Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The 25 Best Alternatives To Your Enterprise Applications & Functions

2009 Budgets are in and for many who oversee the Operations and IT Budget, you are probably challenged to reduce your capital budget by at least 40% lower than what you originally put in. As the pressure to cut continues, you may want to rethink about the software vendors you have selected to introduce into the Enterprise, or even think about replacing your legacy Enterprise applications with more cost effective open source or lower cost alternatives.

Still not convinced about Open Source or Lower Cost Alternatives? Well according to Gartner, approximately 85% of companies surveyed are already using Open Source Applications in 2008. The other 15% surveyed have plans to incorporate Open Source Strategies within their Enterprise in 2009. Whether your a small business, or you are looking to minimize costs - attached are some of the most cost effective applications on the market that can easily replace some of your more expensive Enterprise solutions and functions.

Productivity Software

Open Office - An excellent and free alternative to the expensive Microsoft Office Suite. The suite contains out of the box functionality that even Microsoft's Office suite does not ship with like the ability to convert files to PDF.

Customer Relationship Management

Sugar CRM - A highly recommended CRM package that comes in a Free, Hosted, or Enterprise version.
Open CRM - A U.K Based CRM Company that claims to provide free licenses to those who use it.

Knowledge Management Vendors

OmniStar Kbase - A PHP based External or Internal Knowledge Management Software.

I.T Service Management/Help Desk Systems

O.T.R.S - The Open Source Ticket Request System that claims to be I.T.I.L certified. Save yourself 1/2 million dollars per year over investing in ITSM systems like Remedy or HP applications. This system includes many features to manage customer telephone calls and e-mails. The system is built to allow your support, sales, pre-sales, billing, internal IT, helpdesk, etc. department to react quickly to inbound inquiries. For a full list of Help Desk ticketing systems, click here.

Track It Web - Also Claims to be I.T.I.L Certified, Open Source, and significantly lower cost.

Jira - A flexible web based bug tracking, issue tracking, task tracking, and project management software solution.

Project Management

BaseCamp - I was just recently introduced to this application, and it seems like a great tool for collaborating on projects over the web with remote teams, vendors, developers, and co workers located in different locations.

ActiveCollab - Another open source tool that is also compatible with iPhones.

eRoom.Net - A hosted collaborative solution that provides mid sized businesses with world class collaboration software in a hosted environment.

Content Management Systems & Community Software

Alfresco Open Source Content Management - Open Source Content Management for your web site, Intranet, or all of the above.

OpenCMS - Another Content Management application with great promise, and free to utilize.

Web Analytics

Google Analytics - By far one of the best free analytic dashboards for your web site.

Get Clicky - This is Google Analytics, plus realtime results, and an iPhone friendly interface to track you web traffic remotely.

JS Kit - A free tool that enables you to incorporate reviews, ratings, and commenting functionality on your eCommerce site or Blog section of your web site and report on it.

103 Bees - Find out how customers are getting to your website. This tool focuses on analyzing search terms and questions that people are querying for prior to getting to your web site. It's a great tool for understanding your customers and for identifying new market opportunities.


Community & Forum Software

vBulletin - Probably the best in class Forum software out today. A small license fee, and some configuration and your up and running.

Dolphin Community Software - Build your own Community sites using this low cost open source platform.

Ning.Com - Geared more towards hobbyists, music enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs - this free platform provides an array of easy to use and deploy community features for your web site.

Audio & Web Conferencing

DimDim.Com - A great audio and web collaboration tool. Best of all it is free.

Yugma - Another decent and free web collaboration and conferencing solution.

Open Source Telephony Systems

Digium - This company offers telephony applications based on Open Source software that integrates with PCI telephony interface cards. The cost of their tools significantly lower than other vendors like Avaya, Nortel, and all the others.

Open Source Network Applications

Zenoss Inc. - This company provides network, server, and application monitoring solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers Zenoss Core, Professional, and Enterprise solutions that monitors IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, virtualizations, and applications, as well as provide configuration management, availability management, performance monitoring, event/log management, and automatic remediation services.

Server Software

Linux - This is the obvious platform these days, but I thought I would put it up anyway. According to a new Gartner study, About 52% of the companies surveyed are already using open-source server software and another 23% plan to use it within the next 12 months. However, Linux as an operating system for the desktop is much less established in enterprise use, with 39% of respondents in the Gartner survey currently using it and another 22% expecting to use it within the next year. Many of the vendors provide free distributions or are at significantly lower cost to some of the most complex tasks or functions that run your Enterprise today.

