We’ve decided to open-source Kiiro, the SharePoint-based project management and collaboration application we released in 2009. Here’s a short description of Kiiro from my original post announcing the product:
Kiiro is a simple collaboration and project management app for SharePoint. SharePoint’s a great platform, but most customers we’ve worked with spend way too much time and money on customization, configuration, training, administration and governance. Kiiro makes collaboration on SharePoint incredibly simple.
You can download everything you need to install and use Kiiro over at http://kiiro.codeplex.com.
So, you might be asking, why would we open-source a product we spent two years building? The short answer is that we just didn’t find enough customers. There was (and still is) healthy interest in the product, but for a variety of reasons we weren’t able to turn that into a sustainable business.
We’re happy to see Kiiro continue as an open-source project, and we’re excited that anyone can now use it.
(As a side note, we took a small chunk of Kiiro that was built to import Basecamp projects and spun it out as Parachute, a utility that backs up files from your Basecamp account. We continue to sell and support Parachute, and it’s doing pretty well.)