Announcing a completely redesigned version of its management software, OpenERP features a new user interface and an expanded library of open source business apps.
New modules in version 7, which is available either as an on-premises installation or through OpenERP’s Software-as-a-Service platform, include a touch screen Point-of-Sale, contract management, timesheet, fleet management, integration with LinkedIn and Google docs and an integrated customer portal.
There’s also built-in social collaboration between apps which the company said could rival traditional email, “kanban” or simplified workflow views for managing projects and a sales pipeline, and such productivity tools as GTD notes and an address book.
ERP and Apps
Founded in 2005, the Belgium-based OpenERP provides open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. There are more than 700 OpenERP modules, many of them open source and provided by the community of 1200 active members, for such applications as accounting, CRM, human resources, invoicing, supply chain management, marketing, project management and warehouse management.
The company said its new release is “the first integrated apps platform” that marries the best of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and standalone apps. Users can utilize the offered business apps, supplied by either OpenERP or developers in the community and then install additional ones, which will integrate automatically with the existing ones.
Version 7.0 also includes social communication with business apps, OpenERP said. For instance, users can determine which business events they want to be notified about, such as a product delivery, contract signing or availability of a position.
Additionally, discussions about a document, such as a sales order, can be obtained and viewed at the same time as the document and users can determine which groups they choose to follow.
A key aspect in the new version, the company said, is its ease-of-use. Chief Operating Officer Marc Laporte described this as “one of the achievements we are most proud of,” and added that “the idea that a user could start without prior configuration or training is simply unthinkable for our competitors.”
The release is scheduled to become available later today.