It’s a cliché to say by now, but the world has entered stormy economic waters. Spending on information technology is due to decrease for the foreseeable future. Being less expensive than traditional development and often delivering better results, the growth of Low Code Platforms is about to accelerate even further. Crust offers the premium free and open-source Low Code Platform for building records-based management web applications.
It is a testament to SugarCRM that it spawned so many open source forks, before deciding to take itself down an exclusively closed-source, proprietary route. There seem to be dozens of them out there, each claiming to be unique while all working from the same core community edition engine, abandoned by Sugar CRM all those years ago. Read more
For many, either being part of something bigger than ourselves or standing up for closely held principles are important. In June 2019, Crust Technology contributed all of its software intellectual property to the Commons Conservancy, an independent open-source foundation. In doing so, we created Corteza, “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”.
The objective of Corteza is clear – to deliver a 100% free, open-source, self-hosted cloud platform for growing your organisation’s productivity. It enables relationships and protects the work and the privacy of all those concerned.
This effort began by producing a fully-featured alternative to Salesforce – the cloud leader in CRM – and an alternative to Slack Enterprise Messaging. All of this is presented via a unified interface on the frontend, joined up with automation on the backend. Very recently, we also released Service Solution, a self-hosted enterprise-grade alternative to Salesforce and Oracle Service Clouds.
Everything is delivered with modern, hyper-efficient code. Organisations can benefit from the impressive low-code development facilities to build their own custom apps, reducing costs and lowering time to delivery.
The publicly stated values of the Corteza project are as follows:
Corteza’s software and other offerings are designed and provided as a public good for the public benefit.
Open and Transparent:
Corteza’s governance and operations are open and transparent. It uses the best practices from across the not-for-profit, private and public sectors.
Diverse and Inclusive:
Corteza’s members, policies and programmes are designed to actively foster diverse, inclusive and non-discriminatory participation.
Built for Humanity:
Corteza’s software and other offerings have a real impact on people’s lives. As such, they are designed, built and provided with a strong emphasis on quality, privacy, security and usability.
Crust for the Not-for-profit sector
All Crust software is built 100% on the Corteza code-base. Professional versions of Crust software are made freely available to the not-for-profit sector, including all professional software maintenance.
On top of this, Crust is beginning to push development of Corteza’s outreach Programmes, which range from Humanitarian through Ecological to Privacy Programmes.
Delivering a standards-based public good, then constantly striving to push those standards higher is a lot of work. Being part of something bigger than us is key to the Crust team’s identity and to our brand. Since the launch of Corteza, we discovered that the more we give and the better we give, the stronger our business gets.
The cherry on the cake? Crust Essential Support subscriptions are completely free-of-charge for Not-for-Profit organisations and their customer bases – subject to the condition that the organisation is fulfilling its purpose by using our software. Digitally transforming and managing your relationships with your donors, advocates and volunteers have never been easier.
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Are you working in a Not-for-Profit organisation? Get your free online Crust demo here.
At Crust we often get asked the question as to whether an organisation should use Crust or Corteza? If your deployment is in a professional setting, then we always recommend Crust. If not, Corteza is a good option, as it usually has some extra features. We often use the analogy of Fedora’s relationship to Red Hat Enterprise Linux to explain the differences. However, that’s an over-simplified comparison, and we usually need to explain in more detail. The following are some useful questions and answers:
What’s the difference between Crust and Corteza?
Corteza is fundamentally a development and testing platform. We’re continually adding new features to it, and it often gets updated a few times a week. This “rolling-release” approach means you need to know your way around Corteza to support it reliably.
Best think of Crust of as an enterprise product based on Corteza source code. It is stable and thoroughly tested. The versions we sell are based on major releases which only come out every three months (the next major version release is 19.12 this December). Crust also doesn’t contain everything in Corteza, for apparent reasons.
Are There Other Differences?
Yes, and they’re essential differences too! They primarily concern intellectual property.
Corteza is released under an Apache 2.0 license. It is 100% the property of the Commons Conservancy Foundation. Crust, while based on Corteza code, has its proprietary binaries and a proprietary user subscription model.
One reason Crust takes this approach is to offer more flexibility to enterprise customers who may not want to work with an exclusively open source license. Customers may wish to add on their proprietary extensions or business logic.
The other main reason is that open-source software licenses are distributed “as is” without warranties or assurances of any kind. The “as is” condition is often unacceptable to enterprises, with good reason. Businesses need to know someone’s going to take responsibility when software throws up bugs and other surprises.
Will Long-Term Support Ever be made Available for Corteza?
Yes, we certainly hope so someday. The stronger the community gets, the more likely this will be. Corteza counts many great organisations amongst its users to date, and exciting new developments are happening almost by the week.
Long-term support is a big responsibility for a community to bear and maintain. However, with enough determination, we’ll reach that goal, for sure.
Any Plans for a SaaS Service?
For those who don’t want to self-host their deployments and wish to leave all support and management to the team here at Crust Technology, we will be delivering a Crust Cloud in 2020. Watch this space for more information!
Want to check it Crust for yourself? Get your free online demo now.
I’ve been asked a good number of times over the last few days why Crust Technology decided to donate all its software intellectual property to the Commons Conservancy Foundation and created Corteza “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”. Why give away what many tech businesses consider to be the crown jewel in their commercial portfolio?
20 June 2019
Crust Technology (www.crust.tech) today announced that it is contributing all of its private cloud software infrastructure to the Commons Conservancy Foundation. The independent project will be named “Corteza” and marketed as “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”.
A modern cloud architecture written predominantly in Golang and Vue.js, the Corteza platform delivers powerful CRM, Enterprise Messaging and a Low Code Development platform for building records-based management systems. These are tied together in Corteza One, a unique user interface and management console for integrating native and third party applications and handling identity.
“Crust is delighted to launch Corteza, the Digital Work Platform for Humanity. Our sincerest thanks go the Commons Conservancy Foundation for welcoming us with open arms and to the new Corteza Board of Directors” says Niall McCarthy, CEO of Crust Technology Ltd. “One of Corteza’s core ambitions is to be the 100% trustworthy work platform. Contributing our technology permanently to the public interest is the best manner in which to achieve this goal”.
“Modern organisations depend on a lot of technology to deal with all their contacts and to efficiently organise their processes. Getting the right technology to support quickly evolving processes is core to the success of every business, not-for-profit and public body out there -and at the same time there certainly is no one size fits all.“, says Michiel Leenaars, Chair of The Commons Conservancy. “So it is revolutionary that Corteza is contributing a strong open source information management offering with a comprehensive feature set out of the box, which any organisation can customise to exactly fit their needs. And on top of that, I’m excited about the fact that this allows organisations to have reliable and mature technology they can run on premises, which is a great boon for privacy“.