It was in fact a great event, where we met lots of people from all over the world. We had very interesting conversations with Openbravo ERP partners like Kenzo & Associates, SEN, Gepelia, Open Sistemas, and a lot more, now turning into successful relationships for distribution and reselling of OpenBaseMovil and BaseMovil solutions.
We also had the opportunity of presenting the new Openbravo module for the 2.50 version that integrates BaseMovil bmSales with the ERP. This allows a fast start, plug & play mobile solution to be used with Openbravo. We called it “mobility out of the box”, and we really meant it.
We now have the recording for this session, a community slot where we presented the solution and module. And we did it in less than the 10 minutes that we had to spare!
If you didn’t attend the event or you had to leave early, here’s the session’s video:
We hope you find it interesting.
Please, leave your comments and thoughts.
Disclosure: We at Elondra developed and are alliance partners for RIM-BlackBerry
To us, it makes sense. BlackBerry is a business smart phone, they are friendly to developers, we are open source and it is well Blogcumented that the BlackBerry is a better more practical business phone:
- Most of the newer BlackBerries posses GPS, which makes Google Maps much more useful, especially for turn-by-turn directions
- The iPhone lacks basic cut and paste capabilities
- Despite Apple’s reputation for superior user interface design, the BlackBerry possesses keyboard shortcuts that make navigation around and between applications a breeze
- The BlackBerry’s phone quality is better than the iPhone’s
- The Safari browser is certainly more stunning than the BlackBerry’s primitive browser, but the iPhone seems to load even text-only pages more slowly than the BlackBerry over the EDGE network
- The BlackBerry possesses a general contacts application that makes contacting people by any given method more convenient
- The battery runs out faster on the iPhone simply because it is used for more tasks. This makes it less reliable for when one must take the device somewhere overnight without the opportunity to recharge.
Apple gives us the feeling that even though you buy the iPhone, or you develop for the Iphone, Apple will own your application, how accessible it is and the songs you listen to while you are waiting to be approved as well.
You are not exactly forced, but are at their mercy using the App Store, They don’t seem to care if you get payed, or how long it takes to pay you, even thought they are happy to promote 1 billion apps downloaded.
I get it, they want to have control and show their big muscles to the little developers. But as the iPhone becomes more and more popular among consumers (and they are, let’s face it, the iPhone is cool and sexy) how many business people will switch to the iPhone? how many developers creating savvy business applications will follow this trend? How good will the iPhone/Apple/Mac soldiers be in convincing you?
and…How does Open source mobility fit into Apple´s overall plan?
We recently took part and even became Gold sponsors and the Openbravo World Conference in Barcelona. Having developed a mobility module for Openbravo´s 2.5 version ERP it made a lot of sense to present the module, what mobility can mean Openbravo Partners and their clients. What took us by surprise was the openness (the Irony, I know) that the development community and their Partners showed towards us. We shared the common goal of pushing Opensource software not just as a developing future but as an overall business objective. Yes, there was that overall challenge of having companies not confuse opensource as “FREE”, and that idea of “well if I spend hours working on a vertical application, why do YOU get to profit from it”… sort of thing. (Questions which the new Openbravo forge does somewhat answer by the way)
But the community atmosphere was all there, people from Sevilla to Saudi Arabia, sharing a common goal to be innovative and cooperative. Well known Open source companies like Ubuntu and Alfresco made their visit and presented, some awkward visits from Sun Microsystems (a day before the Oracle buy) as well as some odd snooping from a few SAP executives. It was all good fun and everyone shared business cards, coffee and tiny croissants, we did no detect any “those guys and us guys” type scenes at all.
About the module: The new module, hosted in the new Openbravo forge, uses the ERP’s Data Access Layer (DAL) to retrieve data (customers, products, prices, etc.) and sends it to Elondra’s communication middleware bmServer with our public web service API. bmServer distributes the data among the mobile devices and receives orders from them. These orders are then retrieved by the integration module and inserted right back into the ERP.
This asynchronous, decoupled process guarantees that the data is always received in a timely and secure way. Transparent for both parties, it also releases the end customer from having any kind of infrastructure. Providing an easy and fast start into mobility with little investment for the customer and recurring revenues for the partner.
Openbravo and Elondra have been collaborating to create this integration module to benefit all customers, SME and big account, and to capitalize on the web-based features of Openbravo ERP.
If you get a chance to check out the Openbravo community and meet some of their developers, please do so, they are truly a good bunch.