Openbravo community stats: looking 10 months behind

Once in a while you like to look backward and to see your evolution. I have always  been a big fan of metrics because they help you take better decisions and see how your efforts impact in your evolution. Today I decided to blog a bit about Openbravo community evolution for the last 10 months.

Looking after the community services at most of the companies also means investing lots of time on helping your company to setup processes and methodologies that are open source friendly. One of the few people that I know doing this job is Quim Gil, that is also Catalan (the other few people that know are around the Open Solutions Alliance). During a dinner in Helsinki a few days back he mentioned that working inside doors was also taking an important part of his time. Same for me.  Well, this kind of work I think that is very important and has a big impact on your success.

Let's see the statistics.

Downloads
A download is the starting point for a person that at some stage may become user or developer of your application and it is one of the best indicators to measure dissemination. We went from 20.000 downloads per month to 31.250 (average of the last three months).

Wiki

We setup Openbravo Wiki at the beginning of February 2007. At the time we had little documentation and it was in PDF format. We moved all the documents to the Wiki and started to create new documents directly in the Wiki. It has been a complete success in terms of pageviews, unique users (15% increase per month) and collaboration. Many people every week fixes, creates and translates documents. There are still many things to document in a system as complex as an ERP but we will get there.

Forums
The forums are the main communication off-line tool (we use IRC for real-time) for Openbravo users and developers. We have forums for different subjects ranging from development to help. You can clearly notice how our Spanish speaking community is around 50% of our forum traffic. In January 2007 we had 350 messages per month. Last month we had more 872 (see the All graphic). From those, 30% where from Openbravo employees assisting other users. We had 157 users participating.

Quality Assurance
Our community has been quite active in helping on Quality Assurance. We recently have created the Acceptance Test and other tools to help us to increase it. As you can see in the graphic the number of bugs reported and fixed are correlated to our release cycle. Last month, we had 175 bugs reported and 123 fixed. Since the start of the project we had 2056 bugs submitted from 117 different reporters, 24% of the reports were from Openbravo employees. We have some really active community members in terms of bug reporting.

Localizations
In January 2007 we had 12 localization efforts registered and 3 completed (two by Openbravo). Today we have 41 projects registered, 6 released and 16 that have produced already some kind of deliverable. The localization of a system like and ERP requires a person with accounting skills (accounting plan, taxes for every country) and also translation. It is a hard work and our community deserves all the merits.

Finally, last month we were selected SourceForge Project of the month (that personally make me very happy). We actually have been in the top 10 position (today we are at fourth) of the SourceForge ranking for a few months.

Note: All the data (except Wiki traffic) is available to everyone at SourceForge.
jordi Thursday 25 October 2007 - 4:29 pm | | Default

two comments

Jordi Massaguer Pla

Congratulations Jordi! The statistics look like you’ve done a good job. Your job is not easy and a lot of people around many companies are trying to do a similar job. It would be interesting to know which have been the actions you’ve done to get that good results, as well as which have not been productive, as your experience can be very good for others.

Jordi Massaguer Pla, (Email ) - 30-10-’07 08:50
Jordi Mas

Thanks Jordi

I think that dissemination (get your project know) and then have good processes that fuel community participation are key for the success of a community. In terms of companies, I blog some time ago about some key issues (applicable mainly to companies):

My thoughts on communities backed by companies
http://www.softcatala.org/~jmas/bloc/piv..

I hope this helps!

Regards,

Jordi,

Jordi Mas, - 30-10-’07 10:08
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