The marketing folks from AOpen tell us this is definitely not the case. Angela Tang, AOpen’s Marketing Manager in North America tells us “That is not true. We have bundled promotions with Dynasign and some other software companies that we are currently promoting as our turnkey solutions”
At first we thought this also might be something to do with their recent OpenService announcement but again Angela tells us “As for OpenService, that is another new offering that we announced earlier this year as our total digital signage solution that is a totally white labeled solution”
What we do know is that the US has started offering AOpen SolutiON an all-in-one box system that we first heard about at their Key Partner Event back in October and which eagle eyed readers have pointed out is available on Amazon, billed as ‘AOpen SolutiON Dynasign, TK7000DL, Digital media player with Software‘
We understand that all of this means that they work closely with their selected partners BUT that is slightly different to their ‘internal’ staff managing networks on clients behalf which is what a number of software vendors have told us they have heard.
Whether AOpen’s software partners who aren’t included in this offering (yet still offer / recommend / sell the AOpen hardware platform) need to be worried (well the truth is, what we hear they are worried) is another matter?
If there is any truth in this internal managing of the Dynasign solution then we think it would be very foolish of AOpen, it’s surely one sure fire way to lose a lot of customers quickly as their existing software partners would surely move to recommend other hardware instead?
I doubt that we have heard the last of this.