Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) manages the information and functions of a business. It provides an integrated system by which the entire business can be managed. Not only does ERP improve the efficiency of an organisation it also serves to help the firm’s management make more informed decisions.
Businesses constantly face a moving target. With globalization, competition from emerging countries, and technological improvements, organisations need to change. Traditional communication tools such as the facsimile have long been replaced by email. The internet has meant that information needs to be available at all hours of the day, not merely the working day. A modern business system needs to adapt accordingly. ERP software helps firms to rise to this challenge.
ERP software is an integrated suite of applications which commonly cover areas such as distribution, accounting, inventory, invoicing, shipping, logistics and manufacturing. Such software is not only beneficial for large multinational organisations, as small and medium size enterprises can gain significant improvements in their efficiency by deploying ERP software.
All of the software featured in this article is released under a freely distributable license. Some of the software applications have proprietary versions too, which add custom features and additional functionality.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 15 high quality free Linux ERP software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wishes to enhance their organisation’s efficiency.
Let’s explore the ERP applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.
|Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software|
|ERPNext||Full featured business management solution that helps SMEs|
|Odoo||A complete ERP and CRM modular system|
|Apache OFBiz||Enterprise software framework|
|ERP5||Mission critical software for organisations and government agencies|
|Openbravo||Designed with broad business functionality|
|ADempiere||ERP, CRM and SCM support for business process|
|Compiere||ERP & CRM solution for small and medium-sized enterprises|
|PostBooks||Full-featured, fully-integrated accounting, ERP, and CRM system|
|Dolibarr||Compact ERP & CRM|
|Tryton||Three-tier high-level general purpose application platform|
|metasfresh||3-tier architecture with Rest-API and a Web User Frontend|
|webERP||Complete web based accounting & ERP system for SMEs|
|opentaps||Based on Apache OFBiz|
|iDempiere||Business solution offering ERP, CRM & SCM functionality|
|BlueSeer||Designed to meet the needs of the manufacturing community|
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