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
"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
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."
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
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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.