Choosing the right ERP system for your needs is often comes accompanied by fears or uncertainties. However solving problem needs experts. For many years of developing and implementing ERPs and Business solutions. I thought I must share the list of free and open-source ERPs to help the developers quickly adopt/implement the business solutions for their organizations.
Top 12 Open Source Business Applications / Suite / ERP
The list of open-source ERPs will be more, but I have chosen the top 12 from my personal experience. Depending upon the organization type, your requirements, platform, and IT resource availability, you can choose the one that fits your business requirements.
Let us go through the list below;
OFBiz is a comprehensive suite of business applications to help manage everything from accounting and CRM through warehousing and inventory control. OFBiz is a complete enterprise-grade ERP solution. OFBiz is an open-source product for the automation of enterprise processes that includes framework components and business applications for ERP, CRM, E-Commerce, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management.
iDempiere Business Suite, also known as OSGi + ADempiere, is an open-source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. It has also customer relationship management (CRM) and supplies chain management (SCM) functions. It is in contrast to proprietary or most other open source ERP solutions-driven only by a community of supporters.
Dolibarr ERP CRM is a modern software package to manage your company or foundation’s activity (contacts, suppliers, invoices, orders, stocks, agenda, accounting, and more. It is open-source software (written in PHP) and designed for small and medium businesses, foundations, and freelancers.
ERPNext comes with 1000+ objects to help you run your business. It has various modules including Financial Accounting, Order Management, HR & Payroll, Manufacturing, CRM, Projects, Helpdesk, Asset Management, Website, and so on. It is used by more than 6000 companies worldwide.
Apteam Compierre ERP
Aptean Compiere ERP is an integrated, open-source enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for discrete manufacturers that help streamline your operations and gives you the flexibility to run your business your way.
Odoo is an all-time favorite, but it has many bugs, the interface is not user-friendly and Cathy. Odoo is a suite of business management software tools including, for example, CRM, e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, warehouse, project management, and inventory management.
ERP5 is adopted worldwide by banks, governments, and corporations for scalable mission-critical applications. Its innovative Unified Business Model reduces the complexity of configuration and increases flexibility.
VIENNA Advantage is a German business software provider of modern, intuitive, flexible, scalable, and well-supported solutions for small, mid-to-large-sized organizations, in both the private and public sectors.
xTuple Post Books
xTyple Another EPR for Manufacturers. This is in fact process management solution for manufacturing & distribution. xTuple modern ERP delivers the flexibility to scale quickly, the adaptability to integrate with QuickBooks & E-Commerce, and comprehensive visibility into all of your business processes.
OpenEducat is a copy of Odoo ERP. It is an Education ERP Software for every type of organization to manage operations easily and efficiently. OpenEduCat became an efficient and reliable source of data for our organization. We now have a system that is flexible, cost-effective, and most importantly lightning fast
metafresh is Customizable enterprise software that flexibly adapts to your requirements — in many cases even without code adjustments. Install metasfresh and use it wherever and as often as you like. Feel free to change metasfresh or have it changed if it doesn’t suit you. That’s true freedom.
Flectra is the next-generation business information system that helps you grow your business, with a powerful modular design covering all essential aspects of a business.
I will ignore odoo here because of various reasons and one of the reasons is that odoo doesn’t have open source accounting. The accounting and Financial Module is commercial, so we can’t say that odoo is an open-source ERP.
Therefore, my selection is purely based on my experience. My top 5 choice is the following;
- ERP Next – Because it is trending since 2019 (covid19) and is fully supported till today.
- Vienna Advantage – Good community support and updates are regularly available in 2022.
- Dolibarr – Good ERP and reviews are good, not being updated regularly.
- ofBiz – Powerful but old, not been updated for the last 4 years.
- iDempiere – Interface is not catchy, the product is also not being updated regularly.