ERP Systems for IBM i

ERP Systems

I recently found an interesting article on the MC Press Online website about ERP Systems for IBM i and I have re-published it below for your convenience

Technology Focus: ERP Software for IBM i Offers a Smorgasbord of Features

Written by John Ghrist


ERP software for IBM i continues to deliver supply chain management, financial controls, manufacturing activity oversight, materials planning, and other functions.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the must-have application software for companies in the manufacturing and distribution industries, as well as being more than useful for any enterprise that that is part of a supply chain. As the benefits of Internet-enabled business communications have multiplied, so the need to use ERP applications has grown into a necessity for companies that want to remain on the cutting edge in their markets.

A Pallette for the Management Palate

ERP software vendors today have made their products easier to implement and use, have extended the functionality of their suites to cater to more niche markets, and have tailored their features to accommodate vertical market players more than ever before. Enterprises looking for ERP software may find themselves feeling like viewers of the Food Channel, in that they have the luxury of picking and choosing between multiple programs offering both sweet and savory delights and numerous tasty nuances.

Multiple companies with solid reputations provide ERP applications that handle such diverse corporate activities as business process management, business intelligence, customer relationship management, enterprise asset management, financial management, human resources, supply chain management, and supplier relationship management features in addition to the expected materials requirement planning and manufacturing operations controls.

In addition to other features, ERP applications also imply Internet-based services that, for example, let the customers or business partners track the progress of their orders from cradle to grave (or at least from the start of fabrication to delivery to the customer’s doorstep). (For a more complete rundown on considerations in selecting an ERP package, see Steve Pugh’s article “ERP: Should You Stick with a Best-of-Class Software Strategy?” in the MC Press archives.)

Unlike some areas of the application software market, the task for today’s management seeking ERP software is mainly about facing the challenge of picking the best fit for their operations from a rainbow of alternatives. For some help nailing down priorities in this search, see the recent Aberdeen Group study “ERP: Much Better Off With than Without” (currently available to the public free of charge for a limited time.)

Lunchtime vs. Teatime

It may be useful to define a few terms used in the product descriptions. Lean manufacturing refers to processes that provide a smooth manufacturing workflow and minimize waste by coordinating all elements of production to come together as they are needed rather than beforehand. Related is kanban (“just-in-time”), which attempts to precisely key the pace of production to the pace of observed demand. In practice, these two terms are interpreted as keeping inventories of raw materials or component parts low enough to just meet manufacturing needs for a specific time period, though they involve other techniques as well, such as constantly reviewing processes to eliminate inefficiencies.

For the general reader, two other terms may be helpful. The two major types of manufacturing are discrete manufacturing and process manufacturing. The former refers to production of specific products, such as furniture or automobiles, which are usually built from components in response to specific orders and are usually identifiable by their style or other features as having come from a particular manufacturer. Process manufacturing is concerned with products that are created via formulas or recipes, such as gasoline or sport drinks, and that can’t be easily broken back down into their components once made and can’t readily be discerned from competing products without something like helpful packaging. Both types of manufacturing can use ERP software but, rather obviously, require control of significantly different manufacturing processes.

If you are considering adopting an ERP application to streamline your enterprise processes, the product names, descriptions, and links to vendor Web sites below will help you focus your initial research. The key is to determine which aspects of your operations are most crucial to your success and then look for applications that are strongest in those areas.

Please note that the brief summaries used here in no way cover all the features each software product provides. You should consult the links provided for each product and contact the associated vendors for a more complete idea of what each ERP product has to offer.

And as always when looking for products or services, be sure to check the MC Press Online Buyer’s Guide.

Significant ERP Applications for System i


ComMIT Systems

ComMIT offers four integrated products that make up a planning, scheduling, and supply chain management system that helps to synchronize production activities and optimizes use of manufacturing resources. The modules are deployable standalone or together. Users can also integrate them with legacy MRP II, ERP, or other information systems.

Common Sense

Service Information Access

Common Sense is based on IBM’s Express Advantage middleware. It provides ERP, supply chain management, customer relationship management, and human-resource management functions in an application designed to integrate with custom and third-party software. It lets users build a data warehouse to support ERP functions such as back-office accounting, distribution, manufacturing, project services, transportation, and warehousing.

