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Bossie Awards 2016: The best open source applications

The best open source applications

The universe of open source applications is an unstable one. Take SugarCRM, for example. When it was a main light of open source in the undertaking; today it's entirely a SaaS offering, sucking at Salesforce's fumes. On the other hand see OpenOffice. Just yesterday it was the universally adored finger in the eye of Microsoft; today it barely has motivation to exist, as LibreOffice races off into the separation. Among our Bossie victors in applications, coordinated effort, and middleware you'll locate various undertakings that have rethought and continued, alongside a couple that are totally new.


LibreOffice remains the best and just decision among open source office efficiency suites. Libre's heredity gets from Apache OpenOffice. Be that as it may, while its forebear grieves, with continuous worries over its future and dependability, Libre keeps on flourishing.

Two minor discharges this year concentrated on security and convenience. Security changes incorporate new get to controls, with archive marks and testament taking care of, and two-element verification that secures access to any semblance of Google Drive. Backing of TSCP (Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program) norms for record grouping, (for example, creation and stamping of arranged reports) makes Libre an alluring choice for taking care of touchy data in big business and government settings.

A few changes to the Libre UI shed disturbances and enhance convenience. Calc spreadsheet clients will value the upgraded equation tooltips, while Impress clients advantage from new sidebar property menus - no more popups - and a superior layout supervisor UI.

Most great, however, has been the dispatch of the Open365 beta - with specialized devices by means of KDE Kontact and distributed storage - that is likewise accessible for in-house arrangement. Open365 acquires LibreOffice online and direct rivalry with Microsoft Office 365.


Why must Linux have such a large number of various bundling positions? It's an inquiry engineers must ask themselves each time they set up an application for conveyance. Flatpak means to rearrange that procedure with a solitary configuration for all Linux distros and even their distinctive forms. Flatpak basically makes a circulation rationalist application.

As opposed to building a conventional RPM for Fedora and a different deb bundle for Ubuntu, Flatpak (previously known as xdg-application) gives you a chance to package your application with the majority of its conditions into a fabricate that will keep running on various stages. Not just that, the application is disconnected in its own sandbox amid runtime - on account of different inherent Linux subsystems - so there's no danger of crash with existing libraries or different applications on the host.

In case you're supposing this sounds a great deal like Canonical's Snap applications, you're correct. Presently, Flatpak offers more adaptable and more granular security than Snap, and it sidesteps the Canonical application store. On the drawback, Flatpak is expected for desktop applications, while Snap bundles likewise target server arrangements. There will without a doubt be level headed discussion over which methodology is best for big business use. Until further notice, Flatpak hopes to offer the best response to Linux bundle appropriation.


Slack rapidly stole the greater part of the oxygen from constant correspondence and cooperation, however it was just brief. Its shut source underpinnings started quick reactions from the open source group, making joint effort one of the most blazing ranges in open source improvement today.

In light of the full-stack JavaScript stage Meteor, Rocket.Chat keeps running on Node.js and utilizations a MongoDB back end to convey an adaptable and extensible web talk server that is a great deal more than a visit server. Rocket.Chat additionally weaves in videoconferencing, screen sharing, voice informing, and record sharing and survey. The topper is a strong web crawler to discover everything. Think IRC in addition to Google Docs in addition to Skype - on steroids.

With Rocket.Chat, it's a snap to make specially appointed working gatherings with private and open channels. You can convey on various cloud stages (AWS, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud, Heroku) or self-host on Linux, FreeBSD, Windows Server, or Docker. There are local customers for Linux, MacOS, and Windows, and web applications for iOS and Android that function admirably with on-the-go email warnings and push upgrades.

On account of LDAP coordination and simple Slack import, liftoff with Rocket.Chat is that much smoother.


Like Rocket.Chat, Mattermost is an open source, self-facilitated, extensible informing and joint effort stage giving Slack a keep running for its cash. Mattermost shuns videoconferencing and voice informing to concentrate solely on visit, yet it is unequivocally endeavor situated with its solid accentuation on security and consistence.

