Open Source ERP

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What is Open Source actually?

"Open Source" or Free Software, means that the source code of a software is open and freely available and that permission to use it is granted. So you can edit open source programs yourself, adapt them to your own needs and then distribute them further. 

Open Source is not necessarily free, but many open source programs are provided free of charge. Enterprise functions can be offered with the extensions and support for a fee. Free, in this context "Free Software", refers more to the freedom of use.

One has no exclusive rights to the software and is subject to constant control and improvement.

"Giving is more blessed than receiving!"

As already written in Acts 15, open source works on this principle. Those who use Open Source should not only take, but also give their knowledge back to the Open Source community! 

"Commercial or Open Source?"

Whoever wants to introduce a software is faced with an important question: Open Source or commercial software?  

Basically, you should think carefully about the purposes for which the software is to be used, because the decision as to which software is the right one for your company is made for a long period of time. If a company bets on the wrong horse, this often results in significantly higher development costs and less flexibility, both of which can last in the long term.

We would like to show you why the decision for open source software is a good one.

Benefit of the Open Source solution

Over the past decade, the introduction of open source software at the enterprise level has developed successfully as more and more companies have discovered the significant advantages of the open source ERP solution over their proprietary solution approaches.

Companies that strive for the intelligent use of open source software will find many good reasons to do so. Here are just a few of them.

Open Source is SECURE

High security standards, security gaps are closed faster.

Open Source is SCALABLE

Scalability, from single-user versions to enterprise networks.

Open Source is HIGH VALUE

Open Source stands for proven, reliable software with high software quality

Open Source is INNOVATIVE

Fast and continuous development of the software by the community.

Open Source creates TRANSPARENCY

Open source code guarantees a maximum of transparency and trust in the software.

Open Source is SAFE FOR THE FUTURE

Fast and continuous development of the software by the community.

The myths about Open Source 

The use of open source ERP software is not yet as widely accepted in Germany as perhaps in other countries. Although this has already improved significantly in recent years and the acceptance of users and decision makers is increasing, prejudices are often held. 

When it comes to Open Source Software (OSS), there are many different sources of information. Some of this information is reliable and trustworthy, while others can be somewhat misleading. Far too often, one hears that Open Source Software is only created by hobby programmers in dark basements as a recreational project or is insecure because the source code of Open Source Software is freely available. This also increases the fear of hackers.

As Open Source ERP is still critically approached, it is easy to understand that the topic of OSS can be a bit confusing and you can't be sure that Open Source is the right thing for your company. Now let's shed some light on the subject and uncover some of these myths...

Myth #1 - Open Source is not secure

The truth about security in any kind of software, open source or not, is that security can be either good or bad, depending on the development. Open source can be more secure than proprietary software. Open source benefits from a community that is interested in its development. The project sponsors draw on a broader knowledge base, all of which are invested in the quality and overall security of the project. When it comes to security, having data always protected is a priority, and since the source code is freely distributed, anyone can work to protect it.

Myth #2 - Open Source is free

It is a misconception that open source is free in any case. Open Source is first of all free, because the source code can be copied, viewed and changed. It is usually the case that basic applications are free for users. However, special changes outside of these basic functions are sold as paid licenses.
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Myth #3 - Open Source violates law, license and copyright

How can something be open and yet protected? A bit of a mystery, isn't it? Open Source uses a variety of licenses that make the project available to the public while at the same time using the legal protection of copyrights and patents.

The concept of open source protection is that although the code behind a particular program is made available to the public, the program itself is given certain licenses to ensure that the program itself is protected against theft. Certain licenses give you a lot of creative freedom with the code, but in the end it's your responsibility to understand what you can and cannot do, what you should do, and what you shouldn't do.

Myth #4 - Open Source is without support

When you think about this misunderstanding in connection with the size of the open source community (spoiler alert: it's a global movement), it's hard to find out where it comes from. Support for open source software works differently than what we expect from other types of technical support for commercial software.

In fact, open source programs offer you more opportunities for support because help can come from anywhere in the world. The best way to describe open source technical support would be "The world is a village..." because developers provide help to each other.  

Myth #5 - Open Source is not business software

What exactly is an enterprise software? A simple definition of an enterprise software is a stable product that meets the needs and requirements of a large company.

The license of Open Source ERP determines how your company uses the software, and business-friendly toolsets such as Javascript, SQL and so on are common in open source projects. Scalability is also easy to achieve in open source projects.

Do you have further questions about Open Source?

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