ERP, the Open Way

There was a time when installing an ERP application, even for evaluation only, meant having an army of consultants, a lot of money, and a lot of time. So when I heard that Openbravo ERP is now available on Solaris (Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris), I had to try it out.

Openbravo ERP is a Java-based open source product. It's among the most active projects on sourceforge, and has received accolades from the likes of Infoworld and LinuxWorld.

I deployed this on OpenSolaris, following Jignesh's instructions. The process was pretty simple, as all the dependencies (Java, Tomcat, PostgreSQL) are in the software repository and can be installed with pkg. I had this up and running in less than an hour:

Openbravo Browser Screen Shot

The total software acquisition cost, including OS, database, middleware and application? Zero. Of course, support contracts would be needed to run this in production, but zero is a pretty low barrier for people willing to evaluate ERP the open way.

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