Mattermost pulls together talk, installed sound and video, record sharing, and outside information nourishes into a bound together, searchable entrance you can access by program, desktop customer, or cell phone. A Linux application worked with Go and React, and supporting MySQL and PostgreSQL toward the back, Mattermost gives you a chance to have your own protected joint effort server on a natural stage with granular, consents based controls that are appropriate to overseeing bigger gatherings.

In spite of the fact that the Mattermost program UI doesn't feel entirely as spry as its Rocket.Chat partner, it is just as usable, and its versatile customers feel all the more completely prepared. Under the spreads you'll discover direct backing for groups, webhooks to tap outer sources, push warnings to portable applications, extensive dialect/limitation bolster, AD/LDAP reconciliation, and Slack channel import. Reporting apparatuses to track client details and collaborations round out a spectacular bundle.


At the point when the engineers behind OpenERP rebranded to Odoo in 2014, they set out to extend the venture's range. They succeeded. Odoo has pulled in new clients, as well as drawn the interest and aptitude of a dynamic designer group too. With those engineers have come an abundance of new applications that strengthen the Odoo biological system.

Odoo joins business operations administration (bookkeeping, HR, stock, obtaining) with front office (deals, CRM, purpose of-offer) and profitability apparatuses (timesheets, visit), alongside e-trade and advertising highlights. However the bundle stays sufficiently congenial for any little business to get up and running.

An update is required to exploit highlights in the Enterprise adaptation -, for example, versatile get to and propelled reporting - not gave in the Community Edition. While concerns have been raised about the late change in Odoo's authorizing model from the AGPL to LGPLv3, the move serves to empower the creation and offer of outsider modules.

At last, the movement to LGPLv3 ought to animate interest, advancement, and the proceeded with achievement of the Odoo stage, which begins with its designer biological community. Engineers gotta eat as well.


In spite of the fact that there were no real redesigns to the iDempiere Business Suite this year, it remains our top decision for open source ERP. iDempiere is particularly appropriate for bigger assembling and conveyance organizations.

The late change to a secluded, OSGi module engineering joined with iDempiere's solid designer group has brought forth advancement in elements and arrangements that keep on distinguishing this contending fork of ADempiere. The suite packs a full supplement of ERP applications (bookkeeping, obtainment, materials, and assembling) alongside CRM and store network/business accomplice administration.

Based on Java with backing for Oracle and PostgreSQL back closures, iDempiere can be exceedingly modified to meet the most requesting details. An arrangement of locally available improvement devices smooth out the knocks for dispersed advancement groups.

A light Java impression and streamlined interface make iDempiere a usable, adaptable stage crosswise over Linux, Windows, and MacOS. ERP doesn't come modest, regardless of whether you construct or purchase. Yet, with the blend of big business grade highlights and a free open source permit, iDempiere is a convincing recommendation.


Over 10 years into improvement, SuiteCRM keeps on developing and augment. The inheritor of the open source CRM crown from SugarCRM unites account administration, deals power robotization, and advertising instruments that are practically identical to what you'll discover in Sugar Professional. A rich gathering of augmentations spreads everything from big business security additional items to pursuit, online networking, and Mail Chimp promoting reconciliation.

The most recent discharge presents further reporting choices through another examination apparatus, Suite Spot. A move and customize report fashioner gives you a chance to make and refine complex reports - no preparation or information of SQL required. Reports can be spared locally or pushed to the entryway for sharing.

Maybe best of all, the SuiteCRM UI has been upgraded because of cell phones, making little screens level with residents to the desktop - and offering dependable synchronize wherever you're working. In case you're searching for a useful, performant CRM server that can streamline your business procedures and client connections, you'll see it in SuiteCRM.

In the open air

In the open air is effortlessly the most thorough and extensible approach to oversee reports and other computerized resources crosswise over big business storehouses, on account of combinations with any semblance of SharePoint, Salesforce, Amazon S3, and Google Drive.

Increases in the most recent discharge, similar to Smart Folders metadata, let you all the more effortlessly pursuit and access content without knowing its area. New devices like the Model Manager guide nontechnical clients through assignments that used to require specialists, for example, forming a steady substance storehouse.

