OrangeHRM and the new development model

OrangeHRM and the new development model

Summary: This is the new model for software development. Your people can be anywhere, your company can come from anywhere, and you use the Internet to tie it all together.

TOPICS: Telcos

OrangeHRM says it's the world's first open source human resources management system.

Since launching their first beta version, in January 2006, they have gotten over 28,500 downloads at SourceForge. They will be a silver sponsor of next month's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. The software runs under either Windows or Linux, and is licensed under the GPL.

Their main office in Secaucus New Jersey also contains 2 people, CEO Sujee Saparamadu and an assistant.

Yet this is a globe-girdling company. The chief technical officer is based in California, the chief architect in Texas. The marketing guy is in Denmark. And then there is the main R&D facility, in Columbo, Sri Lanka.

That's where Saparamadu grew up, in Columbo, where he says he actually played ping pong with science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. After graduating college he launched Hsenid Software International Pvt. a decade ago with his brother Dinesh, specializing in mobile application and middleware development, mainly for telecomm and finance companies.

Hsenid, which does marketing in Secaucus and Singapore, also develops human resources software, but bringing that to market under a proprietary model did not make sense to the Saparamadus, so Sujee has been spun out into OrangeHRM and is seeking to complete a venture deal by Web 2.0.

Now, Orange is no open source come lately. Hsenid has two Apache committers on staff, who are given time from their other duties to handle their Apache responsibilities. It was that, he said, which led to making Orange an open source company.

"The business model is that in the future we'll have a commercial product, and before that an on-demand product. That's the revenue model. We'll also have support and customization. Right now the focus is to build the community."

Orange is taking ideas from users worldwide that will prod its own development efforts, and will take code contributions after its venture financing is complete and it's a "real" company.

This is the new model for software development. Your people can be anywhere, your company can come from anywhere, and you use the Internet to tie it all together. Makes sense to me. Does it make sense to you?

Topic: Telcos

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  • Great tool but still in it's infancy,.. (NT)

  • The way for the future.

    The greater the reach and availability of broadband the more companies will discover the distributed model.
    Although this particular example is just a small HR managing application I believe that in the future the current day applications now running on Corporate Headquarter/Office will go Anywhere the worker is and therefore can be used at home as long as that home have a broadband connection.
    Also the increase in bandwidth can make possible the increased use of video-conference.
    All service companies have to go this way.
    It makes no sense for a huge number of service companies to have a central Office or several offices. They cost a fortune. It is dead money. Lost investment.
    At most the central office should be the place to have the servers running.

    The implications of this distributed work model for the future of mankind are tremendous.
    Lower number of air-travel (maybe), lower price on city land and houses, huge decrease in CO2 emissions, higher profits for the broadband telecommunication operators, lower costs to setup companies etc etc ...

    So this first startup is just a very small signs of what can be ahead.

    • It reminds me of what Gates said

      "Even though it may not be realistic, I don't think there should be any limit," to high tech immigration, he said in testimony yesterday.

      The fact is that high tech workers don't have to come here to compete with us, and drive down the value of U.S. technology workers.