The Open Solutions Alliance has announced its first roadmap and a project to develop a common view of customers following its formation in February by a group of open source application vendors.
The non-profit group was formed by Adaptive Planning, Centric CRM, CollabNet, EnterpriseDB, Hyperic, JasperSoft, Openbravo, SourceForge.net, SpikeSource, and Talend to drive the adoption of open source software.
Hat will be done via projects focusing on improving interoperability between open source applications, such as the Common Customer View Prototype, which it is intended will provide a single source of authority for all aspects of customer data.
The prototype is available now to OSA members and non-members alike, and is expected to become a reference implementation for future interoperability projects focusing on issues such as single sign-on, data integration, real-time synchronization and application programming interfaces.
The OSA has also outlined a roadmap of issues to be tackled by its identity management and security, infrastructure, management, user interface, single sign-on, business process, and application compatibility task forces.
Active projects involve monitoring, logging, service level agreements, project management methods, common infrastructure and Java web applications, while pending projects include access control, user definition, licensing, and data models.
Additionally, the OSA has also elected its first board of directors following a membership vote. The OSA board includes Dominic Sartorio, director of product management at SpikeSource, Josep Mitja, COO at Openbravo, and Barry Klawans, chief technology officer at JasperSoft.
Also on the board are Michael Harvey, chief marketing officer and VP of corporate development at CentricCRM, and Anthonly Gold, VP and general manager of open source business at Unisys, which joined the OSA shortly before its official launch, along with GroundWork.