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.
A modern full featured ERP system has been a critical requirement for our admin ever since becoming a full time business.
OpenERP compared to other options
Open ERP will provide most if not all the functionality required going forward, and at some point will be integrateable with our Drupal Customer Zone
Read the full story on The Zone: Taking on OpenERP | Graphicline Zone.
I admit it, I have become a fan of OpenSource software. After great experiences with WordPress and Drupal, finding a decent OpenSource ERP solution in OpenERP was a definite plus.
OpenSurce applications have really come a long way in the past several years. The good ones are feature rich, STABLE, and more often than not free.
They may not be as plug&play as some Windows or Official Mac apps, but anyone setting up an ERP on Windows Server / SQL server will know these are also not plug&play in the strict sense of the word.
As far as Open ERP installation on Windows, as easy or as difficult as Evolution, whichever way one wants to look at it. A quick installation that didn’t require a restart, then a few basic things like remembering what the admin password had been set at, followed by creating a new database, and logging on to http://localhost.
Looks good in a “what the doctor ordered” kind of way.
I will review the app in 4 to 6 months time, after having used it. It’s not a priority project right now.
Support the OpenSource applications we use:
The least any of us who use the essentially free OpenSource apps can do, is provide a link back from our sites to the providers web site, and publicise it through our usual social networks.
WordPress is OpenSource too