A startup company called OpenMFG recently began delivering an enterprise resource planning system for small and medium businesses based on open-source components and an open-source mindset: Customers and integrators are free to alter the source code as their needs dictate.
OpenMFG’s software includes virtually all the standard features you’d expect in a high-end ERP system: definition and planning applications, execution, supply-chain management, and reporting.
“They’re bringing Tier 1/Tier 2 functionality down to the Tier 3 marketplace,” said Phil Perkins, president and CEO of Richmond, Va.-based Acumen Corp., a consulting firm that has struck a partnership with OpenMFG that will include recommending its products. “They really studied the big boys and are including functionality that has heretofore been pretty expensive in a much more meaningful value proposition for low-end manufacturers.”
This is exactly what our Emergic Enterprise software product is planned to be. We should look at OpenMFG.