Open Source Systems And Its Growing Territories of Usage

Open source customization is most the trendy technology nowadays for bringing up ideas and imagination into action. Developers and non professional people are using this amazing term for various advantages such as it provides platform for turning the imagination into presentation. One can amazingly use freely available source code on internet and allowed to make customize changes according to own convenience for beautiful presentation of information or data. According to IT intellectuals and industry experts open source technologies were not able to receive much weight at initial level due to security reasons. However, gradually open source technology gained popularity because of useful features and growing impact of inflation in the development processes. Open source systems have shown great impact on corporate world and online business development, software developers all over the world started using open source products to utilize unique features in low cost.

Open source systems in the e-business development
Products of open source like Joomla Customization, Mambo Customization, Drupal CMS Customization, Zen Cart Customization, Oscommerce, X-Cart and PHPBB has been accepted for the cost effective software development. By using these open source software systems modification and integration in the existing applications has become easier. Online business companies are using them for the dynamic presentation of products, in the recent years growth of online business have shown rise as they decreased the usage of other traditional software programs for the online presentations. Traditional software development technologies usually increase the cost of development, which makes them less popular among modern customers. Usefulness of open source customization in corporate world for making business processes cost effective and more efficient Professionals from various industries are using this technology for making business easier for them and students, amateurs; beginners are enjoying inexpensive ways of learning technology according to needs. Many corporate organizations are using open source technology for the development of various custom business operating systems for management, marketing, sales such as ERP systems. ERP is Enterprise Resource planning systems which help the organizations to reduce the cost in sales processes and marketing of different products of organization.

Another instance of using open source is telecom industry, some of the companies use to create in-house PBX systems for their own use. Private branch exchange (PBX) help companies to maintain their infrastructure at low cost in customize way. Moreover, open source technologies or systems are being used for E-learning as it helps in reducing cost which is usually high. Easy modification in the source code according to own needs has attracted the large mass over internet for different motives. As the matter of fact in today’s competitive and costly world of developing technology oriented products is the most solid reason for the adoption of open source technologies as they are freely available on net with advantage of making customized changes.

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Open Source ERP – the list

We have discussed open source ERP here a few times. Finally, someone has put together a list (although we do not know if it is an exhaustive list) of the main open source ERP Packages.

You can see for yourself here:


Open Source ERP for SMEs

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software has traditionally been used by large corporations to integrate and automate diverse departments across the enterprise.

For a long time, smaller companies purchased individual accounting and payroll packages and then migrated to expensive ERP solutions as they grew. They did not have many options as ERP solutions were costlier and required magnitude and many employees to justify their use.

Now, with many Open Source software coming out, it is possible for SMEs to go in for ERPs at an earlier stage. There are several in the market including…
Open Source ERP for SMEs

Open Source ERP?

Chris Shaul

There are many vendors around today providing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software . These systems control the entire lifeblood of the business enterprise. From manufacturing to financials, from customer service to plant maintenance, these systems run the company. The information flow is critical to a company. Further the information flow must match the process flow. With many commerical ERP systems available today, how can you be sure that the ERP system you are selecting is the right fit.

Some daring folks are now trying on Open Source ERP solutions. Few of these solutions are developed or maintained by a commercial entity. Rather, many are developed by a group of programmers who collaboratively build these systems. The real benefit to these systems is that they are really open. The source code is available for all to see and modify.

With this openness, companies can truly fit the software to match their process flow. But they will need to have the coding expertize in house. They will also need to fully understand their process flows. Can you use open source without modifying code? Of course. Most of these systems have best practices built in. It does help though to know your processes and be willing to modify and improve the processes to match the best practices.

Compiere is one such software. has an interesting article about Compiere.

Another system, in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) world is sugarCRM. This is a full function, open source CRM system. Its functionality rivals many commerical entities’ systems.

Is open source ready for prime time? It depends upon who you ask. If you ask a Linux enthusiast, then yes it is. If you ask a traditional IT manager, probably not.

Chris Shaul is a Sr. IT Consultant with CMTC and specializes about ERP selections and implementations.