Web Services migration - Part 3/3

We have completed the Lokad Web Services migration (see also part #1 and #2) by updating www.lokad.com. The deprecated URL www.lokad.com/ws/TimeSeries.asmx is now redirecting toward ws.lokad.com/TimeSeries.asmx. As indicated in the previous posts, if you haven’t already updated the URL used by your Lokad add-on, you need to update the WS URL in the add-on settings with the new URL.

Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting v2.0.3 released

We have just released Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting v2.0.3. This release comes with a few bug fixes, in particular, the sales aggregation was wrong under some circonstances. We suggest to upgrade to the version 2.0.3. UPGRADING: For those who have already installed a previous version, you just need to overwrite the previous Lokad PHP scripts with the new ones and then make a “Clear Lokad Account” first for the reporting panel.

Future of the "Professional" subscription plan

Currently, Lokad provides 3 subscription plans Free: cost nothing, no 3rd party integration Professional: paid, no 3rd party integration, CSV reports Enterprise: paid, 3rd party integration available, CSV reports  CSV = Comma Separated Reports, a downloadable report available from the Lokad Web Application. But all subscription plans are not born equal, and the level of interest among our customers for the “Professional” plan (that is supposed to provide downloadable reports from the Lokad Web Application) has been close to zero so far.

Web Services migration - Part 1/3

We have started the migration of the Lokad Web Services. The new WS URL is http://ws.lokad.com/TimeSeries.asmx (The old URL was http://www.lokad.com/ws/TimeSeries.asmx) The motivations behind this migration are very similar to app.lokad.com migration that we have previously discussed in this blog. The old URL will continue to be functional until we have re-released all our packages with the updated default settings. You can already update the WS URLs in use in all your Lokad add-ons.

Web Services migration - Part 2/3

Update on the part 1⁄3 of the Lokad Web Services migration. We have re-released the sales forecasting add-ons Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting v1.1.0 Lokad ASP.NET Sales Forecasting v1.0.8 Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting v2.0.2 Lokad OpenShell Time Series Forecasting v1.0.1  The purpose of those releases was to match the new URLs for the Lokad Web Services (i.e. ws.lokad.com). Update on 2007-05-17 09:37 by Joannes Vermorel See follow up #3.

APP.LOKAD.COM is now the root of the web application

As you may have already noticed, we have migrated the Lokad Web Application to a new location: app.lokad.com This migration is serving several purposes reducing the Web Application downtime: we will now be able update www.lokad.com and app.lokad.com separately. facilitating further evolutions of www.lokad.com because the complexity of the web application is removed. improving performance (our objective is to make www.lokad.com completely independent from our database server). Following the same lines, we have already planned to isolate the Lokad Web Services in a separate subdomain.

FORUMS.LOKAD.COM is our new bulletin board

We have been relying on the Sourceforge web forums so far, but we have finally decided to setup our own web forums on forums.lokad.com Pros better forum software: SF.Net forums have quite a Web 1.0 look & feel. ad-free forums: if we ever allow ads in our forums, we would prefer to make sure they are 100% relevant. shorter & significant URL: the previous forum location was just impossible to remember.

Holbi becomes a Lokad partner

Holbi delivers eCommerce expertise, products and solutions. We are very proud to announce that Holbi had become the first IT services partner of Lokad. Holbi specializes in the osCommerce platform. Start your osCommerce platform with Holbi, get sales forecasting through Lokad.

Desktop Sales Forecasting v1.0.9 - Perf, GUI and QuickBooks

We have just released Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting v1.0.9. The major performance improvement is the local caching of the retrieved sales history. The previous version was downloading twice the sales history, once at startup-time for the initial report display and once at upload-time. Since the aggregated sales history tends to be fairly compact, all the data is now locally cached, avoiding multiple data retrievals from your business application. The major GUI improvement of this release is the addition of a progress bar (in green in the screenshot below).

