Free ERP Software Solutions in Market
Businesses nowadays cannot flourish without a proper software solution to solve the complicated problems. But it doesn’t mean that you have to roll out a million dollar for ERP (enterprise resource planning). No doubt Oracle and SAP are dominaeting dominate the field, but for the small and medium businesses there are way more free, open source ERP options that can help get your business in shape.
Before moving forward we would like to warn our readers that putting an ERP in place is a headache. It is common experience that most of implementations exceed the budget, take too long, don’t deliver as expected, and just generally make businesses miserable. So, don’t fall into those camps without proper homework and consulting with ERP Professionals. The recipe for the ERP is a clear problem, and clear goals and there is no “free ERP” because even the free ERP costs your business time and money.
iDempiere is one of the most robust open source options available. It is a full-fledged ERP, with have everything such as invoicing to Point of Sale (POS) integration, warehouse management and forecasting. As we mentioned earlier, the iDempiere is open source ERP software but its also not truly free. According to ERP specialists it requires a budget between $20 thousand and $100 thousand for businesses which range $10 million to $100 million in their earnings.
Like most open source programs, iDempiere, relies on community support for troubleshooting. But you may consult specialists with experience in iDempiere.
The open source software provides offers your almost everything an ERP could, from POS to HR managments, product planning to warehouse management, and payroll, among many others. But setting up this may require more effort than the features available on the list.
Odoo is of most popular Free ERP softwares. The code of Odoo is open source and you can install it on your own services. But if you want the Odoo hosted online, the fee jump after first two users. However, Odoo is completely free if you install and maintain the software in house. Odoo is perfect for those businesses in which their system is not getting touched by many people. The Free ERP software covers all the standard warehousing, manufacturing, and sales channels. The Odoo has a very distinct feature that the whole system revolves around a series of apps. These apps can be loaded to your Odoo platform and you can bolt them for your desired purpose. You can install different modules in the your ERP System Ecommerce , CRM, HR, and so on.
You have to pay monthy fee for using the modules of Odoo ERP. The major Odoo offer is that you don’t end up running a bloated system when you could be running a slim setup.
The downside of Odoo is obviously the limitation on users and you need an inhouse a skilled technical team for support. Luckily, it is not very expensive and the prices are affordable if you are going to add add online users beyond the first two. For its scaled approach to users and features, OxenLab highly recommends Odoo as a solution to grow with your business.
webERP is another cool Free ERP solution. It is hosted completely online and installed on a web server. You can own your own own server for webERP or you may get a third party server. The webERP requires a browser and a PDF reader and it is accessible from any device having these two.
Based on what reviewers say about webERP, the point out that simple nature leads to some drawbacks in functionality. webERP can be an acceptable ption for small businesses which don’t hold complex operations. But, in case of expanded companies with more technical opertaions this code is not a better option.
If you start with webERP maybe you can do well in the beginning, but in later phases when the business requires expansion you will have to overhaul your Enterprise Resource Management completely.
Openbravo is a web-based Free ERP software. It is based on a modular system as Odoo ERP. The software comes in three “Plans” depending on the requirments of your organization.
- Openbravo Community edition: Free is the free release, offering a stripped down version of the paid Enterprise and Professional editions.
- Enterprise Edition: Includes the modules that businesses find necessary such as like financial management and inventory management.
- Professional Edition: Iinclude some premium, commercial modules.
The professional editon of OpenBravo will cost about $4,500 per year while the Enterprise edition runs $22,000 per year.
Similar to Odoo the Openbravo open source meets commercialized product approach and its gives customers a better support besides just community forums. Of course, support is not free, which damps the lower cost option that open source often offers.
The ERPNext is made keeping the modern user in mind. ERPNext is an open source solution designed for small and medium businesses and is presented in the form of apps. The whole system is designed for the less users and has both great benifits and worst drawbacks.
The simplicity of ERPNext means that it is very easy to set up by entering information about your business through simple form. It allows to you setup your own ERP in the form simple typical setup wizard process. You can easily get familiar to this ERP solution as it is very easy, clean and user friendly.
When hosted online, ERPnext is free for use for first 5 users and going beyond these you have to pay them. It is totally free of cost ERP software if you install it on your own server.
The drawback of using ERP next is that you have to diving deep into the code for more complex items .
ERPNext is free for five users when hosted online, or free for any size business when installed on your own servers.
VIENNA Advantage is an open source ERP from Germany. It includes both ERP and CRM solution. It is a web based platform and you can access it on various devices with even worring about the nitpicky compatibility issues that plague small businesses.
The Vienna’s Community Edition is a free for developers” and technical organization and small firms looking to deploy a basic set of features. No built in support is available for this edition. So, you need to hire someone with strong technical skills on-hand to get things running smoothly.
The positive side of Vienna Community Edition is that you get access to a ton of free modules which include, inventry, POS, document management, accounting, and reporting tools.
If you feel your self comfortable with this free ERP software you can move forward to paid versions. Vienna ERP offers two a cloud-based, hosted solutions for small-medium businesses and enterprise clients respectively.
MixERP is open source and totally Free ERP software. It is built on the ASP.net framework. For using it free of cost you have to manage hosting and upgrading, but you can get support for $49 per issue. It’s a nice combination of”do-it-yourself” and “complete outsourcing.”
The free version includes the inventory management, sales management, accounting, and HR tools for running your business operations smoothly. Its drawbacks include lack of manufacturing and payroll management options. So, it is not a good option for the companies which want to include the better management options and they have to look forcloud or on-premises, paid versions.
There is a wide range of Free ERP Software options that offer ERP solutions for almost any business. The most awry part is the implementation and customization as per business needs
We have ERP specialists at OxenLab which can help you to implement and customize the ERP and CRM for your organization. We have already been maintaining the ERP for many firms. You can contact us for free quote and consultation.