Crust is now available in the Univention App Center. What is it and why should you try it out?

About Crust

Image: crust interfaceMore and more organisations are turning to Crust as a Salesforce alternative, for the feature set, the lower costs and the ability to self-host.

The Crust platform includes a CRM, Service Cloud, Enterprise Messaging and an industry-leading Low Code Development Environment for building End-to-End Business Process Management applications.

Crust is a mobile-friendly, customer-scale application, capable of handling giant populations within the application itself. Designed to be either self-hosted or run in the cloud, Crust is 100% extensible with rich API’s and third party application integration features.

The platform is aimed at medium to large businesses and organisations, including Not-for-profit organisations, that require full control over their own data and software. Secure, comprehensive and user-centric, Crust embraces what is best about leaders in the traditional software and cloud markets and extends them with all the goodness that 100% open code and open standards can provide.

The company behind Crust is Crust Technology Ltd, a business registered in the Republic of Ireland and part-owned by DAASI International, a German specialist in Identity & Access Management with open source software. Just like Univention GmbH, DAASI International is a member of the OSB Alliance. The Crust software project started in 2017 and the business launched in early 2019. In the first year the company has grown to over 30 staff and stakeholders, all of whom work remotely, located in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Slovenia, and South Africa. Crust Technology is profitable, 100% organically grown and has zero external debt.

Crust features

As a platform, the open source Crust is inspired by five elements of Salesforce:

  1. Feature Set
  2. Architecture
  3. Low Code Build Logic
  4. Automation/Workflow Builder
  5. User Experience

Screenshot: crust features interface

The list of core features are:

Crust CRM

A highly flexible Sales CRM that enables you to sell faster.

Crust Compose

Create custom enterprise applications for your UCS users.

Crust Service Cloud

Save time and money by providing efficient service to your customers.

Crust Enterprise Messaging

A space where your UCS users can efficiently communicate with each other.

Crust Corredor

Increase efficiency by automating repeating tasks with End-to-End Business Automation.

Customer Identity and Access Management

Being “Customer Scale” is really important for Crust, which allows you to enroll all your external users as re-usable identities across the platform. Backed by DAASI International’s know-how, Crust leads the way in open source Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM).

Crust is predominantly built in Golang (used by Google to run much of its application infrastructure) and Vue.js (frontend). To store data Crust supports MySQL by default. MySQL will continue to be supported, but will be replaced as the default database by PostgreSQL during 2020.

Just like Univention, Crust is also on Github.

The Future

  • Crust will continue to grow its ecosystem of supported technologies, growing customer choice and reducing costs of adoption across the board.
  • While Crust’s existing interfaces are 100% responsive for mobile devices, native mobile applications will be released in 2020 with the goal of further increasing user convenience and performance
  • Human Resource features will be added later this year when the Crust HR Cloud application is released, allowing organisations to manage the full life cycle of both internal and external staff.
  • 2020 will also see the release of Crust application for monitoring Sustainable Development Goal performance within an organisation.

Screenshot: crust chat interface

Crust on Univention Corporate Server

Crust is well integrated in UCS, offering an easy installation and straightforward user access management via the UCS management system. Users created in UCS can use their UCS domain account to log in to Crust.

A free Crust trial can easily be installed via the Univention App Center inside UCS. A Crust subscription, starting at 24 euro per user per month (discounts are available), is required after the free trial.

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Lenny Horstink

CMO of Crust Technology

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