Compsoft ERP

Computer Software Solutions

Compsoft ERP is an integrated suite for managing company resources in the wholesale distribution and retail sales industries. Its 14 modules include cash reconciliation, financials, fixed assets, human resources, inventory control and purchasing, order entry, payroll, point of sales, and sales analysis. The product offers a single database structure, customization options, and unified communications tools.



Realization defines Concerto as an execution management system for manufacturing companies and offers the software as part of an overall “execution culture” that helps enterprises prioritize tasks, improve throughput, and improve due-date performance. Concerto helps users focus on enabling and enforcing execution management rules, establishing project pipelining to maximize use of resources, highlighting process improvement opportunities, and setting execution priorities.


Software Concepts

DS90 is an ERP tailored for light manufacturing in SMB-sized companies. The light manufacturing module helps enterprises coordinate production, kit assembly, and component processing into production of a finished product. In addition, DS90 includes functions for commission management, financials, inventory control, order management, and sales analysis.


eC-LINK ERP is designed for companies in distribution or light manufacturing industries. In addition to normal ERP functions, eC-LINK ERP offers customization features and tools for converting legacy data, helps users achieve nearly paperless environments, provides automated stock replenishment reporting, and enables stock availability views across multiple locations. It also supports multimedia and multiple national languages.


American Software

Enterprise is an integrated suite of applications. The manufacturing portion includes facilities for bills-of-material management, capacity planning, engineering change, manufacturing accounting, master scheduling, materials requirements planning, product costing, production scheduling, route and work-center control, and shop floor control. It also includes functions for financials, logistics (order processing, inventory control and accounting, purchasing), planning (demand forecasting, inventory planning, distribution requirements planning), and manufacturing. In addition, the suite interfaces with American’s e-Intelliprise e-business solution.

GXD-Graphical ERP

Xdata Solutions

GXD is a suite of graphical enterprise applications designed for companies of up to $500 million annual revenue engaging in manufacturing and distribution. The ERP app is a menu-driven system that handles financials, inventory management, labor reporting, master scheduling and material requirements planning, order processing, pricing, product configuration, purchasing and receiving, returned-goods authorization, and routing processes.

HarrisData ERP Manufacturing


HarrisData ERP Manufacturing creates an ERP environment that helps users manage all facets of manufacturing, including integrated, Web-based customer and supplier self-service. HarrisData ERP supports activity-based costing, kanban replenishment, lean manufacturing, paperless shop floor, and variance analysis. HarrisData’s ERP application also interfaces with the company’s accounting, distribution, and human resources applications.

IFS Applications


IFS offers multiple ERP software applications for manufacturing companies. Manufacturing solutions include apps for companies specializing in engineer-to-order, lean manufacturing, make-to-stock, project-based delivery, repetitive manufacturing, and to-order manufacturing methods.

Infor ERP LX


Infor offers multiple ERP applications, but LX is specifically designed for the System i and is modeled on the legacy BPCS application. The product is aimed at mixed-mode and process manufacturers and focuses on helping users improve core business processes such as channel management, customer relationships, financial management, logistics, manufacturing, and supply relationships.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

JD Edwards World

Oracle Corporation

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is a suite of 70 integrated application modules that can support diverse business operations. Modules include asset lifecycle management, financials, customer relationship management, human resources, manufacturing and engineering, order processing, supply chain execution, and supply chain management. It supports a variety of operating systems, databases, and middleware, which makes it well-suited for larger, multiplatform enterprises.

JD Edwards World is an ERP application built expressly for System i SMBs and focuses on financials, distribution, human resources, and manufacturing management. It incorporates built-in interfaces to Oracle solutions for customer relationship management and demand management. World features customizable business-process templates that users can adapt to their existing practices.


Light Manufacturing Solution


Light Manufacturing Solution is tailored for assemble-to-order, engineer-to-order, and make-to-order/work processing activities. Special features let users bundle fabrication processes into a master profile, create predefined fabrication process templates, generate work orders for fabricated materials, and modify fabricated items on the fly. Light Manufacturing also supports production of kits or combinations and helps users manage rollup and scrap materials.

