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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)

SAP Business One BI in the Cloud

SAP Business One 8.8 for Small and Midsize Enterprises SAP Business One is an integrated business software that tailors its application around the needs of small and midsize business owners. In one single application, this tool manages all primary facets of your business, including Financials, Sales, Purchasing, Inventory, Banking, Manufacturing, Forecasts, Budgets, Reporting and more.  SAP Business One 8.8 is the latest version of the software, and it really elevates the application to a new level of functionality and performance. SAP Business One Benefits: BI and OnDemand In this video, Richard Duffy, SAP Business One Product Evangelist, takes a deeper hands-on look into SAP Business One 8.8. He'll take a quick look at integrating SAP Business One 8.8 "on premise" with Business Intelligence tools "in the cloud" using the latest BI innovations from SAP - BI OnDemand. ... (more)

The Commercial Case for Open Source Software

This post is written in association with Pentaho, a commercial open-source (COSS) provider of reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and data integration software. The history of open source has already been written and rewritten a couple of times, so there's no need to go back to Genesis chapter one and revisit Linus Torvalds' "just a hobby, won't be big" comments too often. But open source became more than the sum of its parts and the hobbyists grew successful in domains that traditionally belonged to their proprietary relatives. Historical Note: If you do still want the history of open source, then the YouTube hosted Revolution OS is about 100 minutes of the best open development commentary you will find. Open source grew up, we know that part. With a rich pedigree of success in the server room, open platforms eventually moved upwards through the commerci... (more)

Given 250,000 Tools on the Shelf, How Do You Manage Them?

Although I haven’t seen a thoroughly researched study, I figure there must be at least 250,000 FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) tools available to every systems administrator on the planet (230,000 at SourceForge + 15,000 at Launchpad + 12,000 at CodePlex + 5,000 at Google Code and that doesn’t count the Linux kernel or any of the myriad other self-hosted projects). These 250,000+ resources comprise the full “toolbox” that admins can use for building solutions with FOSS; they represent the FOSS equivalent of COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf). Of course, if you add open source but non-free or commercial tools, the problem explodes combinatorially. How can a systems administrator support the largest possible subset of these “on the shelf” resources to best service the next need from a stakeholder (like the boss or a new client)? First let me emphasize the difficulty... (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)

Likewise Simplifies Upgrade Path for Open Source Authentication Software

SOA & WOA Magazine Likewise announced that it is offering three starter packs that combine its Likewise Enterprise software with support and training services.  The starter packs are designed to help customers move from its open source software to Likewise Enterprise. Likewise Enterprise makes it easy for IT managers to authenticate users, control access to applications and data, centrally manage settings with group policies and create reports for regulatory audits. Likewise is also the only solution to provide 100 percent native support for Apple’s Workgroup Manager application Included in the starter packs are added support, upgrades and training services so customers can more easily take advantage of advanced features, such as group policy, auditing and reporting for systems integrated with Microsoft Active Directory. “Likewise Open is the easiest way for organ... (more)

Orchestra Contributing to Future of E-Commerce

Open Source Journal It is one thing to use open source software and evangelize its capabilities to a marketplace. It is quite another to actually attempt to contribute to that software. I've read all over the internet that 1 in 100 contribute, or some implementation of The Drake Equation represents the number of active users contributing to an open source project. However, in trying to figure out what exactly the number is on any given project, you enter a quagmire just trying to figure out how many people actually use an open source product. Regardless, Orchestra is beginning to find out what it means to contribute to a major piece of open source software. Our firm is highly committed to using Drupal as our web application platform. We love it, we use it, and we think you'll love it to if you try it out. To extend Drupal into the ecommerce space, we've begun worki... (more)

15 Million Now Using Open-Xchange Open Source Collaboration

NUREMBERG, Germany, December 17, 2009 - Open-Xchange, the leading provider of business-class open source collaboration software, increased its number of users to more than 15 million people worldwide - an increase of 80 percent in 2009. The results come from deals with software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers including Versatel (Germany's third-largest telecommunications provider with 1.3 million e-mail accounts), Dotster (among the world's largest domain name registrars servicing hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide), NameCheap (a leader in domain name registration and web hosting with 1 million domains), Nexen-Alterway Hosting (the French leader in open source web hosting) and NTS (a leading distributor in the Asian market). With the exception of NTS - the first distributor moving into the SaaS market in Asia - all the others have replaced their web mail wi... (more)

Enterprise BI: Snaplogic and Mindtouch Team Up

BI at Cloud Expo Sophisticated and advanced analytics tools that can strategically aggregate relevant data is key to the success of every business. The right solution can be challenging to find considering that we grab information from a multitude of platforms today – enterprise, web, social networks, SAAS, you name it.. Snaplogic and Mindtouch have decided to combine their respective offerings in a package that they call Business Application Integrations (BAI) which they say will work out cheaper to meet enterprise integration requirements for medium sized businesses. SnapLogic is an open source data integration framework for integrating data on both sides of the enterprise firewall. MindTouch helps with simplified, user friendly presentations of this data. So if you are in need of one service, you are probably in need of the other as well. Their combined solution ... (more)

Orchestra Hits 20,000 Views on YouTube for SAP Business One

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)

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)