SugarCRM To Host July 26 Webcast on Technical Collaboration With Microsoft

Featuring the 451 Group's Martin Schneider in conversation with Microsoft's Bill Hilf and SugarCRM's John Roberts

Cupertino, CA (July 19, 2006)- SugarCRM today announced a July 26 interactive webcast titled " SugarCRM and Microsoft: Delivering Interoperability for Customers" that will detail the results of a technical collaboration between the two companies. The one-hour webcast will take place on Wednesday, July 26 at 12 pm EDT / 9 am PDT and can be attended by registering at http://www.sugarcrm.com/crm/about/webcasts.html .

Join The 451 Group Analyst Martin Schneider as he speaks with SugarCRM CEO John Roberts and Microsoft's Bill Hilf about the technical collaboration between the two companies. Since February of this year, the companies have been working together to help their mutual customers take further advantage of the increased reliability and simplified administration available on the Windows® platform. Later this summer, SugarCRM will be releasing a new product distribution under the Microsoft Community License with the Sugar 4.5 version. This license is part of the Microsoft Shared Source Initiative, a program through which Microsoft shares source code with customers, partners and governments worldwide.

Discussion topics of this webcast will include:

  • The technical collaboration between SugarCRM and Microsoft
  • How Microsoft works with open source software vendors
  • Insight on the Microsoft Shared Source Initiative
  • How this collaboration will deliver benefits to SugarCRM and Microsoft's mutual customer base
  • What to expect in future releases of SugarCRM

About the speakers:

Martin Schneider covers the CRM marketplace for The 451 Group, specializing in areas such as sales force automation, customer service and support software, and marketing automation. His coverage area also includes the enterprise resource planning, supply chain management and workforce management industries, as well as optimization technology and partner relationship management.

Bill Hilf leads the Platform Strategy Group, which includes the Linux and Open Source Software lab, at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Bill drove IBM's Linux technical strategy at a world-wide level for the Emerging and Competitive markets organization, in addition to his direct customer interaction as a senior I/T architect. Bill has been involved with Open Source Software (OSS) for over ten years, and is an IEEE Distinguished Visitor on the subject of OSS.

John Roberts is a pioneer in the open source enterprise application space as one of the three founders of SugarCRM. John co-led the product design of Sugar Open Source. Having strong business, marketing, business development and product management experience, John has introduced open source as the only viable contender to the established proprietary CRM solutions. John brings a strong enterprise CRM applications track record spanning 14 years.

About SugarCRM

SugarCRM provides powerful commercial open source CRM application for companies of all sizes worldwide, improving their interaction efficiency and effectiveness when acquiring, supporting and managing customers.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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