Database Software

MySQL - The best and most cost effective choice for a free SQL/Database environment that needs to be hosted in the cloud.


156 comments:

Alec Satin said...

John,

Fantastic list. I'm looking seriously at the CRM and online collaboration offerings you've listed.

Basecamp is worth using for PM.

Alec

Kevin Micalizzi, Dimdim Community Manager said...

John, great list! Thanks for the Dimdim mention.

-k
Kevin Micalizzi, Community Manager
Dimdim Web Conferencing / www.dimdim.com
e: kevin@dimdim.com / twitter: @meetdimdim
On Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/dimdim-facebook

Edna said...

Greetings,

I would like to draw your attention to http://www.showdocument.com that we recently launched.
We think your audience will benefit from using this free service.
It allows instant co-browsing on any document.
You upload your document and invite your friends to view it with you

Regards,

Anonymous said...

For enterprise search, Xapian (www.xapian.org) is GPL licensed, and we provide the Flax search framework on top (www.flax.co.uk)

TT said...

John,
Lets try and differentiate between "Open Source" and "Free". SugarCRM is Open Source. Open CRM is Free. Similar cost, vastly different philosophy.

Thanks!
Tim

Anonymous said...

You may also wish to consider phpBB in the Community/Forum category. I run a web page for my neighborhood association and phpBB is available through my web host as part of the hosting package

Anonymous said...

Mysql? Are you joking? Not when there's postgres around.

jadedangel99 said...

SMF, the Simple Machines Forum, is a much better alternative to VBulletin. For one thing, SMF is *truly* free, no fees and no yearly costs. It also has a vast number of add-ons and special interest modifications, many of which are unavailable in any form for VBulletin.

http://www.simplemachines.org/

Manni Wood said...

PostgreSQL is a much better free / open source database if you are looking to get a feature set closer to that of Oracle --- in particular, Oracle's locking model (MySQL's locking model is much more like that of Microsoft's SQL Server).

Dave said...

Under the IT Service Management/Help Desk Systems section, you've incorrectly spelled Jira as "Jirra". Also this product is not free. Bugzilla is one free alternative.

Anonymous said...

Not sure how you choice of Mysql being the best and most cost effective DB server was made, but I think that you should have evaluated Postgresql/EnterpriseDB before making that assessment.

Enterprises looking to transition from commercial DB systems would make their assessment based on ease of migration, stability, scalability and adherence to SQL standards, things that Postgresql does well.

Matthew said...

Another 2 reccomendations:
Aptana over Dreamweaver. It's free and I've seen no less than 10 DW users convert over once they realized how nice Aptana really is.

Eclipse over Microsoft Visual Studio

Anonymous said...

Jira is actually not free for commercial companies. So I wouldn't consider as an alternative, unless we are just talking about non-for-profit organizations.

George said...

While I really support free software movement, I don't really think Open Office is a real alternative for bussiness just yet.

clinton.porter said...

Good list, and i checked out Showdocument and i like it, nice and simple, and someone has finally developed somethign i suggested about 8 years ago..

Cheers

Clinton Porter

0ECZwtI2ssGNFy4UME3yLsv3m42EBw-- said...

Nothing *wrong* with MySQL, but for something a bit more enterprise oriented, PostgreSQL should be considered. It's stronger in that space than MySQL (whose space seems to be the more light web app arena).

Unfortunately I don't have a list of alternate PBX providers with me right now, but there are several others out there (that I found after being somewhat underwhelmed with Digium/Asterisk).

Anonymous said...

Found a typing mistake: in the vBulletin section you've written "your up and running."

That should be "you're up and running."

Matt Woodward said...

Basecamp is great, but it isn't open source so I'm not sure why it's on this list.

Ryan said...

How about replacing Exchange server?

www.zimbra.com

William Schwartz said...

What about Email applications that replace Exchange? I know of Zarafa (zarafa.com). Curious if there's any others?

Anonymous said...

For Database Software you might also mention PostgreSQL (http://www.postgresql.org/) which is an impressive piece of free software.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

In 'Database Software' didn't you forgot Postgresql ?

Regards,
Lionel

Anonymous said...

Duoh, you forgot Business Intelligence! Pentaho and Jaspersoft are two choices for example.

Anonymous said...

Track It Web - Also Claims to be I.T.I.L Certified, Open Source, and significantly lower cost.

We use it in our company and it is not open source nor lower cost then other ticket software. Very expensive support with little gratification. Many "know bugs" with no time line to be fixed as stated in most of the issues taken from the knowledgebase they offer.

Ed said...

