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LinuxWorld: Opening minds at OpenSales - Recent open source POS module could make waves

Sep 21, 2000, 00:49 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"OpenSales was founded in 1998 by the Ferber boys, Rob and Glenn. (Actually, the two are not related; they simply share the same last name.) Rob was previously with eToys and Glenn was with American Digital Media. Crater joined the firm as CEO in December of 1999."

"Currently, the company's primary software offerings are OpenSales AllCommerce and OpenSales Retailer. Both are written in Perl, covered by the GPL, and available for download from OpenSales' developer site. The company's business model, of course, is to give away the software and sell service."

"Crater's background is in traditional software and services. She cut her management teeth with Oracle, where she ended up as a VP managing two divisions. She also served time with Liberate.com and Netscape before joining OpenSales. But she is sold on open source, primarily because it gets software to customers at a much lower cost than the traditional business model does."

"One firm buying OpenSales' services at present is NutriPeak, the second largest distributor of sports and health nutritional supplements in the world. NutriPeak's rapid growth, sparked by its acquisition of a chain of stores in California and another e-commerce firm, has left it with two sales channels: one for online sales and one for brick and mortar purchases. Quite naturally, NutriPeak's goal is to come up with a single system to handle both chores, and that's where OpenSales comes in."

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