Category Archives: OpenSource
ERP Solutions for Small Business – Which One?
ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions are the next step up from a basic accounting package.
An ERP system integrates internal and external management information across an entire organization; finance/accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, etc. ERP systems automate this activity with an integrated software application. The purpose of ERP is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organization… (Wikipadia.org)
ERP Solutions are not for everyone. First of all they are much more complicated to set-up and get working, and a a lot harder to use somatimes too. They can also cost a lot of money. Most small business owners may be satisfied with a basic accounting system, e.g. Quickbooks or similar. But what about the business profesional starting his (or her) own small enterprise, but coming form a corproate or large business envirnment: Such person will be used to a fully integrated system to manage all aspects of the business from a central point, using a single software application.
Open Source Becoming Mainstream
“Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process” (Open Source Initiative)
Considering a poll being conducted on eWEEKeurope open source software is gaining penetration with business users.
47% of respondents significantly favour open source applications, and a further 15% are trying it out.
Slightly more tha 63% of responders make use of OpenSource to some extent.
A further 8% state they might use it but are locked into propretory software.
Only 13% said they they do not trust it.
Refering to a Softpedia article, Linux makes up 40.6% of the operating systems in use, while Microsoft Windows still holds a narrowing lead of 57.5%
Open Source in South African Public Sector
As far back as 2003 open source software started gaining support at official levels in South Africa. In 2003 the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Indsustrial Research) Launched an project to assist in the development of open source in the region (SouthAfrica.info).
A number of Government departments today rely on opensource, including The Northern Cape Provincial Government, Department of Land Affairs, and SA Revenue Services (Linux and Oracle). Education also makes extensive use of open source applications for in-school computer learning programs.
Facebook and Twitter Opensource.
I wonder how many of the approximate 800 million Facebook users realise the worlds most used social media network is based on open source technology.
Then there are the more than 600 million users of Twitter, another major open source appplication. How many of the 13% who ‘do not trust’ open source are regular tweeters, and spend hours every week on Facebook?