OpenTalk and mgm enter into partnership to integrate video meetings into specialist processes
Berlin, November 07, 2023 - OpenTalk, leading provider of digitally sovereign and secure video conferencing solutions, and mgm technology partners (mgm), manufacturer of the low-code platform A12, announce their strategic partnership. The aim of the cooperation is to integrate OpenTalk into the mgm A12 platform to create a comprehensive and easy-to-use video conferencing solution for the public sector.
Partnership for digital administration
The collaboration between the two companies will enable the seamless integration of secure video conferencing into digital specialist procedures, i.e. into special business processes within public administration. Existing login procedures that are widely used in the administration can be used to access a conference. This solution is therefore in line with the Online Access Act (OZG) and promotes easier access to administrative services.
By partnering with OpenTalk, mgm is expanding its A12 platform offering with a professional video conferencing solution that is particularly suitable for use in public sector projects. OpenTalk was developed in Germany, is GDPR-compliant, is open source software and can also be operated in the company's own data center or used as a SaaS service.
OpenTalk, on the other hand, benefits from the existing distribution of the A12 platform in public administration and aims to integrate the established and secure login procedures such as BundID or login via ELSTER organization certificates in order to create further added value.
The partnership thus ensures rapid availability of video-supported specialist procedures and opens up new application possibilities in digital administration. The OpenTalk extension will be published under the European Public License (EUPL) on OpenCoDE.de so that the solution can also be adapted in other areas of administration in line with the EfA principle ("one for all" principle).
Planned integration of OpenTalk into the A12 platform
The technical details of the integration of OpenTalk as an optional module in the A12 platform are currently being worked out as part of a proof of concept. Customers and partners will later be able to integrate the video conferencing function directly into their specialist processes or access OpenTalk via the existing API interface. The solution is expected to be available in the first half of 2024.
The partnership between OpenTalk and mgm represents an important step towards digital services for citizens and administration and offers decisive advantages.
"We are delighted to have gained a partner in mgm that already has an established low-code platform for public administration. OpenTalk fits seamlessly into existing and future digital administration processes," says Markus Michels, Managing Director of OpenTalk. "This partnership, as well as the initiated BSI certification, is part of our strategy to provide a highly secure and digitally sovereign video conferencing solution for public administration."
"Given the increasing need for integrated collaboration capabilities in public administration, we see the partnership with OpenTalk as an excellent opportunity," says Sergio Lerena Robles, member of mgm's Executive Board. "By integrating the OpenTalk video conferencing solution into our low-code platform A12, we can meet this need and offer our customers added value."
OpenTalk is the secure, German video conferencing solution for anyone who values productivity, data protection and digital sovereignty and offers a genuine European alternative to established American platforms. OpenTalk can be operated in your own data center (on-premise) or easily obtained as an immediately usable and GDPR-compliant cloud service (SaaS). OpenTalk is aimed at public institutions, the education sector, providers and companies of all sizes that want a confidential, effective and scalable video conferencing solution.
OpenTalk was developed from scratch by the Berlin-based Heinlein Group - with 30 years of experience in the design and operation of secure electronic communication. The Heinlein Group includes the Linux and open source specialists at Heinlein Support and the secure e-mail provider mailbox.org.
About mgm technology partners
mgm technology partners is an international software company specializing in the development of individual business applications. The basis is increasingly its own low-code platform A12. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in Munich. mgm now has offices in 19 cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Prague, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City (both in Vietnam) and Alexandria near Washington D.C. (USA). In total, more than 1000 employees work for mgm in seven countries. At the helm is Hamarz Mehmanesh, one of the founders and partners. Since 2006, mgm has been a division of Allgeier SE in Munich. Together with the specialized subsidiaries mgm consulting partners (management consulting for CIO advisory, organizational development and change management), mgm security partners (web application security), mgm integration partners (SAP process optimization) and Quality First Software (test automation), mgm covers a wide range of digitalization topics.
The OpenTalk video conference is undergoing EAL4 certification according to ISO 15408 by the German BSI for the OpenTalk Secure Server, thereby recommending itself for the public sector.