In the server software section, there are tons of alternatives to Windows other than Linux - there's FreeBSD and the variants and Open Solaris, just to mention two.

You also forgot the other leading database software, Postgres, which is completely free. Lots of other choices out there, too.

Qwc said...

PostgreSQL is missing in the category Database Software. It's better than MySQL and is able to compete with oracle database solutions!

http://www.postgresql.org/

Just a little hint... :)

Miro said...

Hi, what about ERP packages?
If you mentioned CRM, why not continue with open source ERP apps:
Compiere, OpenBravo etc?

Anonymous said...

nagios is a good alternative to monitoring your network. free, open, and very extensible.

http://www.nagios.org/

SW said...

I would take MySQL off the list, and put PostgreSQL in it's place. PostgreSQL is far more suited to the enterprise.

Joshua said...

Great list! I'm evaluating several LIMS systems for my company such as Bika Labs, and Plone for internal process management. Another great success we've had is deploying Moodle for management of internal training courses.

Cheers,

Joshua

Anonymous said...

Also take a look at the web site

http://www.osalt.com/

which has other listings of open source programs, many of which are "enterprise ready".

Anonymous said...

Where are the alternates to the big guns? outlook and exchange? or blackberry support

Anonymous said...

sorry, no cigar...

mySQL == no development, dwindling support, all thanks to Sun...

Anonymous said...

OK list, not WOW.

No matter how much people are forcing Open Office and say is a perfect replacement, reality is Open Office is CRAP and far away to compete with MS Office.

Matthew Alton said...

No PostgreSQL? No Firebird? Both of these RDBMSes are technically superior to MySQL.

Anonymous said...

MySQL is is good, but anyone considering MySQL should also look at PostgreSQL which is every bit as capable.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for compiling that list, however I'm particularly interested in hearing about open source financial systems that would be suitable for running a small services company. Do you have any recommendations or experience with such software?

Jim said...

You should take a look at www.openemm.org for email marketing. It's the only system I've found that triggers follow up emails based on what was clicked on in previous emails.

Rich Rumble said...

ClearSite NMS is undergoing a major re-write at this time, but looks like it will match the feature set of Zenoss /nagios / cacti /smokeping applications: http://clearsite.sourceforge.net/coming-soon.html
-rich

Sarah Carr said...

Great post! May I suggest looking into MindTouch Deki (www.mindtouch.com) - *the best* open-source enterprise collaboration and business automation platform available. With hundreds of thousands of users within the community and powering the Mozilla developer community, MindTouch Deki has the community and infrastructure behind it to convince your readers that open-source applications are worth looking into.

MindTouch public sites include:

* http://developer.mozilla.org (Mozilla)
* http://ipp.developer.intuit.com (Intuit)
* http://baseswiki.org (Harvard-Kennedy Business & The United Nations & The World Bank)
* http://soapedia.mysoapware.com (Doc.com)

To name a few...

Rebecca said...

Hi John, Rebecca from Yugma here.
Thanks for listing Yugma in your top 25 list! For those interested we just released a full Linux desktop sharing version (in beta) and a plug-in for Outlook. If anyone has any questions about Yugma, please contact us at info@yugma.com.

Anonymous said...

In the database section:

You should replace MySQL with PostgreSQL.


In the Server Software section:

Add to the list FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris.

There is more to software which you currently lack in knowledge, I recommend you start hitting the books.

Anonymous said...

Jira has one "r" rather than two. The link is correct, just not the actual text.

Anonymous said...

The list is great. I would like to add Plone under CMS. You can't beat it.

Aaron St.George said...

How could you possibly leave out Joomla!?? It is arguably the global leader in Open Source CMS applications.

Anonymous said...

Active Collab, while good, has gone closed source. If you want the original with new development, then surf on over to www.projectpier.org

Kevin said...

Appreciate the article. Though I consider myself well-versed in Free software, I was unaware of a couple of those services and options.

I note, however, that you are missing some alternatives in a couple categories:

Server software - Accurate, but not very precise. Suggest you rename this to server operating system. Server software is basically anything that runs on a server. For example, an MS Exchange is "server software". Regardless, here are some (free) alternatives, each with different pluses and minuses:

* Linux - certainly the most widely used and known
* + FreeBSD - more secure out-of-box, and more security options. (e.g. jails, firewall)
* + OpenSolaris - similarly more secure out-of-box, better adminstrative diagnostic options and filesystem


Database Software - Same note, accurate, but not very precise. However, it's a little trickier to quickly delineate the difference. There are other alternatives, but I only have experience with these two:

* MySQL - Most widely known, better for heavy-read apps, like webapps.
* + Postgres - More ACID compliant than even MySQL + InnoDB. Better/faster for multiple users (from a DB perspective, most webapps are actually single-user). Better/faster for complex queries.

