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)
What do you say when people ask, “Why do you do your job?”
Is it a mix of I’ve-done-it-for-years, I’m-good-at-it, and
That’s all fine and good, but please take a moment to think about the
bigger picture: Our world is heading to a peak population of 9 billion people
within our lifetime. More than two billion people have no access to
drinking water. Over a billion people live in urban slums.
The same skills that you already have — designing and building technology
and online communities — could solve problems like these for billions of
people. So as important... (more)
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
There’s an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal about Big Data in
Manufacturing. Manufacturers are now leveraging sensors and scanners
throughout the factory floor to collect data about everything from screw
turns to temperature and humidity in an effort to improve quality. My
favorite part is actually this line:
In the past, some of that data had to be typed in, creating the risk of
This is the future of software: invisibility. The days of us sitting in
front of a computer typing in data are numbered. With the cost of data
collection, storage, and analysi... (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)