Manufacturing Management

Supply Chain Management (M3)

Supply Chain Management (S3)

Lawson Software

Lawson M3 Manufacturing Management is a software suite aimed at flexibly providing assistance for discrete, process, and mixed-mode manufacturing operations. It supports manufacturing operations, costing and planning, manufacturing execution, and product data management. It also includes an industry-specific product lifecycle management module for clothing.

Lawson M3 Supply Chain Management helps enterprises manage their supply chain activities with modules for procurement, supply chain execution, plant scheduling, and other aspects. It also includes a Trace Engine feature, which is a Web-based configurable information repository that can receive, filter, and trace product line information from internal, business-partner, and third-party sources.

Lawson S3 Supply Chain Management assists the supply chain professional with job aspects such as contract management, distribution management, EDI for supply chains, mobile supply chain management (for handheld devices), procurement, credit-card self-service, strategic sourcing, and supplier order-management. It also includes an optional medical-instrument management module for hospitals.

Manufacturing PM

Software PM

Manufacturing PM specializes in MRP/ERP activities at SMB manufacturing companies. Functions include capacity requirements planning, financials, manufacturing scheduling, inventory management, product costing, product configuration, purchasing, sales analysis, and shop floor control. The app emphasizes UI simplicity, ease of implementation, and low cost.

Mosaic M21 Manufacturing Software

Mosaic Data Solutions

Mosaic M21 couples control of manufacturing activities with management tools for handling accounting financials, customer orders, inventory, payroll, and purchasing. Additional features include credit-card processing, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, multiple-level bills of material, and production schedule and order control.



SAP’s ERP application is part of the company’s SAP Business Suite product line. AS well as standard ERP operations, SAP ERP controls areas such as business performance management, corporate services, end-user service delivery, financials, and human capital management.

Solarsoft iVP

Solarsoft mVP



Solarsoft iVP is an ERP package designed to support discrete manufacturing operations that rely on an intensive supply chain. Solarsoft iVP features multicurrency and multicompany ledgers, EDI transaction sets for thousands of companies, release accounting linked to production reporting, multiple sales-order processing options, inventory controls, and production-planning and control options.

Solarsoft mVP is ERP software for discrete manufacturing operations that require repetitive batch production lines with complex tooling requirements. It provides features and options similar to the Solarsoft iVP product line.

Tropos is Solarsoft’s ERP product for process-oriented, short-cycle, demand-driven manufacturers and regulated industries. As well as manufacturing, sales management, and inventory options similar to iVP and mVP, Tropos offers niche industry options and support for browser and mobile devices.



Xperia’s EXECUTIV is a suite of ERP-related solutions that include integrated applications for managing supply chains, production and distribution, customer relationships, financials, e-commerce, and business intelligence. The company’s offering also includes ADAPTIV, which is a combined IBM i hardware and software package with a focus on EDI.



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Criteria for Selecting an ERP

Selecting an ERP

I found an interesting article on the OpenBravo Blog about the Criteria for Selecting an ERP and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Top 10 Key Criteria When Selecting an ERP

by Josep Tarbal

erp selection process openbravoIt is already known that ERP solutions are mission critical systems for the company or organization. They support the organization’s core business processes and store very valuable information that will be key input for the management team when taking important decisions.

Like any software, ERPs have a limited lifespan and, on average, every 7 to 10 years the system will need a replacement. However, implementing a new ERP solution is a complex process that will require an initial investment, an external expert help from an implementer and a project that will take several months of work to fully complete the system configuration and customization according to business requirements. In addition, the new ERP software will also have a big impact on the organization, as users will have to learn how to use it to be productive in the shortest time possible.

Bearing all this in mind, it is clear that selecting the right ERP software is a strategic decision for the company that will have a huge impact on the business’ or organization’s performance. Below is a list of the 10 key criteria we recommend taking into account when choosing a new ERP solution.

1. Meet functional requirements. The first analysis to do is mapping the functional requirements with the system capabilities. When doing this exercise, it is important to distinguish must have from nice to have needs and prioritize them accordingly. ERP implementations are usually phased and it is recommended to focus on must have requirements in the initial phase, leaving more advanced or complex needs for later phases.

2. Platform flexibility and scalability. Although we might have a clear list of functional requirements that need to be addressed during the implementation, the reality is that some of the current organization’s needs probably won’t be fully covered with standard features or new needs will appear in the future. We need to be sure that it will be possible to address them. Software flexibility and scalability will remove possible limitations in the present and in the future.

