November 11th, 2011
This is a question we think a lot about at Openbravo, because deploying a new ERP is a big investment for our customers, and we want Openbravo to be the last ERP they ever implement. Our goal is not just “Agile ERP” but “ERP for Life”, and that means becoming future proof.As we engage with customers and prospects, we clearly see that as they grow, a lot of small to medium sized businesses end up supplementing their hard-to-change, legacy ERP back office systems with a complex patchwork of:
… in an attempt to reactively respond to the real needs of the business. This is called a "best practice" by the legacy vendors and system integrators who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. :) But there is clearly a better way. A "Future Proof ERP" puts a change-ready business application platform at the center of your business, enabling you to get rid of that complex mess, and deploy all or most of your required functionality natively in the web based ERP. To communicate this clearly, I created a brief video called (1) "What is a Future Proof ERP?", which addresses the topic in a practical way, and demonstrates three ways in which Openbravo 3 is future proof, today.So take a few minutes and check it out. If this video strikes a cord, you will probably also be interested in our new (2) technology page. Finally, if you need help getting your company ready to face 2012 and beyond, please fill out this (3) registration form for a free consultation with an Openbravo expert. (1) http://youtu.be/OZutelDNgzE?hd=1(2) http://www.openbravo.com/product/erp/technology/(3) http://www.openbravo.com/form/customer/index.php?source=Blog
- "best of breed" applications,
- point solutions purchased by end users,
- external portals,
- spreadsheets, etc.,
May 20th, 2011
Openbravo has delivered proven results in the retailsector for several years, and this week we are intensifying our Retail focuswith a new commercial offering called Point of Sale Retail (press release here).
Pointof Sale Retail extends Openbravo 3 Professional Editionwith commercial support for Openbravo POS, providing a unified, highly scalableand cost-effective open source solution platform for Retail.
To learnmore about the Point of Sale Retail Module and the agile Openbravo 3 platform,please register for the webinar
”How to affordablysuper-charge retail performance with an integrated, open source retailsolution”:
This webinar will be informative for Retail companiesrequiring an agile, cost-effective retail solution, as well as IT servicescompanies who cater to the Retail sector—and who want to implement the bestpossible retail solutions for their customers.
May 3rd, 2011
I'd like to announce a new tool to help keep you informed about the extensive module development activity happening across Openbravo's global Community--the Openbravo 3 Module Monitor Report. The very first edition, for April 2011, is now available for direct download here. If you want to receive this report automatically every month, please click here to sign up for our mailing list, and be sure to check the box re: "Technical Product Updates".
Since the Openbravo 3 Monitor Report can be a bit intimidating (there is always a LOT going on! :), read on to check out some summary highlights.
April 2011 Module Development Highlights
This month Openbravo developers worldwide are heads down publishing their modules for Openbravo 3, and several localizations achieved GA (General Availability) or CR (Controlled Release) status for Openbravo 3, including localization modules from these countries:
Dozens of of Openbravo’s own modules were updated to Release Candidate 6, adding new functionality and correcting over 100 defects as reported by Openbravo CEO Paolo Juvara in this blog post. I have a special call out for the Initial Data Load Extension for Java module, which is now published in Test status for Openbravo 3. As Adrian Romero discussed in this blog post, the module makes it easy to tailor your initial data load process. If you are piloting Openbravo 3 and want to import your own specific data, give it a try! Similarly, if you are a developer authoring a module and want to add an import process to it, check out this post from Shankar Balachandran. A lot of people have data in spreadsheets (or can easily put it there), so it is often worth your time to go the extra mile to make it as easy as possible to import customer data into your new module (instead of entering it by hand).
Great Example of Web-based Integration!
Finally, I want to refer you to Asier Zabaleta’s excellent blog post describing how easy it is to integrate Openbravo 3 with Zoho reports, and expose a Zoho graph as an Openbravo 3 workspace widget. Asier sums it up very well at the end,
- “And this is just an example of why web solutions are so powerful these days. Their ease of integration with other tools makes them a must”!!
