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CMDBuild newsletter n. 45

September 2014

CMDBuild is a configurable web application to model and manage a database containing assets (CMDB stands for "Configuration and Management Data Base") and handle related workflow operations.

CMDBuild is promoted by the Municipality of Udine and developed by Tecnoteca srl.

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CMDBuild as “Project of the Month” on SourceForge

SourceForge is the most well-known historical platform among the open source software repositories, with more than 400,000 hosted projects and more than 4,000,000 downloads every day.

Every month SourceForge suggests two projects: one of them is chosen by the staff and one by the community.

In August the SourceForge staff choose CMDBuild as “Project of the Month”.

SourceForge has also published an interview on its blog about the launch, the present situation and the development of the CMDBuild project.

Thanks to the visibility gained, CMDBuild was downloaded more than 10,000 times in August.


Work in Progress

At the beginning of August we released the 2.2.1 version with the management of the mask and of the IPV6 format in the "IP Address" attributes, the extension of the templates used for sending mails, the localization in Persian (Farsi) language and some bug fixes.

At the end of October we will release the 2.2.2 version, which is going to allow you to use the CQL language in the “mail templates” and is providing improvements on some widgets (grid, createReport, linkCard map extension) and on the SOAP webservice.

By the end of October we are also finishing the realisation of the CMDBuild mobile interface, that will be released in mid-November. The new solution is described more deeply in the next topic.

Starting from that day, the “core” development activities are going to focus on the complete re-implementation of the Relation Graph. This tool will be rewritten with state-of-the-art technical solutions and with more features, that are going to allow you to choose which “domains” you can view, to underline the relations among the graph elements (impact analysis), to explore clusters of elements that cannot be viewed individually because there are too many of them altogether.


CMDBuild mobile

Most of the management operation involving the assets life-cycle happen “on the field” (delivery / collection of computers and peripherals, inventory, etc.) and a registration during the implementation could be particularly useful, avoiding delays and any carelessness.

Such solution can have further advantages, i.e. the possibility to send your asset photos to the server or the possibility to read a QR code and receive the complete asset card from the server.

In order to solve some needs, within the end of November - after a year from the beginning of the work - we are going to release the new CMDBuild “mobile” interface, which can be used on smartphones and tablets.

Technically it is an “app” for Android and iOS mobile device, realized with Sencha Touch, the Javascript framework developed by Sencha (which also produces the Ext JS framework used by CMDBuild desktop).

The dialogue with the CMDBuild server happens through its new web service REST, developed with the same framework Apache CXF, already used in CMDBuild for the web service SOAP.

CMDBuild mobile implements the main functions of the desktop interface: multilingual, multigroup login, navigation menu, management of classes with relations and attachments, searches and filters, workflow management with the most used widgets, report management, usefulness (“app” settings and log management).

The new mobile interface will be available to all subscribers of the maintenance service, with a limited additional charge.


CMDBuild in the Field

Over the last few months the Municipality of Milan has started a project for the activation of the CMDBuild system for the management of its IT assets.

The IT staff of the Municipality of Milan had previously started a CMDBuild trial with internal resources, configuring its data model and populating the information related to its assets.

The project is now including Tecnoteca, which has been requested “Training on the job” (analysis and optimisation of the data model, development of a workflow for the guided movement of the assets, operative use of CMDBuild webservices), maintenance and support.

As required by the Public Administration, the services have been purchased through the Electronic Market (MEPA).


openMAINT news

In the meanwhile we are going on with the development of the openMAINT project.

In conjunction with the release of CMDBuild 2.2.2 we are going to release openMAINT 0.9, the last temporary version before the release of the 1.0 version expected for the end of this year.

The openMAINT 0.9 version will include an important improvement in the IFC viewer with the possibility to move the objects in a visual way, it will provide new entities for the management of the payment related to a contract and of the maintenance costs for each housing unit, new reports and dashboards on the same topics.

Even if openMAINT has been available just for three months, some installations have been started, noticing satisfaction among users.

At the moment we are expanding our network of contacts so that the number of users can increase. In this way we can get useful information in order to develop and stabilise our product before the 1.0 version.

In three months it has been downloaded 2,000 times and 400 users have requested us the access to the online demo.