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Open Source and Linux, IT Services Software Evaluation Report

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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Open Source versus Closed Source (Proprietary) Software


Do you understand the differences between open source and closed source (proprietary) software? To make an informed decision when choosing between them, you need to know the advantages and disadvantages of each. The main issues in the debate include cost, service and support, innovation, usability, and security. Get a closer look at open source and closed source software solutions so you know what’s right for your needs.

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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.

open source alternatives  and Review of an Open Source CRM Solution Company Overview SugarCRM is a relatively young company hoping to be the sweet spot on the menu of CRM solutions. Based in San Jose, California (US), the company was founded by John Roberts, Clint Oram, and Jacob Taylor, who brought skills from their backgrounds with E.piphany, BroadVision, Baan, and IBM to the company. SugarCRM provides a number of CRM products, which are based on its open source core product, Sugar Sales . The following study concerns the Read More

Business Process Management in Free and Open Source: An Overview of the Demand and the Supply


Free and open source software (FOSS) has become a hot topic in the business process management (BPM) market. This article discusses the relevance between BPM and FOSS, and makes suggestions for BPM seekers that prefer FOSS.

open source alternatives  , the only enterprise open source solution available on the product lifecycle management (PLM) market. After that, my interest in free and open source software (FOSS) did not fade but I changed my focus to another category of enterprise software— business process management (BPM). This time, I was able to find more than one BPM solution that’s offered without license fees and had an impression that in the BPM area, FOSS- as-a-software-licensing-model has established noticeable ground.  A market is Read More

Will MS try the "Open Source" Gambit with WinCE? Why Not - Nothing Else Seems to Work


In what may be another attempt to gain some kind of foothold in the handheld and embedded-OS market, rumors are floating that Microsoft will open the source code for Windows CE.

open source alternatives  counting on riding the open source movement''s coattails. Microsoft Corp. could make public its plans to open the Windows CE source base as soon as its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in late April, sources claim. For embedded-device markets such as set top boxes, Microsoft easily could afford to give the OS away to encourage developer support. Licensing fees for the purpose of a set top box for cable companies costs very little money on a per-copy basis. One source speculated that in 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.

open source alternatives  process applications powered by open source software and infrastructure such as Linux operating system (OS), PostgreSQL database, and Qt , a C++ graphical user interface (GUI) development framework from Trolltech , a Norwegian software company. Before delving into xTuple''s answers to our questions, some background on xTuple and OpenMFG is in order. The vendor is a relative newcomer in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) arena; it was founded in 2002 (as OpenMFG) by its current president and chief Read More

IT Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 2)


In my last posting I wrote about the functions of project management. When I considered alternatives to MS Project, I started thinking about the functions of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software and concluded that they were similar in many respects. • Design The project blueprint and design stage where are all Business Process Models are developed • Modeling

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Open Analytics Platform


The Open Analytics Platform consolidates data of any size, typically found both inside organizations and in the cloud, creating an analytic experience that is both fast and agile for users, yet protected, managed, and secured for IT.

open source alternatives  Analytics Platform The Open Analytics Platform consolidates data of any size, typically found both inside organizations and in the cloud, creating an analytic experience that is both fast and agile for users, yet protected, managed, and secured for IT. Read More

Comparing On Demand Customer Relationship Management Service Alternatives


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Eyes Wide Open: Open Source Analytics Software


What is unique in the area of analytics is that significant human capital costs are spread across users in various lines of business compared to other technology initiatives that are largely paid for by IT. This research brief outlines the major costs to consider when making an investment in analytics; presents the five modernization stages of analytics hardware/software; and identifies what to consider when calculating total cost of ownership of the analytics ecosystem.

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Patent Law - the Open Source Movement of the 18th Century


Recent patents issued to Amazon.com and Priceline.com on their online business methods have caught competitors by surprise. “It’s a monopoly!” they say. Of course it is.

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Evaluating Alternatives: Key Questions To Ask When Considering An Alternative ERP/MRP System


Replacing an aging enterprise resource planning/manufacturing resource planning (ERP/MRP) system to stay competitive brings with it a host of questions.

open source alternatives  elements of both the open source and proprietary software worlds, making their source code freely available, and encouraging contributions from qualified solution partners. Such an approach can help ensure companies own the keys to the engine that drives their business. About The Author Ned Lilly is president and CEO of OpenMFG , a company he co-founded that provides software and services to the manufacturing sector. Read More

Breathing Open Air at NetSuite


It has been almost two years since NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) went public and my analysis of that blockbuster initial public offering (IPO) event. Needless to say, much has happened at the bullish software company since.   NetSuite positions itself as “a leading vendor of on-demand (or cloud computing) integrated business management software suites for midsized

open source alternatives  Open Air at NetSuite It has been almost two years since NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) went public and my  analysis of that blockbuster initial public offering (IPO) event . Needless to say, much has happened at the bullish software company since.   NetSuite  positions itself as “a leading vendor of on-demand (or  cloud computing ) integrated business management  software suites  for midsized businesses and divisions of large companies.” In other words, contrary to its  software as a service Read More

Enlightened Self-interest Launches CRM Information Source


Software vendor Net Perceptions and CRM gurus Peppers and Rogers Group have joined forces to develop co-branded media products covering the use of technology to create personalized, one-to-one relationships.

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Single Source or Best of Breed - The Debate Continues


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open source alternatives  Source or Best of Breed - The Debate Continues The Situation The ERP base is up and running and now the needs of the business demand the addition of functionality beyond that base. The additional functionality may be supply chain management (SCM), business intelligence (BI) New Product Development (NPD), or any of a long list of acronyms. Perhaps your ERP vendor will not have the extension or its functionality will be clearly inappropriate for your needs and you will turn to another vendor for the Read More