New Gartner, Inc. Research Examines Benefits of Open-source Digital Commerce Software

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Open-source digital commerce vendor, HotWax Systems, noted as one of five “Cool Vendors” worldwide in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Digital Commerce, 2015” report.

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According to Gartner, Inc. Open-source and API-enabled commerce is seeking broader adoption as companies aspire to deploy highly unique commerce platforms, but without the resource and financial overhead of a complete in-house development effort.

The US-based software development company, HotWax Systems, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, today announced that it has been noted as one of five “Cool Vendors” worldwide in Gartner's research guide, "Cool Vendors in Digital Commerce, 2015"1.

“We are honored to be included as one of just five digital commerce vendors recognized by Gartner in the report,” said Mike Bates, CEO at HotWax Systems. He added, “Open-source digital commerce extends well beyond the storefront and is solidly established in back-office operations for both B2B and B2C. Active, growing businesses seek open-source solutions because of their inherent flexibility and cost savings. A clear understanding of how to leverage open-source digital commerce solutions will soon become a make-or-break factor for competitive digital commerce businesses.”

“Paradoxically, rapid growth can actually harm a business if the company’s digital commerce solution is unable to keep pace with growing demand,” said Jacopo Cappellato, CTO at HotWax Systems, and Chair of the Apache OFBiz Project at The Apache Software Foundation. He added, “HotWax Commerce has proven to be a lifesaver for businesses experiencing rapid growth that needed a system that be deployed and scale quickly and efficiently. In addition, focusing resources on customization and flexibility rather than licensing costs and mandatory software upgrades has given our clients a clear competitive advantage. Open-source makes it all possible.”

HotWax Commerce, the company’s flagship open-source digital commerce platform, is enterprise-class, agile, customizable, and offers users complete control without the burdensome expense of licensing fees.

According to Gartner, Inc. “The open-source business model enables a company to implement a B2C or B2B commerce solution with no licensing or maintenance costs; customers are able to own the source code for their commerce initiatives, and to control the path and pace of future enhancements.”1

HotWax Systems, a strong advocate of the open-source movement, donates thousands of volunteer hours annually to the Apache OFBiz project. In addition, the company recently released HotWax Commerce Connect, an open-source plugin that unlocks the power of robust ERP functionality for users of the Magento digital commerce platform.

In the collaborative spirit of open-source, HotWax Systems invites readers to download a complimentary copy of Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Digital Commerce, 2015” report at

1 Gartner, Cool Vendors in Digital Commerce, 2015, David Kohler, Chris Fletcher, Penny Gillespie, Jason Daigler May 13, 2015

About HotWax Systems
HotWax Systems develops, implements and supports fully customizable, open-source digital commerce solutions. This year, HotWax Systems unveiled HotWax Commerce, an enterprise-class, open-source, digital commerce platform powered by Apache OFBiz. HotWax Commerce offers unmatched flexibility, complete control and absolutely no licensing fees.

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