The InfoWorld Bossies are chosen annually by Test Center editors, analysts, and reviewers. The winners represent the best free and open source software we've used. In the enterprise software categories, our leading light was contributing editor James R. Borck, with help from contributing editors Victor R. Garza and Mike Heck.
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Virtually identical to Alfresco Enterprise, Alfresco Community is available under an open source license (only lacking formal support). In both cases you get a product that addresses the four major ECM activities: image management, document management, records management, and Web content management – all sitting on top of Alfresco’s JSR 170 content repository. Beyond often surpassing commercial offerings’ features, Alfresco is truly easy for end users, who access content in much the same way as a shared drive. Developers get a jump-start with pre-configured templates. And the system’s distributed architecture is tailor-made for building scalable, fault-tolerant applications.
Enterprise Resource Planning
Compiere delivers a good, general-purpose ERP package along with basic CRM functionality. You get financials, HR/payroll services, procurement and inventory management, as well as general sales and good reporting. Compiere recently improved both security – now showing data-level granularity – and the user experience, with a browser-based UI and stronger search facilities. The features still fail to rise to the heights of, say, NetSuite, and some important new features are only available in the Professional Edition. But if you’re seeking an open source ERP alternative with broad functionality – look no further.
You’ll find several credible open source desktop replacements for Microsoft Project. We like the cross-platform GanttProject and OpenProj along with Windows-based Open Workbench. Yet for a completely open, collaborative project management solution, take a look at dotProject. The system emphasizes a clean and simple user interface that provides quick access to multiple projects, tasks, and associated files. A summary page gives users a snapshot status of all projects. You also get a Gantt timeline and various reports – plus calendar, discussion forums, and a contact database.