OpenERP 6.1 adds new web client
After more than a year of development, OpenERP has announced the release of version 6.1 of its open source ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) business application suite. The update includes an "entirely redeveloped" web client that takes advantage of current web technologies. According to the company, the new web interface is "more intuitive" to use and performs much better than previous versions.
The software is provided as separate client and server components and includes applications for sales, CRM, project management, warehouse management, manufacturing, accounting and human resources. For outlets, a touchscreen point of sale (POS) module that works through a standard web browser – including those found on tablets like Apple's iPad – has been added; it can work offline and, when the connection is restored, will automatically synchronise with the server. Additional modules include a new payroll engine and asset management module.
A number of enterprise social features aimed at allowing companies to better work together have also been added. These include a "smart system" for sharing documents with customers or suppliers, and a synchronisation mechanism that can be used to integrate business workflows between companies.
More details about the new version can be found in the official release announcement and in the release notes. OpenERP 6.1 is available to download as source, as a package for Debian/Ubuntu or as a Windows auto-installer; documentation is provided, as is an online demo. Source code for OpenERP is licensed under version 3.0 of the AGPL.
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