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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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opentaps Open Source ERP


opentaps Open Source ERP offers the features and scalability required for enterprise software with the flexibility and low cost of ownership often associated with open source solutions. It is an ERP-oriented distribution of the Open For Business (OFBiz) project for end users and implementation service providers. opentaps ERP is sponsored by Open Source Strategies, Inc., one of the core developers in the OFBiz community. The OFBiz project has been available and evolving since 2001. It involves a global developer community based in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has been deployed in a product-oriented retail, distribution, and manufacturing companies.    

open source methodology  Open Source ERP opentaps Open Source ERP offers the features and scalability required for enterprise software with the flexibility and low cost of ownership often associated with open source solutions. It is an ERP-oriented distribution of the Open For Business (OFBiz) project for end users and implementation service providers. opentaps ERP is sponsored by Open Source Strategies, Inc., one of the core developers in the OFBiz community. The OFBiz project has been available and evolving since 2001. Read More

xTupleCon 2014—Why Open Source ERP?


Award winning open source ERP vendor xTuple recently held its user conference—xTupleCon 2014—in its home town of Norfolk, VA. Educational sessions covered not just the xTuple products but also GitHub, common EDI challenges, tools to increase sales, and more. TEC's Ted Rohm takes a look at xTuple's development, open source philosophy, products, and plans for 2015, plus what feature Norfolk Forum speaker Steve Wozniak had to say on the future of computing.

open source methodology  2014—Why Open Source ERP? xTuple, an award winning open source ERP vendor, recently held its user conference—xTupleCon 2014—in its home town of Norfolk, VA. xTuple’s mission is stated simply: “To help companies of all sizes successfully implement powerful and easy-to-use open source ERP software, to grow their business profitably.” The conference brought together a global community of open source technologists and ERP users to learn, collaborate, and innovate. There were a number of 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.

open source methodology  Up with xTuple-and Open Source ERP? While Virginia might have seen its share of controversy over the recent laws on women’s reproductive rights, the region’s business and entrepreneurial climate is undisputed owing to vibrant enterprise applications vendors. One such vendor is Deltek —long reported by TEC as the enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader in the government contracting sector (see the most recent post on the vendor ), while another is abas-USA , an innovative manufacturing ERP 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.

open source methodology  Compiere ERP/CRM ProjectFree and Open Source Software Business ModelsPart Three: Compiere/ComPiere Introduction Consider that Free and open source software models, as opposed to the traditional proprietary models, may afford end user organizations a direct line to getting the software that is most well-adapted to their specific needs and at a lower cost. If that tends to be the case, one should ask how it is that the groups providing Free and open source enterprise software model their businesses to Read More

Rapid Implementation Methodology


It's a sad but well-known fact that many software implementation projects run out of time and money. Certain crucial activities tend to have striking effects on the cost of an implementation. But it's possible to stick to plans and budgets, provided that you do the right things and avoid the traps. Discover which parts of a software implementation are worth spending extra money on in order to minimize risk and cost.

open source methodology  is flexible, has documented open interfaces and supports modern technologies Open interfaces for initial data loading is an additional advantage If you have an EAI backbone in place, use it; otherwise, use point-to-point Keep it simple and make sure you can''t lose data API or web services technologies are easier to control and manage compared to flat files Hierarchical message structures are more complicated to implement compared to flat, fine-granular structures Use resources with the right skill-set - Read More

The Advantages of Open Source ERP


Open source software’s development processes, and the new business models its developers adopt, provide a new way of resolving the problems of cost and quality for enterprise software. To make an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system available to companies, cost reduction is the first priority. Find out how open source software makes it possible to reduce development costs—while resulting in a high-quality product.

open source methodology  Advantages of Open Source ERP Open source software’s development processes, and the new business models its developers adopt, provide a new way of resolving the problems of cost and quality for enterprise software. To make an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system available to companies, cost reduction is the first priority. Find out how open source software makes it possible to reduce development costs—while resulting in a high-quality product. Read More

Infor LN ERP Gets Open Source and Cloud Underpinnings


At the recent Red Hat Summit 2014, Infor announced a joint collaboration with Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, and EnterpriseDB, a PostgreSQL database company, to make Infor LN ERP available on a total open technology stack.

open source methodology  LN ERP Gets Open Source and Cloud Underpinnings Infor at the recent Red Hat Summit 2014 announced a joint collaboration with Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, and EnterpriseDB , a PostgreSQL database company, to make Infor LN ERP available on a total open technology stack. Infor LN is a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) application for large and midsize complex manufacturers delivered on a technology platform that was designed to give IT departments the flexibility Read More

Is an Open Source Business Process Management Solution Right for You?


If you are considering deploying business process management (BPM) solutions, but have been daunted by the cost, footprint, risk, lack of flexibility, or complexity of proprietary options, an enterprise open source approach may be just what you are looking for. Download this white paper to see how the increased availability of highly functional enterprise open source BPM technology is bringing the benefits of BPM solutions within reach.

open source methodology  an Open Source Business Process Management Solution Right for You? Increased availability of highly functional enterprise open source business process management (BPM) technology is bringing the benefits of BPM solutions within reach of more companies and projects. If you are considering deploying BPM solutions, but have been daunted by the cost, footprint, risk, lack of flexibility, or complexity of proprietary options, an enterprise open source approach may be just what you are looking for. Download 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.

open source methodology  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

Compiere Announcement on its Web-Oriented Open Source ERP


I just saw this announcement about Compiere's 11 new demos. The company is offering a sneak peek of its next generation Web-architecture. While watching the first demo, I notice it really stresses ease-of-use in the interface. Whether others agree that it's easy to use or not, I don't know but, but it is interesting that Compiere publicly asked for feedback in its public forum on the subject. A

open source methodology  Announcement on its Web-Oriented Open Source ERP I just saw this announcement about Compiere ''s 11 new demos. The company is offering a sneak peek of its next generation Web-architecture. While watching the first demo, I notice it really stresses ease-of-use in the interface. Whether others agree that it''s easy to use or not, I don''t know but, but it is interesting that Compiere publicly asked for feedback in its public forum on the subject. A few days ago I posted about some debates taking place on the 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 methodology  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 execu Read More

BI: On Demand, On Premise, Open Source, or Outsourced?


On-premise or on-demand, business intelligence (BI) solutions can help businesses become more intelligent about key processes. But what are the benefits to implementing cloud-based BI over traditional software? Are on-demand BI applications as popular in the enterprise as they are with midmarket companies? And what are some reasons people don’t outsource BI? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Download this guide now.

open source methodology  On Demand, On Premise, Open Source, or Outsourced? On-premise or on-demand, business intelligence (BI) solutions can help businesses become more intelligent about key processes. But what are the benefits to implementing cloud-based BI over traditional software? Are on-demand BI applications as popular in the enterprise as they are with midmarket companies? And what are some reasons people don’t outsource BI? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Download this guide now. Read More

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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.

open source methodology  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