3. Ease of use and intuitive user interface. Usability is a very important criterion that needs to be taken into account. In the end, the easier the system is to use, the greater return it will provide. Users need to be productive and self-sufficient when recording new transactions and searching for the information they need. This will even have an impact on customer service quality.

4. Innovative technology. As ERP systems have a long lifespan, it is important that their technology is innovative enough to not to become obsolete too early. Technology evolves very quickly and what can be enough today, might be a bottleneck in the future. Currently, cloud-ready solutions that can be accessed from anywhere and any device are a must.

5. Competitive pricing and flexible financing. The ERP implementation will be an investment that will provide a return. As with any investment, it is important that costs are properly distributed over time. If possible, it is advisable to avoid big upfront investments and go with a model that allows you to pay a similar amount every year.

6. Similar customer references. Certainly, your company or organization will not be the first one in your market segment willing to adopt specific ERP software. Another proof of having made the right selection is knowledge of other similar companies or organizations using the same solution.

7. Local implementer and support. Choosing the right software is important, but working with the right partner is key. In an ERP project, there are 3 elements that are equally important: product, implementer and company involvement. Make sure your implementer is experienced in both the business and technology areas and can provide local support when needed.

8. ERP vendor backup. An additional guarantee that the implementer will be able to provide the right support you need is having ERP vendor support. Working with an official vendor partner is essential. Ask for the SLAs the vendor has agreed with your implementer when receiving support.

9. Freedom to access source code. Once you are sure you will work with the right implementer and vendor, make sure you will have enough freedom to change them if needed. Being able to access the source code and using standard languages will be a guarantee of freedom in case you need to find another partner.

10. Compelling product roadmap. Finally, it is also advisable to look at the product roadmap for the coming years to check if the vendor’s vision is aligned with yours and your future business plans. Make sure the ERP software will also evolve from a technology perspective so that you can benefit from future innovations in this field in addition to new features.
If you have already gone through this process, we invite you to comment on this blog to find out how your experience has been.


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BPCS/LX on Linux

BPCS/LX on Linux

I recently noticed an interesting article discussing how BPCS/LX has recently been migrated from the IBM i to Linux and I have copied it below for your convenience,

Infinite Migrates Infor BPCS/LX to Linux

BPCS/LX on LinuxMay 23, 2014 —

Infinite Migrates Infor BPCS/LX to Linux

Laguna Niguel, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2014

Paving the way for AS/400 users to migrate to Linux.

Infinite has completed the migration of the ERP system named BPCS/LX from the IBM iSeries operating environment to Linux. This migration was fairly complex in that there were over six million lines of RPG, RPG ILE, CL and DDS code to be recompiled and deployed. Using Infinites toolset, Infinite i, to recompile and deploy the applications took less than 6 months. The migration was performed for a global food products company based in the United States.

The company had several goals for rehosting BPCS/LX to Linux. First, they wanted their data to be resident in Oracle, second they wanted their hardware environment to be virtualized using VMWare and third, they required the applications to be able to execute in a graphical Interface without having to write one. Infinite met all the companys objectives at a cost that was much lower than the cost of maintaining the applications on their aging IBM I Series servers. Infinites toolsets and services have been used in thousands of AS/400 migrations worldwide.

As resources to support RPG and COBOL applications become more scarce, and as the importance to share data with other applications becomes critical, using the Infinite toolset and services makes more sense for companies that require a response to the problem of legacy applications. In this particular case, the BPCS applications in use could not be easily replaced by new applications because they had been so heavily customized. The cost of rewriting the application was estimated to be over USD3M. The migration costs to the client of Infinites tools and services was less than 1/10 the rewrite estimate.

To learn more about migrating AS/400 applications to Linux, Windows or UNIX, please visit

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Openbravo User Interface

Openbravo User Interface

I noticed some interesting information from Openbravo about the Openbravo User Interface and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Spreadsheet Familiarity Increases Software Adoption

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Spreadsheets are very common among employees of any company. They are used for many different purposes such as data analysis, calculation, data storage, reporting or data sorting. Actually, spreadsheets are the first form of ERP for very small companies that need to organize their business data. Also in larger companies, usually most business users and managers are used to working with spreadsheets on a daily basis. This popularity has made spreadsheets a natural and familiar tool for most computer users.

