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20 Great Open Source Apps for Business

Open Source Apps for Business

  • January 10, 2011
  • By Matt Hartley

Open source software can save businesses a lot of money, and who doesn't like saving money? Matt Hartley rounds up 20 applications of interest to business users.


In this economy, employees who can save their employers money are highly regarded and will potentially be in line for advancement. Using open source technology is one great way to help your company cut down on costs across the board.

In this article, I'll share twenty great open source applications that can help save your employer some money.

1) eZ Publish: Rather than paying a small fortune for a decent Web Content Management System, why not look to eZ Publish instead? Designed to work with businesses needing to push out multiple channels of content easily, eZ Publish takes it one step further with one of the best portal/front page management solutions available in the open source space.

2) Talend Open Studio: Managing data is more than mere content management, CRM or working with databases. These days, there is business modeling, graphical development and real-time deployment issues that must be considered within the modern enterprise realm. Even more importantly, there needs to be an effective software suite that allows the end user to roll all of this up into one usable tool. Talend Open Studio is one potential solution that, based on its feature set, might be the perfect fit for a business in need. Data integration, data migration and data synchronization operations are all things addressed by this software suite.

3) KnowledgeTree Document Management System: Despite Google Docs being all the rage for many growing businesses these days, there's still enough concern over privacy that other businesses are looking into open source alternatives. Note that I'm not talking about Open Office/Libre Office here, but rather a solution that has many of the advantages one might find with the collaborative goodness of Google Docs.

The cleverly named Knowledge Tree provides its users with all of the collaborative tools a company might need, while allowing the enterprise user the freedom to either use their pro version or host it themselves. Some advanced features, however, may not be available...Read the rest of Matt Hartley's open source apps for business article at Datamation.com

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