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[News] Free Software Gaining in SOA, ERP in Clusters

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Taking SOA Where No SOA has Gone Before -- Progress Beefs Up FUSE

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| Is open source becoming the norm in the emerging generation of SOA solutions?
| I recently had the chance to catch up with Debbie Moynihan, director of the 
| FUSE Community and marketing at Progress Software. Debbie was also director 
| of the open source program at IONA Technologies before the company was 
| acquired by Progress in the past year.    


Update: Open source ERP on Amazon EC2? 

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| Richardson adds that "those people who like Linux and open systems will find 
| the combination attractive because there's no cheaper way to do ERP." The 
| challenge, Richardson says, "is converting downloads into paying customers."   


Open Source ERP on Amazon EC2

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| Compiere has stepped into the cloud by making its open source ERP wares 
| available on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).Customers can now tap into 
| the Amazon-hosted virtual computing environment, dubbed Compeire Cloud 
| Edition, for ERP tasks including accounting, purchasing, order fulfillment, 
| manufacturing, warehousing, and CRM.    



Openbravo hits the millionth download... Yes, we can!

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| What a journey we have undergone since Openbravo opened to the world in April
| 2006 with its code publication on SourceForge. 2 ½ years later, we are proud
| to say that thanks to the support of our incredible community of developers,
| partners, and customers, we've already reached the millionth project
| download.



Open source ERP in a box

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| Openbravo has announced that it is teaming up with rPath to build an ERP 
| software appliance for small and medium businesses, with the aim of 
| simplifying deployment and ongoing maintenance.  


Southern Book Company Increases Net Margins, Doubles Revenue with Open Source

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| Atlanta-based Southern Book Company (SBC) has successfully implemented a
| hosted version of solution provider's Compiere open-source enterprise
| resource planning (ERP) systems, the solution provider has announced.


Open Source ERP: Revving Up the Enterprise

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| Acquisitions sparked growth at automotive-productions company PerTronix, but 
| also led to disconnected order-management and inventory systems. An 
| open-source planning setup allowed the company to shift its operations— and 
| save money.   


Inmersa Releases ERP Open Source Suite

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| Inmersa is a back and front-office product with ERP, CRM, Web portal
| and store front capabilities with Content Management System and
| Portal Creation on Click 100 Percent LAMP -- Linux, Apache,


Is Open Source the Answer to ERP?

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| "People using old SAP R3 and pre-Version 11 Oracle Financials systems in a 
| few years will be looking at [SAP's] Netweaver and [Oracle's] Fusion 
| [middleware platforms] and say, 'We don't want your middleware,'" he 
| predicts. That opens the door for a serious look at open-source ERP.


More midmarket firms choose open-source ERP

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| "I had lots of concern over the consolidation of the industry. I
| felt locked in to those two guys," recalls Alperin. That lock-in
| made him nervous, since he was already frustrated by lack of
| flexibility with his old homegrown ERP system, which was not
| built around a relational database. Also, customization was a
| vital need when Vertex acquired other companies or needed to
| integrate with new customers. "We've grown because of our
| flexibility," Alperin says. He didn't want to risk that growth.


Universities Abandon Old ERP for Open Source

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| Many universities deploy Sakai to support teaching and learning, ad hoc
| group collaboration, support for portfolios and research collaboration.
| Sakai's growing popularity could undermine commercial university
| software developers such as BlackBoard.


ERP vendor, eight, seeks partners

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| Hosted ERP provider NetSuite has announced an open source
| developer platform to attract new partners and increase its
| uptake in vertical sectors.
| [...]
| SuiteFlex features Suitelets and SuiteScript UI objects -
| open source, JavaScript environments that allow developers
| to customize their interface and workflows. Developers can
| wrap existing application interfaces in HTML. Overall, the
| goal is for dynamic interaction between different modules
| in NetSuite running the business.

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