There are a growing number of open-source enterprise products that can be readily customized for organizations. These include complete solutions for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), E-commerce, Asset management, E-procurement, Human Resource Management (HR), E-learning, Document Management, Content Management systems (CMS) and other business applications. With over 100,000+ open source products available for download it is very likely that "some one some where" has built some thing very close to what you need. So why invest time and money in reinventing the wheel. What's more attractive is that these software systems are available for free or at very minimal cost. The logical option is to use open source software as a starting point.
Open-source software is becoming pervasive for core computing and business applications. Everything from basic operating and telecommunications systems to accounting, inventory, contact management and personal productivity applications, can be run on open-source software. As you do not pay for the free open-source software you have a low cost of acquisition, and you have the source code as well. Your only expense is for the customization, deployment and support that accompany the open-source software. Using open source you can save money, take products to market quickly, and get higher quality through best-of-breed software solutions.
Here is a short list that you might find useful:
- Medical EMR / EHR, Practice Management : ClearHealth (* www.clear-health.com/* ), OSCAR : Open Source Clinical Application Resource (* www.oscarcanada.org/* ),
- Clinical Trials : TrialDB (* http://ycmi.med.yale.edu/trialdb/* ), OpenClinica (* www.openclinica.org/* )
- Content Management Sytems (CMS) : Drupal (* www.drupal.org/* ), Joomla! (* www.joomla.org/* ), DotNetNuke (* www.dotnetnuke.com/* )
- E-Learning / Course Management : Moodle (* www.moodle.org/* ), EFrontLearning (* www.efrontlearning.net/* )
- School Administration System : CenterSIS (* www.miller-group.net/* )
- Human Resources (HR) : OrangeHRM (* www.orangehrm.com/* )
- E-Commerce / Catalog Management : Magento e-commerce (* www.magentocommerce.com/* )
- E-Procurement : Coupa (* www.coupa.org/* )
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) : OpenBravo ERP and OpenBravo POS (* www.openbravo.com/* )
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM) : SugarCRM (* www.sugarcrm.com/* )
- Customer Support / Help Desk : Eventum (* http://eventum.mysql.org/* )
- IT Asset Management : CalemEAM (* www.calemeam.com/* )
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