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iDempiere System Review – Open Source ERP

This is our detailed review of the open source ERP software iDempiere. Not sure what any of that means? You can learn what ERP is here. Find out more about other Open Source ERPs here. Background The iDempiere project stared in late 2011 as a fork from ADempiere. Adempiere was itself a project that was created as a fork from another Open Source ERP Compiere. It is not backed by any one company and is supported by a wide and engaged community. iDempiere is a java based open source ERP software package. The first official…

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Odoo Review – Is Odoo the right Open Source ERP for you?

This is our detailed review of the open source ERP software Odoo. Not sure what any of that means? You can learn what ERP is here. Find out more about other Open Source ERPs here. Background Odoo is a Python based open source ERP software package. The first official release was in 2005 and is made by the Belgian based company Odoo SA. Odoo has undertaken a couple of name changes over the years starting out as TinyERP and being renamed to OpenERP in 2009 before the latest name change to Odoo happening in 2014.…

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ERPNext Review – Is It The Best Open Source ERP?

This is our detailed review of the open source ERP software called ERPNext. Not sure what any of that means? You can learn what ERP is here. Find out more about other Open Source ERPs here. On with the ERPNext Review... ERPnext is a python based open source ERP software package. The first official release was in 2008 and is made by an Indian based company called Frapee. ERPnext is a generic ERP platform, which means it is designed in a modular way that it can cater to many different businesses. There has been considerable…

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6 open source ERP systems to consider for your small business

As we have established in our recent article Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are not just for big business. Read here if you want to learn about the benefits for small business. Next we look into the open source ERP software options we think you may want to consider. Why open source ERP systems are a good option for small business As a small business it's essential to reduce costs as much as possible. One of the ways to achieve this is through the use of open source software. Don't know what open source software is? Learn…

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Who controls your business software? Are you at risk using SaaS?

So who does control your business software? Obviously you have the control in deciding what software and technology to use. Once you make that decision and create your business processes around the tech you chose who is actually in control? I want to give you my insight into an issue that many business owners and managers don't think about enough. Analogy time Here's a phrase that I've heard a bit recently which says: Don't build your house on someone else's land There's the direct interpretation for when you are building a house. So all you…

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Are You Storing Passwords for Your Small Business Systems Safely? Take These Easy Steps To Set Up Your Small Business Password Manager Today

Did you know that the average small business owner has over 80 different passwords that they need to use for all of their business systems. Let's explore why you should use need to use a password manager for your small business. Given that I struggle to even remember my own phone number some days there is no way that I can remember that many secure passwords. How about you? Think about all of the services you use: EmailCRMFinancialYour Laptop / ComputerMarketing SystemsOnline BankingSocial Media Accounts They add up pretty quickly, don't they. Are you using…

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Don’t want to pay for MS Office? Check out LibreOffice the free alternative.

One of my favorite Open Source applications is LibreOffice, which is a full office suite of applications. I use it almost everyday as a replacement for MS Office and have not encountered anything that it can't do. Don't know what Open Source is?  Check out my overview here. In my experience, unless you are the most advanced user of MS application and performing extremely complex tasks you will find that LibreOffice can do everything you need. Applications - MS Office Compared to LibreOffice The alternative applications are: MS Office LibreOffice Word Writer Excel Calc PowerPoint…

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Should I Be Using Open Source Software in My Small Business?

I won't hide it - I'm a huge fan of Open Source Software (abbreviated to OSS). One of the reasons I started my own business is to help small businesses save money on IT. One way I explore this is to take advantage of the plethora of OSS options available.   So what exactly is Open Source Software and can you use it in your small business? Let's explore! What is Open Source Software? You've probably heard about it before and may even know what it is. Open Source Software are computer programs where the…

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Part 4 – WordPress Setup. My Favourite Plugins and a Few Hints and Tips

This is part 4 in a series of detailed articles about setting up a brand new domain on Australian hosting provider Zuver.  See here for an overview of the whole series. If you've worked through the previous articles then you should now have a basic WordPress site installed on your own domain. Congratulations! But now what?  How do I configure this WordPress Thing? Well there are hundreds of guides and tutorials online on how to get started with WordPress. So instead of adding to the vast number of howto's out there I thought that I would…

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Part 3 – Setting up SSL and Installing WordPress on Zuver

This is part 3 in a series of detailed articles about setting up a brand new domain on Australian hosting provider Zuver.  See here for an overview of the whole series. If you've been following along at home then you have now registered your new domain and configured your email address.  Next we will set up your website for secure communications using SSL, which you can read more about in one of my previous posts. Zuver include as part of their hosting SSL certificates provided by Lets Encrypt. Step 1 Zuver make this nice and easy.  All you…

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