Open Source Strategies

A blog about open source software and business models, enterprise software, and the opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM Suite.

Monday, April 10, 2006

opentaps at MySQL UC 2006 got the first scoop, but we'll be officially unveiling opentaps version 0.9 at the MySQL Users Conference 2006. This will be a landmark release for us, the first one combining the Open For Business applications and framework with our Financials and CRM modules to create a complete open source ERP+CRM suite. The combined suite would give e-tailers, retailers, and manufacturers the ability to manage their entire business, from customers to orders to inventory and manufacturing to accounting, all through one web-based application.

Best of all, not only is the opentaps suite open source, but it could also be deployed with open source databases such as MySQL on open source platforms such as Linux or FreeBSD. There's no dependencies on commercial databases, operating systems, or browsers. As a result, we think this would give our users maximum flexibility and the lowest total cost of ownership.

So, if you're attending the MySQL Users Conference 2006 at the end of April, please come to the opentaps table (Community Pavilion C5) or to my talk "Opening Up Enterprise Software" on April 25, 2006 at 2 PM. We'll be doing demos, handing out some CD's, and showing you how to set up a full ERP+CRM suite using the MySQL open source database. This would be a great opportunity for us to meet and hear from some users in person, a treat since we mostly get to work with you on mailing lists.

If you can't attend or can't wait, you can preview it right now by downloading an OFBiz weekly build and checking out our Financials and CRM modules out of our SVN and building it yourself. But please come see us if you can!

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