Open Source ERP Comes of Age


Earlier this year, I called open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) the “Cinderella of the business free software world”. But even then, I was aware of considerable activity in this sector, and that it was a matter of “when” rather than “if” ERP made its big breakthrough into the mainstream.

Well, on the basis of the following, I think we can now declare ERP a fully paid-up member of the open source enterprise stack:

What a journey we have undergone since Openbravo opened to the world in April 2006 with its code publication on SourceForge. 2 ½ years later, we are proud to say that thanks to the support of our incredible community of developers, partners, and customers, we've already reached the millionth project download.

Building on that success, Openbravo is making some important moves:

The 1,000,000th download also marks the beginning of a new era with several exciting initiatives that further support and enhance the Openbravo ecosystem:

• Modularity to encourage individual contributions part of Openbravo 2.50

• A new development Forge for Openbravo projects and downloads (to be released soon)

• A range of knowledge-sharing opportunities, and the launch of our global community event, the Openbravo World Conference

Taken together, these are further signs of the growing maturity of both the Openbravo product, and of open source ERP generally. Given the central importance of ERP to the smooth running of a company, I think we can expect many more such developments in the future, with open source ERP becoming ever-more widely recognised as one of the great success stories of free software for enterprises.

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