Monthly Archives: April 2007

Will GPL die at European administration now that EUPL is available?

For the first time an Open Source Public Licence will have the power of law. The European Union Public Licence (EUPL) has been published the 9 January 2007.
The licence is currently translated into the 21 European Union languages, the first ever Open Source licence translated legally and not only “for information” purpose!

European Union Public Administrations can now release their software under a licence that “takes care of their national specific copyright terminology and their provisions related to information, warranty or liability exclusion respecting consumer’s rights”. This is also related to “applicable law and competent court, as the EUPL guiding principle is based on trust towards Member States’ parliaments and judges without restrictions or exceptions”.

Does mean a threat to the GPL? Off course not, the writers of the Open Source Licence demonstrated an openness of mind by authorising the re-distribution of derivate works under the compatible licence:

Should the licensee’s obligations under the compatible licence conflict with EUPL’s obligations, the obligations of the Compatible Licence shall prevail. If other similar licences could be inspired by this open mind, the « free licence wars» and resulting incompatibilities would rapidly end!

EUPL - GPL compatbility

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SAP A1S and Intalio have same strategy: Zero code, Used by Process Analysts, one-click deploy and Free of charge?

SAP is proposing a new product, A1S, targeted to SMEs having a turn over between 25 to 150 millions Euros. The solution”… will deliver the benefits of enterprise SOA under a new “try-run-adapt” model leveraging the Internet and telesales, and can be managed entirely remotely, from day-to-day operations to upgrades...” [1].

Basically nothing new, the customer design his process and he hopes to deploy it quickly. Previously this task needed many consultants, customisations and money.

Today, SAP CFO, Dr. Werner Brandt, says that A1S will “…reduce the TCO by 90%…” [2] by removing the need of the customisations by well paid consultants. SAP proposes a “…suite in a box…” that can be customised by the end user with the help of a telesales person. This summarises the process of deploying an SAP solution to some BPM 2.0 concepts developed by Ismael Chang Ghalimi (Zero code, Used by Process Analysts, One-click deploy) [3]. Here the SAP A1S added-value [2]:

  • Covers all relevant areas of business (“suite in a box”)
  • Eliminates buyer’s risk (TRY)
  • Fast time to value (RUN)
  • Quick and easy user adoption (RUN)
  • Rapidly adaptable to changing customer needs (ADAPT)
  • Reduces total cost of ownership by up to 90% (ADAPT)

Ismael Ghalimi says that BPM 2.0 [4] is also “…Free of charge…“, “[uses a] Web 2.0 user interface…“, “... [is] loved by ABAP… Folks…” Those assumptions will have to be verified when SAP will present his product to a broader audience and after some first user experience feedback’s.

Two questions come to my mind:
Is SAP A1S an output of the cooperation with Intalio or, more correctly, the fact that SAP ventures funded Intalio [5]?
Is a 90% reduction of the TCO means “Free of charge” for SAP?

[1] http://www.sap.com/company/press/press.epx?pressid=7227
[2] http://www.sap.com/germany/company/ investor/pdf/WB_UBS_March14_Final.pdf
[3] http://www.intalio.com
[4] http://itredux.com/bpm-20/BPM20.pdf
[5] “Workflow, Document and Business Process Management”, http://www.conspectus.com 2004

Dabble DB or the “next generation user interface database”

Dabble DB lets you build database applications with no hassle. It’s easy to use yet extremely flexible and powerful…” claims the website. Even they’re right I think they should try to hire some marketing company to find better wording to describe their awesome application.

Easily described: Dabble DB provides common functionalities of a database: CRUD of records.

But, they provide many features that I’ve seen only in Filemaker many years ago (Filemaker had fewer functionalities, I must admit) : easy database normalisation, data restucturing, grouping, filtering, generation of charts including “world maps“, automatic recognition of patterns allowing Dabble DB to automatically generates calendar, and many other features.
A 7 minutes demo is available and will give you a good idea of what could be achieved.

Now only one question comes to my mind, what is their business model?

  1. Inviting people to save their private data like many other web 2.0 companies (Zoho, Signals37, name them…)?
  2. Invite CIOs to save their “added value” data?

I’ll never believe in this kind of business model at least because here, in Europe, data privacy means something. A simple calculation decreases their market by 500 millions EU customers and hundrerd of thousands EU companies too!

Even they claim to take care of our privacy, history proves that US government cannot be trusted and our data could be compromised too easily.

Dabble DB cannot be hosted at home, I hope that competitors will align their user interface based on Dabble DB!

Maybe the answer comes already from Ismael Ghalimin, the Intalio co-founder: “…As long as it does not matter that the data stored into Dabble DB can be seen by anyone once you publish it [you can select Dabble DB to host your data]…“.

Off course this post can be applied to all Web 2.0 companies relying on the craziness of people to store their private data on a remote server. I will be glad to see the figures of the kind of customers those Web2.0 have after 2 years……

First ever Open Source licence translated into 21 EU languages!

European Union Public Licence v1.0 (EUPL) is almost localised in 27 languages! Already 23 are available but not published already. EUPL is a European Commission (EC) Open Source licence aimed to allow (at least) the EC to release Open Source Software on a legally recognised basis. Many countries have already discussing the choice of publishing their applications under this licence (France, Spain…) The European Commission, through its IDABC programme, has already released several applications:

  1. an on-line collaboration server: Communication and Information Resource Centre Administrator (CIRCA), a forum like application used by the European Commission, the Member States and the European Commission’ contractors; public access is also available.
  2. an on-line tool IPM that provides functionalities for “Interactive Policy Making”, a survey-like application

This is a great opportunity for Public Administrations to get an Open Source licence

  1. transposed into their national law,
  2. translated into their native language,
  3. targeted for European public sector legal services with:
    1. Full « European » copyright coverage (communication / moral rights)
    2. EU compatible liability and warranty clauses
    3. EU compatible applicable law and jurisdiction clauses
  4. Compatible with GPL