Lokad icon set

We have recently updated our product page (the previous one was just plain ugly). Aymeric has designed a series of icons to better differentiate the Lokad products. All icons are variations on the original logo for this blog  

Lokad gets a Dynacom Performance Grant

Dynacom is major accounting solution available both in English and in French. One month ago, Lokad was granted a Dynacom Performance Grant. We have really appreciated the support of the Dynacom staff while designing the Dynacom sales forecasting add-on. We are very proud to announce that Lokad Desktop Sales forecasting now supports Dynacom both under MS Access and under MS SQL Server starting from version 1.0.8. Also, in order to facilitate the integration of Lokad within Dynacom, we have already released a free Dynacom Synergy add-on (see the complete list of Dynacom add-ons) that can be used to launch Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting directly from the Dynacom application.

Lokad Desktop v1.0.7 supports MS Office Accounting 2007

We have released today Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting v1.0.7. This release comes with many improvements including bugfixes affecting most of the providers (potential issue with in case of paging for large catalogs). performance improvements (zeroes are now stripped out of the time-series at upload). NEW support for Microsoft Office Accounting 2007. We suggest to upgrade to this new version. ChangeLog v1.0.7 2007-04-24 [vermorel] NEW LokadWebApiProvider updated to match ‘lokadapi.

Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting v2.0 released

We are very proud to anounce that we have just released a major upgrade of Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting v2.0. http://community.lokad.com/PhpSalesForecasting.ashx  This new release includes performance haw been greatly improved. several bugs have been fixed. error messages have been polished. massive code refactoring (more simple & elegant code). lot of inline documentation added. Special thanks to Aymeric Augustin who was the main developer for this release.

Lokad becomes a Corporate Partner of osCommerce

We are very proud to announce that Lokad had become one of the few corporate partners of osCommerce. For the osCommerce users, Lokad is providing no less than 3 methods to get integrated sales forecasting Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting, a PHP contribution to deply within osCommerce. Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting, a Windows application that interacts with your osCommerce store. through a direct MySQL connection if such a connection is made possible by the hosting provider.

Starting the partnership program

In the past few months, we have been working with an increasing number of “potential” partners. Somehow, we ended up with a lot of similar situations; but without any official partnership program, it was becoming difficult for us to move forward. Thus, Lokad has just started its officiial partnership program. We are seeking software editors (with integration add-ons) IT services providers (helping our customers to deploy Lokad) hosting providers (because software is not nothing without an hosting provider).

Lokad gets featured by Mediachase

Mediachase provides a leading eCommerce Framework targeting .NET. We are very proud to announce that Lokad is now one of the few featured 3rd party solutions for the Mediachase eCommerce Framework (eCF).  Currently, Lokad has released two products that provides sales forecasting integration within Mediachase eCF Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting, a regular windows application. Lokad ASP.Net Sales Forecasting, a ASP.NET component to be integrated directly within the eCF application.

Miscellaneous ranking info

Today, Friday 30th March 2007  Alexa rank of Lokad.com for that last 7 days: 188,370 Google page rank: 4 Sourceforge (*) activity rank: 197 Sourceforge (*) total downloads: 1645  (*) It should be noted that the Sourceforge ranking is only a partial estimation of the Lokad development efforts because all our closed-source developments for the Lokad.com platform are naturally excluded from this estimation. [Self-satisfied comment] Considering that Lokad has been only active for a couple of months with close to zero marketing budget, those figures aren’t bad.

The origin of the name LOKAD

There is an interesting article about the 10 company name types on The Name Inspector. Based on their typology, you might think that Lokad is a made-up word. Well, the reality is a bit more complicated. Lokad was initially chosen as a blend of Local + Advertising = Lokad. The blend was also including a misspelling due to some obscure domain name availability issue. Local advertising was a project started (and terminated) in 2005 with the CEO of a small company named Next Frontier Innovation.

Lokad Sales Forecasting for osCommerce v1.0 released

We are very pleased to announce that we have released Lokad Sales Forecasting for osCommerce v1.0 (see the screenshots). Get daily / weekly / monthly sales forecasting within your admin panel in osCommerce. osCommerce is a highly popular open source eCommerce solution. Yet, osCommerce was not featuring any inventory intelligence so far. Thus, we have designed a PHP sales forecasting contribution to be included in your osCommerce application. This contribution is released as an open source package under BSD license.

QuickBooks gets supported!

We are proud to announce that Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting is now supporting QuickBooks 5.0+. We have also published a small tutorial dedicated to the setup of Lokad Desktop with QuickBooks.