Mark Hinkle said...

John, Thanks for the mention of Zenoss. Nice list.

Mark Hinkle
VP of Community
http://blog.zenoss.com
Twitter: @zenoss or @mrhinkle

DeadTaco said...

I found a great site, www.osalt.com, while searching for free alternatives to the overpriced crapola we use in the office.

Shows open source alternatives to pretty much every well known pay-for program out there.

drobilla said...

Greeting,

Thanks, very interesting article. Unfortunately there's a slight typo: it's Jira and not Jirra. Not quite easy to implement, but very effective once you're installed and configured properly.

Cheers,

David

dartdog said...

Nice Work, I have posted a link from my site, http://tombrander.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/the-25-best-alternatives-to-your-enterprise-applications-functions/

I am in the process of updating my comments on Freeware but there is little overlap from your list and mine. It is a great field. Again, nice article.

Anonymous said...

JIRA is not open source project. In many ways it looks like an open source project, but it belongs to the Atlassian Company. I use it and it is a great product.

Anonymous said...

Just a clarification - there are several entries above that are neither open source, nor free (e.g. BaseCamp). It's a wonderful (and cheaper) alternative, but is certainly not open source or free.

Andy said...

vBulletin is not open source. You should have listed phpBB. That one IS open source.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, open source virtualization has yet to catch up. Anyone who has tried to use Xen, can tell you it is a pain in the a$@!! Or for an even bigger headache try using ROCKS clusters with Xen. It will make you cry.....

Ira Downing said...

Linux makes a great client OS as well as Freebsd (PCBSD) flavor. Otherwise a great list. Next time don't leave out IM packages like Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo, MSN and Paltalk.

-Ira Downing

Anonymous said...

Zimbra - Exchange alternative
Untangle - Open Source Firewall

are not listed?

Michel Rasschaert said...

Nice list but would have been great to make a clear distinction between OpenSource and Lower Cost (but not open source) alternatives ...

Regards

Daf said...

How does MySQL make your database replacement list, but not PostgreSQL? Especially in the light of the recent 5.1 fiasco, and the ever-more-obvious reasons for Sun's loss of MySQL developers.

PostgreSQL offers a very rich feature set, high availability, clustering, superior performance (most notable for a database which has a write load in addition to the read load (read: not just for web applications), allows procedural scripting in just about any language, goes cross-platform... The list just goes on and on. But the real winner is that the PostgreSQL devs don't do a release when the product isn't ready, since they aren't motivated by deadlines for monetary gain. The product is released when it's ready, and that's something that people should look for in a server product.

Shame on you for missing one of the big players! For people who like support and paying for a product, there's also Bizgres, the commercial variant of PostgreSQL -- differing notably from MySQL in that it's run by another company, not the one handling PostgreSQL main development.

Anonymous said...

Speaking as someone that's spent a lot of time with MySQL and Postgres, that works for a consultancy with dozens of other programmers and admins with similar experience, you really should reconsider calling MySQL the "best" choice.

Anonymous said...

PostgreSQL is worth mentioning as well as MySQL.

W

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that you don't mention PHP as an open-source application, nor Apache or Google Front End (which is what this site is hosted on, actually).

suresh said...

The list of not a good selection of open source software :-(
How come JIRA (bug tracking) is open source software? Even a basic look at the web site will give you a hint that it not open source.
Why use some unknown software for bug while the famous Bugzilla (from Mozilla) is available for free and most of the OSS uses this for tracking like Eclipse.org, SF.net
If it is for Enterprise applications, there is not even a single mention of any SOA products like FUSE (www.fusesource.com), OpenESB, BPMS software from Intallio or JBoss, what about any webservices framework like Axis2 or CXF. What about Eclipse and BIRT? Why are they not available here?
Oh! Is the list really for Enterprise application it looks funny with inclusion of lot of funny stuff and avoid 'real' enterprise products.
Its amazing to see how people are commenting that this is an wonderful list.
The list is simply CRAP except for one or two products!

Anonymous said...

John, In my experience Hyperic beats the pants off Zenoss.

Anonymous said...

real open source db: PostgreSQL http://www.postgresql.org/

FireAllianceNX said...

hmmm I think phpBB is a better Forum option (and it's free!)

Anonymous said...

