Why companies should use open source ERP.
The main reason companies use open source ERP is the flexibility: an open source ERP system is cheaper and easier to customize and can be included in the companies continuous improvement program. Normally, when implementing an open source ERP system for a large organization, a new interface shell is created outside of the core system to meet the business needs and line up with the company organization. With commercial systems the existing interface is customized which makes upgrades difficult to say the least. (see comment on upgrade later)
8 reasons why Open Source ERP implementation is different.
Probably you have read my post about why large companies choose open source ERP Although many people think the implementation of open source ERP is similar to a commercial ERP implementation, we found a remarkable number of differences.
Is Open Source ERP ready for large organizations?
It depends on which open source ERP system you select for your enterprise. Sure there are a number of systems suitable for large organizations. To help you select the best system for you, we have listed below a number of criteria which are important in your selection.
Open Source ERP in large organizations, intro.
As announced here in LinkedIn and in twitter, we will publish our experiences implementing open source ERP in large organizations which we are doing now for over two years. The target audience for these articles is management level executives and later in this series the high level technically oriented functions because there is where the strength of the ERP system is we are using.
New product type: Product Rental.
Currently we have the function in the system to be able to rent hotel rooms which obviously stay in house and do not need to be shipped. If however you would like to rent video's or cars or motorcycles the system should support its delivery with a shipment and return process what the system currently not provides.
New product type in OFBiz: Product Service
This new product type represents the service to a particular product which is brought in by the customer. Examples are equipment and computer repair, cleaning of clothes etc. Currently the OFBiz system has a product type of service but it does not support the logistics of the brought in- and returned (shipped) item.
OFBiz Security from an enduser point of view
Ofbiz security can be accessed in the party component under 'security' There the security groups are listed which are the equivalent of a employee function in a company. Example are “order entry' or 'catalog admin' or 'accounting' etc.....
OFBiz add-on component: Sitemap creator