Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is an area of business critical to effective management, efficient planning, and growth. Without a sound ERP solution, larger businesses can fall under the pressure of constant movement, growth, and an overwhelming amount of information. Instead of allowing your enterprise to suffer, you could deploy a solid ERP solution, of which there are many.
One great solution for ERP is Compiere. Not only does Compiere offer an open source solution for smaller, more budget-strapped businesses, they also offer scalable, enterprise-ready editions of their tools. Compiere Enterprise is a full-featured, reliable, highly adaptable solution that can be hosted on site or served up from the cloud. Either way, you can rest assured your ERP needs will be met with the help of Compiere Enterprise.
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- Operating systems: Windows or Linux
- Database: Oracle or EnterpriseDB
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Who's it for?
Compiere Enterprise is for any business that needs to manage resources (be it employees, clients, data, meeting rooms, hardware, etc) in such a way as to ensure the data flow around the company is seamless, secure, and uninterrupted. Compiere Enterprise can handle the managing of warehouses/locations, materials, purchasing, global financials, and more.
What problem does it solve?
Compiere Enterprise solves the very complex task of managing the totality of your businesses resources while keeping the creation of the various resources user-friendly. But don't think, for a second, that a user-friendly ERP solution will lack features; Compiere can handle any ERP task you need.
- Either hosted or on-site installations
- Simple Web-based UI
- Management dashboard
- Extensive reports
- Cost savings are nearly 80 percent of traditional ERP solutions
- Create/customize your own applications for easy integration
The biggest problem with Compiere is not in the system so much as it is with the complex nature of ERP. When you first get Compiere up and running, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the vast amount of tools and tasks you can handle within the system. Another issue is the installation (at least on the Linux platform) doesn't support one of the most widely used open source databases (MySQL). Add to that the Java requirement and you can quickly see that the Linux installation isn't going to be as simple as cranking out a LAMP server and installing Compiere on top of that.
Bottom line for business
If you are looking for a highly customizable, enterprise-ready, cost-effective ERP solution Compiere might be just what you are looking for. The biggest choice here is whether to go with a hosted, cloud-based solution, or to have your Compiere ERP solution on site. Either way your resource planning will become much smoother, which will enable your business to work like a well-oiled machine.
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