With the proliferation of commercial Packaged ERP (PERP) systems in todays enterprises plenty reasons exists to look for alternatives in the quest for innovation, business development, cost, agility and dependency. PERP do provide solid and proven business support, an ecosystem of consultancies and integrators, senior management having gained confidence over the last 20 years, and commercially based support and development. This leaves companies with still more expensive PERP costs, still less flexibility, a still harder push to loose possibilities for differentiation, still more homogenized business processes, and absence of flexibility to change suppliers and systems. FOS-ERP does offer an answer to most of these questions, but is facing issues in market penetration. In this chapter barriers of FOS-ERP are reviewed; proposals are made on how to manage barriers. An approach of targeted co-existence is made suggestions for solutions are explained. Conclusively, FOS-ERP is seen as a strong option for enterprises in the future, but a clear understanding and distinction must be the offset, barriers needs to be managed, and optimal co-existence will in most cases be the realistic scenario.
Free and Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning: Systems and Strategies, 2011, p. 84-101
open source; enterprise resource planning (ERP); management of technology; co-creation; ERP; systems architecture