KReporter Release 4.0.3 is released

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With Release 4.0.3 KReporter 4.0 is officially released and leaves beta stadium. For the commercial extension package we also added further features with bucket reporting as you might know it from Salesforce as well as the option to build distribution lists for scheduled reports. KReporter 3.1 is thus effectively retired after successful 3 years and hundreds of customers using it. With release 4.0.3 we also completed the Sugar7 support also switching from KREST to the Sugar7 API. And also fully … Read More

SpiceCRM getting ready for its first Release

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We are working hard to get the first packaged version of SpiceCRM ready. Target Date for the first package is May 31st. The main focus areas are as follows: a new but well known theme: we are packaging the Google Style theme that was known from SugarOutfitters into SpiceCRM. As part of this we also did rework it adding some new features and also improving performance on existing ones. New Features e.g. include a drag and drop capability for attachments. … Read More

KReporter 4.0 is in Beta Release

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With release 4.0 KReporter is becoming part of SpiceCRM. As of today KReporter is in Beta Release and available. Development of Release 4.0 was a major effort reworking the complete MVC structure from Sugar6 and moving to a RESTful architecture as also Sugar7 is using it. KReporter is still fully compatible with Sugar6 and Sugar7 but will require to load the KREST API. This REST API is SpiceCRM’s implementation of the RESTful interface. SugarCRM with Release7 did their implementation. KREST … Read More

Open Source went Nuclear in 2015

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I found a very interesting article 2015-the-year-that-open-source-software-went-nuclear from the wired magazine highlighting the even more emerging trend towards open source. And indeed asides the desktop open source is a winning bet. It is also utterly interesting to see the giants move towards this model. I always was looking with interest to Oracles strategy with MySQL, Java and other components as they are moving to pen source but also the recent moves by Microsoft and Apple are interesting. Still this is … Read More

SugarCRM/SpiceCRM running on PHP7 and MySQL 5.7 – doubling performance

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For all open source users two big releases happened in the last months. MySQL did release 5.7 in GA and even more exciting PHP7 was released. Both packages made significant promises towards performance increases. While the update of the database to 5.7 does not make a big difference when it comes to the application SugarCRM will run smoothly on MySQL 5.7. We did the upgrades but still need to create some more significant stats on the performance gain. What is … Read More

SugarOutfitters is joining the SpiceCRM Team – the whys and the hows …

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I am working with SugarCRM now for about 8 years. I love the platform and think they folks at Sugar did a great job initially. But one thing they never got right was the model of extendability. While other providers make a great asset out of their app stores and generate nice revenue streams on upsell and additonal componentes sugar is the lame duck here. SugarCRM is great but lacks in many areas quite some functionality. As harsh as this … Read More

The Lightning Design System

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Just recently Salesforce made an IMHO quite significant but interesting step. One the one hand they are releasing a new UI with their Ligthning Design. A makeover that was more than needed. Looking at Salesforce’s UI it has aged and was no longer what a modern app should look like. So this I would consider a normal step. Still interesting on it, is to see, how they struggle to get the product aligned. This seemingly also seems to be a … Read More

Summary of the Global Partner Summit

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Last week I attended SugarCRM’s global Partner Summit in Portugal. Over my past professional career I always have been skeptical on these kind of events and in fact if they add value or are rather a waste of time and money. Yet in this case I have to say it was a worthwhile trip. Well organized and with good content. Especially the technical track they hosted was well done. It was an open atmosphere, good sharing of knowledge and insights … Read More