Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Openbravo workshop in LinuxTag to review the German localization

Jens Wilke (from Headissue GmbH) has organised a workshop next Thursday, 31 of May in the LinuxTag in Berlin, Germany.

As you know Jens Wilke and Birgit Matthaei have been doing an extraordinary work localizing Openbravo for Germany. They have already a translation into German language (except for the Help file) and also a beta version of the an account of charts file for Germany.

Jens will give a short introduction to Openbravo and gives a status of the ongoing German localization effort. After that a discussion is planed to brainstorm what adoptions and functionality is important for Germany (such as electronic tax filing) and what the (German) users expect from the system.

Everyone is invited to participate and give a feedback on who to prioritize and organize the further activities. If you are working on other Openbravo localization, feel also free to show up and comment with us how is your effort going.

More details: Openbravo ERP - Einf├╝hrung und Status der deutschen Anpassung

Sunday, May 20, 2007

More resources for developers

We are very excited. In the next few days Openbravo R2.30 beta version is going to be released. It is going to be an important milestone for our users and developers, introducing among others, a new user interface.

Since the beginning we envision Openbravo as a web based ERP and also as a platform capable of developing web-based applications following a MDD/MVC architecture completely decoupled from the ERP.

Last week we published Openbravo Entity-Relationship (E/R) database diagram, a fundamental tool for those willing to customize Openbravo for their needs or for people willing to develop verticals or do custom development. The E/R diagram provides a clear picture of how Openbravo functionality is related to the data model.

Also, another important document that has entered a beta from this week is Openbravo Developers Manual. As the name indicates, its aim is to provide a full reference for those interested in new Openbravo functionalities, verticals or customizations for specific customer needs. We really appreciate any feedback on these documents.

And finally, we have updated the look of Openbravo Wiki, the central point to obtain documentation for Openbravo project.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Happy birthday Openbravo community

Openbravo started under the name of Tecnicia S.L back in 2001. At the time, the company was looking for an open-source web-based ERP for its customers. Since no suitable solution was found, we started to build our own solution based on another ERP called Compiere, that was available only as a Java client at the time.

From 2003 and until 2006 five people worked full time on the project (the team grew to 11 people by that time) developing new functionality for customers of different business sectors. During the that time the source code was delivered to our customers.

At the beginning of 2006, Openbravo secured an investment of 5 million Euros with the public venture capital fund Sodena. The objective was to build the best open source web based ERP and become an international player.

On April 18th 2006 Openbravo announced the release of Openbravo ERP R2.0 and published the source code at SourceForge. We started opening our development process using the bug tracking, source control and public forums at SourceForge to carry out our development.

During the first three months of public live of Openbravo one of the most recurrent requests that we received was to add support for PostgreSQL database engine. After a few months of work and as an answer to our community requests we released a new version of Openbravo with support for PostgreSQL database.

On September 2006, just five months after publishing the project at SourceForge, the project was ranked project number 6 in SourceForge ranking. That month, Openbravo ERP had 18.128 downloads and 420 messages in its forums, showing the growing interest for Openbravo.

Since the beginning we believed that all the documentation of our project had to be libre and free. The initial documentation was published in SourceForge but after a few months we launched the Openbravo Wiki that helped to vertebrate the collaboration efforts around of our project. Also, helped to vertebrate the localization of this documents to other languages like Spanish and Chinese.

We kept working on opening our development making our roadmap publically available, letting people to prioritize it, setting up a IRC channel to ease the communication between community members, setting up our own Planet and publishing for discussing Openbravo Green, our next platform generation.

On St. Valentine's Day of this year, the Open Solutions Alliance was presented. Openbravo is a founder member and it has been working since its conception in establishing synergies with other projects and open communities.

Last April, one year after of our debut in SourceForge, the statistics for that month were respectable: 72 bugs opened (44 closed), 488 messages in our forums, 22.775 downloads (6.681 product downloads), 21 registered localizations of which four projects are completed.

What are the challenges for next year? Keep building the participation and communication channels and the necessary infrastructure to encourage the steady growth of our community.

Let's make it happen!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Openbravo community highlights 3rd of May 2007

Hello everybody,

There are some news that happened during the past days:
  • raulcosminm has published the Chart of Accounts for Romania. If you live in Romania please help us to test the new localization.

  • Rok Lenardic has been working on a document that explain how to install Openbravo from the command line on Fedora. It is going to be extended to support Debian installations soon.
That's all for now. If you have any news regarding Openbravo success or efforts, please let me know (jmas at openbravo.com)