VNC Integrates Corteza Into its VNClagoon Software Stack

VNC, a leading developer of open-source enterprise applications, and Planet Crust are further expanding their technical and sales collaboration.

The two companies have recently completed integrating Corteza into the VNClagoon module VNCcrm as an analysis, simulation and visualization tool that can feed in and use data from third-party applications.

Via its 100% API-centric approach, Corteza aligns with VNCLagoon’s data stores and structures. Any VNCLagoon administrator can now go further with their data, building related applications, workflows and reports. Additional data sources can be added from third-party databases and legacy applications, enabling the user to pool their data in a common format and create seamles operational processes across their organization’s functions and departments. 

In the next step, Corteza dashboards will be used as a visualization layer for other functional modules of the VNClagoon stack.

“VNClagoon is an open platform designed for the deep integration of third-party solutions,” emphasizes Andrea Wörrlein, managing director of VNC in Berlin and board member of VNC AG in Zug. “VNC’s cooperation with Planet Crust and the integration of Corteza are an example of the exciting options that can be realized for users.”

“For a long time Planet Crust has sought to partner with a sovereign, enterprise-class communication and collabortion solution,” explains Niall McCarthy, CEO and co-founder of Planet Crust. “With its alignment to standards, open-source and impressive deployment base, VNClagoon exceeds all our expectations. The combination of VNClagoon’s emphasis on integrated user experience, best practice data architecture, scalability and security makes for an ideal integration with our Corteza platform.”

In addition to cooperating at the solution level, the two partners have also agreed on joint projects at the marketing and sales level.

About VNC

VNC is a global software company that develops open source-based applications for communication and collaboration in large enterprises. With its global developer community, VNC has created the integrated product suite VNClagoon, which is characterized by state-of-the-art technology, universal usability, low TCO and the strictest protection and security measures, thus helping to protect the right to digital sovereignty. Find out more at

About Planet Crust

Planet Crust is the creator, developer and driving force behind the Corteza low-code platform. The open source-based platform gives companies, software developers, local authorities and NGOs freedom, autonomy and control over their data and applications. With Corteza, organizations can react quickly to changing requirements, develop new solutions and share them with others. In addition to the maintenance and further development of Corteza, Planet Crust also offers accompanying support, development and training services.

OGC  Selects Planet Crust as Contributor to Disaster Pilot 2021

OGC  Selects Planet Crust as Contributor to Disaster Pilot 2021

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), a major global location information and geospatial standards organization that aims to connect people, communities, and technology to solve global challenges and address everyday needs, has selected Planet Crust as a contributor to its Disaster Pilot 2021 project.

Disaster Pilot 2021, which follows on the success of Disaster Pilot 2019, aims to explore and test key state-of-the-art technologies in regard to end-to-end information flow related to all phases of disaster management, with an emphasis on first responders and other end users.

The Pilot’s goals are ambitious, especially in light of the complex and varied nature of disasters, which comprise both natural events such as flooding, landslides, tsunamis and pandemics, as well as human-made disasters such as chemical leaks, nuclear power station breaches and mass violence. To complicate things further, disasters often overlap with one another and increase the difficulty of response measures – for example, the recent flooding and increasing Covid infections in the US state of Louisiana.

The structure of Disaster Pilot 2021 is simple. It focuses on categorising data into Analysis Ready Data (ARD), Decision Ready Information (DRI) and Actionable Indicators. But that’s where the simplicity ends.

Analysis Ready Data can be accessed from thousands of satellite observation sources, resources in the air such as planes, helicopters and drones, first responders on the ground, census data, medical records, etc. Just cataloging what’s available globally in the first place is a large undertaking.  

In addition, local economic, political and social elements play a major role in determining the expertise available on the ground and the level of risk awareness and preparedness. Having access to data is one thing. Assessing the gaps in that data, the reliability of the data and knowing what to do with it is another. 

