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
Eric Qualman’s talk in Atlanta earlier this month got me thinking some
more. I started to play with words: “social media,” “social
network,” “networking”…what did it all mean? Interestingly enough,
after a while the words themselves revealed a pattern. Here are my notes on
hotel stationery which I’d like to share with you.
Let me show you with an all-too-LA example:
In the age of television,
media was how content was transmitted: cable, satellite content was the shows
networks like ABC, NBC, HBO, and ESPN bundled the content and broadcast them
over media to viewers, who used... (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)
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)