In Openbravo, some of the user interface components design was inspired by spreadsheets. The way data is presented when accessing any kind of document such as sales orders, purchase invoices, goods receipts or price lists, to give some examples, is very similar to a spreadsheet. Data is organized in a powerful grid and can be easily edited in a very intuitive and quick manner. Grid columns can also be organized by the user with a simple drag and drop and also new columns can be added or existing columns can be hidden with a mere right click. Data can be also ordered and filtered by any column. Grids can even be exported to a CSV file, for those users who want to prepare some reporting or do some further analysis. All these capabilities provide total flexibility to system users.

Openbravo spreadsheet familiarity allows companies a rapid software adoption that increases users’ productivity, which is the key to reducing internal costs. If you want to try it on your own, visit our demo center.


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How to Learn PHP

Learn PHP

Php programming

Php programming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHP is a popular scripting language that can be embedded into HTML and used to develop web applications.

Currently PHP and Java are probably the most on demand computer languages. Generally PHP is the preferred choice if one wants to work on the web whereas Java is preferred for desktop applications, enterprise applications and mobile apps.

I made some investigations on good options about how to learn PHP and you will find below some results of my investigations.


Learn PHP with PHP Online Tutorials


I found some good online tutorials such as the following:


Learn PHP on Good PHP Books


There are many good books on PHP and you will find below an initial choice from Amazon UK:



PHP Magazines

Another way to learn PHP or improve your PHP expertise is to read some magazine dedicated to PHP such as the following:



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Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android

Android Smartphones

I noticed an interesting article on TechCrunch about Android Smartphones and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android, With Samsung At 30%; Mobile Sales Overall Nearly Flat: Gartner

Ingrid Lunden


Gartner has just released its Q1 figures for mobile handset sales, and the key takeaway is that Android continues to steal the show, led by handset maker Samsung. Google’s mobile platform now accounts for nearly 75% of all handset sales, a jump of almost 20 percentage points on a year ago, and equating to 156 million devices sold in the three-month period. Smartphones sales grew by 63 million units to 210 million for the quarter, making up nearly half of all mobile phone sales overall, at 425 million. With the number of mobile handset sales up by a mere 0.7% on a year ago, it’s clear that higher-end devices are very the much growth engine for the mobile industry at the moment.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the more interesting figures from Gartner.

Although Samsung does not release exact sales figures for its devices, Gartner estimates that the Korean giant is the biggest of them all: it accounted for almost 31% of all smartphones sold in the period, with Apple in number-two with 18%. It’s quite a change from last year, when the two were nearly level, with just 5 percentage points separating them. The widening gap, and Samsung’s growth, will continue into the quarter ahead, it seems, led by the popularity of the company’s newest flagship model.

“We expect the new Galaxy S4 to be very popular despite being more of an evolution than a truly revolutionary device compared to the S3,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

On the other hand, the fact remains that at least some appear to still be holding out for the next iPhone rather than going for the iPhone 5; and Apple meanwhile is still holding back from releasing new, low-cost models that might help it along more in emerging markets and compete more comprehensively against the huge range of Android devices out there.

The gap between the two biggest brands and number three continues to be a big one, with Samsung very much taking the lead here. “There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” Anshul writes.

Together, Apple and Samsung accounted for 49 million handset sales. This is down by 1.1 million from a year ago, and as the smartphone market continues to grow, the players who are vying to be the next big challengers continues to churn. LG swapped places with Huawei, and is currently at number-three at 4.8 million units (with a strong showing from some of its newer 4G handsets and its lower-cost smartphone range). Huawei’s 4.4 million, however, shows that it continues to press ahead, as does fellow Chinese handset maker ZTE, which rounds out the top-five:

gartner smartphone vendors q1 2013

Samsung, unsurprisingly, is also leading in the overall mobile category, which also counts sales of lower-end feature phones. Its share there is now 23.6%, topping 100 million units.

Just as Samsung is widening the gap against Apple in smartphones, it’s doing the same with Nokia in the overall rankings. The Finnish giant is still number-two but with a 14.8% share, a drop of 5 percentage points on last year.

mobile phones overall gartner q1 2013

Looking at mobile platform prominence in smartphones, Android’s current 74.4% market share is nothing short of astounding in terms of its increase, particularly considering that at this point there is no sign of it slowing down.

