An open source ERP providing multi-user business admin and accounting tools.
webERP aims to provide a company with all the tools it needs to manage multi-currency debtors, multi-location stocks, multi-currency creditors as well as it’s bank accounts and general accounting needs. webERP can also provide the infrastructure to record sales orders with flexible pricing options, kit-sets and assemblies.
web ERP maintains and prints purchase orders from a supplier purchasing prices database and record goods received, tracking and tracing amounts charged in multi-currency and the final variances from standard cost. All functions are integrated to ensure that only the minimum of input is required.
What is perhaps different to many systems is that it makes use entirely of internet technologies to allow for massive scalability. It requires only a minimal bandwidth network connection to the hosting server, a web browser and Acrobat reader. The system has been designed to be run only as a web application using the open source PHP scripting language.
Any machine that can run a web browser can act as a client to this system since there is no reliance on java or other proprietary scripting languages. The system produces plain and simple HTML, which can be readily interpreted by any browser.
Since PHP has native interfaces to many relational database servers and can be used as a module in line with apache, its performance is exceptional. Used on a LAN even with large databases response times should be dramatically better than traditional ODBC based, client server systems.
webERP forte is in distribution and wholesaling.
Don’t choose webERP because it is open-source. Choose open-source for:
I came across it four years ago and found it to be a really good product. It handles all the tax obligation like GST and company tax, but does not do payroll. You can do HR and payroll through OrangeHRM which is full HR application that does leave. And by using webERP APIs you can integrate the two packages fairly cost effectively.
It’s main strengths are in inventory and manufacturing processes, And since it’s Web-based it doesn’t use a lot of resources and agents can be anywhere so lends itself to a distributed company.
It also has a large amount of scripts for external applications (like a Web site) it can easily call. For example, an order can go from a Web site into inventory management.
You can solve this with a open source reporting product. Also, skills may be hard to come by from an operational perspective. But anyone that comes from an ERP background would probably find it is an improvement over traditional products.
I’ve come across a company that sells products through eBay and does other online sales so they use it for stock tracking and short selling.
People who are educated enough to know there is an alternative out there are coming to open source. WebERP can compete with any commercial ERP product. The customisation required of webERP is still a lot less cost than that for a proprietary system. I moved away from proprietary software because if the cost it was imposing on small businesses.