Former JBoss Executive to Drive Growth and Momentum in Europe
WOBURN, MA and CLOUD COMPUTING WORLD FORUM, LONDON, UK – June 12, 2012 – CloudBees, Inc., the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, today announced that Michel Goossens, former vice president EMEA for Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), has joined the company as vice president of European sales. Goossens brings over 20 years of industry experience to CloudBees, with more than 10 years specifically focused in the middleware business. At a time of exceptional demand for the CloudBees Platform, Goossens will drive growth across the region as momentum for PaaS grows.
“I have worked closely with Michel throughout my tenure at JBoss and Red Hat. I am very honored to have him join the CloudBees team. Besides the technology depth he brings to his new role, he understands how to help companies adopt new technologies, as well as how to be more efficient building and managing applications,” said Sacha Labourey, CEO and founder, CloudBees. “European organisations are seeing that the CloudBees Java PaaS empowers development teams to focus all of their time building value for the organisation. Business-critical applications are delivered more quickly, more cost effectively and with higher quality. At this stage in our growth, the leadership and success Michel brings to our European operations is a real asset for CloudBees.”
Goossens brings a wealth of success in technology sales and marketing to CloudBees. He comes to the company from e-commerce platform provider Magento, where he was vice president and general manager of EMEA. He rapidly built a successful sales and marketing team and, at the same time, developed a strong ecosystem of partners. In August 2011 Magento was acquired by eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY). Goossens’ career includes significant experience selling middleware and open source technology. Prior to Magento, he served as vice president for JBoss EMEA and, after Red Hat acquired JBoss, he continued in the same role, growing JBoss revenue substantially throughout the European region. He also served as vice president EMEA for both Novell and SilverStream. Goossens holds a degree in computer science from Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EPHEC) in Brussels, Belgium.
“I am delighted to be at CloudBees. The CloudBees Platform is clearly the leader for Java PaaS application development and deployment,” said Michel Goossens, vice president of European sales, CloudBees. “European companies are realising the value they can derive from PaaS. I have made it a priority to get out and meet CloudBees customers and partners. They tell me that time to market pressures are continually increasing. By using the CloudBees Platform, they are better able to deliver quality applications more quickly, thus addressing business needs and meeting competitive challenges with far more agility than ever before.”
CloudBees has grown new customer acquisition substantially over the last year or so in Europe. Overall, the company experienced a 10x growth factor at the end of 2011, versus the prior year. During this same period, several new System Integrator (SI) relationships were also established. The rapid growth reflects the adoption of the CloudBees’ PaaS for end-to-end Java application development and deployment. Additionally, with the CloudBees AnyCloud™ deployment options, European customers can deploy their applications within Europe – with a public or private hosting service, or on-premise in their own data center. This flexibility addresses both regulatory requirements and transaction latency concerns.
Organisations and SIs subscribing to the CloudBees Java PaaS include:
Llustre, a UK-based home design retailer
Playfish, a UK-based developer of gaming software
A leading international luxury retailer, based in the UK
VSC Technologies, a subsidiary of French Railways and a leading European e-commerce travel organisation
Groupe ADEO, a global home improvement retailer
AXA Banque, a leading French bank
Xebia, an international provider of software and IT services
Groupe Sfeir, a French provider of IT consulting and related services
Octo, an IT consulting organisation, located in EMEA and South America
Zenika, a European systems integrator
Oxiane, a European services company
Objet Direct, a global software engineering company
“We have used the CloudBees Platform to help our customers develop applications far more quickly than they can in a traditional development environment,” said Cyrille Le Clerc, chief technology officer, Xebia. “Using the CloudBees PaaS, our project start-up time is minimal – literally minutes to provision and launch a new project. Just as importantly, we can maintain a fast pace throughout the project, as we are not limited by resource constraints or IT bottlenecks. This is important for our customers, who are looking for every competitive edge they can get and need to deploy high quality applications as fast as possible.”
CloudBees (www.cloudbees.com) turbo-charges the way Java applications are built and deployed to meet the rapid pace of business in an on-line and increasingly mobile world. By eliminating the friction caused by provisioning, maintaining and administering complex hardware and software infrastructure, we streamline and accelerate the entire Java application lifecycle from development to deployment. The CloudBees platform provides a set of rich services that are easily consumed by developers, allowing them to rapidly build and deploy new business applications with zero IT administrative overhead. Our AnyCloud Service Architecture enables those applications to be easily deployed to any public, regional or enterprise cloud environment. CloudBees serves the needs of a wide range of businesses from small startups that want to focus on quickly creating new on-line businesses to large IT organisations that need to rapidly respond to new business application projects.
Backed by Matrix Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite team of middleware and open source technology professionals.