Gartner’s numbers, it should be noted, are some 10% higher than those from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech that were released at the end of April: a sign of the margin of error between different analysts’ estimates resulting from different counting methods. Here are yet more numbers from IDC, which claims that smartphones outshipped feature phones, and Canalys, which was also more bullish than Gartner on smartphone numbers at a 300 million estimate.

Back to Gartner: the 156 million units sold in the quarter is actually almost double what was sold in the same period a year ago. Android is without a doubt riding the very crest of the smartphone wave: Gartner points out that smartphones accounted for 49.3% of sales of mobile phones worldwide, up from 34.8% in Q1 of 2012, and 44% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple continues to grow but at a slower pace, managing to increase its share by a “mere” 5 million. BlackBerry (still called RIM by Gartner: hello rebranding!) continues to drop, indicating that at least so far, its big BB10 attack has yet to bear significant fruit. Microsoft is showing a respectable doubling of growth to nearly 6 million units, but that is pretty tiny when you look back to Android and its 156 million. It shows that a significant amount of work remains to be done by Microsoft and partners like Nokia if it expects to get anywhere within spitting distance of Android, or even Apple.

Still, the cautionary tale of Symbian remains a sign of how fast a handset maker can fall from grace. It’s now at 0.3 percent of sales now that Nokia has discontinued its production of the once market-leading devices — although its share was falling fast even before that.

gartner q1 2013 smarthones

Gartner points out that Asia is currently the market driver for mobile phone sales worldwide, accounting for more than half of all sales, with China remaining the biggest single market.

“More than 226 million mobile phones were sold to end users in Asia/Pacific in the first quarter of 2013, which helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 per cent year-on-year,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In addition, China saw its mobile phone sales increase 7.5% in the first quarter of 2013, and its sales represented 25.7 per cent of global mobile phone sales, up nearly 2 percentage points year-on-year.”

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New CrunchU Computer Courses

CrunchU  Computer Courses

CrunchU is the result of a partnership between TechCrunch and Udemy which initially offer 30 computer courses including some courses from DeitelBuzz ! You can view the full list of courses at:


I have re-published it below the official TechCrunch CrunchU announcement.

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Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open


That crunching sound you hear is software eating the world, and TechCrunch is always looking for ways to pull a chair up to the feast. For example, we have CrunchBase for startup data and CrunchBoard for jobs, and once upon a time there was  CrunchPad, too. Not everything works out, but today with high hopes we are launching CrunchU, which is a collection of 30 online courses that we are offering to TechCrunch readers in partnership with Udemy, a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to “democratizing education by making top quality content from the world’s experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere.”

We like the sound of that, because we all have a lot more to learn, and keeping it real and affordable is what education should be all about. Our initial course line-up includes offerings from TechCrunch friends, like 500 Startups’ Dave McClure on “Raising Money for Startups” and Eric Ries on “The Lean Startup,” as well as experts Gagan Biyani on “Introduction to Growth Hacking” and Russ Fradin on “Startup Hiring.”

We have a certain bias for startups, no surprise, but there is lots of other brain candy in the course mix too, like starter courses on Android and iOS, Ruby and jQuery, as well as gamification, programming for non-programmers, SEO, and in case you just want to have fun, digital photography.

Our  plan is to introduce new courses each quarter, based on what we learn about TechCrunch readers’ likes and dislikes. We also have the option of creating courses on our own, with the help of Udemy’s awesome course-creation tools. If you have an idea for a course, or want to teach one yourself, learn more here.

So if you have a minute, check out the CrunchU course catalogue and find some educational itch you want to scratch. The tuition sting is teeny, but it will be automatically discounted 50% off from today until May 18.



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The Desktop Linux – Is it Winning?

The Desktop Linux

Gnome 3 Snapshot

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Linux has always been strong about choice and offers a great variety of Linux desktops such as Gnome, KDE, Ubuntu Unity and many more.

There have been many discussions about replacing Windows with Linux and about toppling  Microsoft’s desktop monopoly, but Desktop Linux has never reached a widespread user base.

