In this part of our series on An Open Source Business, let’s take a look at
our friends in the online music space and see what we can learn from them.
The Deal recently had an article about online music startups which should
strike a chord with anybody who’s thinking about or trying to make a
business out of open source. Look at what they had to say:
“huge numbers, lots of hype, a surfeit of hope and a major chance of
failure… some of the business models are inherently economically
unfeasible… It’s completely unsettled and more and more fragmented…The
rules of the industry and the economics of the industry have completely
changed…Technological advances offer more and more delivery mechanisms,
user options and wizardly new features…However, just who can make money off
all this is almost as uncertain now as it was five years back…Everyone is
gambling there will be a ... (more)
Here’s an open source business model that’s creeping up on us: Selling
add-ons to open source software. For under $100, you can buy
predesigned themes, reports, and feature enhancements for a number of open
source projects, including WordPress, Joomla!, and Magento. Is there a
viable business here? To find out, I recently chatted with Eugene Popovsky,
one of the owners of aheadWorks, which makes several of the most popular
Magento add-ons. Here’s what he told me:
What made you decide to create these add-on modules for Magento?
We have a great experience in ecommerce as we’v... (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)
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)
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)