Open Source

Open Source – the current status

Today we give you a short overview of the current situation around the topic OpenSource –

as always neutral and independent! Besides the statements of the major players Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle and SAP, we are also interested in the expert opinions (e.g. from D64 and BITKOM).

First of all statements from Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle and SAP on Open Source

Microsoft continues to open itself to the open source philosophy: The software giant has joined the Open Innovation Network (OIN) and provides members of the consortium with 60,000 of its own patents (to the article).

The Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) has added a new member to its ranks: Salesforce. The online CRM provider is now listed as a Premier Member. At first glance, the commitment to the foundation set up under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation may seem surprising, since Salesforce has not yet taken a leading role in either the continuous delivery or open source sectors. However, the official announcement from the CDF emphasizes that Salesforce is increasingly adopting continuous delivery practices and tools.

As an active and supporting member of a number of foundations, Oracle is committed to supporting the open source ecosystem in a sustainable manner. For example, as a Platinum Member of the Linux Foundation since 2008, Oracle has participated in a number of projects, including the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the Open Container Initiative (OCI), the Xen Project, Hyperledger, Automotive Grade Linux, the R Consortium, etc.

Even SAP, previously little associated with non-proprietary software, is opening up and saying, “We wanted to be more active and visible in our dealings with our external customers and partners, as well as with open source foundations and other open source communities,” says Peter Giese, director of SAP Open Source Program Office. “That’s why we joined the TODO Group last year to share experiences, develop best practices and work on common tools”. However, SAP also admits that the open source movement has not yet established itself in the ERP sector.

Open Source is widely used in the CRM environment

In contrast to the very complex and individualized ERP area, Open Source is already widely used in the CRM area, as this Capterra overview shows. Among the providers there are very well-known names like Zoho, vtiger, Bitrix24, Hubspot etc. The advantages and disadvantages of non-proprietary software will be discussed in one of the following articles.

More infos about CRM vendors here.

Note: This is a machine translation. It is neither 100% complete nor 100% correct. We can therefore not guarantee the result.