Business Software/Open source ERPs

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I am looking for an open source ERP for my small business which is basically a trading business based in South Asia so need a global compatible solution. Need an economical solution that caters to most basic needs. Not looking for something very advance or complex to use or implement. I heard about WebErp which is cheap and others like Compiere and OpenBravo which are a bit expensive. The most immediate need is for good accounting and inventory control so limited accounting solution might also work.

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Hi Umair,

WebERP is billed as an easy to use/understand system, which means you can get started quickly, but if you want added advanced capabilities, you will have to develop them yourself.  The upside with this system is that you can do the development in PHP and I believe it also uses MySQL controls.

Another option that you may want to investigate is http://www.dolibarr.org - this product has a slightly better user interface and is still easy to learn.

There are quite a few systems out there, and ultimately you need to be comfortable with your choice.  Keep in mind that you will be making a considerable time investment in any system, and you want one that closely matches your goals before you start.

Please note that both of the systems above run like a database, not an application.  If you are familiar with database systems, then this will not be a big concern.  If you are not experienced with database systems, you may want to pay a little more up front to get long term benefits.

If you are concerned about hosting costs, check out http://www.godaddy.com.  They have cloud and dedicated server services for ridiculously low prices.

John.

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Accounting Software, CMMS Software, CRM Software, EAM Software, ERP Software, Inventory Management Software, Janitorial Software, Manufacturing Software, Software Administration, Software Implementation, Software Integration, and Web Based Software.

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25+ Years designing, developing, and integrating Business Software solutions for the largest to the smallest manufacturing and service companies in the USA. Software experience includes all aspects of Design, Development, Implementation, Integration, Training, and Support. Formally trained in Process Optimization and Quality Systems for both Manufacturing and Service Industries. Mr. Harris is the Chief Technology Officer at ProFix Services, offering Dedicated IT Support for CMMS Software, CRM Software, EAM Software, and ERP Software.

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BS Degree in Chemistry/Computer Science (Dual Major). Former Treasurer for the Society of Plastics Engineers (6 years). Former Business Assessor for the ISSA CIMS program (3 years).

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