The Maestro™ Project is an open-source business model for an engineering, manufacturing and sales business, based on the fictional Swift Construction Company. Maestro is an open-source project hosted on GitHub and is licensed according to the business-friendly permissive BSD 2-Clause License.
The original goal for Maestro was to investigate open-source software development as a strategy for enterprise infrastructure software. Basic system requirements were documented using non-confidential user stories, workflows, and source data, entirely avoiding the need to divulge confidential information beyond the enterprise.
Maestro continues to provide a platform for exploring enterprise business software in general, and now also includes a proof-of-concept reference application called Maestro PLM (see demo). Additional information is available from the following references.
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The Maestro environment can be understood as a set of inter-related modules, similar to other enterprise software.
- Parts (part numbers, revisions, sources, bills-of-materials…)
- Projects (people, schedule, effort, material…)
- Issues (relationships, investigations, conclusions, actions…)
- Stock (serial numbers and quantities, purchasing, production, sales…)
- Files (engineering and ad hoc documents, revisions, author, editors, tags…)
- Users (user truth, role-based access control…)
The Maestro environment exhibits Transparency with Trust™ for data shared across engineering, manufacturing, support and administration teams.
Maestro Server is a conceptual business process management server for enterprises to easily roll-out Maestro features within their organization. Maestro Server is a fully-integrated stand-alone system for ease of deployment within an existing IT infrastructure.
Maestro PLM is a proof-of-concept reference application developed as part of the Maestro Project. Drawing inspiration from desktop applications such as Parts&Vendors™, Maestro PLM is web-based for ease of access and includes enterprise features such as true multi-user operation, document control, and material management.