Paris, Tuesday 18th May 2021 – For immediate release
BlueMind, publisher of the first sovereign European open-source email solution continues to grow in Germany with a new local partnership agreement with Centaur GmbH.
A network of local partners
French software publisher BlueMind, whose collaborative email solution is already used by over 500 organisations from SMEs to government ministries continues to make inroads in the German market through the signature of a new strategic partnership. Based in Heilbronn since 1991, Centaur GmbH is one of the leading suppliers of outsourced IT services with its own data centre.
This new partnership enables BlueMind to provide deployment and hosting projects in Germany with the added expertise of local players while continuing to focus on its core competency, software publishing.
Cornelius Walz, CEO of Centaur® GmbH, says: “Centaur’s cloud activities are completely independent from ISP providers. We exclusively focus on open-source systems which offer full transparency and have the backing of a strong global community. This is why this partnership with BlueMind makes so much sense! Our ethos is about enabling businesses to focus on their core business without having to worry about their IT working properly. By integrating BlueMind, we are giving them access to a proven, safe, open and sovereign email solution. Such a user-centred offering is still hard to come by in Germany. We are happy and proud to be starting this collaboration”.
A key market in Europe
Europe, and in particular the Franco-German couple, is contending with an unprecedented wakeup call about the significance of digital sovereignty and its technological independence. Yet, key sections of European economy are still under threat. One of them, business email, companies’ most popular and critical IT tool and the hub of all important work documents, is left in the hands of US solutions: O365, Exchange, Google… Why? Because as far as email is concerned, user habits trump all other considerations.
BlueMind is the only natively Outlook-compatible solution and brings the best Thunderbird, web and mobile support. BlueMind preserves user habits while offering a wide range of features (calendars, tasks, corporate signatures, linked attachments, collaboration, etc.).
BlueMind CEOPierre Baudracco explains: “The reason for choosing Germany was self-evident. It’s close to us, it’s at the heart of Europe and they share our perception about the urgent need for digital independence from US monopolies, in particular GAFAM.”
BlueMind is a complete collaborative business email and unified communications solution. As Europe’s first open-source software publisher, BlueMind brings organisations of all shapes and sizes the choice of a sovereign email solution that is compatible with user habits.
Pierre Baudracco, CEO of BlueMind, has served several times as President of the Paris Open Source Summit Programme and, since October 2019, he has been sitting as co-Chairman of CNLL, the Free Software National Council – France’s equivalent to Germany’s OSBA.
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About Centaur® GmbH
Founded in 1991 in Heilbronn, Germany, CENTAUR® GmbH is one of the leading outsourced IT services providers with its own data centre. Our many years’ experience enable us to offer our clients maximum security, availability and flexibility.