50 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Software

50 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Software

The “Great Recession” has businesses and consumers alike looking for ways to cut costs. That includes looking for cheaper alternatives to expensive software.

  1. Accounting: TurboCASH, Phreebooks 
  2. Business Intelligence: Jaspersoft, Pentaho, Palo BI Suite, JMagallanes, OpenReports
  3. Business Process Management: ProcessMaker 
  4. CAD: BRL-CAD, Archimedes
  5. Customer Relationship Management: Sugar Community Edition
  6. Database: MySQL, Firebird, Kexi 
  7. Desktop Publishing: Scribus
  8. E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware:  Zimbra
  9. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): OpenERP, Openbravo, ADempiere
  10. Gateway Security Appliances: Endian Firewall Community, Untangle
  11. Graphics/Drawing: Dia, Gimp, Inkscape, Paint.Net
  12. Office Productivity: OpenOffice.org, KOffice, NeoOffice, Oracle OpenOffice  
  13. Operating System: Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, Debian 
  14. PDF Tools: PDFCreator
  15. Point of Sale: Openbravo POS, Lemon POS
  16. Project Management: OpenProj, GanttProject
  17. Speech Recognition: Simon 
  18. Video Tools: Blender, Cinelerra, OpenShot Video Editor, Kdenlive, CineFX, Avidemux
  19. Web Application Tools:  Open BlueDragon
  20. Web Site Authoring: Kompozer, NVU, Bluefish, SeaMonkey

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Reference: 50 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Software

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Apple’s challenges in ensuring fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains

Bloomberg has a lengthy piece illustrating just how great a challenge it is for Apple and other multinational companies to ensure the fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains.

When one of Apple’s suppliers like Flextronics wins a new contract, it needs to take on additional workers – lots of them, and fast. Those workers are recruited through employment brokers, which are required to adhere to Apple’s rules. But many of them are brought in from other countries, like Malaysia and Nepal.

Alok Taparia, the managing director of Transworld Manpower, another of the four Nepalese brokers retained for that drive, says he was given clear instructions: Workers shouldn’t be charged; Flextronics would pay the brokers. But Taparia and the other Nepalese brokers say Flextronics demanded so many men so quickly that there was no way to do it without tapping the country’s network of subagents, stretching into Himalayan villages reachable only by foot. As Apple itself has described in reports on its supply chain, the subagents always charge…

Workers recruited from neighbouring countries can end up needing to pay several layers of agents and sub-agents for their jobs. Without the cash to do so, they take on loans – and are required to surrender their passports as security. The piece says that Apple’s attempts to deal with this are proving less successful over time.

Labor demand surge remains a challenge to our supply chain today. Feel free to contact us, if you need help with your supply chain.

Reference: Apple’s challenges in ensuring fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains

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Consultants Should All Get Real Jobs

Consultants Should All Get Real Jobs

I challenge all consultants to spend some time — at least a year — back in a “real” job, working shoulder to shoulder with the same kinds of people who pay for their advice. So few authors and experts are willing to do this, because they’re afraid. They know it’s much harder to be accountable for a real team, in a real company, for a real project, than it is to critique and advise from the safety of the sidelines.

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Cloud Database for Dummies (Free E-Book)

Cloud Database for Dummies

Building a Database in the Cloud? E-Book Explains How.

It’s free for download as long as you have a free Oracle account.

Clear and concise, practical, filled with time-saving tips—the reviews are in on Building a Database Cloud for Dummies.

This quick-reference guide, organized into six short chapters and supplemented with helpful illustrations, provides a clear overview of the cloud and step-by-step instructions on deploying database as a service. Download the complimentary e-book today and learn how to:

  • Build a vision and business case for the cloud
  • Operate and deploy a database in the private cloud
  • Maximize success, with a list of the top 10 things to consider when starting

Cloud Database

Cloud database allow businesses to drive down costs while increasing business agility and IT performance. See for yourself how to save money, simplify management, and improve resource efficiency with a database cloud.

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Announcement

Greetings All,

In response to industry needs in utilization of captured data and through visibility functions, we will start webinars on creating value by using capturing of selected array of data as BI. This is combined with risk and performance analysis to accommodate for optimality in Operational and Strategic optimality.

 

Stay tuned,

Dr. Javad Seyed

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Risk, BI, Performance Management in the Context of Supply and Demand Chain Management

Risk, BI, Performance Management

Greetings;Due to overwhelming demand from colleagues, customers, and market, we will start a new lecture series on Risk, BI, Performance Management, in the context of Supply and Demand Chain. These articles will appear as lecture series as well as the Latest News on this web site. Your participation and contribution is very welcomed and appreciated. We will try to address the said topics from Analytical Approach as well as Management points of view. I look forward to your input, contribution, and comments.Best Regards,Javad Seyed, Ph.D.javad@supplychaininstitute.com

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Blue Print for Success

Falling demand, tight credit, and unprecedented economic challenges are forcing businesses to look for tools and means of reducing cost, increasing productivity, maintain-even increase customer base, avoiding costly initiatives, and improve quality. The essence of this initiative, Supply Chain Institute, is to address these problems by providing analytics, modeling capability, and execution methods to assist with the resolving of the real life business problems.

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