As we had discussed at the last conference, we have started work in earnest on the Hub Marketplace. Let me recap, why the HUB?
- Extends the scope of an ERP system to an entire network. We know how powerful networks are compared to single nodes.
- ERPNext users get discovered by thousands of other users
- Ease of transaction (inter-company) within the network.
- Create a free, community owned marketplace for everyone.
Unlike, ERPNext which is only a software, the hub will have data assets. And it will also be place for discovery and services in the future. Our goal is to build this as a community owned asset - think of it as an Wikipedia for companies and products.
There are multiple goals and benefits of the HUB for the foundation. If this experiment succeeds, the foundation will have a great source of income from the HUB and will secure the funding of the product for a long time.
The vision of ERPNext is also to build a product for the future. We cannot deny that the last decade has belonged to companies that have eased communications and enabled sharing between people, the same will happen to companies sooner or later. Hence even from a vision point of view, this is a great experiment.
We would have loved to fund the HUB via Frappe, and it was being done so far. Since we were unable to move quickly on it, we decided to outsource this project to one of India’a top Python shops.
Expect a lot of updates soon and the official launch of the HUB with version 11!