now SourceForge) (NASDAQ:LNUX) and has written and spoken extensively on open source worldwide.

To learn more about the MindTouch Advisory Team, please visit our company page.

To download your copy of MindTouch Enterprise, please visit our product page.


The Open Source vs. Proprietary competitive landscape is constantly changing and current information is hard to come by. We decided to create this matrix for those looking for an open source alternative to proprietary solutions.

So to try and help, we have looked at search data from Google which produced some surprising results.

Our Methodology to Determine Popularity

We used a number of tools from Google to determine popularity of the products around the world. For instance, the search volume methodology uses a scale and is based on the average worldwide traffic of the product in the last 12 months. It is also relative to the comparison product.

Regarding country popularity, if a high proportion of the searches in a country are for the product term, then this indicates the search term has a high degree of popularity in this country relative to the other countries.

The Proprietary Versus Open Source Matrix

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As part of MindTouch’s 2009 open source best practices research,  we asked C and VP level Open Source Executives who they thought are the most influential people in the industry today.  Over 50 votes from Executives in Europe and North America were cast to determine the 2009 edition (note: they could not vote for anyone in their own company).  What makes this list remarkable is that industry insiders were the judges.

There were a few surprises from outside of the open source industry.  For instance, Steve Ballmer was voted in because of his negative remarks on the open source industry and its subsequent positive impact.  Vivek Kundra was voted in because of his contributions to the industry inside the US Federal Government (in fact the Whitehouse.gov site was revamped with open source software).  Notably absent however are any influential women.

This list of the top influential Executives of the 2009 is ranked by the effect these individuals have had on the open source industry.  Not all are recognizable, but these leaders are the movers, shakers and thought leaders of the open source industry.   Want to know the future direction of open source?  Just ask a few of the people on this list.

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