Planet Crust’s role in the Pilot is to help build a model of cataloging and search technology on its Corteza low-code platform. This involves using the Corteza Integration Gateway to connect with any data source and Corteza Discovery to search the data. It also involves using Corteza’s upcoming semantic web data standardization capabilities to publish structured data so that people can reliably find critical, and often life-saving, data on common search engines such as Google and Bing.

However, Planet Crust intends to go further than this and also explore how the Corteza platform and its federated cloud data sharing capabilities could be used to encourage collaboration between countries, while at the same time protecting individual nations’ digital and data sovereignty.

Corteza’s Disaster Pilot 2021 catalog technology will allow for self-hosted, searchable public and private data layers that can be federated at the sole discretion of the data owner. It will also be possible for a country’s disaster response administration to combine federated public data with sensitive national data, such as critical infrastructure or military data, without breaching data security protocols.

In addition, the fact that Corteza is 100% free and open-source will serve to give all countries and organizations across the globe access to the same quality data management tools they need to improve the quality and timeliness of the information available to their own and other disaster response teams around the world.

Planet Crust is the creator and driving force behind Corteza – a fully accessible, 100% open-source, 100% API-centric, entirely standards and best-practice oriented low-code platform. With Corteza, Planet Crust helps software providers, business enterprises, governments, NGOs and public sector organizations of all types across the world connect and transform their data and then use that data to build the applications they need to power their organizational processes.

Planet Crust is the creator and driving force behind Corteza, a 100% open-source low-code software platform that lets you import data from any source and use intuitive drag-and-drop tools to create custom applications for your unique needs.

Crust Technology Rebrands as Planet Crust

When my partners and I at Crust Technology finally launched our Corteza platform in 2019, we already had a larger vision in mind and a product strategy to achieve that vision.


The idea for Crust first took shape in my mind when I was working as a commercial consultant to open source businesses. In that work, I experienced firsthand how the open-source industry regularly fails to create high-quality, user-friendly products with truly open standards, applications and business models. So our first objective was to create a truly open-source product with as few limitations as technologically, operationally, fiscally and legally possible that also delivered a stellar user experience along with a powerful set of features.

We also wanted to create a product that was not only a viable but in fact a better alternative, to the low-code and structured data management platforms of some of the world’s leading business software clouds, such as Microsoft, SAP and Salesforce. And so Corteza was born – a 100% open-source, 100% API-centric low-code platform.

But why open-source?

The answer to that speaks to our long-term vision. A vision based on the belief that, in order for the world to deliver the sustainable economies it requires, we need to break down the barriers that prevent people and organizations from getting the information they need to, ultimately, create greater value with less strain.


The first of those barriers is the one to creating critical business and operational applications. Low-code platforms eliminate the need for costly software developers and put the power directly into the hands of the organizations and business functions that use them. But this is simply the first step.

The next step is breaking down the barrier to the technology itself. Proprietary platforms such as Salesforce and SAP are not affordable for many organizations. And not all platforms are fully internationalized and completely accessible. To be a truly global software platform, it needs to be free and accessible in all respects and needs to belong to the world and every organization in it.

Then there is the deployment barrier, i.e. whether the platform can be deployed either locally or internationally, on the cloud or on an organization’s own servers, and where the data is held.

Finally, there is the ownership barrier. That is, who has ownership rights to the apps an organization builds on the platform and how easy is it to migrate those apps to another platform?

It was to break down these barriers that we released Corteza as an open-source platform. And this is why we issue it with a friendly Apache v2.0 license and put governing Corteza in the hands of an independent foundation project. It’s also why we implemented standards in every corner of Corteza – from i18n internationalization and WCAG 2.1 Accessibility to BPMN 2.0 compliant Workflows and OpenAPI. So every organization in the world has access to Corteza and is never isolated. Making Corteza free forever is the best way to ensure its qualities are adopted. 

All this – delivering Corteza as a standardized global software platform – was the foundational step and was encompassed in our founding name and brand: Crust Technologies.

Breaking the Data Barrier

But now we’re embarking on the next step of our journey towards achieving our vision. Which brings us the next barrier – the data barrier.

