Sugar Open Source Community Posts 100th Project to SugarForge.org, SugarCRM Announces Open Source Developer Contest Industry's Largest Open Source CRM Community Now Has Over 2,000 Developers



    CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SugarCRM Inc. today announced
 the 100th extension to its Sugar Suite open source customer relationship
 management (CRM) platform and the launching of a developer contest with $2,500
 in cash prizes at SugarForge.org, the online development forum for Sugar Open
 Source extensions.  More than 2,000 developers have joined SugarForge.org to
 date, representing the world's largest open source CRM community.
     With 100 projects now on the SugarForge.org site, users of Sugar Open
 Source have a broad choice of extensions ranging from document and knowledge
 management systems to timesheets, database backups, data synchronization,
 mobile device connectors and 21 language packs.  More than 265,000 modules
 have been downloaded since Sugar Open Source launched just 14 months ago.
 Looking to continue the success of SugarForge.org, SugarCRM proudly announces
 its first world wide developer contest.
     The SugarCRM 2005 Developer Contest will reward developers of new
 extensions with cash prizes of $1,000 for the best business and productivity
 module, $1,000 for the most innovative module, and $500 for the best template.
 All entries must be installable using SugarCRM's new Module Loader, a utility
 that allows third-party modules to be added or removed without programming
 while preserving the ability to upgrade the application.  Entries must be
 received by October 31, 2005, and can be submitted at
 http://www.sugarforge.org .
     "SugarCRM thanks the Sugar Open Source community for creating 100 powerful
 projects so quickly," said Clint Oram, SugarCRM co-founder and open source
 project director.  "The momentum of Sugar Open Source is a direct reflection
 of the great ideas and hard work from developers around the world.  It is
 clear the collaborative open source development model produces more
 innovative, higher quality software compared to proprietary, closed source
 development methods."
 
     Community Members Speak
     Michael Whitehead, founding partner of IT consulting firm The Long Reach
 Corporation, uses Sugar Open Source as the CRM component of a corporate portal
 developed for his clients and makes frequent documentation contributions to
 SugarForge.org based on his business experiences with the SugarCRM
 application.  Whitehead's participation in the SugarForge.org community has
 been an important new business driver for his firm.
     "Voluntary online support often morphs naturally into a commercial
 relationship, and that's what happened with SugarForge.org.  It has been a
 strong source of services business for us," Whitehead noted.  "I think one of
 the reasons is that SugarForge.org has a higher proportion of real business
 participants than the typical open source community, and that makes our
 involvement much more rewarding both intellectually and commercially."
     Florian Treml, co-founder of Austrian startup company "go-mobile",
 experiences similar community relationship benefits.  He has contributed five
 major Sugar Open Source extensions that use the prefix "Zucker" (the German
 word for sugar) and contributes to the Austrian German language pack.
     "A lot of Sugar users benefit from our contributions, and we benefit from
 our reputation in the community as Sugar experts.  Potential customers get to
 know the quality of our work, which leverages our commercial products and
 services," Treml said.  "At the same time, our contributions to the Sugar
 community help ensure that Sugar users are satisfied with the product.  The
 more Sugar users, the larger the target group for our products and services.
 This gives us a good reason to participate."
     Funambol, the mobile open source company, has developed a Sync4j SugarCRM
 connector for companies that require mobility for their CRM solutions.  Sync4j
 is an open source mobile application server used for device synchronization,
 provisioning and management.
     "SugarForge.org is a unique site for integration among open source
 communities," said Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol.  "Funambol's
 participation with SugarForge.org has given both the Sync4j and SugarCRM
 communities a catalyst for building the next generation mobile CRM solution."
 
     About SugarCRM
     SugarCRM is the world's leading provider of commercial open source
 customer relationship management (CRM) software for companies of all sizes.
 SugarCRM's Sugar Suite easily adapts to any business environment by offering a
 more flexible, cost-effective alternative than proprietary applications.
 SugarCRM's open source architecture allows companies to more easily customize
 and integrate customer-facing business processes in order to build and
 maintain more profitable relationships.  SugarCRM offers several deployment
 options, including on-demand, on-premise and appliance-based solutions to suit
 customers' security, integration and configuration needs.  To learn more about
 the fastest growing CRM company, call (408) 454-6900 or 1 877 SUGARCRM
 tollfree in the US, email contact@sugarcrm.com, or visit
 http://www.sugarcrm.com .
 
     About SugarForge.org
     SugarForge.org is the destination for SugarCRM's open source community to
 share ideas and innovations from CRM developers spanning around the world.
 Contributed by SugarCRM Inc., SugarForge.org offers Sugar Suite extensions,
 modules, language packs and themes.  In addition, SugarForge.org provides a
 range of support and information services to benefit all SugarCRM users,
 including development and implementation advice, user forums and customer
 feedback.  For more information, please visit http://www.sugarforge.org .
 
 

SOURCE SugarCRM Inc.

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