- This is the Brightwork Research & Analysis software rating series.
- We rate both the software and estimate the risk of implementing each application.
MUFI Rating & Risk for OpenERP
MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability
Vendor: OpenERP (Select For Vendor Profile)
OpenERP is the most significant open source ERP vendor. As would be expected OpenERP is very well priced. Open source ERP has a tremendous upside in that it is inexpensive to customize. It can be purchased at no cost, which is something quite desirable if one is interested in customizing the application, or it can be run as is through using their SaaS delivery method. In this case, there is a per user per month charge. Although when customization is required, it will no longer be feasible to use the SaaS-based delivery mechanism of the software, and instead the software and data will need to be migrated to one of the implementing company’s servers.
When is an ERP system not an ERP system? When it is an open source ERP system. This is a problem with the definition of ERP. The large and even midsized ERP vendors both offer a type of software, as well as engage in specific business practices that are designed to benefit the ERP vendor, but not its customers. OpenERP is an open source ERP application that does not employ any of the problematic business practices of the large to medium ERP vendors. It follows an open system approach and does not try to steer customers into purchasing other non-ERP software from OpenERP.
OpenERP offers a 15-day free trial. Here I am setting up a product. All of OpenERP’s transactions allow you do in and add the master data (such as a product), which is something that ordinarily cannot be done in the ERP systems that I am used to using. This applies to all the master data that I checked, so anything from product data to financial data.
I was able to create a bill of materials in OpenERP very easily. The bill of materials screen is quite easy to use. However, I would recommend using a system like Arena Solutions to perform the bill of materials maintenance and then bring in the BOM into OpenERP.
We are now creating a manufacturing order with the finished good product and bill of materials – and raw materials – that I just previously created. Again, while we can create a manufacturing order in OpenERP, we would prefer to create the order in the advanced planning system, and then have the manufacturing orders brought over into OpenERP. This is for some reasons, which has already been explained. Even in cases where the manufacturing/production order is created manually, it is preferable to make the adjustment in the actual production planning system.
Now we can view the manufacturing order that we just created.
Unlike Fishbowl, OpenERP has its financial system. Although not a person with a finance background, we found it very easy to use. Above we have created accounts receivable account called “Standard Account Receivable.” As you can see, we had any number of accounts to choose from.
In testing OpenERP, many of the actions we performed would have required some specialized training in SAP ERP.
OpenERP along with ERPNext are two of the most accessible ERP systems to implement. Neither of the systems deployed by the major consulting companies, which allows the applications to go live quickly, and much of the consulting hours is remote and intermittent greatly reducing the costs.
All scores out of a possible 10.
- Ma. = Maintainability
- Us. = Usability
- Fu. = Functionality
- Im. = Implementability
|Average Score for Big ERP||5.1||4.8||5.2||5.4||Big ERP|
|Average Score for CRM||6.2||6.2||5.1||5.9||CRM|
|Average Score for Small and Medium ERP||8.3||8||6.7||8.5||Small and Medium ERP|
|Average Score for Finance||8.8||8.8||8||8.8||Finance|
