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In 2012, we launched the first version of our retail vertical solution, known today as Openbravo Commerce Cloud, which helps retail and restaurant chains accelerate their unified commerce strategies. Our product has continued to evolve in a way that has allowed us to become a reference player in the retail software space.
Ten years have now passed since we started on this new trajectory and it is time to take our retail strategy a step further. Since Openbravo today is fully focused on the retail and restaurant software vertical, we are announcing the End-of-Sale (EOS) and End-of-Life (EOL) of the following core ERP modules for non-retail customers:
- Financial Management
- Production Management
- Material Requirement Planning
- Project and Service Management
The core ERP modules are declared End-of-Sale as of November 1, 2022 and will be End-of-Life as of January 31, 2024. Until the EOL date, Openbravo will continue providing security updates and fixes if applicable, but no new features and enhancements.
This decision will enable us to further strengthen our market position in the retail and restaurant space and to concentrate all our efforts in achieving our goal to provide the best unified commerce platform in the market.
Why we’re announcing EOS and EOL of these core ERP modules
Today, Openbravo Commerce Cloud targets medium and large-sized retail chains, in verticals such as fashion, DIY or quick service restaurants with online and physical sales and strong unified commerce needs.
This strategy, which started several years ago, has led us to progressively steer away from core ERP functionalities that were part of our former product, Openbravo ERP, such as finance, accounting, human resources, payroll, production and project management. Thus, as we’ve explained to the market, we no longer offer an ERP solution.
During the last years we have, nevertheless, continued to maintain and support existing customers using these core ERP modules. This was a necessary effort to meet our contractual obligations, yet it logically reduced our ability as a company to progress more rapidly in retail.
What’s next for existing Non-Retail Customers and Partners
First of all, if you’ve been an Openbravo customer using all or some of these core ERP modules or a Partner selling and implementing them, I want to thank you for having been on this journey with us.
Thus, for Openbravo to further focus on retail and to facilitate our customers’ operational continuity, Openbravo has reached an IP licensing agreement with Fut IT Services, which has been an Openbravo Official Partner for many years, to provide continued support and evolution of these core-ERP modules.
Fut IT Services will evolve, commercialize and maintain the new product under the Etendo brand, which inherits all the core ERP functionalities of Openbravo ERP. It is important to note that Etendo and Openbravo are independent companies and products.
As part of this IP licensing agreement, a connector between Etendo and Openbravo is being developed and will be also available. This will help to support a broader variety of scenarios for existing and new customers, as well as provide mechanisms to simplify and facilitate the migration to Etendo.
While this has been a difficult decision to make, we’re excited to further sharpen our focus and fully commit to our retail and restaurant customers. We’re looking forward to continuing adding value to the Openbravo Commerce Cloud, and pursuing our goal to deliver the best cloud unified commerce platform in the market. Similarly, we are confident that Etendo will become a natural choice to replace Openbravo ERP for our Non-Retail Customers.