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Inverse CEO on building an open source Exchange alternative

Oct 30, 2010, 19:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Use of open source e-mail groupware systems in the enterprise has been lacklustre with most organisations opting for products from Microsoft, IBM or cloud providers like Google. The market is ripe for competition and Canadian company Inverse is set to provide another option by integrating the OpenChange project's Microsoft Outlook compatibility software into the SOGo open source groupware suite.

"With a complete Exchange server replacement scheduled for release early next year, we spoke with Inverse president and CEO Ludovic Marcotte about open source groupware development, native Microsoft Exchange interoperability and data integration standards.

"Tell us about SOGo's history. How long has SOGo been in development, who started it and who are the main contributors?

"The SOGo project was started in 2004 by Skyrix/Linagora as a fork of OpenGroupware.org (OGo). The initial goal of the project was to support more than 60,000 users so parts were changed and others dropped to handle such a large user base. At Inverse, we got interested in the project because of our numerous large-scale email deployments we started doing in 2003. Our clients were looking for more"

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