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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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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.

saas open source alternatives  in the case of SaaS deployments). Namely, for major customizations, customers can get source code and develop whatever they want, which xTuple can then roll into a standard OpenMFG function. In other words, to make meaningful changes to the application, users need to modify database functions and triggers (which is reasonably easy), and possibly the client-side, which is much less easy, in C++. Nonetheless, xTuple is talking about some additional architectural changes coming down the pike that will make Read More

Outlook for 2010


As 2009 comes to a close, we look forward to the New Year and everything trendy that it will bring. Today, TEC’s Research Analyst Round Table discusses the outlook in technology for 2010. We will touch on: •    Social Networking •    Social Product Development •    Business Intelligence (BI) for the Masses •    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS

saas open source alternatives  to expand. ERP and SaaS – Aleksey Osintsev The economy fell into a recession in 2009. This new reality forced companies to save as much money as it could by reviewing its spending, including IT expenses. I believe this was a major reason why the public interest in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) concept of business software delivery became so evident. In many business areas, SaaS seems to be a strong alternative to the traditional on-premise way of software deployment. However, in the ERP systems Read More

Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1


The software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough economic environment. Consider customer relationship management (CRM), transportation management, talent management, payroll processing, travel and expense (T@E) management, strategic sourcing and procurement, and many

saas open source alternatives  remaining 72 percent from SaaS subscriptions. Plex calls this methodology  Rapid Application Development (RAD)  or the process of creating or improving software by involving the user community in all phases of the system development. The vendor''s R&D department is a  profit center , as customers pay for the majority of R&D. In 2006, Plex claims to have completed over 10,000 requests for new features and customizations. The vendor is forthright about its challenge of how to communicate and broadcast Read More

To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIb)


The first part (Part II) of this blog series described the opportunities for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand applications, especially in the current difficult economic milieu. Part IIa then analyzed the top five SaaS assumptions (misconceptions) recently outlined by Gartner. Before any vendor can embark onto delivering a SaaS offering, it must thoroughly consider a number of harrowing

saas open source alternatives  plumbing components). Thus, many SaaS aspirants might still opt for the grueling DIY approach by using some free and open source software (FOSS) LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP) bundle or Ruby on Rails (RoR) . On the commercial software side, there is always Microsoft’s stack, which consists of Windows , Internet Information Services (IIS ), ASP.NET , and SQL Server .  Progress OpenEgde , Oracle SaaS Platform , various SaaS programs from IBM , and so on are other SaaS platform (but not Read More

PLM Migration: Migrate Your Mind First


This article identifies the increasing requirements of system replacements in the product lifecycle management (PLM) area and recommends users rethink the implementation scope, system integration, acquisition method, and so on before strategizing their PLM migration plans.

saas open source alternatives  content management [ECM] and SaaS in customer relationship management [CRM]) quite noticeably, and now they are seen in the PLM market, not quite significantly but representing a trend nonetheless. FOSS PLM: Aras Innovator, the only enterprise open source PLM solution, has been offered for over three years without asking for license fees. The partner and user communities of Aras Innovator have been growing very fast since the company changed the licensing model on January 15, 2007. For more information, Read More

The Pros and Cons of SaaS ERP


While companies seemed willing enough to let the applications that surround and extend their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system reside in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment, they were less willing to place their systems of record in a cloud they did not specifically own or control. But that is changing. This white paper discusses the advantages of a SaaS environment for ERP and argues that the cost savings can be substantial.

saas open source alternatives  Pros and Cons of SaaS ERP While companies seemed willing enough to let the applications that surround and extend their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system reside in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment, they were less willing to place their systems of record in a cloud they did not specifically own or control. But that is changing. This white paper discusses the advantages of a SaaS environment for ERP and argues that the cost savings can be substantial. Read More

Evaluating SaaS Solutions: A Checklist for Small and Midsized Enterprises


This paper from Saugatuck Technology discusses relevant criteria for evaluating SaaS solutions targeting small and midsize firms, and raises key questions that should be asked. It is important to ensure that a SaaS solution is well aligned with business requirements, and can accommodate change and growth. The paper also provides an evaluation template for executives to use in conducting evaluations of SaaS solutions.

