Tuesday, December 16, 2014

OpenProject added to Bitnami Library!

We are happy to announce that OpenProject is now available on the Bitnami library.

OpenProject is a free and open source software for project management with a wide set of features and plugins and an active community. With the multitude of features and plugins, OpenProject offers support for your teams throughout the whole project life cycle.  

OpenProject is now ready to install in a few clicks with the Bitnami OpenProject installers (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X), Virtual Machine images(VMs), cloud images for the Amazon EC2, Goole Compute Engine or Azure cloud platforms.

If you want to quickly check out OpenProject, you can launch a free cloud demo server. By clicking the button below, you will have your own OpenProject instance running for 1 hour, for free!

We also had the opportunity to interview Birthe Lindenthal, Chairperson of the OpenProject
Foundation's Board of Directors, who was so kind to answer the questions below: 

What is the goal of the OpenProject application?

OpenProject is free and open source software for project management. It provides project teams a
multitude of features and plugins for web-based project collaboration: From the initial set-up of a
project plan, to tracking of requirements and tasks, reporting status or documentation. The mission of OpenProject is to build excellent open source software. And when I say open source, I mean it. We
strive to make OpenProject a place to participate, collaborate, and get involved — with an active,
open-minded, transparent, and innovative community.

OpenProject was ranked among the top 5 open source project management tools of 2014

What are some of the features of OpenProject?

The most important core features of OpenProject are:
  • Work package tracking which allows users to easily monitor all project activities, delegate and manage tasks, requirements, bugs and much more
  • Interactive timeline reports to visualize and track a project's progress, see changes at a glance, and compare it over time
  • Time tracking to monitor spent time on different activities within a project
  • Integrated SVN or Git Repository to manage and share code or other project artifacts
  • Project wiki to create and share project documentation collaboratively
  • Calendar, News and Forum to visualize and share project information among team members
A multitude of plugins enhance the core functionality with additional features:
  • Backlogs plugin adds Scrum functionality. It allows for sprint and product backlogs, task boards and burn-down charts as well as the option to export story cards as PDF to print and use them physically (via the PDF export plugin)
  • Meeting plugin allows easy organization of meetings (prepare and share agendas, meeting minutes)
  • Costs and Reporting plugin support budgeting and cost management
  • Documents plugin allows easy upload and exchange of documents
To use additional languages (apart from English and German), the translations plugin can be
installed which adds more than 30 additional languages provided by users via CrowdIn. 
Furthermore, OpenProject is fully accessible, for example for blind team members using screen readers. Additionally a lot of security features were added to comply with highest security and data privacy requirements (e.g. password management, account protection, privacy settings).

What is the OpenProject Foundation about?

As I mentioned previously, OpenProject aims to establish an active, and global community that
participates in the project and benefits from each other. The OpenProject Foundation (OPF) was
established to ensure that the participation in the project is well governed. The OPF was started by
OpenProject’s developers and users in October 2012.

One of the main goals of the OPF is to ensure that the project exists beyond the participation of a few individuals. There has to be a clear and transparent way of how decisions are made and what will be added to the application core. The OPF provides a framework for technical decisions and the
propagation, acceleration, and perpetuation of development by the community, and by a full-time
development team, funded by the members of the OPF. The members meet on a regular basis to
discuss and align on OpenProject topics.

The OpenProject Foundation objectives are:

  • Establish and promote an active and open community of developers, users, and companies for continuous development of the open source project.
  • Define and develop the project vision, the code of conduct, and principles of the application.
  • Create development policies and ensure their compliance.
  • Define and evolve the development and quality assurance processes.
  • Provide the source code to the public.
  • Provide and operate the OpenProject platform.
The association does not pursue economic goals of its own. 

Which projects or organizations are using OpenProject currently?  What kind of projects do they use it for?

OpenProject is used by a great variety of organizations, ranging from large corporations, small and
medium sized companies to NGOs.

Well-known companies using OpenProject include Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, WDR, Telefonica and

Due to the wide range of features and plugins, the use cases differ significantly among different companies: Ranging from issue tracking and incident management to large scale release management and planning across many Business Units. OpenProject provides many helpful features combined with a high degree of customization.

In combination with the Backlogs plugin, OpenProject is also often used by Scrum Teams organizing
their (Agile) development with digital product backlogs and taskboard in addition to an integrated
version control (supporting SVN and Git). 
What do you expect will be the main benefits of having Bitnami packages available for OpenProject?

In the past the installation of RoR-applications required a reasonable knowledge of the technology
stack. The automated Bitnami installers provide a fast and comfortable way to install OpenProject and therefore make it much easier for users to get started with OpenProject. Also, the OpenProject
Foundation does not support Windows. So it is great that Bitnami now provides a solution for Windows users to use OpenProject.

Thanks a lot to the Bitnami team for this great support.

We hope that more and more users become passionate and are motivated to get involved in the open source project making OpenProject even better, with open source and open mind. 

You can follow the OpenProject on Twitter and participate in discussions on OpenProject.org.  

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