"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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