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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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Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news announcements, which were entitled “Infor Simplifies Connectivity and Data Sharing with Infor ION(tm)” and “Infor Selects Microsoft as Preferred Technology and Tools Provider for Infor Software," were then demystified in an

top open source qa  Can Infor generate enough top line growth and protect the install base? In its defense, Infor claims to have ION-enabled all of its major ERP products – this includes but not limited to System 21, BPCS, XA, A Plus, SXe, Syteline, Baan IV, LN, Adage, and Visual . Not only are the latest releases of these products enabled but also older versions, where there is a sizable customer base, have been enabled. What this enablement provides for the wider customer base is the delivery of Workflows, Business Read More

Who the Heck Needs ROI?


Ten common errors prevent return on investment (ROI) calculations from being used as much or as well as possible. Avoiding intuitive decision making and basing ROI on quantifiable factors is essential to the success of major decisions, including software selection.

top open source qa  intuitiveness is a key top executive decision differentiator. While gut feel surely does turn out right sometimes, intuitive decisions are likely to be ill-advised far more often than realized. Moreover, political dynamics probably make it exceedingly unlikely that a high-level decision''s weaknesses will be apprehended. Often the person making a questionable decision is the one charged with judging the decision''s worthiness. This person will no doubt dismiss or even punish any challenges; and an empero Read More

Made2Manage Systems 'One Year After': Reenergized and Growing Part One: Event Summary


Made2Manage Systems' decision to go private under wealthy Battery Ventures' wing appears to have been wise. Despite a draconic exodus of former executives and the subsequent one-time restructuring, the vendor has produced tangible benefits for existing customers.

top open source qa  of the former Made2Manage top management and some sales, marketing, and product development staffers'' exodus in August 2003 seemed quite severe, given the vendor had not been a real money-burning machine prior to the acquisition (see Battery Power Shakes Up Made2Manage ). At that time, the company''s officials confirmed to a doubtful and consternated user and analyst community that a restructuring of the company had been made with three objectives in mind: to align the organizational structure with current Read More

The Formula for Product Success: Focus on Flexibility and Cooperation


Jeeves has retained the concept of having a single innovative product with broad and reliable functionality, and an open architecture. But beyond the solid nature of the product, Jeeves also takes pains to communicate effectively with both customers and partners.

top open source qa  of Sweden, with the top two markets being California and Texas, respectively. Jeeves North America, Inc ( JNA ) was established in 1997 and is a subsidiary of JIS. The vendor has other subsidiaries in Germany, France and Sweden (via recent acquisitions of Reveny and Microcraft ). In addition to distribution, marketing, and sales support for partners, JNA markets and distributes Jeeves Enterprise on the US market as a master reseller, with reseller establishments in Orlando, Florida (US), which is where JN Read More

It’s About Process (or The Ability to Be Responsive)


Because business processes are often communicated in an ad hoc and unregulated manner, it can be difficult to standardize processes across organizations, particularly larger ones. TEC analyst PJ Jakovljevic takes you on a guided tour through workflow automation—or business process management (BPM)—and shows how these solutions can help ensure standardized adoption of processes, with highlights on several key BPM vendors.

top open source qa  costs include (all on top of already hefty investments in existing enterprise applications): Having to license and deploy multiple development, test and/or production environments to support multiple BPM initiatives; Additional application and database server licenses; Additional staff to provide the care and feeding of these servers; and Internal cost of direct involvement from business users to participate in process modeling, business rule definition, user interface (UI) design, testing and rollout act 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.

top open source qa  issues are on the top of our priority list. TEC : How do you support a client that has made their own modifications to the code? JJ : This is one of our design principles. We distinguish the core solution and any number of extensions and customizations. So, it''s no issue at all if you copy and modify or add-on. If you change the core solution, the next migration will eliminate the changes. But, before we overwrite them, we tell the user, so that you have the chance to mark the modifications as yours. Read More

Top 6 Enterprise Software Trends to Watch for in 2008-And What It all Means for You


You may still be feeling a little woozy from showing 2007 out the door. Make sure you’re not caught off-guard by 2008, with the top 6 trends you should watch for in the year ahead. 1. ERP—The Technology Matures Granted, ERP vendors have been defining the technology as “mature” for quite a while now, but with limited room for ERP feature and function innovation (from a transactional

top open source qa  by 2008, with the top 6 trends you should watch for in the year ahead. 1. ERP—The Technology Matures Granted, ERP vendors have been defining the technology as “mature” for quite a while now, but with limited room for ERP feature and function innovation (from a transactional point of view), they can no longer count on sparkle and flash as a key differentiator. That’s why vendors will seek new ways to show how their ERP solutions can be used in conjunction with other offerings, in order to leverage Read More

Open Source CRM project Zurmo releases Version 0.7.5


Zurmo has released a new version of its Open Source CRM. The  0.7.5 version offers new social CRM elements, the option to add profile pictures, and custom lists while searching. One new feature worth underlining is Mission—a new gamification component that invites "co-workers to challenge one another in exchange for a reward." In fact, Mission proposes a unified vision of all customer interactions

top open source qa  Source CRM project Zurmo releases Version 0.7.5 Zurmo has released a new version of its  Open Source CRM . The  0.7.5 version offers new social CRM elements, the option to add profile pictures, and custom lists while searching. One new feature worth underlining is Mission—a new gamification component that invites co-workers to challenge one another in exchange for a reward . In fact, Mission proposes a unified vision of all customer interactions within an organization by displaying each Read More

Bonitasoft, Part 1: An Upbeat Provider of Open Source BPM Software


One area where open source software providers seem to be doing quite well is business process management (BPM), a discipline that focuses on continuously improving business processes, while taking an outside-in, customer-centric perspective. Think of solutions like Colosa’s ProcessMaker, Intalio, and Alfresco Software’s Activiti. In addition, while Red Hat is expected to make major announcements

top open source qa  monolithic BPMS. They need top-down initiation to flow through the entire organization (meaning projects end up spanning several years). Bonitasoft’s feeling is that nine out of ten times that is an impractical way to approach the problem. Instead, one really needs to start at the department level and work outward from that. With an open source and open (in terms of interoperability) provider like BonitaSoft, that is exactly what companies and their departments are able to get. Today, the Bonita BPM 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.

top open source qa  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

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.

top open source qa  xTuple’s bios of its top management as well as this article on Ned Lilly and the idea behind starting xTuple.   Our questions and Lilly’s answers are as follows: TEC: Has your market and competitive landscape changed as of late and how? What trends have you noticed in the market? NL: We''re spending less and less time explaining the concept of open source and leading more with functionality and value with next-generation business management software. Then, when they ask us how it is that a 27-person Read More

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

top open source qa  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