In the previous installment of An Open Source Business, we talked about how
to determine if an open source project could also support a successful
business. Now let’s look at how to build a successful commercial
Before starting your project, ask yourself:
What will make a commercial open source project successful?
Believe it or not, most developers get this question wrong because of two
myths about software — and doom years of work before they’re begun.
The Two Myths
Here’s the myth that many commercial software companies have:
“The best software is the one with the most features. If we could just
get more features in our program, we’ll be able to get more customers and
And here’s its equivalent at many open source projects:
“The best open source project is the one with the most people. If we get
more people in our project, we’... (more)
We have just made the release candidate for opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM
Version 1.4 available, and you can download opentaps 1.4RC1 from SourceForge.
We will also be making an opentaps Amazon EC2 image for this release
candidate available shortly.
This release candidate is the final step before the official release of
opentaps 1.4, which is expected in the next few weeks, and there should be
only limited changes to opentaps 1.4 before its release. If you have
questions or comments about this release, please join us at the opentaps
forum on SourceForge.
In this edition of the quarterly update, I’m happy to tell you about the:
opentaps 1.4 Release New opentaps.org website, forum, and training video
store opentaps-Magento integration Development goals for opentaps 1.5 A proof
of concept for opentaps 2.0 based on OSGi, Spring dynamic modules, and maven
Amicon Technologies and IntegratingWeb join opentaps as opentaps Partners
opentaps in China
opentaps 1.4 is Released
opentaps 1.4 was officially released in March 2010. This release features
many new features in CRM, manufacturing, supply chain management, and
financial accounting; i... (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)
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)