Indeed, open source is at the forefront of modular web technology, and Openbravo is leading the way in the ERP space, with Openbravo 3, the agile erp.
Until Next Month...
I hope you have found this monthly update on Openbravo 3 module development informative and useful. Openbravo 3 modules are the key to achieving a best fit, maintainable ERP implementation at a low cost. So stay informed informed about what modules are available, and don’t be shy about trying out a new module--it’s easy, just follow these simple instructions.
Note that if you ever miss a month, I will keep a complete list of the monthly reports in the wiki, just click here.
September 20th, 2010
As noted in this recent press release (in Spanish),QuickStart 2 is now available for Spain.
This next generation of the proven QuickStart rapid implementation solution incorporates all of the latest Openbravo ERP advances, featuring deep professional localization for Spain out of the box, and inclusion of the new Advanced Payables & Receivables module and the Easy Extensible Attributes module.
Advanced Payables and Receivables is a complete payment management system that provides an enhanced user experience, and fully automates and audits all payment and reconciliation processes--bringing ground-breaking simplicity and efficiency to finance.
Easy Extensible Attributes enables non-technical business analysts or consultants to easily add new tabs and fields to Openbravo application windows.
Companies in Spain are looking to save time and money now, while also increasing their business agility for the future. Openbravo Professional Edition, combined with QuickStart 2 for Spain, meets this challenge head on, providing an adaptable, web-based business management solution that can be implemented in weeks instead of months.
August 27th, 2010
The Openbravo development team has had a very productive summer, and the fruits of their labors have come together for U.S. companies in the form of 3 complementary initiatives, all of which are available at no cost to Openbravo ERP Professional Edition subscribers in the U.S.:
QuickStart 2 is the next generation of our rapid implementation solution that allows SMBs to go live with a standardized, pre-configured web-based ERP implementation in weeks instead of months--with full adaptability and scalability going forward. See the recent press release for details.
- QuickStart 2
- U.S. Professional Localization Pack
- Advanced Payables & Receivables Module
The first version of the U.S. Professional Localization Pack is now available in Openbravo Exchange. Companies with U.S. operations will see faster deployments, more efficient operations, and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with this functionality. Openbravo partners may sign on to the partner portal and follow this link to a recorded webinar with detailed information, in the "Must Know" section.
Finally, the new Advanced Payables and Receivables module (which is pre-bundled with QuickStart 2, but also available independently) has reached GA (Generally Available) status, after being in Controlled Release during the summer. This "module" is actually a complete payment management system that provides an enhanced user experience, and fully automates and audits all payment and reconciliation processes. The Openbravo Exchange listing is here.
The bottom line is that U.S. companies are increasingly looking for adaptable, web-based solutions that are cloud-ready and easy to deploy and operate. Openbravo ERP Professional Edition, combined with QuickStart 2 and the U.S. Professional Localization Pack, is well-positioned to meet this demand!
August 25th, 2010
Infoworld just announced their 2010 Bossie Awards, and have again honored Openbravo with the Best of Open Source Awards 2010 (Bossie Award), in the Best Open Source Applications
category. This is the third time we have been honored (2007, 2009, 2010).
Other application winners include Pentaho, Talend, SugarCRM, and Alfresco--congratulations to this elite open source crew.
This year we're the only winner in the ERP category. Per Infoworld, Openbravo is the leading Open Source ERP company!
July 15th, 2010
Openbravo would like to congratulate Spain on a great World Cup victory. It was well-deserved and a testament to the team's patience, stamina and skill. They stayed true to their philosophy, and did not waver from a proven strategy--even after an upset loss in the first match.
As a global company with origins in Spain, Openbravo is proud of this landmark achievement, and also the way it was achieved. I think there is a lot that companies can learn from the hard work, perseverance and interdependence of the Spanish players. I also see many of the same underlying attributes in Openbravo’s team and extended ecosystem, and I know that similar perseverance, execution, and faithfulness to our open source strategy will ultimately yield great results for Team Openbravo.
