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opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM Quarterly Update

opentaps 1.4 was officially released in March 2010

In this edition of the quarterly update, I’m happy to tell you about the:

  • opentaps 1.4 Release
  • New opentaps.org website, forum, and training video store
  • opentaps-Magento integration
  • Development goals for opentaps 1.5
  • A proof of concept for opentaps 2.0 based on OSGi, Spring dynamic modules, and maven
  • Amicon Technologies and IntegratingWeb join opentaps as opentaps Partners
  • opentaps in China

opentaps 1.4 is Released
opentaps 1.4 was officially released in March 2010. This release features many new features in CRM, manufacturing, supply chain management, and financial accounting; improved user interface thanks to the Google Web Toolkit; hibernate keyword search; VOIP integration with Asterisk; improved Web security; the opentaps Domain Driven Architecture with Spring framework and hibernate; and upgraded versions of the Apache Tomcat and OFBiz. For more details, see our press release.

New opentaps.org site, forum, and training video store
We’re also very excited about the new opentaps.org, implemented with Drupal by IntegratingWeb. The new site has made it much easier for us to connect with our community, especially with the new opentaps Forum.

new-opentapsorg

We’ve also launched the opentaps Shop, a Magento online store for opentaps training videos and related materials. This site will be our platform for offering opentaps-related products by all the partners and developers of opentaps.

opentaps Magento Integration Released
We have also released an integration between opentaps and the Magento e-commerce platform. This integration will allow you to download products and orders from a Magento store to opentaps, so you can use the CRM, supply-chain and warehouse management, and ERP features of opentaps with your Magento store.   Take a look at the opentaps-Magento integration video on YouTube to see how this works. To get started using it, see opentaps-Magento integration on the opentaps documentation wiki.

Development Goals for opentaps 1.5
Our main goal for opentaps 1.5 is to make it easier: easier for users to get up and running and easier for developers to start extending opentaps. We will be streamlining the process for setting up your organization in opentaps and importing your data. We are also going to make it easier for you to create new functionality for opentaps in self-contained modules. For more details, see the recent posting on the opentaps forum about these significant changes.

A First Peek at opentaps 2.0
OSGi is emerging as the industry standard for building large-scale modular applications. We believe it fits nicely with our long-term goals for opentaps, so we’ve built an initial proof of concept for opentaps 2.0 using OSGi, Spring Dynamic Modules, hibernate, and Apache maven.  You can  download this proof of concept from SourceForge and follow the directions on opentaps 2.0 Planning to try it yourself.

New opentaps Partners
Please help us welcome Amicon Technologies and IntegratingWeb as the newest opentaps Partners.  Both companies have a long history of working with opentaps, OFBiz, and other open source technologies, and we are very pleased to have them join us in making open source ERP and CRM a success.

opentaps in China - 在中国发展opentaps
I’ve met a number of opentaps developers and users from China, and they’ve all felt that there is great potential for an open source ERP and CRM in China.  If you would like to help promote open source ERP and CRM in China, please join us on the opentaps Chinese forum.

这几年我遇见过许多中国的opentaps开发者和用户。我们都觉得开源ERP和CRM企业管理软件在中国有很大的潜力。为了在中国发展opentaps和开源ERP, CRM软件,我们现在开始了一个正式的opentaps中文讨论坛。请各位参加我们的论坛,帮助我们在中国发展opentaps。

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