Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning (OSS-ERP) and SME - An unresolvable task?

von Frederik Kramer (Magdeburg Research and Competence Cluster (MRCC))

The demand for Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP OSS) is continously growing. Although there are no license costs, implementation is complex and therefore expensive. User requirements and business processes need to be documented. Role-concepts must be elaborated and implemented and the user training needs to be prepared. Additional software must be linked and operational support needs to be assured.

In light of these efforts, important advantages of OSS ERP such as flexibility and avoidance of vendor-dependencies are often not carefully taken into account. The following paper discusses the problems while implementing ERP systems in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and discusses possible solutions to avoid them by using OSS and an agile implementation method.

Über den Autor Frederik Kramer:

Frederik Kramer hat an der Otto-von-Guericke Universitt - Institut fr Technische und Betriebliche Informationssysteme - Wirtschaftsinformatik studiert. Zur Zeit promoviert und arbeitet er am dortigen Magdeburg Research and Competence Cluster (MRCC) als Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an seiner Promotion zur strategischen Gestaltung von Systemlandschaften in KMU. Sein Forschungsinteresse stellt dabei insbesondere die strategische Nutzung von Open Source Software zur Gewinnung nachhaltiger Wettbewerbsvorteile dar.