Open source ecommerce supplier Akopia has announced the release of a developers' version of its Interchange software.
Open source products are free to download and use, with vendors making their money from supplying services and consultancy to companies using the software.
The new version has been released following the June acquisition of Akopia rival MiniVend, the most popular of all open source ecommerce providers.
Interchange will combine MiniVend's developer functionality with the easy to use interface in Akopia's Tallyman software.
"This is truly a case of one plus one equals three," said Brett Pinegar, chief executive at Akopia. "Today's mid-size businesses need enterprise-class ecommerce functionality. Interchange delivers the proven, scalable technology that growing businesses demand."
Open source developers claim that small to medium sized enterprises need software that can be easily scaled to match the growth of their businesses, while also providing a greater level of flexibility than that provided by packaged, out-of-the-box ecommerce solutions.
"Akopia is committed to open source and to supporting the large and talented developer communities that have contributed to Minivend and Tallyman," said David Adams, chief technology officer at Akopia.
Interchange combines site and content management with inventory and product management to provide an integrated electronic catalogue solution. Repetitive tasks that plague static websites, such as manually changing prices on all pages, can be automated so that any changes are automatically replicated across the site.
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