In business structures such as enterprises and corporations, a lot of various processes and resources exist. It’s imperative to get them organized and integrated in order to get things running smoothly. This is where Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, comes in.
ERP’s main function is to consolidate processes and their respective data into modules. These modules, in turn, correspond to specific functions. One module may be dedicated to finance processes and data, while another module may be dedicated to production. The idea is that each module has a department is specializes on, and they all work together to implement the processes using the available data in a highly organize manner.
One of the platforms that support ERP is Linux. Linux ERP had a slow start back at the beginning of the new millennium with only about a tiny percentage of big companies using it as the operating system for their business applications. However, Linux ERP soon picked up speed and stopped lagging behind its counterparts.
Linux ERPs success became possible because of the first few companies that relied on Linux to help run their businesses. One such example of a pioneer for Linux ERP is Pharma Nord, a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Denmark. With branches in 20 countries, the company needed a reliable ERP application to help manager their 300 or so employees scattered all over the world. Compiere, an ERP application running on Linux, was deemed fit by Pharma Nord to do the job. Eventually, other corporations followed suit, such as IBM and Hewlett Packard. With big names like this on its side, Linux ERP is definitely headed to the top.