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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 that we’ve been validated by companies large and small around the world. So what next? These are my goals for the next leg of our journey: Easier — I want opentaps to be easier to use, easier to set up and configure, and easier to customize and build on top of. More advanced — I believe that ... (more)

Can NoSQL Databases Cure Us of Software Complexity?

If you’ve worked with Apache OFBiz or opentaps 1.x, you’ve probably had moments like this: Q: What’s the difference between internal name and product name? A: If your company wants to maintain an internal name for products that’s different than the standard product name, then you can put it in internalName. Otherwise you should keep them the same. Welcome to software complexity. When we design software, we’re making choices.  Do we add features for people who need them?  Or keep them out to make things simpler for people who don’t?  As much as we’d like to keep things simple, we ... (more)

Comparing Magento vs Spree Open Source eCommerce Platforms

We’ve been working on an integration of the Magento e-commerce platform for opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM, and some of our long-time users have also talked about integrating opentaps with Spree. I took a quick look at both and make some notes about them. Since we’re not developers of or service providers for either one,  and we plan to support integration with both in opentaps, I hope you’ll consider this an unbiased if somewhat “bird’s eye” comparison of Spree vs. Magento.  Read more about Magento vs. Spree ... (more)

Social Media, Networking, and Networks

Eric Qualman’s talk in Atlanta earlier this month got me thinking some more.  I started to play with words: “social media,” “social network,” “networking”…what did it all mean?  Interestingly enough, after a while the words themselves revealed a pattern.  Here are my notes on hotel stationery which I’d like to share with you. Let me show you with an all-too-LA example: In the age of television, media was how content was transmitted: cable, satellite content was the shows networks like ABC, NBC, HBO, and ESPN bundled the content and broadcast them over media to viewers, who used... (more)

opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM Quarterly Update

Easier to Use and Better Looking We’ve introduced a new keyword search feature for opentaps, based on Hibernate search, Apache lucene, and Google Web Toolkit We’ve also enhanced searching for invoices, payments, accounting transactions, and orders with new fields you can search with We think the new look for opentaps applications is a lot better and hope you agree. For Java developers, we’ve added support for hibernate caching and Java wrappers for ofbiz services and Java classes for constants to make your code easier to write and easier to maintain. Try opentaps in the Amazon C... (more)