Announcing Openbravo 3.0 RC3
I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of Openbravo 3.0 RC3, the third release candidate in the 3.0 series.
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.
The RC3 milestone contains some exciting new capabilities delivering a completely new experience for Openbravo users. In particular, Openbravo 3.0 RC3 introduces the amazing My Openbravo workspace that provide a portal-like dashboard to Openbravo users.
Using this new feature, users can easily integrate at UI level their Openbravo installation with any other web application, either on their organization intranet or in the public Internet.
For example you can:
- Integrate with your corporate CRM system and add a chart showing your sales pipeline for the rest of the year;
- Integrate with your organization’s web calendar to see all of your appointment for the day;
- Integrate with Facebook and Twitter to always be up to date of what people are saying about your company or to update your colleagues on what you are woking on today.
These are only some examples. With My Openbravo, the sky is the limit and you can make Openbravo your primary workspace from which you can start all of your work activities, either in the ERP or in other systems.
My Openbravo renders information in widgets. System administrators can easily configure the default widgets displayed for all users in the system; they can also provide different role based workspaces so that users with different responsibilities in the organization can see the content that is most appropriate to them. Further, individual users can personalize their workspace by rearranging existing content, or adding and removing widgets.
With 3.0 RC3, Openbravo puts the user at the center of the ERP experience.
My Openbravo is only one of the many exciting new features of Openbravo 3.0 RC3, which also includes:
- New configurable login page;
- Support for modal windows that replace pop-ups;
- New styling that renders 2.50 classic windows with the new 3.0 look and feel.
The last feature is very relevant as it demonstrates how a new window built as an extension or delivered as a module in 2.50 looks and behaves when upgraded to 3.0 without taking any action to convert it to the new technology.
Openbravo 3.0 RC3 is intended for production usage by early adopters and it is a fully supported release available in all editions, Community, Basic and Professional Edition.
If you are a new user interested in learning about Openbravo and evaluating the product, you should consider using Openbravo 3.0 RC3. 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 RC3.
If you are interested in deploying Openbravo for production usage in a new project, you should consider either Openbravo 2.50 or Openbravo 3.0 RC3 depending on the time frame of your implementation and your attitude towards both risk and change.
If you are already using Openbravo 3.0 RC2 for production purposes, we recommend that you update to RC3 as soon as possible.
If you are using Openbravo 2.50 for production purposes, you will need to wait for a later RC before upgrading to 3.0.
Early adopters interested in deploying Openbravo 3.0 RC3:
- 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 RC3 upgrading to those releases to be able to absorb significant changes.
If you want to learn more about Openbravo 3.0 RC3, 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 by logging in with user name “Openbravo” and password “openbravo”.
We are confident that you will be as excited about 3.0 RC3 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 issues.openbravo.com or discussing it in the Early Releases Discussion forum.