When we started opentaps nine years ago, our goal was to create great
business software from open source. And have we ever! Most people
wouldn’t have believed that enterprise-class open source ERP and CRM was
possible, but we did it — thanks to Linux, Apache, MySQL, PostgreSQL,
OFBiz, JasperReports, and many others open source projects.
The world, meanwhile, has moved forward too. It’s no secret that the
future of software is mobile, social, and big data, and open source software
is moving in those directions as well.
What does this mean for real businesses?
Imagine being able to capture all your interactions with customers as they
happen: by email, on twitter/Facebook/pinterest, via text messages, or by
phone. Anywhere. Any time. Any how.
Then imagine being able to use that information to make your customers
happier — and sell more.
That’s what we think a wh... (more)
A recent GigaOM post about iPhone’s momentum vs Android was interesting,
because it suggests that the Laws of Software may have been overturned.
Since the early days of the PC, the software industry has operated according
to a pattern described in Michael Cusumano’s classic The Business of
Software: The successful software companies are the ones which gathered the
largest number of users. The best practitioners were Microsoft and, later,
Google. Both followed similar strategies: lower costs, add distribution
partners, add users, and branch into related products.
Apple was the o... (more)
1.4 is a big number. The recent opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM Version 1.4
release marks a milestone of our effort to build free, openly available
enterprise software. This journey began over six years ago with the goal of
building full featured business software that could work for a variety of
companies in many different industries.
And now, I’m pleased to say, we’ve done it. Take a look at what
opentaps can do for you today, and I think you’ll agree that, broadly
speaking, we have a very extensive feature set. Take a look at the
community around opentaps, and you’ll see th... (more)
Yesterday’s WSJ.com video “Tablet Wars: How Are People Using Tablets?”
had a shocking statistic: 98% of the web traffic from tablets comes from
Apple’s iPad. Further, most of mobile commerce is from Apple’s iPhone:
Translation: No matter what the sales figures for Android, people just
aren’t using them. This is a far cry from the early days, when many
thought that an army of Android mobile devices would slay Apple’s mighty
Most importantly, if this is true, then Google’s Android strategy has
Google’s strategy with Android is ve... (more)
In this presentation, Si Chen will discuss the key trends in the enterprise
software sector, including vendor consolidation, on-demand delivery, and the
transition to a Service Oriented Architecture, and how they are creating
opportunities for open source applications. He will then showcase opentaps,
the Open Source Enterprise Applications Suite (www.opentaps.org). opentaps
is a Java open source application suite with ERP, CRM, Manufacturing,
eCommerce, and Supply Chain Management features which is built around SOA and
can be deployed on any database or platform. The presentat... (more)