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More than ever, businesses are relying on enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to streamline their operations. From accounting to manufacturing to sales, the all-in-one solutions drive efficiency and collaboration. But for some businesses, the price tag of an ERP solution is simply too high.

TEC’s mission is to provide expertise on the enterprise software industry through thought leadership, data, and consulting. [TEC] recently invited other industry experts to provide their views on the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software landscape. The goal was to gather a cross-section of insights that will help companies of all sizes make informed decisions on ERP software.

Three major casinos abound in the greater Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, means a high-stakes arms race among them, and the need for each to adapt in an ever-evolving gaming business. This past fall, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa ascertained it’s in the game for the long haul. Completing an extensive remodeling of rooms, some of which were only five years old, as well an upgrade to the gaming floor, xTuple customer Cordeck was entrusted with the latter project ensuring the quality for such specialized work.

The company’s recently released B2B web experience and e-commerce platform aims to transform the way its manufacturing and distribution clients approach their own customers by leveraging the company’s core open source ERP system and harnessing its data pool.

xTuple named top Material Requirements Planning (MRP) software by Capterra. From production forecasting, processing and quality control, MRP software is designed to help manage all components necessary to successfully meet manufacturing needs. Here is a quick overview of the most popular MRP software options as measured by number of customers, number of users, social presence and user reviews...

These inventory management tools are some of the best to deliver great customer service while keeping all data secure in the cloud. Inventory management software is a powerful tool to help organisations manage payments and purchases. The other advantages of open source are that it's normally totally free and supported by a responsive online community of other users that can make implementation and software management much easier.

Traditional ERP providers continue to offer SCM and CRM capabilities that have remained staples to the market since widespread adoption of ERP software began more than a decade ago. However, disruptive newcomers and evolving customer trends are bringing new technologies to the table so that organizations can take full advantage of data.

If you’re an entrepreneur running a business, you understand how important it is to stay on top of finances. Cash flow, taxes, and managing finances are some of the biggest challenges businesses face. Knowing who owes you and if you owe a supplier or creditor is crucial to success.

From TEC Principal Analyst Predrag (PJ) Jakovljevic: xTuple, a leading commercial open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite, with integrated customer relationship management (CRM) software, now offers real-time ecommerce capabilities to support the omnichannel needs of manufacturing and distribution companies. Based on open source enterprise software technologies, the ERP...

"xTuple has done more for my professional development in three months than Oracle did in my 12 years there," Rivera said. “The pace is better here; there’s less of that pressure. If you’re looking for a work/life balance, you’re probably not going to find that in Silicon Valley. Working a 60-hour week there is very standard continuously, it’s not just like it’s crunch time, put in a 60-hour week. That’s what people do as a baseline and some people do even more.”

While free accounting software that meets all of the needs of a small business is difficult to find, Fit Small Business — the leading digital resource for small business — compared over a dozen solid options and narrowed it down to the five (5) best. Evaluations are based on price, features and other criteria. In the top five is xTuple PostBooks®, named best for Manufacturing and Distribution businesses that want a system that integrates accounting, operations, sales and inventory all in one software for free.

Customer Relationship Management software manages the business interactions with current and future customers using technology to organize, automate and synchronize sales, marketing, customer service, and technical support business process in an organization. CRM enable better interactions between organizations and their clients. As the name suggests, they are basically meant to allow better customer relationships. Some of the functionalities one can expect from robust CRM software packages include...

Material Resource Planning (MRP) buyers highlighted essential areas businesses hope to address in 2018, including: more than 70% of buyers are looking for purchase planning, demand forecasting, and master production scheduling; more than 65% of MRP software buyers are actually looking for a full blown ERP system; MRP buyers are more flexible with deployment options, only 14% require on-site installation; 29% of MRP software buyers are replacing QuickBooks.

Free accounting software for small businesses? There’s an obvious value to anything free—it’s free. The “best” free software of any kind is easy to learn, easy to use, and doesn’t create an unending series of hurdles to overcome. Clearly, there are tradeoffs to be made. For example, open source software has value in being flexible, extendible, and malleable. It requires time and effort to take advantage of those things, but the time you spend balances with the value you get when you’re done.

"We have had good success bringing people form California, Boston, New York. About a third of our people have moved to Norfolk," says xTuple's president and CEO Ned Lilly. "A guy moved here from California from Oracle. He moved his family to Chesapeake... he moved here because he liked the cost of living, and he liked our business, of course."

Businesses with more than a handful of employees have a lot to balance including pricing, product planning, accounting and finance, managing payroll, dealing with inventory, and more. Stitching together a set of disparate tools to handle those jobs is a quick, cheap, and dirty way to get things done. That approach isn't scalable. It's difficult to efficiently move data between the various pieces of such an ad-hoc system. As well, it can be difficult to maintain. Instead, most growing businesses turn to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net: PostBooks ERP, accounting, CRM by xTuple. Additionally Programming Without Coding Technology (PWCT), Free Manga Downloader (FMD), Cyberfox, Bluestar Linux, FlightGear Flight Simulator, VoIP monitor, and more.

Researching the best open source accounting software isn't as simple as one might think. There are a number of important variables you must consider before taking the leap. This is especially important for those businesses that already have an accounting/bookkeeping solution in place. Making sure you can achieve the same level of control and functionality is very important when switching to a Linux-centric accounting application.

If you own a small business and need an accounting program but don't have a big budget, you may find that one of the accounting software programs listed below will meet your needs. It is a list of accounting software programs that are free, open source programs. These applications are alternatives to the traditional propriety accounting software programs such as QuickBooks and Peachtree with which most small business owners are familiar.

Accounting software for Mac users isn’t as plentiful as its PC cousins, but there are still plenty of options. Here’s a list of Mac options from Capterra’s accounting software directory to keep your Apple-loving finances in line, presented in alphabetical order.