April 22nd, 2010
I just noticed that Openbravo Forge, the collaborative development environment from Openbravo, has reached the 10 thousand developer mark! When I last blogged about it in August 2009, Openbravo Forge had 6997 developers and 139 projects. Now we are at 10000 developers, working together on over 300 ERP-related projects!
This steady growth demonstrates what an open source community can do when a best-in-class project like Openbravo ERP is paired with a robust collaboration tool like Openbravo Forge.
Note that I am using the term "developer" in a general sense. Developing world class web-based ERP solutions for SMB requires a wide range of talent. So in addition to ERP application developers, Openbravo Forge users include ERP functional experts, System Architects, QA analysts, User Experience experts, and people involved in documentation, language translation, localization, and more. If you have an interest in ERP, check out Openbravo Forge to see what all of the excitement is about! Hint: it may have a little bit to do with collaboration and innovation... :)
April 14th, 2010
We are pleased to announce that our friends from Datafashion have just published a new developer-oriented module called the Interceptor Filter. This module, which appears in Openbravo Exchange's growing Tools section, provides an easy way to intercept a user command, and attach custom logic to it without changing the core source code.
In related Openbravo Exchange news, the philosophy at Openbravo is to grow the Exchange organically and at high quality from the very beginning. We want Openbravo Exchange to be a place that people can go to with confidence to find high quality, valuable extensions modules that they can easily install and combine to meet their unique needs. To ensure that all Exchange modules install and uninstall correctly as we deliver monthly maintenance packs, we are testing all of them on a continuous integration basis per this defined process, which uses the Selenium toolset described in this recent recorded webinar.
So, if you don't find what you are looking for in Openbravo ERP, please remember to check out Openbravo Exchange. New native Openbravo modules are being added all the time, and we are working hard to apply the latest technology and best-in-class processes to help assure high quality.
April 6th, 2010
As announced in this recent blog post, Openbravo has released a native Openbravo ERP package for Ubuntu 9.10, which brings an important new capability to Openbravo users: full support on the Amazon Cloud. Here are the official AMI (Amazon Machine Image) IDs for Ubuntu 9.10. If you are new to Amazon Web Services, Ubuntu's EC2 Starter's Guide will get you started with instructions on how to create an account and start and manage a new instance.
With the native Ubuntu 9.10 package, Openbravo is now providing another fully-supported, standard way to deploy to the cloud (in addition to our cloud appliance)--just start with the 9.10 AMI and install the Openbravo Ubuntu package, as usual. This is an ideal option for customers of all sizes who appreciate the flexibility, security, and wide range of applications available for easy installation on Ubuntu Server, combined with the benefits of deploying Openbravo ERP on the public Amazon Cloud, which include:
- freedom from the cost and hassle of acquiring and managing your own physical hardware
- low monthly billing, with the ability to incrementally increase the computer resources you pay for, as you need them
- secure, browser access to Openbravo ERP from anywhere in the world
- ability to achieve efficient, off-site backup
WIth Openbravo' Ubuntu 9.10 package, larger organizations and SaaS providers seeking to deploy Openbravo ERP on a private cloud behind their own firewall can do so with the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud--which is compatible with the Amazon public cloud, enabling easy migration and the ability to "burst" to the public cloud during peak periods as needed.
Cloud computing is growing steadily, and recent surveys suggest that further acceleration in cloud adoption is on the horizon. Cloud computing, Ubuntu, and Openbravo ERP are all now past the "early adopter" stage, and together provide an ideal combination for many SMBs. Openbravo customers are increasingly deploying on the cloud, and we at Openbravo use the Amazon EC2 Cloud extensively in our own IT infrastructure. We have extensive real world experience with it, and can attest to the benefits. Now is a great time to get started with Openbravo ERP, Ubuntu, and the Amazon Cloud!