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This Sunday I watched again V for Vendetta, the comic written in 1982 by Alan Moore and David Lloyd and brought to the cinema by many of the filmmakers involved in the Matrix trilogy and directed by James McTeigue. If you like fiction, politics and fil…

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It has been a while since my last post and I want to apologize because of this. Although I am not the kind of person that has a natural blogging gene, I promise I will still try to keep on sharing with you my thoughts around Openbravo.To resume my blog…

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To create new reports or to modify existing ones has been a painful task for Openbravo POS developers. Although the engine used is JasperReports and there are great tools to create new reports like iReport. To include a new report in Openbravo POS you …

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Last week I was unfortunate enough to travel through London on the next day of the opening of the now infamous Heathrow Terminal 5 and my two bags were among the 15,000 pieces of luggage that got lost in those days. Luckily both of them were eventually…

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As many of you already know, we are having bimonthly community meetings. The objective is to discuss the topics that you consider important related to Openbravo ERP and Openbravo POS product and community processes.Here you have all the information for…

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I know several people that are thinking about the option of starting up a new company to develop an ERP business practice. My suggestion to them would be, not considering some minor exceptions, to definitely think twice before partnering with a proprietary vendor. The CeBIT is over. It was an exhaustive and intense 6-day fair. As expected, we took back home several different memories with us. However, there is one which I would somehow call “surprising”: at the stand for one of the top proprietary ERP vendors I saw two sales representatives “fighting” each other and discussing about who should be the one to talk to the end-client even before listening to the end-client needs. Obviously, each sales representative was defending a different solution. Next to them, some other partners were fiercely competing with peers to attract the attention of end-clients passing by with the main goal of being elected as one of the four or five parties that would probably meet each other in the next phases of the evaluation.

I perfectly “understand” why do IT consultancy companies stay “loyal” to their proprietary vendors: they are making a lot of revenues thanks to the licenses end-clients are paying to be eligible to use vendor’s software! However, they usually struggle when trying to make their practice grow year-over-year or trying to get more than just a 5% profit margin. Why not considering an alternative or a compliment that would easily help them to skyrocket their revenues and margins? Professional and competitive Open Source ERP solutions are already a reality that cannot be denied, but there is still an incomprehensible fear and reluctance to adopt these. I am amazed to see that most partners of proprietary vendors still prefer to swim in a red ocean infested of sharks rather than to explore new virgin and risk-free seas. Should not the second option be far more attractive than the first one? Just a thought…

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On March 25th and 26th, I will be attending InfoWorld’s Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco.This year’s theme for the conference is Putting Open Source to Work and I look forward to mingling with some of the best people in the indus…

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