Every data gathering tool, every data application uses its own data standard and getting those standards to talk to each other and work with each other is a technological mess. The result is that businesses and other organizations can’t consolidate data from different parts of their operations, let alone from outside sources. Business processes slow down or malfunction. Cities are slow to respond to situations ranging from live parking and traffic situations to utility needs and supplies to accidents and emergencies because they don’t have the centralized, real-time reporting apps they need. National disaster relief agencies not being able to share data with their counterpart agencies across borders due to incompatible data and security concerns.

Corteza can connect with and accept data from any third-party software platform or cloud. It then transforms it to a common, reusable format for the purposes of building applications or to process further. This makes standardized collaboration possible across any organization or even between organizations, be they business enterprises, local governments, NGOs, emergency response units or disaster relief organizations.

Beyond this, Corteza can also federate on a many-to-many basis, allowing organizations to share selected data at scale in near real-time to stay ahead of problems or to accelerate innovation. Corteza ensures that no organization’s activity is locked in a silo, but can instead extend to a global scale as desired. Businesses can operate and cooperate more efficiently. Cities can respond to situations and emergencies faster and with the right resources. Disaster relief agencies can share data and innovate solutions without bumping into security protocols.

This breaking of the data barrier and extending the potential and reach of Corteza is represented by our new name and brand – Planet Crust.

Planet Crust

But this is just the beginning. Very soon, Corteza will enable search within data federations and even between them. This will help us to find the information we need to collaborate, solve problems or grow together, whether we are research institutes, industrial affiliates, smart cities or public health authorities.

All data stored in Corteza will be Linked Data. It will have its own portal building capabilities, but will also serve as a data backend to popular, mass-adopted CMS technology such as WordPress and Drupal.

Additionally, we will address the key question of data ownership with a state-of-the-art privacy management infrastructure that will allow end-users or organizations to visualize where their data is stored anywhere in Corteza federations across the world and manage that data from a single point of entry.

These steps will serve to harmonize all the data of the organizations that use Corteza. And as more and more organizations adopt Corteza, so too will the world in general move towards global data harmony.

This will allow us as a global people to catalog and measure our finite resources and build this data into our supply chains. It will also allow us to overlay what we know about how to exploit those resources and the social implications of doing so. And it will make it possible for our leaders, whether in the public or private sector, to make ethical decisions that lead to circular, sustainable economies.

This is our vision at Planet Crust.

Planet Crust is the creator and driving force behind Corteza, a 100% open-source low-code software development platform that lets you import data from any source and use intuitive drag-and-drop tools to create custom applications for your unique business needs. Get started for free today.

Crust is Spreading its Wings

Since we launched in March 2019, Crust CRM Suite has established itself as the de facto open-source alternative to Salesforce. Self-funded, profitable in our first year of trading and equipped with an order book delivering over a year’s worth of cash runway, Crust Technology is already on target to grow between 200% and 300% in its second year. Corteza, the community project founded when Crust contributed its entire code base to the Commons Conservancy in June 2019, has gone from strength to strength, garnering many thousands of users in its first year. Its goal to become “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity” is gaining momentum.

These are big statements and we count ourselves lucky, given the economic mayhem and misfortune that has afflicted so many to date in 2020. Keeping our commercial focus and development on track and on budget has been a tough but welcome challenge to date and our next steps will set the bar higher again. Read more

Crust Technology donates Corteza, “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”


Date: 20 June 2019
Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Crust Technology ( today announced that it is contributing all of its private cloud software infrastructure to the Commons Conservancy Foundation. The independent project will be named “Corteza” and marketed as “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”.

A modern cloud architecture written predominantly in Golang and Vue.js, Corteza delivers powerful CRM, Urban Data Platform and Low Code Development platform for building records-based management systems.

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“Corteza” – the Low Code, Open Source platform

On March 12, 2019 Crust Technology released Corteza, a 100% low code, open-source platform for Humanity. It is self-hosted and deployed via standard Docker packages.


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