I hate to be a wet blanket, but not all of these appear to be open source...as in you get source code and all the associated rights. There are some pretty specific requirements around the use of the OSS trademark that call for this. A lot of these are just free, or even pay for programs built in top of open source code.

http://opensource.org

Otherwise great list.

David said...

This is a great list! Thank you for taking the time to compile it. I knew about most of these apps, but several are new to me. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but MySQL is in no way superior to PostgreSQL.

matthewrummler said...

Thanks for the list John:
You might consider adding Agora for web-conferencing ( http://agora.lancs.ac.uk/
). I would highly recommend that you look into Drupal ( http://drupal.org/about/ )and/or Joomla ( http://www.joomla.org/about-joomla.html )

Stefane Fermigier said...

Great list.

Our own Nuxeo ECM platform is a popular, open source and enterprise-class alternative so document management behemoths such as Documentum, FileNet, OpenText.

Shane Erno said...

I would suggest a couple more:

Excellent Open Source CMS in my opinion is Drupal ( http://drupal.org )

Social Networkng Platform Elgg ( http://elgg.org ) is also highly customizable to your needs.

e-Learning Platform Moodle ( http://www.moodle.org ) is awesome for distance education and collaboration.

Cheers!
--Shane

Anonymous said...

Too bad this is yet another bit of farkbait and not researched at all. Where's postgresql? firebird (no, not firefox, firebird.)? freeswitch? As for network monitoring stuff... there's quite an awful lot of those things around, plenty good and nice.

If ``enterprise-y'' is yet another excuse for packaging magic bullets against warm seat incompetence, then this blog post is lots enterprise-y in itself. Then again, it's about as good as a typical gartner soundbite but a lot less costly.

Anonymous said...

Any suggestions for email server

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Nice post, but why is mySQL the only mention for open source databases? mySQL is a joke of a database and one of the buggiest products ever produced. A far better choice for open source is Postgres.

Anonymous said...

I would add trixbox (based on asterisk) to the list as one of, if not the best digital voice solution that is open source and free.

ben said...

I am looking for a Visual Studio replacement any sujetions?

Rashaud said...

I would replace vBulletin with phpBB...

Anonymous said...

Hi John: Good article. The only exception we have to offer is with ZenOSS for monitoring. We tried free ZenOSS and found it to be missing a lot of capabilities, especially in auto-discovery. So we purchased the "commercial" version, which we very expensive compared with similar tools, which provided ZenPacks to capture information the free product did not. However, we could never get it to work effectively and the support was terrible. Based on that experience I don't think we would recommed it...
BobB

Anonymous said...

I wonder why you think MySQL is best and most cost effective. Why not mention PostgreSQL for those folks who are more used to traditional full-featured databases requiring ACID , extensibility, security, etc. ?

Anonymous said...

Good list - but why didn't you mention phpbb rather than vbulletin which isn't really opensource?

James

Tim said...

Education is the ONE Problem slowing FOSS adoption. People just do not realize Open Source surpassed proprietary in many product spaces over the last decade. Clearly Linux for Server, Apache for html webserver, MySQL, Postgesql, etc. Java! Eclipse! But starting to drill down into those that are now out-featuring their proprietary competitors is what is needed. OpenOffice.org for example. Firefox for another. 2008 is the Year of Open Source as it marks the year the bulk of business software can be open source and will offer superior features. Gimp, OpenOffice.org Draw, Skencil, ps2pdf, etc. Sure, some proprietary SW vendors are still innovating and deserve to rule but in established, unchanging product spaces there is NO reason to BUY proprietary. Any government entity BUYing Exchange or Windows Server should be sued IMO. Totally burning taxpayer money on an inferior product. I did a deep survey in '06 and released it as a book - totally authored and published with Open Source ONLY. Feel free to update it with this list...and to search sourceforge for more products. http://sourceforge.net/projects/bizguide/ - its got a couple hundred apps reviewed.

Don said...

I would suggest a couple more:

Excellent Open Source CMS in my opinion is Drupal ( http://drupal.org )

Social Networkng Platform Elgg ( http://elgg.org ) is also highly customizable to your needs.

e-Learning Platform Moodle ( http://www.moodle.org ) is awesome for distance education and collaboration.

Cheers!
--Shane

I'll see your list and raise you a Simple Machines forum
http://www.simplemachines.org/index.php

Hatim said...

OpenNMS (http://opennms.org) is IMO a better netwrok management suite more suited to enterprise networks.

Anonymous said...

A complete mix bag. Why not just say "alternative to mainstream software that I like". Basecamp is neither free nor open source, its SaaS - so why not add SalesForce, or SaaSu, or CentralDesktop etc

GDB said...

ubuntu?

