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SerNet at Bitkom Forum Open Source 2019

Open Source has proven itself over decades as a transparent and efficient form of cooperation. Joint developments not only increase cost efficiency, but also the attractiveness as an "open minded" employer.

The Bitkom Forum Open Source 2019 therefore deepens the topic of digital ecosystems and offers a platform for exchange, stocktaking and for concepts of a cooperative, efficient and transparent cooperation with Open Source. We cordially invite you to join us on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 10:00 - 17:00 (registration and welcome coffee from 9 a.m.). Arena Erfurt in the Steigerwald Stadium, Mozartallee 3, 99096 Erfurt (location and arrival)

SerNet will be present with a presentation by Johannes Loxen, who will talk about collaborative software development - the joint development of software together with other partners for several customers at the same time - by consortia for consortia. All this on an international level and on both sides from different jurisdictions. The lecture will explain why this can be so easy with open source software.

If you want to participate in the forum, write a short informal mail with your contact details to Bitkom!

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verinice 1.18 out now

SerNet has released version 1.18 of the open source ISMS tool verinice. The verinice.TEAM presents an extensive update, which is especially relevant for working with the Modernized IT Baseline Protection of the German BSI: An optimized modeling as well as the possibility for preliminary hybrid modeling are decisive innovations. All details with extensive screenshots can be found in the Release Notes. The new version is available in the verinice.SHOP (for standalone users) or in the verinice.PRO repository.

Two important notes for verinice users come with the update:

Automatic client updates are not possible for verinice 1.17! We have compiled all necessary information about manual updates in a HowTo. To update the verinice.PRO server to version 1.17, please use the package manager "yum" as usual (see details on the verinice.PRO update).

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Program for sambaXP 2019 published

The conference program for the 18th  Samba eXPerience is online! The sambaXP – the international user and developer conference around Samba – takes place from June 4th to 6th at the Hotel Freizeit In (Dransfelder Straße 3, 37079 Göttingen). Organizer of sambaXP 2019 is again SerNet, sponsors are Google, Microsoft and Red Hat.

This year's keynote will be given by Karen Sandler of the Software Freedom Conservancy. The complete program is published on the conference website:

Conference tickets are also available at for 499 Euros.

Stefan Kania will hold his traditional tutorial on Tuesday, June 4th. This year's topic is "Creating and managing Trusts with Samba 4.9". The participation fee is 450 Euro. Please note: Stefan Kania's tutorials are very popular and places are usually quickly sold out.

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"SerNet thinks in decades": Reinhild Jung strengthens executive management

Since 1 January 2019, SerNet GmbH has a new managing director: Reinhild Jung is now managing the company on an equal level with founder Dr. Johannes Loxen. The Göttingen-based provider of IT security and IT infrastructure solutions is thus implementing a step that has been planned and prepared for some time. Loxen: "SerNet thinks in decades and we are now launching into the next ten years".

Reinhild Jung joined SerNet in 2002. She has been an authorised signatory and CFO since 2009. Accordingly, she has not only accompanied the company and its customers for many years, but has also continued to grow into the IT industry and the specific SerNet topics such as IT security and data protection. Her many years of loyalty to SerNet are reflected in the special corporate culture. Above all, she appreciates the open interaction among her colleagues, the flat hierarchies and the opportunities for further training in all directions: "If you are committed personally, SerNet offers many opportunities to find the right thing for you.

Further development and constant change make consistency and reliability possible at SerNet - they are all supporting pillars of the company and also play an important role for the future. "This is now demonstrated by the new management structure," says Jung. Dr. Johannes Loxen sees his task as enabling a smooth transition to new structures over the next 10 years. Jung mentions "healthy growth and the further expansion of international business with a good regional positioning" as further future goals of SerNet. The concerns of colleagues play an important role here due to demographic change: family-friendly regulations, promotion of women, especially in technical professions, openness to the world, tolerance and inclusion strengthen the workforce and make good services possible in the first place.

As a woman in management and a mother of three, Reinhild Jung would also like to see more regional networking among women in management positions. She sees mutual strengthening and support as an important topic for the future.

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Tickets available for sambaXP 2019

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Ticket sales for sambaXP 2019 has started. The annual meeting of the international Samba community will take place from June 4th to 6th at the Hotel Freizeit In in Göttingen. Tickets are available until February 28th, 2019 at the Early Bird price of 399 Euros. The Call for Papers is still running, and submissions are still welcome. Tickets and more info on the CfP are available here:

On March 1st the "normal" sales phase will begin, ticket prices will bei at 499 Euros. The conference fee includes participation on both conference days (Wednesday, June 5th and Thursday, June 6th) including catering and a social event on Wednesday evening. In addition, a tutorial can be booked on Tuesday, June 4th: Long-time sambaXP speaker and Samba trainer Stefan Kania will focus on "Creating and managing Trusts with Samba 4.9". The costs for this are 450 Euro. Accordingly equipped and prepared computers for the tutorial are available.  

The sambaXP 2019 is sponsored by Google, Microsoft and Red Hat. This year's organizer is again SerNet GmbH, which wants to promote the exchange among Samba developers and users from all over the world with the conference. 

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