Open Business

Manel Sarasa CEO of Openbravo, Interview at Open Source Meets Business

I conducted an interview with the CEO of Openbravo, Manel Sarasa. Openbravo is a free and open source software for enterprise resource planning.

We are talking about the story of Openbravo, localization of the software and the business model of the company. Openbravo has currently more that 1500 downloads a day and all together more than 500.000 downloads up to know. 70 partners are acting in more than 20 countries. The download of the software is completely free of charge. Customers can also customize the software and distribute it. The company earns an income by providing services and consulting. It received 5 million Euros funding from investors in the first round.

Our clients are organisations that have chosen to be the owners of their ERP solution and to only pay for the professional support they really need, when they need it. (May 15, 2008, www.openbravo.com)

60 people are steadily employed by the company. One third in the engeneering team, one third in the operations team and one third is employed in other parts, like in corporate services and in the internal consulting unit. "About the community, we estimate that there are thousands of people contributing to the project." Emerging markets and Asia, especially India and China, is a hot topic for Openbravo. "We start to have some good contacts there." The next step in increasing userfriendlyness of Openbravo systems is the one click install with an easy option to keep clients up to date.


Interview: Mario Behling // Camera: Stefan Koehler
Direct Link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3941448881089759658
Openbravo is an open source web-based ERP business solution for small and medium sized companies that is released under the Openbravo Public License, based on the Mozilla Public License. The model for the program was originally based on the Compiere ERP program that is also open source, released under the GNU General Public License version 2. The company is also a member of the Open Solutions Alliance, a non-profit organization working for open-source standardization. The program is among the top ten most active projects of Sourceforge as of January 2008. Development decisions are made by Openbravo, S.L., located in Pamplona, Spain. (Version 22 March 2008, 18:31, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openbravo)

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Johannes Loxen über Samba, Sernet und die Auswirkungen des EU-Urteils gegen Microsoft

 

Stefan Koehler (Gonicus) spricht mit Johannes Loxen (Geschäftsführer Sernet Göttingen) über das EU-Urteil gegen Microsoft und Auswirkungen der Offenlegung von MS-Windows-Spezifikationen für Samba.

 


Videolink: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=649115257125887071


Einige Auszüge:


„Samba ist das Produkt mit dem wir am weitesten da Draußen bekannt sind. Wir sind ein Unternehmen für Datensicherheit und Datenschutz ursprünglich. Wir haben uns 1997 gegründet und damals war Samba 5% vom Umsatz. Das war eine Open Source Software auch damals schon, die es gestattet mit Windows Clients an Linuxarbeitsplätze heranzugehen.“


„Samba ist komplett frei unter der GPL, jetzt auch unter der GPL V3 und versucht auch immer möglichst die Funktionalitäten darzustellen, die Windows hat, das heißt, wir sind Wettbewerber von Windows. Die erste Implementierung von Samba ist (aber schon) älter als Windows.“

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What are free layers?

Some questions should be answered that could help to understand what free layers actually are.

1. What is the common idea behind free culture, free content, free software, free hardware, free infrastructures and a free economy?

2. What are working examples of free layered projects and why do they work and others did not?

3. Who are the people engaged in communities building free layers?
a) What do the people in these communities identify as the basis for their project? Political changes, technological changes, cultural changes?
b) What do people engaged in projects have in common, what not? - ideas, organizational structures, background.
c) What is the motivation of people to take part in these projects?
d) What are the difficulties of people engaged in projects and how do they solve problems?
e) What communication technologies do they use primarily?
f) What common cultural particularities can be identified?
g) Where do the people involved meet, work and communicate?

4. What difficulties a systems of free layers face in regards to international treaties, patents and copyright laws and censorship?

Open Business - Spreadshirt and Jamendo

Some time ago Andreas Milles of Spreadshirt had a presentation at the Berlin Webmonday about his companies Open Logo Contest. They had developed a community that worked on the development of their new logo. In the end they actually took the logo design of a free designer, who they only knew through his contributions on the website.

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