Think that Big Data will solve the world’s problems? Read The Signal and
The Noise first.
This interesting books talks in detail about forecasting, including the good
(baseball and weather), the bad (econonmics, politics, and earthquakes), and
the very difficult (long-term climate change, terrorism.)
In the end there is a warning to all of us: with the explosion of data has
come an explosion of noise, of spurious correlations which are not grounded
in sound theories. Think twice before you believe something because of
When I first found out about open source software, I felt the sky was the
limit — with the source code, I could do anything now! But after working on
open source ERP for the last seven years, I’ve come to realize that
customizing software, even open source software, should not be taken lightly.
I recently spoke with Phil Simon, long-time enterprise software veteran and
author of The Next Wave of Technologies and Why New Systems Fail, and asked
him for his thoughts on when you should customize open source software such
as ERP and CRM. Here’s what he had to say:
Customizations and... (more)
Derek Singleton at SoftwareAdvice.com has written an interesting article
entitled Can Open Source ERP Succeed? He brought up some of the hurdles for
the adoption of open source ERP software.
Having developed open source ERP and CRM for over five years now, I’d like
to ask a different question: Can Open Source make ERP better?
The ERP Challenge
To answer this, we need to look first at the fundamental challenges of
business applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP):
They’re complicated. Businesses are complicated, so ERP, which must be
support all the functions of a b... (more)
A recent GigaOM post about iPhone’s momentum vs Android was interesting,
because it suggests that the Laws of Software may have been overturned.
Since the early days of the PC, the software industry has operated according
to a pattern described in Michael Cusumano’s classic The Business of
Software: The successful software companies are the ones which gathered the
largest number of users. The best practitioners were Microsoft and, later,
Google. Both followed similar strategies: lower costs, add distribution
partners, add users, and branch into related products.
Apple was the o... (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)