A report by Gartner predicts that the open source software (OSS) model will be adopted by at least 90% cloud-computing providers by the year 2013. As incredible as it sounds, the OSS model is an emerging key component for organizations that are looking for cost effective, reliable solutions for their operations.
Each year, InfoWorld reviews hundreds of open source organization as part of its ‘Best of Open Source’ / BOSSIE Awards. We’ve compiled a list of open source applications that made their way to this year’s BOSSIE Awards winners:
Compiere is a commercial open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application. It allows you to automate all your financial, distribution, sales and service processes. It uses a model-driven application platform that provides customers with adaptability, rapid deployment, and low cost of ownership.
Dimdim is a simple to use browser-based web conferencing service. You can show presentations, collaborate via whiteboards, chat, talk and broadcast via webcam with absolutely no download required to host, attend or even record meetings. It is similar to solutions like WebEx andGotoMeeting. The free version of DimDim allows you to host event with up to 20 people, but if you’d like more attendees, you can upgrade for their pro plans.
Drupal is an open source content management platform that supports a variety of sites ranging from blogs to large community driven web portals. Some of its built-in modules include user administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation, and metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for content sharing purposes.
Intalio is a Business Process Management (BPM) solution that provides all the components required for the design, deployment and management of most complex business process. It is based on the Eclipse standard and Apache engine. Intalio PM is available as either a downloadable software or as Software as a Service.
JasperSoft BI Suite
JasperSoft Suite is a Business Intelligence (BI) application that provides integrated reporting and analysis and data integration. It is is comprised of an interactive reporting server, graphical and ad hoc report design interfaces, OLAP analysis, an ETL tool for data integration, and a Java reporting library for use with either stand-alone or embedded business intelligence applications..
Magento is an open source PHP and MySql ecommerce script bundle with tons of features like catalog management, marketing and promotion tools, analytics and reporting. The Magento Community Edition is available for free and best suited for small businesses looking for an ecommerce solution. Its enterprise edition is more geared towards corporations looking for a production-ready solution with SLA agreements.
OpenBravo is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) web-based open source solution. It has several functionalities tailored to manage accounting, sales, CRM, inventory and projects for any organizations. It is scalable and can be easily deployed on premise or on the cloud. It supports an add-on system whereby you can use 3rd-party modules or write your own to add new features adapted to your needs.
Pentaho BI Suite
Pentaho is an open source data warehousing and Business Intelligence (BI) suite available as downloadable or as SaaS. It supports query and reporting, interactive analysis, dashboards, data integration/ETL, data mining. Its dashboards feature allow you to get immediate visibility into metrics while the data mining feature can help you discover hidden patterns and indicators of future performance for your business.
SugarCRM is a Customer Relationship Management script that has been constantly evolving since the past few years. It is bundled with a set of tools for salesforce automation (leads, pipeline forecasting, and account management), e-marketing, and online lead capture, as well as customer support and automated service handling.
WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. It supports multiple users, categories, comments, bookmarklets, RSS syndication, several APIs, weblogs.com ping, and more!