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SUSE completes move to independence

19 Mar 2019
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SUSE announced the creation of the largest independent open source company following the completion of SUSE’s acquisition by growth investor EQT from Micro Focus. 

With its ongoing momentum, portfolio expansion and successful execution in the marketplace, as a standalone business, SUSE is now better positioned to focus on the needs of customers.

The newly independent SUSE has expanded its executive team, adding new leadership roles and experience to foster its continued momentum into this next stage of corporate development. 

Enrica Angelone has been named to the new post of the chief financial officer, and Sander Huyts is SUSE’s new chief operations officer. Thomas Di Giacomo, formerly chief technology officer for SUSE, is now president of Engineering, Product and Innovation. All three report to SUSE CEO Nils Brauckmann.

“Current IT trends make it clear that open source has become more important in the enterprise than ever before,” Brauckmann said.

“We believe that makes our status as a truly independent open source company more important than ever. Our genuinely open, open source solutions, flexible business practices, lack of enforced vendor lock-in and exceptional service are more critical to customer and partner organisations, and our independence coincides with our single-minded focus on delivering what is best for them.”

"Our ability to consistently meet these market demands creates a cycle of success, momentum and growth that allows SUSE to continue to deliver the innovation customers need to achieve their digital transformation goals and realise the hybrid and multi-cloud workload management they require to power their own continuous innovation, competitiveness and growth.”

SUSE’s transition is timely as containers are enabling new levels of agility and the need for digital transformation built on open source software-defined infrastructure and application delivery technologies is growing.

IDC group VP Al Gillen says, “SUSE’s return to the role of an independent open source software company comes at a pivotal point in the industry. 

“Open source software is the favoured way to build new solutions today and is irreplaceable as the foundation for most public cloud services.”

“As one of the industry’s largest purely open source software companies, SUSE’s independence will benefit customers as the company builds on its heritage of technical excellence, value-driven partnerships and community engagement to deliver timely technology solutions to the market.”

SUSE’s expanded leadership team led by CEO Brauckmann will supposedly current and future market requirements.