Continuing discussion from: Enable hubs to use other powerful POS systems while using OFN for online sales
I had a call with Jack from Unicenta.
Unicenta is a full open source POS used by lots of people worldwide: https://unicenta.com/
Jack started it when Open Bravo decided to “close” their code.
His model is that he releases open source two versions behind the current one, so the persons paying a subscription for Unicenta get the latest version, but still the project remains open source.
Unicenta has developped a web service that enable synchronization of data in both direction with other systems.
In our model we could have something like:
- we work on the integration of the web service (our end point + undertand Unicenta end point and match)
- we can propose our users if they want to use a powerful POS that will be compliant with regulations in Germany, France, etc. to contract with Unicenta and they will be able to synchronize their products/stock with OFN for their online sales.
The price for the use of the web service by a user is to be defined, but they could pay some “package” like for instance: 10 or 20€ per month for instance you get email support (answer in 48h) + 100000 digital packets transfer (synch in one direction or the other). This would fit for instance for a shop who has 50 onsite sales + 50 online sales per day.
Of course another option would be to use Unicenta but offer ourselves the service in the OFN offer, so the users will pay us and we would have a contract with Unicenta and pay ourselves Unicenta. So we would deal with support, etc. But can receive ourselves support from Unicenta.
Given Jack even with our order cycle and quite complex model he seems to have done more complex integration so he was not afraid about the doability of this and could support us in that.
Please find under that link the notes from our discussion. You can comment here or directly in the document in suggesting mode.
Jack opened up an account to enable us to download the latest version if we want to deploy it and have some play with it to see if we think it’s good (login is in the document, ask me for password). I can ask 2 or 3 users in France to test to see if that would fit their need. If one of the devs want to do that I think it would be great, at least would be good to do it when we decide to prioritize the POS feature later this year. Unfortunately there is no Saas access.