WordPress Founder on the Key to Open Source Success

As a 19-year-old college student in 2003, Matt Mullenweg developed what has become the largest self-hosted blogging tool on the web. Two years later, he founded Automattic, which runs the content management system for WordPress (WordPress) and a handful of other web tools. WordPress — still free and open source — is currently used by […]

OpenERP Solves Open Source’s Vexing Problem: Making Money

Belgian open source application vendor OpenERP has set up its first overseas business office in San Jose, Calif. Traditionally, the company has worked with reseller partners in the United States and 54 other countries worldwide. After four years, though, OpenERP has begun an aggressive expansion. It plans to have 1,000 partners around the world by […]

Pentaho Brings Business Intelligence to Hadoop

Open source business intelligence company Pentaho unveiled BI and data integration tools for Hadoop this week, but they aren’t available to users of the free community edition of Pentaho. The new offerings, unveiled at Hadoop World this week, make Hadoop easier to use for companies trying to solve Big Data challenges, Pentaho says. While Hadoop’s […]

SugarCRM sees record third quarter growth

Commercial open source specialist SugarCRM has announced that it has achieved record growth in the third quarter of 2010. Discussing the announcement, SugarCRM CEO Larry Augustin said, “The continued momentum we are seeing around the world is a testament to the fact that businesses of all types are demanding more flexible, intuitive and open solutions,” […]

Gnuaccounting 0.7.8 released

The Gnuaccounting developers have released version 0.7.8 of their free open-source Java accounting application that embeds OpenOffice and utilises MySQL or OpenOffice’s HSQLDB to create and administrate invoices, credit memos, delivery notes, bills etc. The program is intended for use by small and medium-sized companies and now for the first time supports the deferment of […]

Survey Says! Linux Fits into Long-Range Plans for Big Business

It’s no surprise that enterprise has taken to Linux like a duck to water thanks to its stability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness. The Linux Foundation commissioned a survey by the Yeoman Technology Group that shows the adoption of Linux at the big-business level will continue to climb as companies choose it when migrating old systems or […]

Freemium: The Web’s Counter-Intuitive Business Model

Think about the freemium model for a second, because it’s completely counter-intuitive. You create content or a piece of software, and instead of charging money for it as a good capitalist should, you give it away for free. What?! Hold on a second, because before you think it’s entirely nuts, there is a method to […]

Open Source CRM Opportunity May Be in the Cloud

Open source CRM software projects are growing in number, but analysts question whether they’ll meet with widespread acceptance by enterprises. Rachel Flewelling of Info-Tech Research Group said flatly, “Our clients just aren’t interested in open source CRM, so we don’t do any research on it.” Dale Vile, an analyst at Freeform Dynamics, strikes a similar […]

Taking Care of Business with 12 Great Android Apps for Enterprise Users

While Android smartphones were initially targeted at the consumer market, with the release of Froyo/Android 2.2, they’re increasingly making their way into the enterprise — and several Android applications are now available that are specifically designed to meet business users’ needs, covering everything from document scanning to task management. Although many of these Froyo apps […]

Six Financial Tips for Managed Services Providers From Two Pros

How can MSPs and IT service providers better manage their finances, motivate their sales teams and maximize their profits? Coreconnex‘s Frank Coker and Service Leadership Inc.‘s Paul Dippell provided some eye-opening answers during the Tigerpaw User Conference in Dallas today. Here are their top six financial tips. I don’t often say this but this particular […]

OTRS Help Desk software as a SaaS solution

The open source OTRS Help Desk software is now available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) variant called OTRS OnDemand. Vendor OTRS AG plans to use this service solution to target in particular small and medium-sized businesses which only have limited technical, human or financial resources available, but still require a help desk solution. […]

Create OpenDocument invoices and other documents with Rexx

After my talk about ODF scripting at OOoCon 2010 I got by another OOoCon speaker, Rony G. Flatscher another script for automatic generation of OpenDocument invoices, or any other ODF text with a fixed structure. Roni’s script opens an OpenDocument text template as the one shown in the left picture below and replaces all the […]

Bunker Session from GigaOM: The Open Source Enterprise

On the morning of Sept. 29, around 75 entrepreneurs, executives and investors will gather at the GigaOM offices in San Francisco to engage in a town hall-style forum. The topic of discussion will be to consider when IT applications and infrasructure based on open source will realistically form the complete IT delivery chain. Free, open-source […]

Open Source: OpenERP Takes Channel Partner Program Global

Open source isn’t anything new in the channel. But an open source ERP suite provided by a 100% channel company that offers its resellers 90% margins across the board? That’s got The VAR Guy’s interest. And now OpenERP has announced they’ve signed up partners in 17 new countries — and opened their first US outpost […]

Adopting Enterprise Open Source Software

Nagios sent me a reminder yesterday, which I finally got around to reading today, to update to the latest version of Nagios Core, 3.2.2. We were running 3.2.0, so we were a couple versions behind, so after browsing through the list of fixed bugs I thought it would be good to go ahead and upgrade. […]

7 Providers of Pre Installed Linux Laptops/PC’s

Not many mainstream PC manufacturers have a Linux preinstalled version of their products. But some do have and the there are many other not-so-mainstream providers of Linux preinstalled laptops, netbooks and PC’s. Here are a few of them you should know. Dell Dell is obviously the most famous among Laptops/PC manufacturers in Linux circles primarily […]

Project management the open source way

Whether you are a freelancer or a small business owner, a project management solution is essential for keeping your operation running smoothly. And if you are in the market for a nimble and easy-to-use tool for managing projects and keeping tabs on your tasks, Collabtive might be exactly what you are looking for. This web-based […]

6 of the Best Free Linux Customer Service Trouble Ticketing Software

A customer service trouble ticketing (or help desk) is an information and assistance resource that helps the resolution of computer related problems. Companies seeking to offer better customer service often provide help desk support via the telephone, website, and or by email. Help desks may also be established simply for internal use, to provide help […]

Open Source Continues Its Infiltration of the Enterprise

Early last year, when we covered Northbridge Venture Partners’ 2009 Future of Open Source survey, there were a number of surprising predictions made by open source movers and shakers. A staggering 96 percent of respondents said that the economic downturn was having a positive effect on open source adoption and would continue to do so. […]

11 free open-source apps your small business can use now

Despite the wealth of free applications out there, many small business owners continue to spend an inordinate amount of their all-too-scarce resources on software. Microsoft Office 2010? That’ll be $499.99 — or $279.99 if you can do without the Professional version. QuickBooks 2010? $159.95 or more. Adobe PhotoShop CS5? A whopping $699. The good news […]