In the open air offers on-premises and cloud versions, and in addition a half and half match up alternative that encourages content access and coordinated effort with elements past the firewall. With Alfresco Mobile, clients pick up on-the-go access, incorporating full mix with Microsoft Office applications. Engineers get a decent, strong SDK to alter and expand the stage, a REST API for customer applications, a Java API for server-side expansions - loads of choices.

A free group version, a SaaS release, and the venture review Alfresco One offer various approaches to begin. Note the group version has various restrictions, including no backing for HA bunching, crossover cloud arrangements, or augmentations.

Camunda BPM

Camunda BPM is more or less great open source BPM and work process. Initially a fork of Alfresco's Activiti, Camunda has formed into a rich answer for computerizing the three mainstays of BPM: framework forms, human work process, and case administration.

The Camunda bunch has been occupied this previous year bringing support for Decision Model Notation (DMN) to the stage. The new discharge executes a DMN motor and a web application to screen choice table standards and modify those guidelines on the fly. The Camunda group has additionally enhanced chart creation - drawing on the electronic tooling to manufacture the Camunda Modeler for BPMN and CMMN (Case Management Model Notation) models and in addition Camunda's DMN choice tables.

Camunda's inherent dashboards give an ongoing perspective into procedures and KPIs and give a course to adjust or suspend running procedures that require remedial activity. An undertaking version brings strength server support (IBM WebSphere and Oracle WebLogic) and an endeavor dashboard with extra process assessment and special case taking care of abilities. Whichever Camunda release you pick, you get a very much recorded, lightweight, Java-based BPM structure that can undoubtedly be snared and reached out to bolster existing applications.

Talend Open Studio

It's not really shocking that Talend Open Studio is our top decision for ETL and EAI. With regards to information combination - whether on-premises or in the cloud - no open source contender confronts Talend's ability or execution.

Talend Open Studio - in its different incarnations for enormous information, information combination, information quality, ESB, and expert information administration - permits you to ingest and change information dependably, paying little respect to the source. The Studio supplies a visual improvement and investigating environment, permitting you to wire together changes and synchronize information among sources effortlessly.

Talend's business releases pack extra components for checking, and additionally improvement and joint effort. Normally, Talend Open Studio networks well with the organization's business lead EAI stage, Talend Data Fabric. Talend Data Fabric isn't free, however its adaptable evaluating makes considerably littler coordination ventures conceivable on most any financial plan.


Transforming crude information into upper hand is an undeniably complex undertaking. Pentaho consolidates a rich arrangement of information combination apparatuses with cutting edge investigation to handle the most troublesome BI challenges.

Pentaho permits you to draw information from heap sources - from customary SQL databases to online networking encourages and everything in the middle of - and overcome mistake inclined and monotonous ETL undertakings through mechanization. New dynamic ETL metadata infusion sends metadata to the joining motor at runtime to quicken the information onboarding process and advance reuse of hidden change rationale. Other new advancement systems (like Parameter Pushdown) kick information changes into high apparatus, while a rework of the JSON input both enhances speed and backings bigger documents.

Pentaho is a capable instrument with the multifaceted nature to match (read: not intended for the beginner engineer), and it's worked for pace. To put it plainly, Pentaho has the right stuff for some undertaking use cases - from local Hadoop access to inserted BI and past.


With a noteworthy real rev this year, ReportServer shot right to the highest priority on our rundown for BI reporting.

ReportServer 3 introduced an enhanced UI and new dashboard formats, with reporting parameters open specifically inside the console. It likewise presented more extensive database bolster, beginning with the expansion of MariaDB and MonetDB columnstores, which guarantee enormous execution picks up. Additionally, bolster for custom execution targets - like sending out reports to an archive administration framework - makes it less demanding to get reports into the frameworks and hands that need them.

Note that ReportServer is currently accessible in two releases: the group version, which is still accessible under the AGPL, and another venture version, which requires a business permit. The endeavor SKU supplements the group version with big business highlights for security and validation (LDAP, SSO, etc) and scripting, among different advantages. The people group version holds its backing for a boundless number of clients and the TeamSpace coordinated effort apparatuses.

Whether you're hoping to work out complex custom reporting arrangements or basically make utilization of the fast and simple predefined report formats, ReportServer is certain to address your issues.


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