Old business uses people to manage ad hoc processes. New business uses software to manage processes and deliver information through formal or social relationships to people for making decisions – because making decisions based on incomplete information is what people do best (when not performing tasks too difficult, complicated or varied for a machine).
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software integrates management of core business processes, such as:
- Project management
- Engineering Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
- Production planning
- Manufacturing or the delivery of services
- Marketing, sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Materials and inventory management
- Shipping and payment
- Financial reporting
An ERP system provides an integrated and continuously updated view of core business processes and information. It is a shared point of access for consistent control of information among the various departments of an organization.
ERPNext is a leader in the new era of social ERP, an open-source web-based system for SMEs. ERPNext is as powerful as it is easy to use, and can even be used to support an existing financial system with better access to information. ERPNext is supported by its creator Frappe Technologies, and by a strong network of independent consultants.
webERP was founded in 2001 and proved to be the first successful web-based open-source ERP system. webERP is especially suitable for small businesses, in particular in areas with slow internet connections, and is supported by a strong network of independent consultants and contractors. webERP is a complete fully-featured ERP system, but is equally suitable for managing engineering PLM and small-scale manufacturing.