opentaps 1.5: Open Source ERP + CRM in the cloud
opentaps has released version 1.5 of its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) / Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system based on Apache OFBiz 10.04 and Tomcat 6.0.26 and designed to run in the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2).
New features in 1.5 include: configuration parameters in database entities that allow system administrators to easily change store configuration; the web user interface is now stored in the database, allowing customization of the opentaps user interface or new modules to be loaded without code changes; and, controller injection that allows the addition of features to core opentaps applications through independent modules.
opentaps claims that the supplied default templates could allow a company to set up an ERP and CRM system in as little as 15 minutes. Choosing the 'by the hour' rate for use of the Amazon EC2 would allow a company to get started using the system with very little initial investment. Case studies are available from the opentaps web site and a demonstration YouTube video “ERP + CRM in 15 Minutes” illustrates the simplicity of set-up. Support and training services are available from opentaps and its partners.
Additional tools are available for customers that want to extend or customise opentaps.
Si Chen, Project Manager of opentaps says, “We want to create software that is not just low cost, but easy to deploy and flexible enough to support the needs of many businesses. opentaps 1.5 represents another major step in that direction”.
Founded in 2005, opentaps claims its software is used by companies such as Honeywell and Toyota. More information on running ERP and CRM in the cloud with opentaps is available from www.opentaps.org/cloud.
The community version of opentaps 1.5 is available to download from SourceForge(direct download link) under the GNU Affero GPLv3 licence. The opentaps 1.5 Professional Edition includes commercial licences and support at $600 per user per year (approx. £370).