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The model of IT services for Free and Open Source software (FOSS) helps identify the characteristics clients require from consultants, integrators, resellers, etc. to develop, support, migrate, and implement enterprise solutions or services that are based on, or are themselves, FOSS. In addition, it supports standard criteria important to enterprise Linux rollouts or migrations. 

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TEC Talks to the Open For Business ProjectFree and Open Source Software Business ModelsPart One: OFBiz


In conversation with the Open For Business (OFBiz) project leader, David Jones, TEC discovers some of the challenges in raising an open source enterprise software solution. Mr. Jones explains his vision in this first part of three articles on maintaining a business centered around Free and open source software for the enterprise.

different open source  floating around it at different distances away from the project, depending on how involved they are with the project itself. Mostly, in dealing with the open source project we primarily deal with service providers or more technical end users so Undersun consulting . . . falls under a similar category, we''re a service provider that works based on OFBiz. Andy and I as individuals also happen to be the people running the open source project, which is how it''s organized. TEC : An important concept benefiting Read More

Recognition for IP Telephony Open Source Style


I've seen a lot of press about the open source telephony system, Asterisk. Although I haven't worked in the telephony world for some time, I remember what it was like administering those systems years ago in a midsize company that handled large event ticket sales. We ran some systems on OS/2 and for larger ACD call center requirements, Unix. These were not inexpensive systems. If I go to

different open source  of sound files in different languages, for use with the system as an interactive voice response (IVR) system. If you''re curious about this open source system, you may be concerned that you''ll have a lot of work to do to implement it. With all the companies that I mentioned were growing around Asterisk, that doesn''t have to be the case. It appears that Digium has many partners or associated organizations that focus on delivering Asterisk-based systems and the training to use them. I''ll end here, since my v Read More

What’s Up with xTuple-and Open Source ERP?


You may be wondering how the open-source ERP vendor xTuple operating with a workforce of only 27 can compete on the same stage with the software giants. Find out how as TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks at xTuple’s current ERP offerings and commercial editions, and speaks with xTuple CEO Ned Lilly on the vendor’s social capabilities, product development focus, market and competitive landscape, and future outlook.

different open source  number of interfaces to different shopping cart front ends, product lifecycle management (PLM), and CAD tools, various wireless warehouse solutions, and iPhone apps. In the latter category, one of our partners is working on a point-of-sales (POS) solution that uses the same hardware snap-on that the guys in the Apple Stores use to swipe your credit card, etc., from their iPhones. TEC: I can see that you do not talk much about your social capabilities, despite that topic being “mandatory” of sorts th Read More

A Spoonful of SugarCRMCase Study and Review of an Open Source CRM Solution


SugarCRM is a rapidly growing open source CRM company with solutions that appeal to a community of enthusiastic users. This study, based on a client who selected the Sugar Sales Professional CRM solution, compares product functionality to the competition and highlights some of SugarCRM's open source business practices.

different open source  partner community, especially in different areas of the world and shows that they give credence to wisely managing their open source project contributions. Finally, in looking at their roadmap, we can see that e-mail marketing, Microsoft Outlook contact synchronization, forecasting, and territory management are some of the next areas the company has planned for development. This may denote one of their main challenges—that is, SugarCRM has to continue filling in areas of functionality they currently lac Read More

A Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends


A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the open source door, however, with OpenMFG, its commercially licensed solution with an open source infrastructure.

different open source  choice is a little different. We''ve selected the open-source PostgreSQL database, because we can''t conceive of a good reason to use anything else. It''s more mature, robust, scalable, and better-supported than any other open source database, and it offers a level of standards-compliance, freedom, and flexibility unmatched by any proprietary commercial database. Also, because we eschew a Java or .NET middle tier, and leverage the database procedural language for all the business logic, adding new front-ends Read More

Manufacturing Cloud: Moving Toward a Single Source of Truth in the F&B Industry


LNS Research reveals how Jensen Meat Co. was able to successfully transition from its legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to the Plex Manufacturing Cloud for improved collaboration, streamlined quality inspection, and real-time traceability, from raw materials to finished product.

