Enterprise Software

By eWeek Editors  |  Posted 2002-07-08 Print this article Print

Enterprise Software

In the ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) space, options are few and far between. One option that stands out is ComPiere Inc.s Compiere, a combined ERP and CRM package aimed at small and midsize organizations.

Compiere has multilanguage and multicurrency features; supports different styles of accounting, taxation and costing; has both Windows and HTML clients (see screen); and provides integrated data analysis capabilities. The company offers a variety of fee-based support options.

Emryn International and Aastha Inc.s Value is another ERP effort (see sourceforge.net/projects/value). The software hasnt shipped yet, but beta releases are available.

Two shipping open-source accounting packages for businesses are Nola (which started shipping in October 2001) and SQL-Ledger Accounting (which is 2 years old this month).

Aware of the general lack of open-source enterprise software, the Free Software Foundation is developing its own GNU Enterprise suite. The projects goal is to provide open-source, multilingual and multicurrency financials, budget management, e-commerce, human resources, project management, research and development, supply chain, manufacturing, sales, and business intelligence software. Its nothing if not ambitious!

The project is in its early stages. On June 3, the GNU Enterprise team released updated versions of its forms builder and forms run-time. (Unix and Windows applications can be generated by the forms package.) The first 0.0.1 releases of the report generator and application server were included in that release.

All existing components are in alpha (or earlier) development states; the packaged applications dont have implementations.

GNU Enterprise includes a shipping project management, time tracking and call tracking application called Double Choco Latte (see screen) that isnt integrated into the overall application framework; it is a separate effort that merged with GNU Enterprise in March. —Timothy Dyck


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