I have a lot of experience with Adempiere and some with Apache OfBiz.
In the name of community building I would be happy to lend a helping
hand to anybody considering either of them. I did a small
presentation on Adempiere aimed at developers in the 2008's IOTC - but
I think it was too much info for a single 40 min slot.
The accounts of OfBiz are probably it's weakest module, but those of
Adempiere are the opposite supporting multiple accounting schemas,
currencies & calendars. These are the kind of things a multinational
would look for but not of great use to your typical small business.
Still once you get your head around it, it can work for a small
company just as easily as a big one.
I am not aware of any implementations of Adempiere in Ireland as yet,
with most of my work coming from abroad (it seems to be very popular
in Germany). There are a couple of companies listed for Ireland in
the projects business directory but none really support it, I don't
list myself there but I am well known in the project.
I use it myself of course but, in truth, I would think twice about
using it as a very small outfit if I did not know so much. I really
depends on what you want to achieve; something like vTigerCRM, for
example, might be more appropriate if simple sales & invoicing was
required. That is, if you then simply handed these to your accountant
because there is no accounting behind the scenes with it, so if
"accounts" is a key requirement then I think you'd have to look closer
at something else. Ideally, you need to know something about accounts
to configure that aspect of adempiere but once configured you just
create "documents" like sales & purchase orders, deliver notes &
invoices .. and the application then takes care of all the accounting
behind the scenes.
I think the great potential of adempiere is that, no matter how big
you grow it can grow with you. It can support quite complex scenarios
if need be.
2009/12/8 Patrick O'Connor <patrick.oconnor at sysadmin.ie>:
> 2009/12/8 Thomas Pedoussaut <thomas at pedoussaut.com>
>>>> Just a peep at any self employed/ SME people here. What software are you
>> using for invoicing / payroll.
>>>> Being self-employed and not wanting to drink the proprietary accounts
> software kool-aid I use a combination of open office spreadsheets with
> freshbooks (web app, not free/libre but best compromise) for the invoicing /
> expenses side of things.
> I would love to switch to something like ERP5 / Adempiere / Apache Ofbiz /
> SQL Ledger or the ilk but its way too big a jump for the time being.
> Unfortunately Small Business accounting is well in the hands of the
> proprietary software companies (Sage especially) but I would love to be part
> of a working group to create a free/libre solution for Irish businesses.
>>>> Ideally running on Linux or a samba share (to stay on topic).
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