“Things must suffer, go dark, perish before they live again. This is not an escape or respite from life but rather its realization.” ~ Nietzsche
From the Foundation point of view, 2018 was a year of mostly failed experiments. But as always failure is a great teacher, and we have learned from our mistakes and come back stronger and wiser. Over the last few weeks, we have been able to put some life back into the foundation, by starting to invest in new projects. Here is a summary:
- @snv has decided to take up the part time role of a Community Release Manager. This was a position we had been looking to fill for a while, but it will be great to have Sagar finally help us stream line the release from a community point of view.
- @saifi0102 is working on a sponsored project, refactoring of Item Tax (so you can select it at individual lines in an invoice)
- We have offered internships to release the beta for Frappe Accounting. An exciting new website and update is on the cards.
- @karthikeyan5 will be working on an extended internship for the foundation to build the Marketplace (yes, we still think this is a very valuable asset for the foundation).
- We have also offered internship to a student project Cosmic-OS run by Sagar Shah. This is not related to ERPNext, but the goal of the foundation is also to promote open source culture in India.
We still have plenty of funds to go on and if you are working on a project that is not client funded, please consider sending a proposal for a grant by creating a new topic on the forum with the tag [Grant Application]!
Apart from this, we been very busy in setting up processes at Frappe. Over the last few months, we have had a lot of conversations with customers, including all the discussions at the conference and later, have cleared our understanding for what should be the role of Frappe (the company) in the community.
Over the next few months, expect some changes in how things are structured. Here are some pointers:
- One of the important feedback from customers is the lack of guaranteed support for ERPNext is holding them back, and we think Frappe is the best positioned to offer this.
- Frappe will position itself as the OEM for ERPNext and not a service provider.
- Frappe will start an ERPNext Partner Program and help train partners and help them build strong businesses. We believe that Frappe must keep building strong technical expertise and invest in the product and the partners will help the customer in implementation, configuration and consulting.
- ERPNext Partners will be offered training (both implementation, sales and marketing) and certification and also leads from the ERPNext.com platform. We are actively working to build this program, so stay tuned for updates.
- We believe that this will create a symbiotic relationship with the ecosystem that works best for the community and will result in clear brand communication to the outside world.
- All of this does not change the role of the Foundation, and our commitment to free software and 100% open source. Our initial sales experience tells us that we don’t need a secret sauce to be able to sell ERPNext (customers don’t care!) and there are no plans to create a separate enterprise version.
Thank you to all of those who have contributed to the project in 2018 in some way or other.
Wishing everyone a great 2019!