The Features and Benefits of an Open Source ERP

For several years, Open Source software has been increasingly popular in companies and the public sector. ERP is no exception to the rule, the product is now more advanced and is able to meet complex business needs by offering advanced functionalities in the same way as other solutions on the market. Discover the specificities of Open Source ERP and the best reasons to choose a free and open management solution.

The Definition of an Open Source Software

Software is designated as Open Source when its source code is freely accessible, modifiable, learnable, and transferable.
Open Source software
The Open Source Initiative

The designation was created by the Open Source Initiative, which defines the conditions that an Open Source license must meet.

Axelor management software is licensed under the GNU AGPL, which allows distribution and modification under the same license.

Several types of Open Source licenses exist, with their own specificities.

Is an Open Source ERP free?

Unlike proprietary software, you don’t have to pay for the right to use the software with an Open Source ERP. Several versions of Open Source software can exist, and it depends on the business model of each editor. Some publishers offer a free Open Source version but with limited functionality, reserving some features for commercial versions. While others, as is the case for Axelor, offer two versions that have the same functionality* : – The Community version under AGPL license, which is usable on its own, but for which the editor does not provide any service or support. – The Enterprise version under commercial license, which offers maintenance, minor and major updates, SLAs and other optional services such as cloud hosting. * There may be some exceptions. We sometimes need to use non-open source components for some features or connectors which can only be included in the commercial version.

A free and open ERP

The code of an open source management solution is open and accessible to all. A company that has the appropriate internal resources can take control of the software to develop new modules, create processes or business applications, or simply interface with other softwares. This is in contrast to proprietary ERPs which have very limited access and closed technologies. You will also increase your likelihood of finding an integrator or expert who masters the technologies on which Open Source ERPs are based. Axelor’s technical architecture is based on Open Source standards.
Axelor's technical architecture

An agile management solution that adapts to your needs

Gaining a competitive advantage involves distinguishing from rivals and easily and quickly evolving one’s IS in a fast-moving market. Axelor’s Open Source ERP is fully customizable thanks to its No-code / Low-code platform and integrated BPM. It adapts swiftly to your needs, without long and expensive developments.
Agile management solution

An ERP that is sustainable over time

With an open source management software, you have access to the source codes and thus maintain control over the life cycle of your ERP and business applications. The architecture of our ERP is based on reference Open Source technologies, which are sustainable over time and have very active communities. Embrace the freedom of choice with an open source ERP where version changes are optional and not mandatory. This empowers the user to decide whether to implement them while enjoying cost advantages compared to proprietary management solution. Maintain control and independence over your ERP system by having the ability to, access the source code at any time , regardless of whether you are using a commercial version, eliminating dependency on editors or integrators. Unlike proprietary solutions that restrict access when payment ceases, Open Source empowers you to continue utilizing the software without interruption.

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