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Birthday Open Office

Posted in Business on December 9, 2010 by Edwin Boender

It is already 10 years ago, when Open Office (before StarOffice) became open source (Sun Micr.) and was released.
A serious competitor of Microsoft’s Office suite, yet giving away its source and software.
The new version of Open Office is not so much better or does have better functionallity, at the other hand, I think it is the best free alternative for MS Office products.
Often while explaining that there is a free Office product besides MS, I have been asked why is it free and how do they earn money.
First of all, Oracle is the new owner of OpenOffice, because of the aquisition of Sun Microsystems. So you do not have to worry about their financial position. The initial thought of these kinds of products are related to independant developement and the availability of free software for everyone.
The way they make their money is by commercial support. And that is quit logical. Large enterprises (but also small and mid sized businesses) must serve their internal customers in a proper way and are required to make customized solutions for those same customers.

Looking at the cloud and SaaS trend, and the price models behind that, I think that OpenOffice (but also other Open Source and Free desktop software) must be aware of the fact that people using e.g. Google Apps or Zoho is are fact a real competitors.

Nevertheless let’s celebrate Open Office birthday!

Better than Google Apps?

Posted in Business on March 1, 2010 by Edwin Boender

Sometimes you just get dumpfounded when finding out new features on the web. Last week I found Zoho.com. An online application provider, providing productivity, business and collaboration apps. Almost any common application is provided by Zoho. And Zoho’s pricing for individuals is free, just like Google Apps. The thing is; you get a bunch more of apps comparing to Google. From CRM to a Project app and from a marketplace to a database app. When you are looking for professional edition the pricing method seems fuzzy. For every apps you need to pay a certain amount per user per month. Sudden the cloud apps doesn’t seem to be that cheap.

But for everyone who is looking for an alternative to Google Apps and will be using it for itself it is higly recommendable

Check out; http://www.zoho.com

Virtual Desktop

Posted in Business, Hardcore IT on November 12, 2008 by Edwin Boender

Last week I was in Hamburg in our European engineering center to have the customer informed about virtual desktop solutions. The concept of virtual desktop is about having nothing installed on the desktop. No information, no technical parts (hard drive, processor) no management, no costs. When customers having trouble to reducing costs on their desktop environment, it is worth considering this concept. By managing thousends of desktops (where ever they are) in most current situations, with this concepts only the back end will have to be managed.
We also noticed that customers see many advantages in security, no information is stored on a virtual desktop. And you have the control about your own back end as well.
Last but not least the energy savings. 4 Watt againt almost 200 Watt of a regular desktop.

Open Eco

Posted in Business, Internet on September 25, 2008 by Edwin Boender

How many organisations are currently working on corporate social responsibility (CSR) or using the term “Green” or “Eco friendly”?

I always wonder what they really do regarding sustainability and if so, how they gained their information. Today for the information part, finally a online community has been setup. You can gain information or share it with other companies. And even better, you can compare your self with other companies, even in the same area.

On OpenEco.org a few companies invested in sharing information about how to make your company CSR friendly. That fact seems to be already CSR.

I know that a few customers already are using this site to develop policy regarding CRS and to let their customers see the results.

Things to do

Posted in Business, Internet on September 24, 2008 by Edwin Boender

Just saw a great webiste, especially if you are one of those types who is forgetting something now and then.

Remember the milk sounds funny, but it is a pretty serious task mananger. The good thing is that they integrated with multiple platforms like google calander, all kind of devices like the iPhone and BlackBerry and that you are able to let this site send you email, sms or instant messenges.

And for our Firefox users, you can integrate it with Lighting (the online calander function).

Oh and btw it’s free

Commercial Open Source

Posted in Business with tags on September 22, 2008 by Edwin Boender

I really like the term, “Commercial Open Source”. It is Open Source and/or free of charge if you use the lite or standard version. In most cases for small businesses or when you want to use it for your one no big deal. When your company is growing and you need more features or users, the vendor is going to charge. Is there a way back? Proberly not, your little system contains to much information and your users have gone familair with the tools.

Good exampes are, Suger CRM, YesHello, some Google Apps, Hyperic, etc.

By using these kind of sales models, you may be certain that they use the revenue for some kind of R&D and hopefully the vendor grows, where you as an user may feel the benefits.