The members of the Open XML Formats Developer Group represent a wide variety of organizations, but they all have one thing in common: they're excited about working with the new formats. Here are some quotes from the founding members of the Open XML Formats Developer Group on how and why they're supporting the Open XML Formats:

"The largest global enterprises are searching for a way to respond to the pressures of global workforce collaboration while maintaining compliance to the ever increasing regulatory and security environment. Certeon views Office Open XML File Format standardization as a revolutionary way to drive increased employee productivity while at the same time meeting these increased regulatory requirements."
- Peter Dougherty, CEO, Certeon Inc.

"Fractal Edge were originally inspired to adopt an XML-based file schema for our range of enterprise products as a result of the work Microsoft did to support XML in the lead-up to Office 2003. Having witnessed first-hand the benefits that users gain from the greater portability and flexibility of this approach, we are very excited by the opportunities for improved interoperability created by Microsoft’s adoption of the ECMA Open XML Format for Office. The Open XML Formats Developer Group will provide the ideal forum to share insights with other members of the Microsoft ecosystem, so we can jointly deliver better experiences and greater value for our customers."
- Gervase Clifton-Bligh, VP Product Strategy & Development, Fractal Edge UK Limited

“The introduction of the Open XML formats is the next logical step on the way to build Service Oriented Architectures based on business capabilities. To steal a line: ‘no company is an island.’ Neither are today’s applications. The Open XML Formats allow us to develop and integrate ITVT's solutions much faster in our customers’ business processes than ever before. Building bridges between disparate company data sources e.g. Microsoft CRM 3.0 and simply utilizing that data, the OpenXML formats and Office 2007 will really make the difference. That, along with the tremendous backward compatibility of the Open XML formats is what is exciting to our customers. This is why ITVT will support OpenXML … and I am truly excited about being one of the bridge engineers.”
- Jochen Klipfel, Managing Director, ITVT GmbH

“Mathsoft sees XML is a strategic technology and key to collaboration within the extended engineering workgroup and enterprise. With the introduction of the Ecma-based Open XML formats and the formation of the Open XML Formats Developer Group, we see new doors opening for document and information integration in the engineering market, including:

  • Generation of publishing quality engineering documents based on Word templates and Mathcad calculations.
  • Inclusion of Mathcad calculations in MS Office documents allowing users to have a “one document” experience.
  • Injecting critical meta-data into Office documents connecting the Mathcad engineering calculations with other Office documents.”
- Fred Mueller, Vice President of Development, Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc.

"As an ISV representative on the ECMA Technical Committee, we know first-hand that the work to standardize the Office Open XML format enables the community around the world to capitalize on the power of these file formats for their own solutions. Creating a Developer Group is the perfect next step in the evolution of the standard. It helps facilitate the right conversations and drive adoption. We are pleased to be a part of this effort."
- Tom Ngo, Chief Technology Officer, NextPage

“With OpenXML, Microsoft has decoupled content from presentation, and has done it in an open, standards-based way. Microsoft’s embracing of open standards as an integral part of the Office suite is going to resonate with our customers, enable NuSoft to more effectively compete with open-source alternatives, and provide a huge opportunity for connecting enterprise systems with productivity tools familiar to end users.”
- Jason Welch, Practice Manager, NuSoft Solutions

"As the leading provider of business intelligence and performance management solutions on the Microsoft platform, Panorama is committed to take advantage of the new OpenXML standards to integrate structured BI data with Office applications to allow information workers to present BI data in an intuitive way within every Office application. This new integration between BI data and Office will allow information workers to access live and dynamic content that can include up-to-date sales, marketing, financial information making BI more collaborative and accessible."
- Dr. Allon Cohen, Vice President Product Management, Panorama Software

“The Open XML Formats Developer Group creates an open, participatory technical community dedicated to developing solutions using the Open XML Formats. Toshiba views this as a great opportunity for anyone who wants to minimize the development time needed to integrate documents into their solutions. We look forward to contributing to the spread of the formats through the participation of Toshiba engineers in the Developer Group, and to strengthening our own technical expertise in this area.”
- Kazutoshi Eguchi, Director, Toshiba’s Software Engineering Center

"Our clients want to achieve new levels of innovation in their business, and they need the right tools to do it. There is an enormous gap of business solutions in between the structured and unstructured world that today are either addressed through painful efforts or not addressed at all. Microsoft Office is the tool of choice for the information worker and the platform they'll use to create these new business solutions that are easy to use, intuitive, more automated, and connected to enterprise data. Microsoft’s support of Open XML in Office 2007 represents new capabilities for customers & partners worldwide to use Office as a platform for developing new types of business solutions on an enterprise scale without the traditional barriers to automating and connecting to enterprise data. Xinnovation will use Office 2007, Open XML, and our XiDocs enterprise document automation system to deliver innovative new business solutions that empower workers and drive dramatic business results.”
- Paul Stansbury, Co-Founder & CEO, XINNOVATION