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As of March 10th, 2010 almost exactly one year after uploading our first how-to video, our videos are averaging 150 collective hits per day and have reached the 20,000 view milestone. Being the author of these videos, I am glad to see that people are benefiting from our content and really gaining some value from their SAP Business One systems. As we continue into 2010, our goals will be more heavily focused on the SAP Business One 8.8 release and how to utilize the new features in a more advanced fashion. We will, of course, continue covering the little tips and tricks as well. In response to the 20,000 views, we humbly offer 20,000 Thank You's We're honored to be providing small and midsize companies content that is found valuable enough to warrant the kind of attention it's received. We'll continue to create more, month in and month out, as always. Here's to 20,000... (more)

Open Source Compliance: Getting Started Guide

This article discusses Open Source compliance and the challenges faced when establishing a compliance program, provides an overview of best practices, and offers recommendations on how to deal with compliance inquiries. Introduction Traditionally, platforms and software stacks were built using proprietary software and consisted of various software building blocks that came from different companies with negotiated licensing terms. The business environment was predictable and potential risks were mitigated through license and contract negotiations with the software vendors. In time, companies started to incorporate Open Source software in their platforms for the different advantages it offers (technical merit, time-to-market, access to source code, customization, etc). With the introduction of Open Source software to what once were pure proprietary software stacks, the... (more)

Is Vendor Lock-In Really a Bad Thing?

When you look at the success of some very proprietary solutions and the loyalty with which customers defend them, you have to wonder if vendor lock-in is really as bad a thing as we sometimes make it sound. The subtext in the discussions around data portability and interoperability in general in cloud computing is really about vendor lock-in. Those driving efforts to come up with solutions that allow customers to pack up their data and head to another provider are primarily concerned about the dangers of being locked-in to a single vendor solution. But given the loyalty to some brands and products that are unapologetically proprietary and inherently create a vendor lock-in situation, one has to wonder whether vendor lock-in is really a bad thing and if it is, for whom? Take the iPhone. Really, you can take it because I don’t have one and don’t want one. But millions ... (more)

Understanding Linux Deployment Strategies

Click Here to Download This White Paper Now! This IDC white paper compares organizations using a commercial Linux subscription from Red Hat to support their Linux servers with organizations that are using a mixed environment of both commercially supported and non-paid Linux distributions and organizations that are primarily using non-paid Linux distributions aboard their servers. Click Here to Download This White Paper Now! ... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Keynote Speaker Profile: Jonathan Bryce – OpenStack

With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jonathan Bryce TWITTER: @jbryce ORGANIZATION: OpenStack Foundation 11TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: Open Cloud – Place Your Bets! SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/23909... (more)

Efficiency in Development Workflows: Deployment Pipelines

Last week we talked about how we review code, open pull requests and use GitHub issues to manage our development workflow. This week I will show you every step that happens after a pull request is merged into our master branch. We use an automated deployment pipeline for releasing our code into production. Deployment Pipelines A deployment pipeline lays out the whole process that your code needs to go through from your repository to production. It breaks the build into several parts (e.g., build, test and deploy) and all the associated steps that need to be taken. By defining a pipeline it is always clear which step needs to happen next. Martin Fowler describes it really well in his blogpost. If you want to dig deeper into Deployment Pipelines I highly recommend Jez Humble and David Farley's book: Continuous Delivery. Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases t... (more)

Brad Windecker Launches "Open Source for Small Business" Topic on Ulitzer

Brad Windecker launched today "Open Source for Small Business" topic on Ulitzer. A topic for open source software specific to the small business marketplace. Small and midsize companies can today take advantage of the maturity in open source applications. This topic will collect stories that relate to both the open source community and small business. Brad is the CEO and co-founder of Orchestra LLC, an IT firm dedicated to small and mid-size companies. THe company helps businesses solve problems through the use of innovative technology, such as leading business management software and open source website development, as well as through process redesign. ... (more)

SplendidCRM for Microsoft Windows Azure

Azure Cloud on Ulitzer SplendidCRM solutions for open-source use, has entered the cloud with its release of SplendidCRM 4.0 Community Edition. This release has been specifically updated to run in Microsoft's Windows Azure Platform (http://www.microsoft.com/azure/). SplendidCRM can be installed to run just the database in SQL Azure, with the web application running locally, or to run the database in SQL Azure and the web application in Windows Azure. With this new capability our customers will be able to minimize the cost while maximizing the reliability of their customer data. A live Azure demo is available at http://splendidcrm.cloudapp.net. SplendidCRM continues to evolve with the incorporation of the Silverlight 3 Toolkit to replace the previous flash-based and hand-made charts. “We continue to pioneer the use of XAML-only graphics as a means to promote rapid a... (more)

Contributing to FOSS: A Business Perspective

Open Web Journal Last weekend I had the pleasure of presenting at the Central Pennsylvania Open Source Conference on the topic of Contributing to FOSS (slides available here). In the talk I explored the many ways individuals can get involved in FOSS (Free and Open Source Software), briefly covering everything from programming to artwork to documentation. As diverse as these contributions are, the common thread is close collaboration with the project itself. In particular, following the procedures in place for contributing to the project is essential. The talk also reviewed some of the benefits of contributing to FOSS, which include career advancement and the ability to expand your professional network. Although my presentation focused on individual contributions, these lessons also apply to how businesses benefit by contributing to FOSS. When a business approache... (more)

Microsoft Passes Geeknet Open Source Test with Flying Colors

Open Source on Ulitzer Geeknet network, which includes SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Ohloh, and Freshmeat, has conducted a study initiated by Microsoft and found that at the end of 2009, over 82% of open source software was compatible with Windows Operating System. The results are a significant improvement from 2005 when only 72% of Open source software worked on Microsoft’s proprietary OS . In fact 23 out of the top 25 all-time-most downloaded projects on SourceForge also ran on Windows and 14 of them work exclusively on Windows. It’s not surprising that Microsoft is patting itself on its back for its headway on the OSS front. Scott Collison who is Chief Product Officer and Head of Corporate Development, at Geeknet, Inc.said: “In terms of actual numbers, this means that some 350,000 Open Source projects are now Windows compatible, out of a total of about 433,0... (more)

Cloud Computing Start-Up Picks the Lock on Hypervisors

Pete Malcolm Keynote at Cloud Expo Abiquo, a four-year-old Spanish open source cloud start-up bent on becoming a global player, should break out of stealth mode today bragging that it can end virtualization vendor lock-in and make public and private clouds interoperate. It says it means to change the way IT organizations operate their virtualized environments, making them more elastic and cost-effective. It has relaunched as an American company headquartered on Oracle's campus in Silicon Valley with $5.1 million in funding and a new British CEO to prove it. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! It says its infrastructure management software can automatically convert virtual machine images built for one hypervisor to any other hypervisor through a single drag-and-drop. Like VMware ESX or ESXi to Microsoft Hyper-V but the widgetry embraces... (more)