However I recently read an interesting article on the website about how a desktop revolution has already begun with mobile devices and applications. I have republished the article below for your convenience.

The Linux desktop is already the new normal

We’re so busy seeking release from Windows that we overlooked all the ways Linux had already freed us

By | InfoWorld

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A debate is smoldering yet again in the Linux community as prominent figures debate whether it’s time to give up hope on the “year of the Linux desktop” ever coming or whether the advent of Android is actually its fulfillment. Problem is, it came and it’s been here a while, but we haven’t even noticed. We just didn’t know what it would look like.

I realize that statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Last year, Miguel de Icaza’s controversial post “What killed the Linux desktop” famously claimed that the opportunity for a Linux-based desktop to dominate the market has passed and is now an unachievable dream. He pointed to what he sees as a series of problems within the culture of Linux development.

At the heart of his argument is the idea that overly frequent updates led to a lack of compatibility, which in turn put off third-party developers. This is not to say he’s surrendered to Windows; he recently explained why he uses a Mac. Now that the world has seen the example of the Apple OS X App Store, products that struggle with compatibility issues feel like a big step backward, regardless of any great features.

Chromebook to the rescue
Meanwhile, Linus Torvalds has a different avenue for hope: Google’s Chromebook. This actually is a Linux desktop computer with only one application, the Chrome browser. The hardware itself is perfectly capable of running other Linux distributions — which is what Torvalds does — but out of the box, it’s running a stripped-down, single-function Linux system that’s easily maintained and secured centrally.

I’ve been using Chromebooks personally and for my business for the last six months, and I can state firmly it’s the Linux desktop I’ve been waiting for. I tried many other approaches, but found every other Linux desktop solution required too much effort to maintain. The Chromebooks (and one Chromebox) we have in the office deliver all the functions we need, without becoming the security nightmare you expect of Windows — and without the constant patronizing lock-in that’s manifesting itself on the Mac these days and without becoming the new hobby we’d expect from a raw Linux distro.

The reason it’s worked so well may surprise you. It works for me and my business because — wait for it — Linux has already won on the desktop.

The Linux desktop is called “the browser”

While we were all waiting for the open source community to topple Microsoft’s desktop monopoly by replacing the operating system, we missed the real revolution. There’s still plenty of money in both operating systems and in desktop apps, and Microsoft will be milking that legacy monopoly for a good while. It’s certainly been the target of competitive attention from open source software; indeed, the productivity suite now epitomized by LibreOffice has over its long history done an effective job in opening up that part of Microsoft’s monopoly.

But most enterprise expenditure doesn’t happen on the desktop. Maybe it’s software Stockholm Syndrome making us all love our captor, but the focus on desktop applications, coupled with the idealistic expectation that Windows will be displaced, has led many to overlook or even dismiss the category where Linux actually has taken over the desktop.

That’s in the browser. Think about it: When did a new process or service you wanted to use last come as a Windows application download? When it did, what actually was that application? An increasing number of desktop applications are just containers for HTML5 Web apps. The real powerhouse behind those apps is usually Linux, accessed over the Internet, along with other elements of the modern LAMP stack. In a very real sense, the applications many use daily for email, documents, presentations, and more are Linux desktop applications. A fanatical obsession with replacing Windows made for interesting discussion, but while that debate was happening, all the work on the desktop moved inside the browser window.

In turn, that desktop revolution has fueled — and been fueled by — Linux in portable devices. In that space, Linux is definitely winning globally, both by powering multiple device platforms such as Android and Kindle and by powering many of the applications found on those devices. Tools like PhoneGap allow the developer to take the same Linux-powered back end and use it for both desktop/browser apps and for device-specific apps. The result? Linux is everywhere, even on iOS.

It was natural to assume the wedge to displace Microsoft’s desktop monopoly would be something that did the same thing. Futurists have long made their predictions by describing the present wearing Spandex. When it comes along, the new reality often looks different from the future we expected. So we still have no flying cars, food still doesn’t come in pill form — and the Linux desktop is actually running in your browser.

The year of the Linux desktop came long ago and we missed it. We were expecting it to displace Windows; instead, it has displaced the Windows desktop application, powered the reinvention of the mobile market, and in the process done more for us all than the revolution we expected could ever have delivered.

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