Microsoft Project to get open source competition

Microsoft Project to get open source competition

Summary: Projity, which has been selling its project management software in the form of Software as a Service, will launch an open source version at LinuxWorld next week, under the name OpenProj.

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Marc OÂ’Brien, CEO of Projity, and OpenProjProjity, which has been selling its project management software in the form of Software as a Service (SaaS), will launch an open source version at LinuxWorld next week, under the name OpenProj.

CEO Marc O'Brien said download and community sites should be ready in time for the show, but that the company has not yet chosen a license, other than to decide it will be "OSI approved."

In addition to a Linux version, there will be Macintosh and Windows versions of the software as well.

"This is a Trojan Horse into business. Microsoft Project and project management is a very defined entity. The fact we can deliver OpenProj in there really opens an avenue for all open source software."

While O'Brien expects his people to continue doing the "heavy lifting" of OpenProj development, he hopes community members will help in integrating it with open source ERP and CRM packages, and in providing localization.

Talks are also underway with OpenOffice about integration with that suite, and the current version already reads Microsoft Project files.

O'Brien believes the latest version of Microsoft Office leaves Big Green vulnerable to this kind of open source attack.

"Microsoft Project is part of the Office Suite. But it’s not packaged in Office 2007, in any of their suites, and it sells for $1,000 stand-alone. Companies have to go to purchasing, and it’s very expensive. It’s something like $600 even for a corporation."

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsO'Brien, who also sits on the board of Adopt an Orphanage, seems very anxious to make certain OpenProj becomes part of the open source family, and will be doing events with all the movement's leaders over the next few months.

"We’re expecting up to 11 million users, very quickly." Those are Harry Potter numbers, and if OpenProj can achieve them, Marc O'Brien will become a powerful open source wizard indeed.

Topics: Microsoft, Open Source

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  • 11 Million Users?

    Where does he think they'll come from given that there are only 3.58 Million IT workers in the US according to the US Dept of Labor?
    Big Chip
    • Umm...do you know what M$ Project is?

      MS Project is a collaboration tool. It's used by plenty of non-technical people.

      And this doesn't even take into account, there are plenty of people OUTSIDE of the US that use computers. I didn't see any mention that the software will only be made available to Americans employed in a technology-based job.
      TheGratefulNed
    • non-US

      Maybe there are a few IT people in Europe, Asia, Australia or other non-US places.
      saphil9
  • I've been waiting for it but ...

    ... all we get is "bla, bla, bla".
    trial.manager
  • Open Source alternative already available...

    ...and very good it is. Remember Project Manager Workbench? Now open source as Open Workbench.
    www.openworkbench.org
    john.morrissey
  • Oh really?

    Fair enough. Given OSS adoption rates, I still believe the 11M number is high particularly for users.

    That number would exceed all worldwide downloads of OSS PM software off of SF to date. Downloads do not equal users, btw. And yes, I do know there are other sources of OSS.

    In order to get that number of users they would actually have to be in the top 30 of all project downloads for all time.
    Big Chip
    • 7% of 100 million OpenOffice users is a good start

      Microsoft Project is on 7% of all Office desktops. When is the press going to start covering the OpenOffice wave. They are getting 450,000 website hits a week and their 100 million "users" are rapidly growing. That is Users not downloads, Sun and OOo have done significant research on the downloads and this appears to be a good number.

      Linux, Unix, Mac, Windows, International and all free. Ubuntu has over 10 million users, Mandriva has between 7 and 10 million users these are some good numbers.
      linuxbeatsms9
    • You Make My Point For Me

      <quote>
      That number would exceed all worldwide downloads of OSS PM software off of SF to date. Downloads do not equal users, btw. And yes, I do know there are other sources of OSS.
      </quote>

      If I'm doing software installations for a college/university or large corporation, my single download from SF (or anywhere else for that matter) could be installed and/or used by tens of thousands of people. Especially if it's a program that can be centrally-managed and deployed.

      I'm not trying to argue that 11M might be a bit overly ambitious, just that your arguments against the number are only very marginally applicable.
      TheGratefulNed
  • Great Points

    You make some excellent points.

    Can you point me to where I can get or validate the M$ Project % numbers and the OO numbers? I will help me with some research I'm doing.

    Thanks,
    Big Chip