Anonymous said...

Seconding the Postgres vs MySQL thing.

In regards to the above comment about Hyperic vs Zenoss: Hyperic has a great UI, but dear god is the agent ever a piece of junk. It leaks memory like crazy and randomly stops performing in an acceptable manner, leading to me getting paged in the middle of the night sometimes. A lightweight agent in a non-Java language would be awesome. I still use it, but I'm looking into alternatives.

Zabbix, Zenoss, and JFFNMS look like they might be interesting alternatives to Hyperic.

Petermnz said...

Hi John and others - Great list and subsequent suggestions additions and modifications. Many of our Customers have been willing to adopt Open Source applications in support of their business. Some are heading beyond the list we have here and a further favorite seems to be ADempiere to support ERP, MRP .... Orders... Accounting function. This app operates on Postgres which might add further to the MySQL Postgres remarks.
Regards

Peter

Ben said...

Wow, what a horrible list. Did you even go to the websites of some of these products (e.g. JIRA)? Several of these products are neither free nor open source. I can't believe somebody put this on Slashdot.

Anonymous said...

As to the recommendations for Zimbra as an Exchange replacement, if you actually want to replace Exchange so that it still talks to Outlook you have to get the licensed (which costs less than exchange, but it's not nearly free). If you have business or Sales guys, believe me, they're not giving up their Outlook without a fight. Plus, since Yahoo absorbed them, there's real question about the ongoing product.

Anonymous said...

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Rob said...

There is no such thing as "ITIL Certified". I know OTRS and I believe their claim was actually "ITIL Compliant" which is a different kettle of fish.
At an ITIL Asset Management course recently we were warned by the instructor to be wary of companies claiming they are ITIL "Certified" - because they can't be.

Anonymous said...

Free desktop publishing: Scribus
Free image editing: GIMP

Vinit said...

hey, nice list...
I didnt know that JIRA is open source.

Johnson said...

I love TrackIT, cheap, easy to use and has all the essential needs on my org covered!

Anonymous said...

Add Adempiere, http://www.adempiere.org for the best Open Source ERP solution

ajju అజ్జు said...

From when Google analytics became Open Source. The author is purposefully blurring the line between Open Source and various freeware and low cost commercial software out there.

Cory said...

JIRA really should not be on this list -- either as great software or open software.

Look elsewhere for good defect tracking code. Bugzilla, perhaps.

Anonymous said...

Exchange Alternative

not open source but free, Sun communications suite.. includes, webmail , calender etc

Server

Solaris, OpenSolaris, freeBSD

Arturas said...

As another free alternative for project and knowledge management i would like to recommend http://www.comindwork.com

Belzecue said...

What is vBulletin doing on an Open Source list? Seriously.

Anonymous said...

None of your project management "alternatives" is free software. Actually they are all Software as service model.

Only activeCollab offers you source-code, and even then, I doubt it will be opensource as they charge 399 plus 199/year maintanence.

This is no doubt a bought article.

Anonymous said...

John,
I, for one, appreciate your post and the information provided. What some of these idiots don't seem to understand is that the spirit of the article is to provide an alternative to commercial products. Yes, sure, You mentioned some commercial products as open source or free. So, what? It's an honest mistake. You can always go back and edit the post and make the correction. Besides, if you know anything about any of these open source products, then you know the difference. If you don't know open source, then you will soon find out quick whether something is free/open source, or not. Either way, the reader gets exposed to the alternatives. That is a good thing.
Personally, I don't give a rat's a$$ about Postgres. I have never used it and don't intend to unless Sun makes my MySQL life unbearable. If, after reading this post, you do any research on open source RDMS, then you are surely to see other alternatives to MySQL that include Postgres. MySql is really popular to a LARGE MAJORITY of us (at least in my circle) because of LAMP/WAMP/XAMP (The "M" being MySQL).
The same goes with CMS systems where there are several. Personally, I prefer Joomla!, but I would like to take a look at Drupal someday. I have never heard of Alfresco, but I will give it a look too.
I guess all I'm saying is have an appreciation for John's effort and go kindly on the criticism. You OCD folks need to dial it down just a bit.

JAldrich said...

I'm looking for a good Exchange alternative, preferably running on *nix. I've heard of Open-Xchange and Zimbra and a few others. I've heard of problems with most of them. I was seriously looking at PostPath until Cisco bought them and removed the option to run your own server.

Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

BaseCamp is not open source. Rails is open source and Rails is used to build BaseCamp.

