I am looking for a workflow (WF) linked to a electronic document management
(EDM) system and a groupware email based (I have just happened to come
accross aethera from the Kompany) that would be free software and preferably
in Zope + Python. The WF+DEM system I am looking for need to be usable with
only a browser (to be independant from the client ... that could be
proprietary !), store its data into a postgresql database. It should be
demonstrablable (at least showable into a proof of concept) within 2 weeks
and be already installable and usable within 2 or 3 months. (I have obtained
taoday that the date when we'll decide on the system would be postponed 2
weeks from wednesday 24/1 to wed 7/2)
If I could find such a marvel, I may find the money to pay for it, at least
50000 $ to start with (this amount is a rapid guess; I may give more precise
amounts we could spend in the following week)
The idea is to use that combination of tools INSTEAD of buying a closed,
proprietary solution (that may exist but be expensive and really har to
parametrize), that NEED to be linked to a SAP ERP system.
All suggestions and ideas are welcome, also on the selection criteria.
(I happen to be responsible for the IT dept of the public institution that
wants to buy such a tool, but be new in the place and do not yet know a lot
about WF and EDM !)
Soon I may be able to give you more details about the requirements.
I don't think there is such as system polished and ready within 2
weeks. Here are some starting points:
use wftk as a basis, the open source workflow toolkit -- http://wwww.vivtek.com/wftk
use openflow, a Zope based, but stalled project, http://openflow.sourceforge.net
use Chautauqua, an old python based workflow system,
use the old UCI Endeavors workflow (java) system
We have not bit the bullet and built anything yet.
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