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Open Source Revolution

February 3 2017

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Open source software has allowed businesses to manage their operations more effectively and at reduced cost. Digital ERPs, or Enterprise Resource Planners such as Odoo have the facilities to digitalise and integrate all aspects of a business, including sales and purchase orders, accounting and finance, manufacturing and customer relationships and human resources. There are modules for all of these activities, which can be integrated into your company’s website or server.

The economic benefits of this system is various. It means that you can monitor and oversee various necessary activities for your business wherever you are and whenever you like. This can save on time and effort going directly to meetings or visiting your warehouse. If you can determine how much you have of a particular stock item digitally, then transfers and organisation of stock become much easier, meaning you have more time and capital for other activities, such as customer relations.

You can also manage customer relations using ERP, by for example having a digital suggestion box which customers or fans of your company can use and which you can respond to digitally. This suggestion box wouldn’t just reinforce your company’s relationship with its customers, but would also be a source of suggestions and idea which could enrich your company. Relationships aren’t just the best kind of advertising your company can get, they’re also a fount of wealth and knowledge, directly from the experience of users.

Another benefit to open source ERP is that it can make it easier for one person to run more of your company, as the company’s processes are more centralised. This means that one person can do more, and the employees that you do have can specialise more on those aspects of business they’re assigned to. This is ideal for startup or smaller companies with online stores or websites.

How has the open source revolution affected licensed software? According to PwC, software vendors are reevaluating their software pricing in recognition of the shift of power in favour of consumers. Software companies need to be competitive with open source software, meaning that they either have to have competitive prices or provide better services which give them an edge over open source software. But a recent survey found that most companies run on open source software, so it’s very popular. This means that open source is seen by many as the smart option for companies, and that licensed software must carve out a niche in order to survive.