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Announcing Openbravo 3.0 RC2

I am pleased to announce that today Openbravo released Openbravo 3.0 RC2, the second release candidate in the 3.0 series.

This is a very exciting milestone for us because, unlike its predecessor RC1, Openbravo 3.0 RC2 supports onwards updates to both future release candidates and generally available releases.

This means that Openbravo 3.0 RC2 is not limited to evaluation or development purposes only and can be considered for production usage by early adopters in new implementations. As such Openbravo 3.0 RC2 is a fully supported release and it is available both as a Community Edition and Professional Edition.

Release candidates are incremental deliveries towards the full 3.0 road map and do not contain the full set of functionality intended for 3.0. Also, while new functionality has been thoroughly tested, they should be considered not yet proven.

If you are a new user interested in learning about Openbravo and evaluating the product, you should consider using Openbravo 3.0 RC2 as it gives you a closer representation of what is coming in the next months. If you are an existing community member interested in staying up to speed with the latest evolutions of Openbravo, you should download and install Openbravo 3.0 RC2.

If you are interested in deploying Openbravo for production usage, you should consider either Openbravo 2.50 or Openbravo 3.0 RC2 depending on the time frame of your implementation and your attitude towards both risk and change.

Early adopters interested in deploying Openbravo 3.0 RC2 for new implementation projects:

  • are recommended to thoroughly test planned business processes before deploying release into a production environment;
  • should be prepared for both UI and functional changes in subsequent releases; future 3.0 release candidates will provide improvements in usability and system operation but will require users of 3.0 RC2 upgrading to those releases to be able to absorb significant changes.

Users looking for a production deployment in the short term as well as users valuing stability should continue considering our generally available product, Openbravo 2.50.
Upgrades from earlier version of Openbravo (2.40, 2.50 or 3.0 RC1) are not yet supported so existing Openbravo users should wait for subsequent release candidates before considering an upgrade.

On the surface, Openbravo 3.0 RC2 looks similar to 3.0 RC1. However, it introduces very significant changes:

  • The Requisition to Receipt and Budget to Analysis flows are now supported, completing the 3.0 functional footprint.
  • The financial flows are based on the latest version of Advanced Payables and Receivables, which include the following new features:
  • Manual and automatic payment execution
  • Refunds to customers
  • The keyboard shortcuts capabilities have been enhanced to support all the new layout components such as tabs, Quick Create and Quick Launch.
  • Openbravo 3.0 is architected to support modules originally developed for 2.50 and to make it is easy for module authors to support both versions from a single code line. Thanks to that, Openbravo 3.0 RC2 already benefits from a rich catalog of 42 modules, among which:

    • Initial Data Load
    • Spanish Community Localization Pack
    • Spanish Professional Localization Pack
    • Electronic Invoicing
    • Multi-dimensional Tax Report

    Module authors in our Community interested in making their modules available for 3.0 should stay tuned for instructions to be published in the coming days.

    If you want to learn more about Openbravo 3.0 RC2, please review the release notes for a full description of the release, download instructions or Amazon EC2 AMI codes. If you are pressed for time and have only a few minutes to learn about the product, you can take it for a spin in our demo environment.

    We are confident that you will be as excited about 3.0 RC2 as we are. As always, you are encouraged to tell us what you think, by posting a comment on this post, raising an issue in or discussing it in the Early Releases Discussion forum.

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