|Average Score for Demand Planning||7.6||7.2||7||7.1||Demand Planning|
|Average Score for Supply Planning||6.7||6.9||7||6.8||Supply Planning|
|Average Score for Production Planning||6.8||6.9||7||6.9||Production Planning|
|Average Score for BI Heavy||5.5||5.3||6.9||5.3||BI Heavy|
|Average Score for PLM||7||7.2||6.8||7.3||PLM|
|Average Score for BI Light||7.7||8.7||9||8.3||BI Light|
|Arena Solutions Arena PLM||10||10||10||10||PLM|
|AspenTech AspenOne||4||8||10||7||Production Planning|
|ERPNext||10||10||7.5||10||Small and Medium ERP|
|Delfoi Planner||8||6||6.5||7||Production Planning|
|Demand Works Smoothie SP||9||10||7||10||Supply Planning|
|Hamilton Grant RM||10||9||8.5||9||PLM|
|IBM Cognos||2.7||3||1.5||3||BI Heavy|
|Infor Lawson||8||7||6||7||Big ERP|
|Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions||9||9||5||9||Finance|
|JDA DM||9||7.5||8||8||Demand Planning|
|Microsoft Dynamics CRM||2||3||2||2||CRM|
|Netsuite OneWorld||7||7||8||8||Big ERP|
|Oracle BI||4||4||3||6||BI Heavy|
|Oracle CRM On Demand||4||5||3||5||CRM|
|Oracle Demantra||5||3||3.5||4.5||Demand Planning|
|Oracle JD Edwards World||4||1||3||6||Big ERP|
|PlanetTogether Galaxy APS||10||10||10||10||Production Planning|
|QlikTech QlikView||9||9||10||9||BI Light|
|Rootstock||9||8||9||9||Small and Medium ERP|
|Sage X3||8||8||7||8||Big ERP|
|SAP APO DP||3||4||3||2||Demand Planning|
|SAP APO PP/DS||2||2||4||3||Production Planning|
|SAP APO SNP||3||4||8||4||Supply Planning|
|SAP BI/BW||1.5||2||4||2||BI Heavy|
|SAP Business Objects||3||2.5||7||3||BI Heavy|
|SAP ECC||3||3||6.5||3||Big ERP|
|SAP SmartOps||4||4||7||5.5||Supply Planning|
|SAS BI||6.5||7||9||6||BI Heavy|
|SAS Demand Driven Forecasting||7||8||9||7||Demand Planning|
|Tableau (BI)||9||10||10||10||BI Light|
|Tableau (Forecasting)||10||8||5||9||Demand Planning|
|ToolsGroup SO99 (Forecasting)||7||8||9||7||Demand Planning|
|ToolsGroup SO99 (Supply)||5||6||10||7||Supply Planning|
Vendor and Application Risk
OpenERP has many of the same features of ERPNext, except it is not as easy to implement and user adoption is a bit more challenging.
Likelihood of Implementation Success
This accounts for both the application and vendor-specific risk. In our formula, the total implementation risk is application + vendor + buyer risk. The buyer specific risk could increase or decrease this overall likelihood and adjust the values that you see below.
Likelihood of Application Implementation Success and Failure
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|Application||Prob of Implementation Success||Prob of Implementation Failure|
|SAP Crystal Reports||0.46||0.54|
|Microsoft Dynamics CRM||0.26||0.74|
|Oracle RightNow CRM||0.41||0.59|
|Oracle CRM On Demand||0.36||0.64|
|SAP Business Objects||0.32||0.68|
|Hamilton Grant RM||0.89||0.11|
|PlanetTogether Galaxy APS||0.96||0.04|
|SAP APO PP/DS||0.27||0.73|
|Demand Works Smoothie SP||0.93||0.07|
|ToolsGroup SO99 (Supply)||0.82||0.18|
|Demand Works Smoothie||0.96||0.04|
|SAS Demand Driven Forecasting||0.82||0.18|
|ToolsGroup SO99 (Forecasting)||0.86||0.14|
|SAP APO DP||0.28||0.72|
|Intuit QB Enterprise||0.8||0.2|
|Microsoft Dynamics AX||0.4||0.6|
|SAP Business One||0.49||0.51|
|Oracle JD Edwards World||0.31||0.69|
|Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne||0.36||0.64|
|SAP ERP ECC/R/3||0.32||0.68|
Risk Management Approach
The only specific challenge to implementing OpenERP that stands out is OpenERP’s somewhat limited functionality. This can be a problem if buyers think that OpenERP is less than it is. But on the other hand, different from many other ERP software vendors, OpenERP does not have a team of salespeople over-promising functionality to buyers. Therefore, as long as some time is spent with the OpenERP trial it should be quite apparent what OpenERP can and cannot do.