An ALPHA announcement for Open Source IntERPrise has been launched by a team of international IBM i community developers. IntERPrise is a Native, data centric, multi-tier, ILE and DB2 database.
Leaders the project are Marinus van Sandwyk, TEMBO Technology Lab (Pty) Ltd, South Africa and Chris Hird, Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd, Canada.
Says Hird, “We have seen several Open Source projects getting underway, mostly PASE based, and very few for the ILE environment.
From the beginning, we decided to create a formal architecture with set conventions and clear directives.
We believe building this ILE Open Source project in this way, will provide a solid base, that will be easily adapted by others wishing to use it.”
Van Sandwyk continues,
“IntERPrise is an industrial strength BASE ERP consisting out of CORE financials (debtors, creditors, GL and cashbook). These modules are the foundation of both the AgriLogic and InfoLogic applications. This application has effectively competed and won bids against all the major ERP’s over the past 30 years. The base design is tried and tested, but here we are developing an entirely new application. There isn’t a single line of code or named data element from the original application that is present in the new solution.”
As the Alpha announcement takes place, the team is seeking members to join the seven-person Steering Committee. Members of the IBM i community are also encouraged to participate to help the group understand real-world environment needs.
Who might be interested in this project? It is clear from the recent Help Systems survey results that more that 70% of respondents have custom or bespoke solutions build around a core solution. Most of the architectural and coding standards that were adopted to achieve this were established in the 1980s and 1990s. Overall it is usually the financials that frustrates the ‘bean counters”, due to their need for fancy executive dashboards, and the ease of querying the database. The IntERPrise database, with its fresh approach clean code, will remove these impediments, whilst providing a native platform for cognitive computing.
The objective is for a full working model to be ready and available at the Spring Common 2019.
Connect with Hird or Van Sandwyk to participate with development, held define project needs, or request a demo.