saas open source alternatives  own tools? Does the SaaS provider respond well to support requests or to requests for enhancements? Is there an open and active community of users so that you can exchange information and share experiences? SaaS should be approached no differently than any other important purchase—you need to be sure of what you are getting. You need to be sure you are not going to burden your IT group with more work. You need to be sure that the SaaS solution you choose will deliver all the benefits you expect. KEY Read More

Demand at the Fount of Open Source: A Primer Based in Demand Trends


As we witness the inexorable increase in demand for Free and open source software (FOSS), many organizations have yet to glean the FOSS fundamentals. This series highlights fundamentals for the enterprise as manifested in global customer demand trends.

saas open source alternatives  at the Fount of Open Source: A Primer Based in Demand Trends Introduction This article provides an overview of Free and open source software (FOSS) concepts for both enterprise software clients and vendors that would like to be let in on the buzz resonating from the FOSS-related change in the software industry. I will address FOSS concepts in two parts. The first concerns the FOSS origin and rapid evolution as manifested in global customer demand trends. The second reviews reasons that enterprise Read More

Configurability in SaaS


As software-as-a-service (SaaS) spreads rapidly as a business model among independent software vendors (ISVs), the importance of SaaS configurability has come to the fore. With increasingly competitive deployments, the ability of individual tenants to configure their own options, business processes, and data structures will become the key differentiator among otherwise similar offerings—and will often prove critical to the success or failure of a SaaS deployment. Discover the variety of configurable options, typical technical challenges, and common approaches for optimizing SaaS configurability.

saas open source alternatives  in SaaS As software-as-a-service (SaaS) spreads rapidly as a business model among independent software vendors (ISVs), the importance of SaaS configurability has come to the fore. With increasingly competitive deployments, the ability of individual tenants to configure their own options, business processes, and data structures will become the key differentiator among otherwise similar offerings—and will often prove critical to the success or failure of a SaaS deployment. Discover the 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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Microsoft's Open Source Licenses


This post is not an oxymoron. The Open Source Initiative recently approved two Microsoft licenses (the Microsoft Reciprocal License and the Microsoft Public License) as compliant with the open source definition. Why would Microsoft want to publish an open source license? The very idea of Microsoft participating in the open source community might sound odd. After all, hasn't Microsoft been one

saas open source alternatives  s Open Source Licenses This post is not an oxymoron . The Open Source Initiative recently approved two Microsoft licenses (the Microsoft Reciprocal License and the Microsoft Public License ) as compliant with the open source definition . Why would Microsoft want to publish an open source license? The very idea of Microsoft participating in the open source community might sound odd. After all, hasn''t Microsoft been one of the most vocal proprietary vendors against free and open source software ? Read More

NCR Names Emcien Its SaaS Supplier of the Year


In late October 2012, Emcien was named the 2012 Supplier of the Year in the software as a service (SaaS) Solution Provider category, presented at the NCR IT Supplier Summit. The award is a reflection of the strong working relationship between NCR and Emcien, as NCR IT Services voted on those vendors that are most strategic and valuable to the organization. The video entitled "From

saas open source alternatives  Names Emcien Its SaaS Supplier of the Year In late October 2012, Emcien was named the 2012 Supplier of the Year in the software as a service (SaaS) Solution Provider category, presented at the NCR IT Supplier Summit. The award is a reflection of the strong working relationship between NCR and Emcien, as NCR IT Services voted on those vendors that are most strategic and valuable to the organization. The video entitled From Chaos to Order: Shaping the market with pattern-analysis of customer buying Read More

SaaS Realities: Business Benefits for Small and Midsize Business


Software as a service (SaaS) is known for its relative speed to deployment and low up-front cost. Less well known are the business advantages of SaaS for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, especially for small and midsized businesses. Learn how a fully integrated SaaS solution can help you improve your business operations, as well as better meet the challenges of growth, competition, and regulatory compliance.

saas open source alternatives  the business advantages of SaaS for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, especially for small and midsized businesses. Learn how a fully integrated SaaS solution can help you improve your business operations, as well as better meet the challenges of growth, competition, and regulatory compliance. Read More