Enterprise resource planning are complex software programs that connect all departments of a business both internally and externally, from finance to production to warehouse. An alternative to commercial ERP’S are the less expensive open-source ERP’s.
The average cost for a business to have an ERP was $15 million. There are many businesses, small businesses in particular, cannot afford to purchase and implement a commercial ERP. In situations like these, they can avail or make use of one of the many available open-source ERPs as an option.
Openbravo is a Web-based ERP that tracks and gives data on the production information, inventory, customer information and order tracking of a business. It was designed for usability on the end-user’s end. Features like dimensional reporting, alerts, e-mail and keyboard navigation are included. This ERP can also provide services like training, consulting and support during and after implementation.
The most modern, adaptable and affordable open-source ERP available is the Compiere. Its ability to be easily customized for the needs of any business makes this ERP a highly desirable option. The customization process makes or breaks the essential portion of the ERP implementation process. Modules are included such as performance analysis, requisition-to-pay, supply chain management and a Web store.
The xTuple ERP can support small-scale and large-scale businesses using Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It functions as an ERP, a customer relationship management tool and accounting program. The modules that are included are accounts, receivable, general ledger, financial reporting, accounts payable, order entry, work orders, shipping, a universal address book, purchase orders, an open-source report writer, and vending reporting.
An open-source management solution, OpenERP has branded itself as an enterprise management too that is easy and powerful. OpenERP, focuses on the usability for the end-user and integrates the usual business needs, like human resources, accounting, sales, project management, customer relationship management, and marketing campaigns. The product has more than 350 modules like object database and customizable reports and users can make their own applications as well.
Apache OFBiz can be customized easily or may be used as-is to suit the needs of the business. It can be customized to grow and adapt as the business develops. Functions include financial ledger, catalog management, financial agreements, pricing management, promotion management, customer management, order fulfillment, work force management, e-commerce, warehouse management, content management, human resources and a point-of-sale system.
JFire is an ERP, customer relationship management, e-business, supply chain management and supplier relationship management tool all in one. It can provide for the needs of small businesses, medium-sized businesses and large businesses. It can be customized as well. This ERP supports store management, accounting, point of sale, reporting, online trade and distribution needs.