Impact of Open source ERP Systems Development on ERP systems Diffusion among SMEs

Björn Johansson, Frantisek Sudzina

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The interest in open source is high, which also goes for enterprise resource planning (ERPs) systems. In this article, we focus on the combination of open source and ERPs, and specifically on what role open source ERPs plays in the diffusion of ERPs among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). To be able to explain the interest in open source ERPs, we look into challenges, about which a proprietary ERP vendor suggests that exist in ERP development today, and then we compare these challenges with the open source ERP alternative. It may not be clear whether an interest in open source ERPs is a result of dissatisfaction with proprietary ERP systems or a result of maturity of the open source phenomenon. The research reported is a combination of literature reviews, interviews with executives in an ERP software vendor and an investigation of a distribution channel of open source projects. In this article, we focus on differences between proprietary ERP development and open source ERP development and how these differences could influence future ERP diffusion among SMEs. Based on the identified challenges, we discuss if and how open source ERP systems have a potential for SMEs in the future. It can be concluded that open source ERP development has a great deal to offer, but the main conclusion is that the difference is mainly on the development side, which means that it can be suggested that for the actual diffusion of ERPs among SMEs, it does not matter whether the ERP is open source or proprietary, however for SMEs open source ERPs could probably increase their interest in ERPs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
PublisherDepartment of Accounting and Information Technology, National Chung Cheng University
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 International Conference on Accounting and Information Technology - Chiayi, Taiwan
Duration: 2010 Jul 7 → …


Conference2010 International Conference on Accounting and Information Technology
Period2010/07/07 → …

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Systems, Social aspects


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