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i.ES ERP Openbravo

What is an ERP?

“Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)" is an integrated computer-based system used to manage internal and external resources, including tangible assets, financial resources, materials, and human resources. Its purpose is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organization and manage the connections to outside stakeholders. Built on a centralized database and normally utilizing a common computing platform, ERP systems consolidate all business operations into a uniform and enterprise-wide system environment." Bidgoli, Hossein, (2004).

In simpler words, an ERP is a massive software architecture that supports the streaming and distribution of geographically scattered enterprise wide information across all the functional units of a business house. It provides the business management executives with a comprehensive overview of the complete business execution which in turn influences their decisions in a productive way.

What is Openbravo ERP?

Openbravo ERP is a web-based ERP business solution for small and medium sized companies that is released under the Openbravo Public License, based on the Mozilla Public License.[1] The model for the program was originally based on the Compiere ERP program that is also open source, released under the GNU General Public License version 2. The program is among the top ten most active projects ofSourceforge as of January 2008.

Using Openbravo, ERP organizations can automate and register most common business processes. The following processes are supported: Sales, Procurement, Manufacturing, Projects, Finance, MRP and more.[7] Numerous commercial functional extensions are available on the Openbravo Exchange which can be procured by users of the Professional Subscription version of Openbravo ERP.[8] This paid-for version offers additional functionality compared to the free Community Edition (such as: integrated administration tools, non-technical tool for updates and upgrades, access to Openbravo Exchange and a Service Level Agreement). Characteristic of the Openbravo ERP application is the green web interface through which users maintain company data in a web-browser on their PC or PDA.[9] Openbravo can also create and export reports and data to several formats, such as PDF and Microsoft Excel.

Openbravo's Java-based architecture focuses on two development frameworks:

  • model-driven development, in which developers describe the application in terms of models rather than code
  • model-view-controller, a well established design pattern in which the presentation logic and the business logic are kept isolated

These two models allow for integration with other programs and for a simple interface.[10]Because of the application of open standards Openbravo ERP can be integrated with other open source applications like Magento webshop, Pentaho Business Intelligence, ProcessMaker BPM, Liferay Portal and SugarCRM.

Openbravo ERP Functionality

Openbravo ERP has been designed with broad business functionality to help businesses improve overall performance. It is based on a single, integrated database model covering all key application areas of a complete business management system, including seamless integration to Point of Sale (POS).

Cross-application Functionality

Openbravo ERP's comprehensive business functionality is implemented on top of the robust Openbravo ERP Platform, which provides an equally strong set of cross-application functionality. The core functionality provided by the platform ensures a consistent and productive end user experience, whilealso meeting key IT needs in the areas of security and integration:

  • Configurable main menu
  • Configurable language for each user
  • Programmable alarms by specific user role or user
  • Keyboard navigation for faster operation
  • Skinable user interface
  • Integrated on line help
  • Possibility to attach documents, images or files to any register in the application
  • Navigable network of information (history, related documents, etc.)
  • Output of reports in multiple formats: .html, .pdf, and .xls
  • Configurable filters and flexible record sorting
  • Embedded selectors in the forms for the most used entities (products, business partners, accounts, projects, orders, invoices...)
  • Configurable batch processes of tasks that can be scheduled on specific times
  • Access levels defined per user based on roles.
  • Auditing for each transaction.
  • Support for secure connection over https.
  • Support for CAS based single sign on.
  • Simple integration with other applications through REST web services, easily supporting SOA strategies
  • Pre-integrated with Openbravo POS

Modules Offered

  • Master Data Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Warehouse Management
  • Production Management
  • Sales and CRM
  • Financial and Accounting
  • Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Point of Sale