Opensuite Integrates Applications
Open Source service provider Corratech recently released Opensuite, a platform for the integration of heterogeneous enterprise applications.
The new Open Source project is looking to integrate a number of free (OSS) and proprietary applications with ongoing business processes and to integrate existing data with larger-scale IT systems. This will make it easier for both users and administrators to work with and manage programs by different vendors.
Corratech describes the concept as a virtual software suite that provides the glue to help tie various programs together. The company promises corporate users lower support and maintenance costs. Corratech says that what sets it aside from similar projects is that other Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) projects simply provide interfaces that other applications can dock onto. In contrast to this, Opensuite takes a service-oriented approach provides a middleware platform on which software developed independently will work as if it was part of an integrated suite. From the user’s point of view this means single sign-on, and the ability to toggle between various applications.
Opensuite looks to integrate enterprise-level applications such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Ressource Planning (ERP), document management and project management. The software provides building blocks for business processes, referred to the manufacturer as Business Process Packs, that reflect workflows and provide functionality to match.
The first Business Pack links email, and document access functionality with matching accounts on the CRM system, and includes single sign-on technology. Opensuite provides integrated support for the free CentricCRM, the commercial KnowledgeTree document management system, the free Openbravo ERP system and the free Zimbra groupware.
Corratech will be maintaining its newly founded Open Source project itself, and looking to launch a community. Opensuite is available under the GPL v3 and available for downloading from the project homepage.