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From Michael Brohl <michael.br...@ecomify.de>
Subject Re: OFBiz Extensions Marketplace (OEM) - progress
Date Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:54:08 GMT
Hi Pierre,

I very much like the idea of a community driven marketing initiative and 
I appreciate your efforts on this. It could be a great opportunity for 
the community members to present their skills and solutions and show the 
users what's possible to do with OFBiz outside the standard funtionality.

As you might be aware, there was another initiative by Hans with a 
similar approach, see http://ofbiz.info . As far as I see, this approach 
never gained significant success and it seems dead for a few years now 
(at least the latest news is from 2012).

My theory is, and I might be totally wrong with it, that this is caused 
by the fact that the platform is in the hands of a single company and 
primarily used to promote this company itself. This seems to be the plan 
of your approach also, your companies and trademarks are placed 
prominently at the starting page, using adserver links etc..

I think this approach goes in the wrong direction and won't get enough 
acceptance and support by the community to be successful.

 From my perspective, the right approach would be to develop and host 
such a site in the hands of the community, just like the OFBiz official 
website and demo sites. It should be a neutral place where every 
contributor and service provider has the same space to present his 
services and solutions. It must be assured that the platform is 
supported over a long time and that the community can decide which way 
to go with it.

I think the risk to have it in the hands of a single person or company 
is too high to spent significant time and effort in it.

This is just my thought of the current state of the initiative and maybe 
I misunderstood the approach. My apologies if that's the case.

Maybe I'm right and you think over the approach. Any thoughts of you and 
the other community members are very welcome, I'm curious what you think.

Kind regards,

Michael Brohl
ecomify GmbH

Am 13.09.15 um 10:28 schrieb Pierre Smits:
> The correct url for a sneak peek into the OFBiz Extensions Marketplace is
> http://oem.ofbizci.net/oci-2
> Best regards,
> Pierre Smits
> *OFBiz Extensions Marketplace*
> http://oem.ofbizci.net
> On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM, Pierre Smits <pierre.smits@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> While the development of the OEM is moving forward at a steady pace, I am
>> pleased to be able to provide a sneak peek into the preliminary website.
>> Please visit http://oem.ofbizci.net for a impression.
>> Please be advised that it is still work in progress and that the actual
>> theme and user experience might be subject to change.
>> Best regards,
>> Pierre Smits
>> *OFBiz Extensions Marketplace*
>> http://oem.ofbizci.net

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