Digging into OpenBRR of Moodle and Sakai

"Business Readiness Ratingâ„¢ (BRR) is being proposed as a new standard model for rating open source software. It is intended to enable the entire community (enterprise adopters and developers) to rate software in an open and standardized way....sponsored by Carnegie Mellon West Center for Open Source Investigation, O'Reilly CodeZoo, SpikeSource and Intel...BRR will give companies a trusted, unbiased source for determining whether the open source software they are considering is mature enough to adopt.... The ultimate goal of BRR is to give companies a trusted, unbiased source for determining whether the open source software they are considering is mature enough to adopt. It will help adopters assess which open source software is best suited to their needs and enable them to share findings with the community."

Functionality (25%)
Moodle: 5
Sakai: 3

Usability (20%)
Moodle: 4
Sakai: 4

Documentation (15%)
Moodle: 3.1
Sakai: 3.1

Community (12%)
Moodle: 4.2
Sakai: 3.2

Security (10%)
Moodle: 4.2
Sakai: 3.4

Support (10%)
Moodle: 4
Sakai: 1.5

Adoption (8%)
Moodle: 4.4
Sakai: 4.2

(Note: the Y axis scale is 4.1 - 4.4, not 0-5. Sorry, couldn't figure out MS Word)

Total Weighted Score
Moodle: 4.19
Sakai: 3.23


Higher-ed LMS market penetration: Moodle vs. Blackboard+WebCT vs. Sakai

  1. Moodle: 2,981 deployments / 54% market share
    8,772 X (348 / 1024)
  2. Blackboard + WebCT: 2,500 deployments / 45% market share
    3,700 - 1,200 K-12
  3. Sakai: 35 deployments / .63% market share
  4. Taken from the Sakai partners page.

Related Posts:
Sakai vs. Moodle
Digging into OpenBRR Rating of Sakai and Moodle

Moodle, Elgg, CivicSpace, CiviCRM and Drupal should join forces


  • save development effort across projects
  • collaborate on fundraising, marketing, etc.
  • deliver complete solution across application domains on one web framework: CMS, CRM, Course Ware, and Social Apps


  • Phase 1: light integration (single sign on / common installer / unified interface)
  • Phase 2: Leverage Drupal frame-work as appropriate

It will work because

  • Funders love joint projects
  • LAMP is way cheaper than JSP/J2EE
  • This is exactly what CTO's / CIO's at Universities want
  • We have the community! (Drupal: 55,000, Moodle: 8,900, CivicSpace: 2,000 installs)


  • Sakai / uPortal / OSPI
  • CivicSpace / Drupal / CiviCRM


  • application integration
  • business models


  1. Project leads sign on
  2. Line up University partners (some paying members)
  3. Get industry partners to back project
  4. Merge fundraising targets
  5. Raise seed round from private donors to investigate
  6. Create prototype integration
  7. Raise real money from foundations
  8. Execute
  9. Win

Sakai vs. Moodle

For IT directors at schools debating whether to use Sakai or Moodle as a course management solution, here is a side by side comparison. All signs point strongly towards Moodle kicking Sakai's butt and to the Mellon Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Sakai Partners wasting $6.6M.

Moodle: 2002
Sakai: 2004

Community Website Traffic (Alexa*):
Moodle: 150 per million
Sakai: 20 per million

Business Readiness Rating (
Moodle: 4.19
Sakai: 3.23

Moodle: 27
Sakai: 11

Install Base:
Moodle: 8,900
Sakai: 35

Moodle: $0 initial funding and ~ $12,000 a year from individual donors.
Sakai Project: $2,200,000 initial grant from Mellon Foundation and Hewlett Foundation and $4,400,000 from core partners.

Related Posts:
Digging into OpenBRR Rating of Sakai and Moodle
Higher-ed LMS Market Penetration: Moodle vs. WebCT+Blackboard vs. Sakai

* Alexa statistics are definitely suspect. I would love to see more reliable data. If anyone has access to better data please get in touch.

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