What is AvanTech.net?AvanTech.net is a small business, started in 1999, which belongs to Marc Laporte and specializes in Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware and Tiki Suite.
What is a CMS?CMS stands for Content Management System
What is Groupware?Groupware is software designed to help people involved in a common task achieve their goals.
What is Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware?Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware is a Web application, released as free / libre / open source software, used to manage Web sites, e-communities, Intranets, etc. and which offers a ton of features out-of-the-box, covering a large number of Use cases. It is a Wiki and a CMS and a groupware.
What is a Web application?A Web application is an application which is accessed through a Web browser over a network such as the Internet or an intranet. Often, it is based on a Linux-Apache-Mysql-PHP (LAMP) platform.
What is Tiki Suite?Tiki Suite is a selection of Free / Libre / Open Source Software (FLOSS) server, web, mobile and desktop apps with a concerted focus on greater interoperability, security and adaptability, which is aimed at small & medium-sized organizations.
The Tiki Suite is especially suited to decentralized and knowledge-centric organizations and offers most (80%+ ) of the features all organizations need, such as: Email, Website & Blog, Shopping Cart, Intranet & Project Management, E-learning, Social Networking, Knowledge base, File sharing, Issue Tracker, Video-conferencing, LDAP, VPN, Gateway, Network, etc.
You can install anywhere (home, office, laptop, data center, etc.)
What is free software?Free software is software which can be used, copied, studied, modified and redistributed with little or no restriction.
Why does AvanTech.net choose free software?Software development is very expensive and often takes longer than anticipated. Free software offers many benefits.
- Since the source code is available, we can adapt it to our specific needs. Since we are using tested software as a base, we reduce the risk of delays and unexpected development costs.
- Since a very large community uses it and contributes, we only have to support a fraction of its development costs.
- This permits a small company like AvanTech.net to offer a service level normally found in much larger companies.
- AvanTech.net is committed to contributing back to the Open Source community and has been an important contributor to the success of Tiki.
Free? So I don't have to pay?Correct. You can download at no cost.
Why would I pay for something I can have for free?You don't pay for a license to use the software. You can choose to pay for services, such as installation, support, training, custom development and hosting.
So, I don't need AvanTech.netThat is correct.
Ok, so why would I choose AvanTech.net to help me?To build a house: You could buy materials directly. All the materials (wood, screws, Gyprock, ciment, etc) used to build a house are readily available. If you want to be an architect/plumber/electrician to build your own house, it's up to you!
If you need to go to court for a commercial dispute or other, you can very well choose to represent yourself. All legal texts are available online. The jurisprudence is public. However, if you choose a lawyer, it's because you, your job, is not to go to court and prepare a case.
Well, AvanTech.net's job is specifically to provide hosting, upgrades & support. Please see the packages.
And you can focus on updating your content!
If you want to learn more about how AvanTech.net can help you be more efficient, visible and successful, please contact us.
OK, so anyone could start a company and compete directly with AvanTech.net?Yes and this is in AvanTech.net's interest. And, it's in the interest of AvanTech.net's customers. The more people use & develop Tiki, the better it gets.
For customers, it protects them from "Vendor lock-in". It can seem counter-intuitive, but this is coopetition.
For AvanTech.net, it's one more source of contribution to improve and give visibility to Tiki. AvanTech.net has many Partners.
If you would like to start your own Tiki-based consulting business, please contact AvanTech.net and/or the Tiki community.