Building a custom groupware solution with Simple Groupware


Article from Issue 71/2006

If you have a need for custom groupware, try rolling your own with the Simple Groupware suite.

Finding the right groupware solution can be a tricky business. At first sight, any workgroup requires the same set of applications, such as email, a calendar, a project management tool, and a message board. But in reality, each and every workgroup has its own requirements. The special needs for your workgroup could consist of anything from a couple extra fields for project management data to a custom-designed task module.

You may be thinking that a user who chooses an Open Source groupware solution should be able to just tweak it as much as they like so the final result fits their needs perfectly. The truth is, however, few users have the knowledge and time to implement the required changes. A group of freelance writers, for instance, probably won’t spend their free time programming PHP or writing SQL queries. Most groups must therefore make do with existing groupware solutions and adjust their work habits to the software.

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

  • Web-based Groupware

    Open source groupware tools have come of age. You are no longer limited to email and an address book. Some of these tools surpass the commercial alternatives – once you get them installed.

  • Simple Groupware 0.500 with Offline Mode and Diagrams

    The web based groupware solution Simple Groupware is now available in version 0.500. New in this version is a module for rendering diagrams with another module implemented to allow offline viewing of folders and attachments.

  • Simple Groupware 0.409 Integrates Wiki

    The Simple Groupware project has just released version 0.409 of its Web-based groupware product. The changes include an integrated wiki.

  • Citadel

    The Citadel project offers an easy, stable, and versatile groupware alternative.

  • Open-Xchange and Zarafa

    The Open-Xchange and Zarafa groupware systems can tap into the APIs of Facebook, Twitter, and Xing, but you need different tactics for each service – keep in mind that the information yield is sometimes quite meager.

comments powered by Disqus

Direct Download

Read full article as PDF:

Workspace_Simple_Groupware.pdf (39.64 kB)


njobs Europe
Njobs Netherlands Njobs Deutschland Njobs United Kingdom Njobs Italia Njobs France Njobs Espana Njobs Poland
Njobs Austria Njobs Denmark Njobs Belgium Njobs Czech Republic Njobs Mexico Njobs India Njobs Colombia