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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

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

Ask the Experts: So, This ERP Thing… How Does It Work?


TEC reader Martin K. recently wrote in with these questions: What kind of data is handled by ERP systems and how it is done? How does the interface work? Which departments normally use it? And who is the recommended team that should choose the ERP system?TEC analyst Alex Hankewicz says: To answer these questions, we need to take a step back and examine the evolution of ERP. ERP

saas open source alternatives  software as a service (SaaS), whereby your organization can access a externally hosted solution with a set of pre-configured modules that can provide the functionality of a completely integrated ERP system (for a monthly fee). This can address the need to have a solution in place, without incurring the costs for support and maintenance of an ERP system. Another alternative is to explore the growing number of open source ERP vendors, which can address many application requirements for little or no 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

Cloud/SaaS is the Perfect Solution for Food and Beverage Processors


Fast becoming the preferred delivery model for companies in other manufacturing industries, software as a service (SaaS) is being adopted by food and beverage processing companies using inadequate management systems. See how a SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system helps processors operate more efficiently and profitably, and enables world-class security, disaster recovery, and an expandable storage capacity.

saas open source alternatives  SaaS is the Perfect Solution for Food and Beverage Processors Fast becoming the preferred delivery model for companies in other manufacturing industries, software as a service (SaaS) is being adopted by food and beverage processing companies using inadequate management systems. See how a SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system helps processors operate more efficiently and profitably, and enables world-class security, disaster recovery, and an expandable storage capacity. Read More

Inprise/Borland Challenges Other Vendors to Open-Source Their Database Code


In a move which will challenge other database vendors to open-source their SQL databases, Inprise/Borland Corporation has announced it is releasing the source code for its InterBase 6 cross-platform SQL database. It will provide the database on multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows NT, and Sun Solaris, make the database available at no charge, and spin the InterBase division off into a separate company.

saas open source alternatives  Borland Challenges Other Vendors to Open-Source Their Database Code Event Summary SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - January 3, 2000 - Inprise Corporation (Nasdaq: INPR) today announced that it plans to jump to the forefront of the Linux database market by open-sourcing InterBase 6, the new version of its cross-platform SQL database. Inprise plans to release InterBase in open-source form for multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows NT, and Solaris, make the database available at no charge, and spin the In Read More

Ask the Experts: What’s the Difference between ASP and SaaS?


This interesting question recently arrived in our Ask the Experts inbox, so I thought I’d write a brief post clarifying the difference between ASP and SaaS models.TEC’s Take on ASP and SaaS Perhaps not surprisingly, Wikipedia’s definitions for these two terms contribute to the confusion: An application service provider (ASP) is a business that provides computer-based services to

saas open source alternatives  difference between ASP and SaaS models. TEC’s Take on ASP and SaaS Perhaps not surprisingly, Wikipedia’s definitions for these two terms contribute to the confusion: An application service provider (ASP) is a business that provides computer-based services to customers over a network. Software offered using an ASP model is also sometimes called on-demand software or software as a service . The most limited sense of this business is that of providing access to a particular application program (such as Read More

Why Open Source is Important to You


There are two trends in open source adoption that make it imperative that you consider open source solutions for your future IT initiatives. This article describes each of the trends and discusses their importance for your business.

saas open source alternatives  Open Source is Important to You Introduction There''s been an incredible amount of news and gossip about open source over the past year. Between the SCO lawsuits, the Microsoft Windows versus Linux TCO campaign, and the IBM Linux Everywhere advertising blitz, open source seems to have gotten more coverage than the Brad and Jennifer split. You might be forgiven for thinking the whole open source thing is overblown—plenty of smoke but no fire. You''d be wrong. Open source has been gathering steam and 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

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

Aberdeen Research Brief: Web Security in the Cloud-More Secure! More Compliant! Less Expensive!


This paper compares on-premise versus software-as-a-service (SaaS) hosted solutions for Web security. Through the comparison, you can see that there is research that suggests that hosted services are a better choice for compliance, security, and costs. If you’re an IT manager who is undecided about the SaaS model, this is a must-read.

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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.

saas open source alternatives  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

Comparing On Demand Customer Relationship Management Service Alternatives


Customer relationship management (CRM) functionality can fall into four categories: core functionality; non-core functionality; vertical, industry-specific features; and accounting-related features. When evaluating and selecting a CRM solution, enterprises must be aware of the potential issues associated with functions and features that are not part of core CRM functionality.

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Enterprise Application Alternatives: What You Should Be Asking Oracle and SAP


Despite challenges, both SAP and Oracle will be formidable forces in the hosting space, because of their intimate application knowledge, their infrastructure, organizational stability, and vast capital. However, SMEs should approach this decision with due diligence.

saas open source alternatives  Application Alternatives: What You Should Be Asking Oracle and SAP Challenges to Oracle and SAP Oracle Corporation has long prospered in the application service provider (ASP) and hosting space with its vision to deliver software as a service through the Oracle On Demand offerings (in former incarnations called Oracle.com and Oracle Business Online ). At the applications level, Oracle has over 200 customers within the Oracle E-Business Suite On Demand program. Here pricing is based per module Read More