SugarCRM To Host May 25 Webcast on Commercial Open Source CRM: Transforming the Enterprise

Featuring CTOs From athenahealth, and SugarCRM Co-Founder

Cupertino, CA (May 22, 2006) - SugarCRM today announced a May 25 interactive webcast titled "Commercial Open Source CRM: Transforming the Enterprise" that will cover the business advantages for implementing a hybrid proprietary and open source software model approach within an organization. Discussions include IT risk mitigation, open source versus proprietary software innovation, and IT process management within an enterprise. The one-hour webcast will take place on Thursday, May 25 at 2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT and can be attended by registering at

Join author and technologist Dan Woods as he presents his findings on open source applications in the enterprise. Dan will analyze the potential of open source CRM applications and their potential to deliver deep functionality with a faster return on investment. Joining Dan for this discussion will be Bob Gatewood, CTO of athenahealth, and Clint Oram, Co-Founder of SugarCRM. Using a combination of proprietary and open source applications, Bob has helped grow athenahealth into the largest revenue cycle management solution for healthcare providers in the United States. Clint will discuss how his company has grown from an open source project to becomes one of the leading providers of CRM systems for companies of all sizes.

Dan Woods is the Chief Technology Officer and Publisher of Evolved Media Network. He was CTO of, CapitalThinking, led development at Time Inc's Pathfinder, and created applications for, one of the first newspaper web sites.

Bob Gatewood is the Chief Technology Officer for athenahealth, the leading provider of medical billing software in the United States. Bob has helped to build a $60M company on a mix of open source and proprietary solutions.

Clint Oram is one of three co-founders of SugarCRM and co-led the product design and development as well as led the customer services team through the first year of business. Clint's 10 years in enterprise software experience spans product management, professional services and software engineering. Prior to co-founding SugarCRM, Clint worked at E.piphany, Octane Software, Hewlett Packard and PG&E. Speakers will answer questions from the webcast audience. All webcast registrants will receive a white paper authored by Dan Woods titled: Promising the Best of Both Worlds: The Impact and Future of Commercial Open Source Applications.

About SugarCRM

SugarCRM is the world's leading provider of commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM) software for companies of all sizes. SugarCRM's Sugar Suite easily adapts to any business environment by offering a more flexible, cost-effective alternative than proprietary applications. SugarCRM's open source architecture allows companies to more easily customize and integrate customer-facing business processes in order to build and maintain more profitable relationships. SugarCRM offers several deployment options, including on-demand, on-premise and appliance-based solutions to suit customers' security, integration and configuration needs. For more information, call (408) 454-6900 or 1 87 SUGARCRM toll free in the US, email, or visit