SOURCE: OpenERP

OpenERP

October 18, 2010 06:00 ET

Global Open Source Business Applications Leader, OpenERP, Readies Major Product Line Upgrade; Announces the Release Candidate of OpenERP v6

OpenERP v6 Reaches New Milestone in Making ERP Accessible to Every Company

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 18, 2010) -  OpenERP, the leader in open source ERP and business applications, has announced today the availability of the Release Candidate of OpenERP v6, a major software line upgrade that makes implementation and use of a comprehensive set of business applications -- CRM, Purchase Management, Manufacturing, Warehouse Management, Project Management, Accounting, and Human Resources -- far easier, more affordable and accessible for companies of all sizes. The Release Candidate is a finalized version of OpenERP v6, which is available to the OpenERP community and customers so they can evaluate and provide feedback for a final version release in December 2010.

OpenERP was designed to overcome traditional barriers that prevent many companies from acquiring the ERP and business applications they need to run and support their businesses. The current success of OpenERP's software -- with 1,000 downloads daily -- is based on the absence of any licensing fees, the flexibility to customize the application without costly and time-consuming development requirements, the availability of over 500 software modules developed by the OpenERP community, and the flexibility to deploy applications either on-site or online. 

With v6, OpenERP brings this vision one step further:

  • Customers can start an ERP project and see the benefits in only a few months.
  • Users find needed information in just a few clicks, improving software acceptance.
  • More than 100 features have been added, making v6 very comprehensive and yet so simple.

Bringing Together the Best of Salesforce.com and SAP

Most companies face urgent, short-term business challenges, such as improving their sales process, managing incoming recruiting applications, or monitoring after-sales service. They cannot afford multi-year projects and need business applications they can deploy quickly. Yet, they also want to avoid building silos with applications that are difficult and expensive to integrate with the rest of their information system.

OpenERP v6 provides the best of both worlds. Customers can start with one application and in just a few minutes add new applications when they feel it's right for them. "OpenERP v6 represents a major breakthrough. For the first time, companies can build an ERP system at their own pace, enjoy the short-term benefits of starting with a single application and then build end-to-end integration as they deploy additional applications over time," said Marc Laporte, Chief Operating Officer of OpenERP. "No other vendor can provide this in just a few clicks."

User-Friendly ERP Is No Longer an Oxymoron

The second barrier to the deployment of ERP systems that companies typically face is the fact that they are often too complicated and certainly not intuitive for the user. OpenERP has put a strong emphasis on its User Interface in OpenERP v6, resulting in three major innovations:

  • OpenERP v6 integrates a simplified and extended menu. Users, according to their level of expertise and the extent of their requirements, can access either a simplified version of OpenERP or an extended version. This makes OpenERP highly accessible to even small companies or to users with simple needs without compromising the richness of functionality included in OpenERP.
  • Each OpenERP application has been designed to allow a user to perform a complete process while remaining in a single application. For instance, a purchasing manager can create a new supplier, send an order form, check the reception of the materials and validate the supplier's bill in one application. In most cases, this would require the user to open four applications: one for creating the supplier, one for placing the purchase order, one in logistics for checking the reception of the goods, and one in accounting for validating the supplier's invoice.
  • Finally, the number of menus has been reduced and search functionality extended. Users, for example HR personnel managing leaves of absence, will have access to all the information they need (e.g., leaves requests for approval) without navigating through various menus. The ability to access information in the same screen makes the application very simple to use.

Leveraging the Power of the Community

The newest version of the OpenERP suite, which is written in Python, is the result of literally thousands of suggestions and improvements that OpenERP has received from its customers and developer community over the past 18 months. Every single application has been improved as a result of this continuous collaborative process. More than a hundred features have been added. Here are just a few examples:

  • Extended multi-company functionality
  • Marketing campaign management
  • Simplified accounting interface
  • Tracking of tickets for support and after-sales services
  • Push and pulled logistics flows
  • Talent acquisition
  • Manufacturing scrap management

OpenERP v6 brings a fundamentally different approach to the ERP market. The absence of license fees and vendor lock-in, the flexibility to deploy onsite and online, the capacity to first implement a single application and then extend to others later, and its exceptional ease of use, all make OpenERP v6 unique in the market.

About OpenERP
OpenERP S.A. is a leading Open Source Business Application Suite vendor. The OpenERP strategy is based on a unique ecosystem which combines the resources of the community, its partner's network and editors. The community, comprised of more than 900 active members, has contributed more than 500 modules to the ongoing enrichment of OpenERP. The network of certified partners, established in 40 countries, deploys the solution locally. The software, with more than 1,000 downloads a day, is one of the most frequently installed business suites worldwide. Venture-funded, OpenERP raised $4 million in February 2010. For more information, see http://www.openerp.com

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