But Basecamp, like all hte other 37 signals products is closed source and pay by the month, not pay once and use forever (as with other closed source apps).

Damon said...

Those of you that want an email server you might want to look at scalix. It is not completely free, if want all the wireless features there is some cost. I used the free version and found it very easy to use and ported easily to Outlook.

www.scalix.com

Anonymous said...

Dimdim integrates with free Zimbra zimlet - start free meeting right from your in basket or address book.

Free zimlet available here: http://www.dimdim.com/products/dimdim_integrations.html

Romasha Roy Choudhury said...

Great list, John!

I'd like to recommend cyn.in - our open source offering for collaboration within the enterprise.

http://cyn.in

It combines the capabilities of wikis, blogs, file repositories, image galleries, microblogging and other social apps in a secure environment.

The community edition is available along with the source code.

There are paid SaaS options starting at $99/month and an on-premise model to host cyn.in behind your firewall.

Anonymous said...

Don't you wish people would at least read a couple of the comments before posting the same thing over and over and over?

Makes the feedback on this article worse than useless.

Yes Postgres is a good enterprise level open source database. We know, thanks. Apart from the fact it's fscking obvious... the first post should have been sufficient, for crying out loud.

David Williams said...

Hi John,

This is a great resource for open source programs, thanks.

I am wondering why you have not included one of the biggest open source project success stories over the last 5 years with the explosion in use of the Moodle Learning Management System that has now over five times more installations worldwide than all of the other LMS's combined including the proprietary giants like Blackboard and WebCT.

The Moodle success story is due to the unique Moodle commercial partner system whereby all of the 40 (as of now) Moodle partners who offer authorized Moodle support services like hosting and training pay a royalty to Moodle.org that keeps the free and open source Moodle growing and improving.

Remote-Learner.net is the largest and most experienced of these authorized Moodle Partners, with several core Moodle progammers on staff, serving the territory of North America with top quality professional support to academic and corporate clients.

We would be happy to help you and your constituents to get the most from Moodle with our very reasonably priced hosting, support, training, instructional design, development, and strategic planning services.

Regards,
David

David Williams, Accounts Representative
Regional Manager
Remote-Learner.net Inc
http://remote-learner.net
540-943-7831, Ext 103
david@remote-learner.net
Fax 915-200-9145

Authorized North American Moodle Partner Company

Anonymous said...

Although this is primarily geared towards education and university models, Moodle offers a fantastic open-source PHP-based learning management system and course management system.

http://www.moodle.org/

Anonymous said...

Alfresco starts at $24,000 a year on a subscription model. Doesn't seem that cheap to me. The community edition is a completely unsupported alpha testing ground.

Are there any more practical document management alternatives out there?

ThrobbingBoner said...

For project management in the enterprise and open source, my vote is for dotProject. www.dotproject.net

Eric said...

Excellent list. For anyone that doesn't think Open Source is ready for the enterprise - some additional reading:

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov2008/tc20081130_069698.htm

http://www.forbes.com/2005/11/01/bow051101011.html

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10118123-16.html

For some additional apps:

Email/Exchange: Zimbra (www.zimbra.com - a Yahoo company) awesome email server with phenomenal AJAX based web mail - shared calendars, contacts lists, to do lists, web based jabber instant messaging, etc.

Corporate firewalls: pfSense (www.pfsense.org - FreeBSD based) and eBox Platform (www.ebox-platform.com) in addition to the already mentioned Untangle -- all good for multi-zone firewalls and multi-site client and site to site VPNs

For a great combination groupware and cms try TikiWiki (www.tikiwiki.org) - tons of excellent features - enable just the ones you want - http://doc.tikiwiki.org/Features - have implemented this one at dozens of sites

For network monitoring: Open Source Security Information Management (OSSIM) - www.ossim.net - combines many open source network security apps with an excellent web based dashboard for network security situational awareness

For secure instant messaging: OpenFire (http://www.igniterealtime.org/projects/openfire/) - full featured jabber server with awesome web based management

All of the above have been implemented in federal government organizations.

Anonymous said...

A great healthcare IT open source alternative is OpenVista, at www.medsphere.com.

Anonymous said...

Decent list but there are obvious omissions and such as others have already mentioned several times and what I really wish you didn't do was include non-free/ open-source products in your list (Jira, vBullitin, etc), especially when there are even better free options (phpBB, RT, Nagios, etc). If this is a list of open source projects. It shouldn't have items that aren't fully open source in it. It might seem like I'm being picky to some but it's a valid point, notwithstanding.

Mike

Anonymous said...

