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Derek Singleton at SoftwareAdvice.com has written an interesting article entitled Can Open Source ERP Succeed? He brought up some of the hurdles for the adoption of open source ERP software. Having developed open source ERP and CRM for over five years now, I’d like to ask a different question: Can Open Source make ERP better? The ERP Challenge To answer this, we need to look first at the fundamental challenges of business applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): They’re complicated.  Businesses are complicated, so ERP, which must be support all the functions of a business, are large and complicated.  This makes them expensive to develop.  This is not so bad by itself–lots of software are complicated.  But then, They require customizations.  This is the real killer. Because every business is different, ERP must be tailored to meet the needs of each bus... (more)

Taking Full Advantage of GWT in opentaps

GWT is short for “Google Web Toolkit”, an open source library of tools for building rich web applications using Ajax. We have been working with GWT in opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM for over a year now, and I’d like to give you this example of how GWT really can do. A long, long time ago… Almost 4 years ago, we built the first version of opentaps CRM. It had several tabs for all the function of a full-featured CRM application, including leads contacts, accounts, cases, opportunities, etc.   Under each tab we added a “quick widget” to help users do common tasks easily, like ente... (more)

Social Media and Networking for Small Businesses

I listened to a very good talk last weekend by Eric Qualman, author of Socialnomics, about social media and social networks. Eric had a lot of  good examples about how companies such as JetBlue, McDonald’s, and Burger King are taking advantage of social media to promote their brands and their products. But what about small businesses? What if you are a startup or a neighborhood business, and you don’t have the millions of potential fans that a JetBlue or McDonald’s would have — not yet anyway? This is actually a situation we’ve faced ourselves, starting opentaps Open Source ERP... (more)

Should You Customize Open Source ERP?

When I first found out about open source software, I felt the sky was the limit — with the source code, I could do anything now! But after working on open source ERP for the last seven years, I’ve come to realize that customizing software, even open source software, should not be taken lightly. I recently spoke with Phil Simon, long-time enterprise software veteran and author of The Next Wave of Technologies and Why New Systems Fail, and asked him for his thoughts on when you should customize open source software such as ERP and CRM. Here’s what he had to say: Customizations and... (more)

Open Source Strategies Now an Official Amazon AWS Solutions Provider

We’re happy to let you know that we’re now an official Amazon AWS Solutions Provider.  We’ve learned a lot after working with the Amazon Web Services platforms like EC2 and S3 for a couple of years, and we hope to leverage it to make open source ERP and CRM even easier for you with the cloud. ... (more)