Article about free software ERPs

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I found the way in which free and proprietary ERPs are compared in this article by barra punto impressively convincing:

http://eventos.barrapunto.com/comments.pl?sid=80436&op=&threshold=1&commentsort=0&mode=thread&cid=1134535

I’ll reply here in case you want to comment. To the author, I invite him to make himself known because I think he has a lot to contribute to our community and a vision that many of the collaborators of this website share. I recommend you read the full dialogue, it’s worth it :) . I extract here 2 of the comments of the entire dialogue.

Here it goes:

Re:[No more off-topic]

(Points: 1, Interesting)

by poor talkative on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 6:42 p.m.
It is true that this is running a little empty. I will try to fill it in a bit by talking about what I can talk about and in reference to whether free ERPs are up to the standards of the owners.
Unfortunately, I am already a certain age, and until about four years ago I worked in private ERP partner companies; CSS, SAP and briefly (one year) Navision. Now we have our own company and we work mainly with AbanQ, which as you know is a free ERP, I also know OpenERP (former TinyErp) and OpenXpertya, although we have not been able to deploy them as satisfactorily in the Spanish market as AbanQ.
I think I am speaking with knowledge of the facts and I can say that free ERPs are not only up to the standards of the owners, but that they far exceed them.
Technically they beat them to the punch, not only because they use more modern technologies but because they are designed in a modern way and evolve more easily, you just have to see in the last five years the amazing progress of free & cloud ERPs and the stagnation of the owners;
SAP is a lot of layers that make up what is really underneath, an ERP from the 90s (R3) that is very good but falls short in these times, those layers only introduce complexity, costs and malfunctions.
Those of Microsoft, are a lot of ERP, bought by force of wallet based on a very typical Microsoft strategy that began back in the year 2000 to unite them and create ** the MegaERP ** that would have to be ready in the 2004, breaking into the SME market, destroying and dominating the world, Project Green, which they said was called . Today they have Great Plains, Solomon, Axapta, Navision, etc… and the most they have achieved is to put the Dynamics tagline in their names, and they dare to call that integration. In the end, a potpourri of technologies each of his father and his mother, which make it the most deficient section of Microsoft, billionaires (with b) expenses and a few million dollars of income,Proprietary ERPs have not been able to, nor can they, nor do they know how to compete in the SME market, just where free ERPs move like a fish in water and win the game over and over again. It must be very hard for the arrogant and self-satisfied ERP multinationals, to see how companies with a few workers with a free ERP are giving them over and over again even on their identity card. These arrogant people are also ignorant, since they think that if they manage large accounts, an SME is sucked, when it is quite the opposite, an SME today requires as much complexity and needs as a large company, but with much less budget, much less time and far fewer resources overall.

SAP conclusions in plans to lay off 3000 workers, rumors that MS dismisses workers and above all a brain drain that goes from proprietary to free software. Those of us who have been in this for a while know that the future is there.

Today, whoever decides on a proprietary ERP has to take a very serious look at it. You have to be very clueless for them to score a goal with a proprietary ERP or never have had contact with any of them, or with a company that uses them or simply be disconnected from reality. Here we can say with a 99% accuracy that those who try a proprietary ERP DO NOT repeat.

And here the second:

by poor talkative on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 2:56 p.m. ( #1134748 )

Indeed, SAP is overrated, it is the Carmen Sevilla of the ERP, in its day it was very good and made movies even in “jolivú” but today it lives on the rents and in its neighborhood cinema it is dedicated to remembering old glories (just like than other older proprietary ERPs Navision, Axapta, etc.), with which they can still shock some clueless viewer. But we all know that if you want to make a blockbuster movie you should look for Penelope who not too many years ago was “ham, ham” (and still is, even better, she has matured very well in the cellar) in four low-budget movies and now It’s Oscar’s.

Regarding the support, I have always said that the statistical variable to be evaluated must be governed by qualitative and not quantitative reasoning. Or what is the same, quality prevails over quantity. It is a gross error to try to measure the guarantee of success that software support can have, even more so in ERP where very high knowledge is required, simply by measuring how many say they provide support. It is much more important to know how many give high-level support. In this sense, the level of support of free ERPs is unbeatable, especially due to the brain drain that I referred to in the previous comment, in general, they are very technically prepared teams with extensive business knowledge, in contrast to the support of multinationals that in recent years has mutated from what free ERPs now offer, to teams of interns, with all due respect to interns, with a textbook under their arm, a reflection of strategies where priority marketing and “selling as it is”. Making it work as God intended is already secondary and we will see how we get out of the drink, if we can, which indeed most of the time they cannot, leaving the client without a penny and without an ERP.

If to the good support that exists in free ERPs, we add that we are in the digital age and communications, and that free ERPs are all prepared to be managed and implemented remotely without much problem, the current panorama tells us that a few very prepared in free ERP can attend to developments in any geography with the minimum local support in those specific geographical points, to the detriment of the already archaic support model “of a partner in each town”, who knows which is worse and which in most cases they are no more than mere commercials, repeating like parrots the marketing slogans dictated by the multinational.

And you’re welcome, it’s a pleasure.

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