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Why Manufacturers and Distributors (Still) Need Different ERP Systems


The distinction between manufacturing- and distribution-focused enterprises used to be very clear. Lately, however, the offshore movement of manufacturing capacity has made many domestic manufacturers look and act very much like distributors, while distribution companies have had to start performing functions that typically have been performed by manufacturers. Yet, even as the lines become increasingly blurred between manufacturing and distribution, the key processing needs of these organizations remain significantly different. In this special primer, TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic takes a look at what those needs are and how they have changed over time.

different open source  and Distributors (Still) Need Different ERP Systems The distinction between manufacturing- and distribution-focused enterprises used to be very clear. Lately, however, the offshore movement of manufacturing capacity has made many domestic manufacturers look and act very much like distributors, while distribution companies have had to start performing functions that typically have been performed by manufacturers. Yet, even as the lines become increasingly blurred between manufacturing and distribution, the Read More

Choosing an Open Source Vendor and Service Provider


As more companies begin to use open source, demand for direct support and services beyond the on-line community will grow. If you're looking for open source help, know what questions to ask to ensure you're getting what you need.

different open source  an Open Source Vendor and Service Provider Introduction Notwithstanding the community-oriented spirit of open source, many user organizations prefer to use products that have commercial entities associated with them. Why would a company choose to work with commercial providers rather than relying on the product community? Here are a few reasons: Unfamiliarity with the open source ecosystem. If an organization is new to open source, it may prefer to stick with its established practices and partner Read More

TEC Talks to OpenMFGFree and Open Source Software Business ModelsPart Two: OpenMFG


TEC spoke with the President and Chief Executive Officer of OpenMFG, Edward L. Lilly, Jr., to find out how OpenMFG is leveraging commodity Free and open source software platforms to more cost-effectively deliver its own ERP solution.

different open source  Is OpenMFG in a different position because of the model you''ve chosen? NL : It becomes a real management nightmare too in some pure open source plays, without a strong coordinating management effort. Assuming [the project is] a pure e-commerce play, say someone implements pricing schedules; there''s a reasonable chance, given the way a lot of loosely run open source projects work, that a consultant would grab the code, bring it up and running, implement a one-off, maybe submit the code back to the project Read More

A Guide to Evaluating the Real Costs of an Open Source CMS


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different open source  Guide to Evaluating the Real Costs of an Open Source CMS A common misconception when considering a Web content management solution (CMS) is that open source software will save you time and money. Just because you don’t have to pay subscription fees or shell out for licensing doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden costs with open source implementation. Find out the questions you should ask before choosing open source—and how to best evaluate and compare your CMS options. Read More

TEC Talks to the Compiere ERP/CRM ProjectFree and Open Source Software Business ModelsPart Three: Compiere/ComPiere


Compiere project leader, Jorg Janke, reveals to TEC the advantages and difficulties in developing an ERP solution as Open Source software. Jorg explains some of the intricacies in modeling a business around servicing mature Open Source software.

different open source  solution, relies on a different model. According to Jorg, with Free and open source software you can only charge for real services. TEC : Is your revenue more likely to come from implementation, consulting, training, or other service areas? Could you also explain how your business is arranged around Compiere, insofar as the difference between Compiere and ComPiere? Jorg Janke : ComPiere with a capital P is the commercial company , Compiere with a lower case p is the Open Source project. Nevertheless, you Read More

Active Escrow: The Technical Verification of Software Source Code


The source code for mission-critical software products is almost never provided to users by the supplier. All the end-user has is a copy of the compiled source code—in other words, the object code that can only be read and executed by the computers concerned. That’s why professional escrow is becoming an essential component of operational risk management.

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Open Source versus Proprietary Business Intelligence


Commercial open source business intelligence (BI) is becoming an alternative to proprietary open source BI for medium and large companies. However, commercial BI solutions have major demerits compared to proprietary BI, and have a long way to go to compete in the market. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of commercial open source BI compared to proprietary BI, and which one may be better for your company.

different open source  Source versus Proprietary Business Intelligence Commercial open source business intelligence (BI) is becoming an alternative to proprietary open source BI for medium and large companies. However, commercial BI solutions have major demerits compared to proprietary BI, and have a long way to go to compete in the market. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of commercial open source BI compared to proprietary BI, and which one may be better for your company. Read More