Upon selection process for your new ERP system, you will likely come across to know about open-source ERP. In general, ERP systems are expensive and some can cost well into the millions, depending on your implementation needs and the size of your company. Free and open source ERP can seem to be an instant bargain. Look before you leap. Open source might be exactly what your business needs, but understand the details first.
You can download open source ERP and use it for free. But, Insightful you should check out first the license. If you plan to use it to help manage your enterprise, there might still be license fees. They could depend on the number of users or the number of modules you wish to use, Keep in mind that free only might apply to a single user and/or a single instance of the ERP.
If you select a proprietary ERP system, you also get the benefit of a team of consultants to help as well as available and ongoing support. The documentation and user manuals will be pretty well written and understandable to a wide range of audiences. Open source ERP might not always have any support under the same organization. There is third-party(official partners) support available for most systems within regions but the support and implementation organizations are likely to be much near you or within your country perimeters. Whatever support your business needs will not be free – those consultants need to make a living too.
Hardware and maintenance costs
When you download your open source ERP, you install it on your own computer or server. To use it throughout your enterprise, you need client computers and a network powerful enough to support your requirements. That network of computers has a cost too. Not only, the original installation cost, but added to that is the cost of maintaining the network over time and protecting it against security risks. This is another cost to be considered.
Do you have development expertise in-house?
Customization might be one of the most-liked advantages of open source ERP. You own the software and are free to modify it to meet your needs. Who will do the work? Do you have a staff of expert developers who are looking for more work? Didn’t think so. You will need to hire in those developers or outsource the effort.
If you slant toward open source ERP, carry out a thorough risk assessment exercise before proceeding. for instance Odoo as open Source ERP has more than 4million users and is used around the globe with big and small medium enterprises. As any of the top ERP systems put a lot of effort into building best practices into their systems. no need to pay for those best practices into your open source ERP.
End of life is another risk to consider - The license owner for an open source ERP is much more big that you could imagine, s it has a lot of people on community joining forces together into making Open Source ERP a great deal. Also, there are already a number of developers that have been and will continue supporting that system just as they have been, which is one of open source software’s key strengths.
Open source ERP could be exactly what your organization needs - be sure to work closely with official partners and/or consultants located near your region/country to reap all the benefit of your Open-source ERP.
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