Cloud EHRServer is about to be launched

Bert Verhees bert.verhees at
Thu Dec 29 11:27:20 EST 2016

I found the question of Diego very interesting, you help the community 
by bringing them in contact with a great and free product, but not open 


Op 29-12-2016 om 17:10 schreef Thomas Beale:
> On 29/12/2016 10:50, Bert Verhees wrote:
>> Op 29-12-2016 om 6:47 schreef Thomas Beale:
>>> Agree with Ian...
>>> I think the correct approach is that open source software can be 
>>> openly announced, after all, in some sense it is a gift to the 
>>> community. Open source offerings are permanently represented under 
>>> the Tools menu <> on 
>>> the website. For commercial activities, including those that use 
>>> open source, there is the Industry partners programme, which leads 
>>> to vendors being represented here on the website 
>>> <>.
>> Hi Thomas, I am not sure about my position in this.
>>> There are undoubtedly better ways to announce and present these 
>>> kinds of information, and as ever, suggestions to do so are welcome.
>> But thanks for the invitation to reply.
>> I think there must be more communication between the 
>> openehr-community and what happens on the market (non-commercial as 
>> also commercial)
>> So I agree with you that there should be an announcement list for 
>> open source projects, new releases, features, etc.
>> You wrote that on an other email today.
>> I have a question about the industry-partner announcements.
>> Does the current structure not have an announcement space for 
>> industry partners? I could not find such a space.
> 'News' section, middle of the front page. Any item with a 'factory' 
> icon is industry generated content. All industry partners can produce 
> announcements there. Not saying this is the best possible system, it's 
> just the current system.
>> I can imagine that industry partners would like to have an 
>> opportunity to present their (new) products/versions to the 
>> communities, because that is where they are often aiming to sell.
>> To avoid spamming by industry partners on such a list, the 
>> email-traffic could be restricted, only once a month, for example.
>> And I would favor a reconsideration of the fee-price for industry 
>> partners, I think especially for startups or individual partners, the 
>> price is too high, especially for the first year..
> well, one has to ask what is a minimum level of business to be doing 
> as a commercial vendor. €0.5m? €1m p.a.? The bronze level of 
> membership is €1000 p.a. This seems pretty minimal to me in the 
> overall scheme of things. Does the vendor obtain value from openEHR - 
> specifications, open source software etc? Is the openEHR IP worth 1-2 
> days' work, which is what €1000 equates to? If it's worth less than 
> that, probably it's not providing them any real value.
> The micro startup is €650 p.a. This is the cost of 1 day's work to a 
> company. If openEHR is not worth that to a startup, then I'd say they 
> have not yet started up ...
>> I think, there will be more partners attracted to try a business, 
>> especially when they have an announcement-list to present their 
>> commercial ideas.
> Agree with that. We are looking into some alternatives.
>> To my idea, it would be good for the foundation to support as many 
>> interested parties as possible in finding their way in the openehr 
>> communities.
> agree.
> - thomas
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