77 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications: Page 2

This update on a popular list reveals a changing relationship between proprietary and open source software, due to cloud computing's influence.
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19. SplendidCRM

Replaces Sage ACT! ($269.99 and up), Microsoft Dynamics CRM ($65 per user per month and up), Oracle CRM on Demand ($75 per user per month and up)

The latest version of Splendid adds a new survey model, 42 new standard reports, Google Apps Sync, an HTML5 calendar and more. In addition to the open source option, it also comes in commercially supported on-demand and on-premise versions. Operating System: Windows.

20. ConcourseSuite

Replaces Sage ACT! ($269.99 and up), Microsoft Dynamics CRM ($65 per user per month and up), Oracle CRM on Demand ($75 per user per month and up)

This Java-based apps aims to provide a 360° view of your customer, tracking leads, opportunities, marketing and customer support functions. It comes in both open source and on-demand versions, and unlike most similar services, the on-demand price is based on resource consumption, not the number of users. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Database

21. MySQL

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($898 and up)

Used by organizations like Facebook, Google, Adobe, Alcatel Lucent and Zappos, MySQL has long been one of the most popular databases for use with the Web. It boasts scalability, flexibility, high performance and more. It's available in both free and paid versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X

22. Firebird

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($898 and up)

First launched in 1981, Firebird is a mature SQL database that boasts cross-platform support, multi-generation architecture, logging and monitoring capabilities, excellent security and more. Paid support is available through third-party partners. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris

23.Kexi

Replaces Microsoft Office Access 2013 ($109.99), FileMaker Pro 12($299)

The “long-awaited competitor for programs like MS Access or Filemaker,” KDE's Kexi offers a familiar set of desktop database features. Noteworthy capabilities include full visual designers for tables, queries and forms; support for parameterized queries; support for object data; lookup columns; advanced import tools and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Desktop Publishing

24. Scribus

Replaces InDesign CS5 ($19.99 per user per month and up), QuarkXPress($849), Microsoft Publisher, ($109.99)

Scribus is a professional-caliber page layout program that can do color separations, CMYK and spot colors, ICC color management, PDF creation and more. However, because desktop publishing programs are very complicated, note that it cannot import and export InDesign, Quark or Publisher files. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

25. MiKTeX

Replaces InDesign CS5 ($19.99 per user per month and up), QuarkXPress($849), Microsoft Publisher, ($109.99)

This desktop publishing solution was built to make scientific and mathematical text look beautiful. It's less useful for other types of desktop publishing, such as creating newsletters and flyers. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Development Tools

26. KDevelop

Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional ($499.00 and up)

This extensible integrated development environment (IDE) from KDE supports C/C++ and a variety of other programming languages. It includes a source code editor, a front end for the GCC compiler, wizards, a GUI designer and built-in support for a wide variety of version control systems. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

27. MonoDevelop

Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional ($499.00 and up)

Ideal for .NET developers, MonoDevelop supports C# and other Microsoft-friendly languages. It also makes it easier to port applications built for Windows to OS X and Linux. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

28. SharpDevelop

Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional ($499.00 and up)

Also designed for the .NET platform, SharpDevelop supports C#, VB.NET and Boo. It's compatible with Visual Studio and offers code completion, project templates, an integrated debugger and a forms designer. Operating System: Windows

29. OpenBD

Replaces Adobe ColdFusion 9 ($1,499)

Formerly known as Open Blue Dragon, Open BD describes itself as "the world's first truly open source and free GPL Java CFML runtime." It allows developers to build JavaEE-based Web apps using the Cold Fusion Markup Language (CFML) without purchasing Adobe ColdFusion. Operating System: Windows, Linux

E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware

30. Zimbra

Replaces Microsoft Exchange ($699 and up)

Now owned by Telligent, the open source version of Zimbra offers a "post-PC" alternative to Microsoft Exchange for handling shared email, contacts and calendars in a virtualized environment. The same organization also offers a variety of related collaboration products and services under the Zimbra name. Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X

31. EGroupware

Replaces Microsoft Exchange ($699 and up), Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2013 ($6,000 and up)

This Web-based groupware and collaboration tool combines basic groupware functionality with CRM, project management, Web content management, file sharing, incident tracking and more. Host the free community or paid enterprise version on your own server, or use the hosted version for a monthly fee. Operating System: OS Independent

32. Citadel

Replaces Microsoft Exchange ($699 and up)

Calling itself "the leader in true open source email and collaboration," Citadel offers e-mail, calendar, contacts, bulletin boards, IM, wiki, chat and more. Its small footprint makes it popular with people tinkering with Raspberry Pi systems. Operating System: Linux

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

33. OpenERP

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics ($27,150 and up), SAP (prices vary)

OpenERP promises "beautiful business applications" for CRM, point of sale, accounting, project management, HR, warehouse, sales, manufacturing, purchasing and more. You can download the free community version, purchase support from a partner, or use the cloud version for a monthly fee. Operating System: Windows, Linux

34. Openbravo

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics ($27,150 and up), SAP (prices vary)

This popular open source ERP solution offers tools for retailers, distribution, manufacturing, services and coworking. A variety of on-premise and cloud-based deployments are available with both commercial and open source licenses. Operating System: OS Independent

35. ADempiere

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics ($27,150 and up), SAP (prices vary)

Developed by a very active community, ADempiere offers a full suite of ERP capabilities that integrate with other open source applications. It includes functionality for HR, sales, purchasing, manufacturing, materials, finance, maintenance and project management. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others

36. Apache OFBiz

Replaces NetSuite ($999 and up), Sage One ($24 per user per month and up)

Offering "enterprise automation," Apache OFBiz includes CRM, e-commerce, supply chain, manufacturing, maintenance management, and point of sale capabilities, as well as traditional ERP features. It boasts flexibility and low total cost of ownership. Operating System: OS Independent


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