Mr Raphael Pérez, OpenSearchServer, new speaker at ISUM

We are very pleased to announce the participation of Mr Raphael Pérez from OpenSearchServer at ISUM 2011.

OpenSearchServer began in 2007 in Infopro Group, a French B2B media group with online and offline activities in news and information brokerage for 5 vertical segments.

Because there wasn’t any existing Search solution which offered an appropriate mix of features, price and ease of use, it was decided to create some software internally which would use the most advanced Open source components available and provide unsurpassed functionality. The new software would offer all the necessary modules for professional Enterprise Search applications and would become a comprehensive solution that could be used in many different internal applications. The new software would be called OpenSearchServer.

Right from the start, this project was led by Emmanuel Keller, CIO of the group, who had a team of 20 engineers, of whom 3 were dedicated to the project.

In 2008, the first application was created with OpenSearchServer. Results were so positive that a year later, OpenSearchServer was in use in 10 more applications.

The quality of the software, and the efficiency of the applications which were produced with it, convinced Emmanuel that a larger group of customers would be happy to use it. After some meetings with the CEO of the Infopro group, they reached an agreement. He resigned from his position and acquired all rights to OpenSearchServer in December 2009. Infopro group became his first customer and Emmanuel launched the new company in February 2010.

After being introduced by a common friend, Emmanuel met Raphael Perez in April 2010. They quickly decided to become partners and dedicate all their time to the growth of the OpenSearchServer business, making it a major player.

After thorough analysis of the market, the design of an ambitious roadmap and the signing of the first contracts, a group of investors led by Kima Ventures provided the first round of financing in February 2011.

Since then, Emmanuel and Raphael have redoubled their efforts to grow the team, attract more customers and write the history of the young company.

Mr Omar Hammami, Professor at ENSTA PARISTECH

We are very pleased to announce that Mr Omar HAMMAMI, Professor at ENSTA PARIS TECH (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées), will be joining the International speakers team.

Mr HAMMAMI will intervene regarding team management, which we consider as crucial for tech start-ups.

Mr Omar Hammami is a Professor at ENSTA/DGA since 2000. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor from 1991 to 1993 with ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, and Associate Professor with the University of Aizu, Japan, from 1993 to 2000.

He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse and has since worked in the field of circuits, system level design methodologies, embedded parallel architectures, and system on chip (SOC) for multimedia and wireless communications.

His current interest is in complex systems design and systems engineering. He has been involved in numerous international and national research and industrial projects in those areas, and has been funded by various government and funding agencies.

He is the Academic Program Committee Chair of CSDM 2011 (Complex System design & Management) to be held in Paris in December 2011.