Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fat Free CRM added to Bitnami Library

We're happy to introduce Fat Free CRM as part of the Bitnami library!

Fat Free CRM is an open source Ruby on Rails-based customer relationship management platform. Out of the box it features group collaboration, campaign and lead management, contact lists and opportunity tracking. The project goal is to spur CRM innovation by providing a clean code base that can be easily extended by developers.

Fat Free CRM is now ready to install in a few clicks with the Bitnami Fat Free CRM installers (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X), Virtual Machine images (VMs) and Amazon EC2, Google and Windows Azure cloud images.

If you want to check out Fat Free CRM, simply launch a free cloud demo server. Click the button below to get your own Fat Free CRM instance running for 1 hour, for free!

We also had the opportunity to interview Steve Kenworthy, Maintainer of the project, who was kind enough to answer some of our questions:

What is the goal of the Fat Free CRM application?

The goal of Fat Free CRM is to provide a light-weight customer relationship management platform. It provides a core set of features that can be easily extended through the Admin UI to fit an organization's specific requirements.

What are some of the features of Fat Free CRM?

Fat Free CRM allows users to initiate leads, promote them to contacts and accounts, log opportunities and track campaigns. It provides the ability to extend account, contact, opportunity and campaign data with custom fields more tailored to an organization's needs. There is also a basic task management system to help track actions and help teams collaborate. The software is translated into over 15 languages and has a flexible plugin architecture designed to enable developers to easily write add-ons.

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

We have a wide range of organizations using the system: 
  • Corporations working in areas such as real estate, cloud services, healthcare and telecommunications
  • Charities, universities and student groups
  • Developer and consulting firms customizing for their clients (the software is MIT licensed)
It's usage varies widely as it is tailored to suit an organization's specific requirements. On the whole, it's about contact management.

What do you expect will be the main benefits of having Bitnami packages available for Fat Free CRM?

The Bitnami installers will help those who are wanting to get Fat Free CRM up and running very quickly without needing to set it up themselves. For those wanting to see what it can do, it's a one-click option to try it out.

Developers will be able to get a consistent, standards-based full-stack running much more quickly and the ability to install on cloud hosting providers opens up a huge number of deployment scenarios.

Would you like your favorite app to be part of Bitnami? Be sure to suggest and vote for it in our monthly contest!