(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – OpenERP, the leader in open source ERP and business applications, today announced the launch and availability 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, Human Resources…) far easier, more affordable and accessible for companies of all sizes. OpenERP also announced availability of v6 as an on-demand offering that radically reduces the cost and complexity of an ERP deployment.
OpenERP’s major upgrade has been tested and improved by its global community of open source developers who contributed more than 800 suggestions, enhancements and fixes to the software after it was made available as a Release Candidate. Innovations from the OpenERP community played a key role in v6 throughout its development.
Here is how the 6.0 version can be reviewed:
• Demo servers: http://demo.openerp.com
• Free SaaS trial to OpenERP online: http://www.openerp.com/online
• Downloads: http://www.openerp.com/downloads
OpenERP now averages some 1,000 downloads daily from over 50 countries around the world because it removes the major barriers and limitations that prevent most companies from adopting the ERP and business applications they need to automate their businesses. 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.
Deploying an ERP System at Your Own Pace
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 is a major breakthrough in ERP simplicity and ease of deployment. 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 kind of integration in just a few clicks.”
Making ERP Easy for the User
OpenERP v6 overcomes a major barrier to ERP deployment and use by dramatically reducing user complexity. Additionally, a new User Interface makes using OpenERP more intuitive than ever.
In addition, the navigation has been simplified for the user. 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. With other solutions, 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. In OpenERP V6 all of those can be performed while remaining in the purchasing application.
On-Site or On-Demand: The Customer Chooses
Customers have the freedom to use OpenERP through the on-site version or through the SaaS platform. The new Saas Platform make SaaS much more affordable since customers can use OpenERP v6 for only 39$ per user per month. In addition, unlike many other SaaS vendors who only offer an online version of their software, OpenERP provides its SaaS customers the freedom to switch at anytime from SaaS to an onsite version of the software.
“We believe that SaaS and Open Source are an interesting combination. The customers always have an option if for any reason the SaaS platform no longer meets their needs. It is their insurance policy, and it is in line with our no lock-in policy,” says Laporte. ”Our competitors will never offer such flexibility”.
V6 Is a Global Community Effort
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.
For more information, see http://www.openerp.com