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IT-Director: Open Source ERP Projects: There Are Four!!

Mar 28, 2000, 15:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Snark)

"The posting from Tim Cook pointed out that there were two Open Source ERP projects - but on investigation we discovered that there were four. It may have been coincidence, but in the same week we were also recording (on IT-Analysis.com) the comprehensive triumph of the open source Apache over all the competition including Microsoft's IIS. It now has more than 60 percent of the market and it is crushing the competition in the same way that Windows, in its time, crushed OS/2."

"...the natural question to ask is whether any of the Open Source ERP products when they appear, could enter the ERP market and become as dominant as Apache has on its turf. First let us examine the projects."

"Compared to heavyweight ERP suites like that from SAP, these may look fairly thin, but these are early days. The very fact that there are four Open Source initiatives leads us to believe that the ERP market will undoubtedly have at least one significant Open Source competitor. This is somethign that we will track with interest. However the fact that there are four separate initaitives, some of which, as far as we can tell, are unaware of each other, indicates the difficulties that may arise with Open Source application packages. It is possible that no one project will gather sufficient momentum to make an impact."

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