For virtualization I have had good experience with Virtual Box.

john said...

Another great alternative for project management is Intervals, a web-based tool that also includes time tracking and task management.

Anonymous said...

"Alfresco starts at $24,000 a year on a subscription model. Doesn't seem that cheap to me. The community edition is a completely unsupported alpha testing ground.

Are there any more practical document management alternatives out there?"


Alfresco Labs is Unsupported, but it is a very solid piece of software to manage files. I can https upload a 2GB file with no problems, try that with Idontcarepoint or with any other document mgmt software, it'll crash and whine.

webdav, https, cifs, ftp, sharepoint protocol, multitenancy, etc, etc. It has a lot of features.

Graham Anderson said...

John

First of all, thank you for listing http://opencrm.co.uk on your site, it is very kind of you and we really do appreciate your support.

However, I really don't get some of the people who are commenting on your articles, what planet are they on?

I can say, 100%, that we have not previously communicated with John and therefore, there is no financial reason for us to get a mention, so to suggest (granted with reference to another product in Johns list), that articles contain links that have been 'bought' is both ridiculous and insulting. As a previous poster put so delicately 'dial it down a little'.

Anyway, good luck with your social networking and industry commenting, have a great 2009.

Diego Caravana said...

Thanks for the list (and all the useful comments!), I'll check some of the suggested products.

Diego

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Martin Elmer said...

Have a look at SQL-Ledger. Is an ERP-Solution.

www.sql-ledger.com

Martin.Elmer@leanux.ch said...

Have a look at

http://www.eosdirectory.com/directory

Its an Enterprise Open Source Directory

Anonymous said...

Check out www.thebestopensource.com too.

Ian said...

Our company has a help desk software tool called HelpSpot that you may also want to check out. Much more affordable than the enterprise stuff. We also sponsor the open source help desk list which you mention in your article.

Anonymous said...

If you're looking into ITIL, you might check out FootPrints. Its Perl based and a good bit cheaper than the Enterprise level systems.

wes said...

dimdim, heh, worthless. After multiple attempts with customers to use this product, I gave up and emailed support. They never returned the email. Armed with an upset customer and my disgust in my hip pocket I called support to no avail.

I vowed at that point to turn all I could away from this horrible solution. Still no call back from support btw. hrmph!

gisel said...

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Azmeer said...

great list, where is Wordpress and Joomla ?

friarminor said...

Dimdim sure looks promising while there's a bunch there that established it's rep already.

Looking forward to more open source apps! Hopefully, on open source platforms, too!

Best.
Alain Yap
Morph Labs

Lonnie Adams said...

We have lots of scriptlogic products in our environment that really simplify many things.

Their active administrator provides a good way for advanced active directory management.

As for desktop management their desktop authority works well to eliminate group policies and handwritten logon scripts.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I would add TrackRay to the list - it is free web based task tracking and project management solution. Our health agency has been using it for more than a year now.

hosted crm online said...

Great list, with tight budgets cloud copmuting is offering a lower cost alternative to many enterprise solutions.

BrainTiller said...

For audio and web conferencing, you could even consider RHUB's 4-in-1 appliance that provides secure web conferencing, remote support, remote access and webinar. They even offer free audio conferencing.

Suresh said...

You might want to check out some solutions which integrate tools which cater to more than one category. For example the HyperOffice Collaboration Software integrates project management, web conferencing and web databases.

Adam said...

http://www.proofhub.com/ is a great project managemnet software. It is easy to use and fast. best features of proofhub is File sharing, milestones, to-do lists, quick notes

Kevin said...

You might want to use Intranet Software that offers advanced business solutions.

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Lukasz Cepowski said...

Hello,

I would like to introduce the project that I'm working on for a few months :)
Project is called Vermis (lat. bug, worm). It is an Open Source issue tracker
and project management tool for software developers and project managers that
has been created for improving quality of code, efficiency and speed of
development. Designed as a standard web application written in PHP (Zend Framework and Doctrine ORM), it can be
used on almost any platform and hosting service, including Windows, Linux and
more.

Project is available here http://vermis.diabloware.com
The online demo is here http://vermis.diabloware.com/demo

I'm looking forward for any feedback, comments and critique :)

Thanks,

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Anonymous said...

MySQL doesn't scale well for enterprise class applications. PostgreSQL does. You missed the boat on this one.

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James Brown said...

A great easy to use system that is differant from anything else because it looks and works like a website rather than a traditional CRM software system can be found at http://www.clickhq.co.uk

Designed for small and mid sized companies it really resonates when demonstrated to business managers.

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