With the first widgets for opentaps 2 are some big changes: Not just a new
look and feel or a new technical framework, but a whole new philosophy for
building better software with open communities. This philosophy could be
summed up as:
Make opentaps Benefit the Maximum Number of People
Simple as it sounds, but unfortunately this is not how most business software
is built: Most business software is very targeted to a small group of users,
and their creators and consumers often focus more on features lists than
For us, this philosophy required fundamental re-thinking about how we did
things and three goals for opentaps:
1. Make it Easy
opentaps should be easy: easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to extend.
It should be hosted so you don’t have to download and install anything.
It should work where and how you want to work. Finally, if you ... (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)
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)
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)
The first proof of concept application is now available.
This new application is based on Apache Geronimo 3, OSGi Blueprint, and
Facebook integration is built into the application:
You can try the opentaps v2 Notes application at notes.opentaps.com or see a
YouTube video for the new opentaps v2 user interface. For developer
documentation, please see our wiki pages about opentaps 2.
Fedex and Endicia Shipping Integration
The new opentaps OFBiz FedEx integration module provides FedEx web services
integration ... (more)