"We don't want to gloss over anything, because, temporarily, the spin-off of Nextcloud as a fork certainly kept ownCloud on its toes. We had to dismiss nine employees in the US, which was a step that hurt," comments Tobias Gerlinger. "Which is all the more reason why we are pleased with the success in reorganizing everything quickly, with our time-tested team as well as managing to attract new employees. This allowed significant innovations to be included in the launch of Release 9.1, such as 2-factor authentication and Windows Network Drive notifications. A positive side effect has also been the dismantling of old structures from the past, allowing us to align ownCloud better to the needs of our clients. Today, ownCloud is in better shape than ever before, and with a bulging development pipeline, we have great aims for future growth and further internationalization!"
Growth Capital and Personnel
In July, an investor group, to which CEO Tobias Gerlinger belongs, started backing ownCloud. Made up of three institutions, the consortium sees the investment as a long-term commitment and the broad client base and potential that ownCloud offers have convinced the backers to provide capital for sustainable growth. The appointment of various new staff has brought the headcount back up to 40 at the end of the third quarter, 15 of whom are employed in the Development Team, and seven in Support, Deployment, and Consulting. It was even possible to attract a new and highly respected security and PHP expert to join ownCloud. New appointments are also planned by the end of the year.
Community and Marketplace
In September, ownCloud staged the annual Community Contributor Conference at TU Berlin (Technical University of Berlin). A new record was established with more than 150 registered participants. One of the main themes at the conference was the announcement of the ownCloud marketplace. Scheduled for launch in early 2017, both developers and business partners can use it as a platform to offer their ownCloud apps, plug-ins and extensions, ownCloud-based stacks and ownCloud templates, as well as consulting services, white papers and development services relating to ownCloud on a free or chargeable basis. This marketplace will soon provide developers with a modern, effective platform for distributing and monetizing their ownCloud-related solutions and services.
Contributor License Agreements and Dual License Model the Only Path to Legal Certainty
ownCloud continues to require from each ownCloud Core developer a "Contributor License Agreement (CLA)," which transfers all intellectual property rights to ownCloud GmbH and, in return, assures the future availability of the contribution in open source. The developers also confirm that all their contributions are free of third-party rights. "This forms the basis of our dual licensing model," states ownCloud COO Holger Dyroff. "With a pure AGPLv3 license model, each user is required to publish the source code for each change or extension. The majority of our clients do not want to go down this path and want the choice of either publishing their own customizations or keeping their customizations for themselves. In the enterprise market, this makes the dual licensing model of an AGPLv3 coupled with a commercially licensed variant essential and only ownCloud is capable of offering this with the CLA."
Companies that rely on maximum security for the internal and external exchange of confidential data, place their trust in the on-premises platform for Universal File Access from ownCloud. Universal File Access allows them to access their files regardless of their location or the device being used. ownCloud delivers IT organizations unprecedented visibility and control for managing their sensitive data. Integrating existing business processes into existing security and compliance-conformant infrastructures means they can continue to be used, while simultaneously letting the user benefit from powerful features for effective collaboration in the modern business world. The open, modular architecture provided by ownCloud, with its varied expansion capabilities and unique features for Federated Cloud Sharing makes all this possible. If you would like more information, please go to http://www.owncloud.com
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