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Open Source JBoss Buys objectone, Becomes the Acquirer, Not the Acquiree

German Systems Integrator and Service Partner Brought Into the Fold

In what may be viewed as an ironic twist, JBoss, subject to rumors that it will be acquired soon, has in fact itself acquired a company. The acquisition target, Germany-based objectone, is described by JBoss as "its key systems integrator and service partner in Germany," and the announcement was made as the mammoth, annual CeBit trade show approaches.

Based in Berlin, objectone resells JBoss Subscription, the support and services offering of JBoss, Inc. to enterprises throughout Germany. Effective March 1st, 2006 the newly founded JBoss Deutschland GmbH will take on objectone's operations, all customers and the majority of staff. objectone founder Tobias Hartwig will continue as managing director of JBoss Deutschland.

This strategic acquisition "strengthens JBoss' immediate presence in one of Europe's fastest growing markets for Open Source middleware," the company said in an official release.

"objectone has been tremendously successful in paving the way for Professional Open Source in Germany, signing an impressive number of significant deals for JBoss Subscription in recent years", said JBoss founder and CEO, Marc Fleury (pictured). "We are delighted that Tobias Hartwig and his team are now joining our company to take JBoss to the next level in Germany."

Hartwig, who serves as Managing Director in Germany, also commented on the acquisition, noting, "We are seeing increasing interest from a wide range of German companies to leverage the performance and scalability of JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite in mission-critical applications."

For many companies, the relationship with their service partner is a matter of trust. In addition to local language training and support as well as in-depth industry expertise they need the security of national law when it comes to contracts. Now that we are part of JBoss, we will continue to build on our tradition as a knowledgeable partner for enterprises throughout Germany and leverage the closer ties to JBoss internal resources for the benefit of our customers," Hartwig added.

A new German language website is available as of today at http://de.jboss.com. JBoss also said it will exhibit at CeBIT 2006 in Hannover, Germany, March 9-15 in Hall 4, Stand B58.



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EOS Magazine News Desk 02/23/06 02:37:34 PM EST

Based in Berlin, objectone is JBoss' most successful Certified Systems Integrator and Authorized Service Partner in Germany, reselling JBoss Subscription, the support and services offering of JBoss, Inc. to enterprises throughout the country. Effective March 1st, 2006 the newly founded JBoss Deutschland GmbH will take on objectone's operations, all customers and the majority of staff. objectone founder Tobias Hartwig will continue as managing director of JBoss Deutschland. This strategic acquisition strengthens JBoss' immediate presence in one of Europe's fastest growing markets for Open Source middleware. 'objectone has been tremendously successful in paving the way for Professional Open Source in Germany, signing an impressive number of significant deals for JBoss Subscription in recent years', said JBoss founder and CEO, Marc Fleury. 'We are delighted that Tobias Hartwig and his team are now joining our company to take JBoss to the next level in Germany.'