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 presentation concludes
with a disucssion of future opportunities for open source software in the
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)
A product is useless without a platform, or more precisely and accurately, a
platform-less product will always be replaced by an equivalent platform-ized
But making something a platform is not going to make you an instant success.
A platform needs a killer app.
Accessibility [is] the most important thing in the computing world.
The. Most. Important. Thing.
- From Stevey’s Google Platforms Rant
eCommerce Journal on Ulitzer
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.
Spree is lightweight and easy to use, and the user interface for both t... (more)
This is actually pretty cool: a timeline history of CRM, from Software
Advice. From the early days of the PC:
To our much heralded (hyped?) social web 2.0 future:
It’s fun to trace the history of technology and Customer Relationship
Early 1980’s: Personal Computers -> ACT!, desktop single user sales
automation software, 1986 Late 1980’s: Client/Server -> Siebel, multi-user
CRM, 1993 1995: Netscape and the Internet -> Salesforce.com, web-based CRM,
1999 2010: Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing -> ?
What, indeed, will the future bring? Even bigger changes.
If y... (more)