Project of the Month - February 2006
German Language Pack
Description of projectContains language pack files for German. Ubersetzung von SugarCRM auf Deutsch.
Why are you a leading contributor in the SugarCRM community? What are the benefits that you experience from your involvement?
The company I work for as project manager, CS2 - Creative Solutions (www.cs2.ch) in Switzerland, is delivering services for customers based on Open Source technologies. Our key business is products based on the LAMP platform. We don't want to just take know-how and software from Open Source projects and sell our services around them. We also want to give our knowledge back to the Open Source communities and help build the applications, help others, and help end-users. We want to share, like Kasper Skarhoj, Head of Typo3, always advocates and make the community grow by that.
At the moment we are contributing to the SugarCRM community and to the Typo3 community.
The second thing for me personally is to get to know people around the globe. I especially want to call out Michael Schroettle and Juergen Schramm of the SugarCRM community who both put a lot of work into the German language pack. I would like to thank both of them very much.
What other projects have you been involved with on SugarForge.org?
Unfortunately none yet. But I'm always trying to help the Sugar team bug-fix releases, bring new thinking into SugarCRM development, post on the forums and steal the time of some engineers when joking with them ;-)
What inspired you to create this project?
I was one of the first SugarCRM contributors and think that SugarCRM looks great. It is clearly one of the Open Source projects that lives up to high quality criteria. This led me to the decision to translate SugarCRM to German.
What business pain points were you solving specifically?
I think there was one definite pain point that stood out. We found that some German CRM-related terms were different, depending where the people came from and how they integrated SugarCRM. Now we are working on a definition to meet most needs for German-speaking SugarCRM customers so that each one can easily change the translation files for their specific needs.
To give you an idea of the different nuances of the German language, there are 3 different words for "Opportunities" in German.
Is there anything that the users should know about those? Something hidden/new in these modules? Think of this as an opportunity to describe how it works to a user.
We are currently investigating if it makes sense to have the common special characters (e.g. umlauts) in the German Language Pack in Unicode. If we will change it, we will deploy it on our SugarForge page in the news Section.
What would you say to encourage additional community participation?
There are many people out there who think, "Oh great, software that has no license fee." There are many companies that are making money with Open Source software without giving something back to the community, and I know that there are many using the "no license fee" point as a USP to just sell services.
From my point of view, this is not ok. I think each of us should be fair and accept the rules and the spirit which are behind an Open Source product one uses. Even if its only helping to translate a language pack to their mother toungue or posting on the forums to help or to share, every person who benefits from Sugar Open Source should contribute back into the community.
I know that these words are not persuading many of those that are not contributing. But I think nevertheless, it can not be said too often.
The other thing is to spread the community with new marketing mechanisms. SugarCRM is growing with clients that use SugarCRM. With Typo3 there was a big discussion whether it makes sense to use new marketing ways like "viral marketing" for spreading the name of Typo3. I think that it makes sense to use things like viral marketing. Viral marketing is one of my favourite aspects of Open Source that I'm working on. I think we do not only have to reach engineers and developers. The more end-users we gain, the bigger the count of contributing members becomes and the better the product.
What do you want to build next for Sugar Suite?
Hm, good question. There are several ideas in my head. At the moment we're discussing about building something similar like SugarPortal for Mambo - but this time for Typo3. Typo3 is widely used here in Europe. It's a great system like SugarCRM, and I think it's possible to produce synergies with this extension for Typo3.
Last ,but not least. I would like to thank all of you Sugar Girls and Boys for your work, especially Julian and Clint for always having an ear for me, and for your fast release cycles. I hope that we are able to speak, write and work together for many hours in the future ;-)
Go for it, you're great and you make great work.
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