Ideas on Enterprise Information Systems Development

This blog is devoted to ideas on Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) development. It focuses on Lean Thinking, Agile Methods, and Free/Open Source Software, as means of improving EIS development and evolution, under a more practical than academical view. You may find here a lot of "thinking aloud" material, sometimes without scientific treatment... don't worry, this is a blog!
Every post is marked with at least one of Product or Process labels, meaning that they are related to execution techniques (programming and testing) or management techniques (planning and monitoring), respectively.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Free/Open Source ERP (FOS-ERP) - Part II

In 2007 I wrote a book chapter on the differences between FOS-ERP and proprietary ERP (P-ERP), published as part of the Handbook on Research in Enterprise Systems in 2008. This post is part of a series that revisits this paper. Please refer to the first post of this series to better understand the structure used in this comparison.

During this phase, high-level objectives are established, such as the acquisition strategy, preliminary time and cost baselines, as well as the expected impact of the ERP adoption in the organization. If besides customization, development is necessary, in the case of FOS-ERP, the level of involvement of the adopter in this development can be established. In other words, even from this initial point, the adopter can start considering the possibility of contributing to a FOS-ERP project, becoming a prosumer - a mixture of consumer and producer of the solution. The final decision on becoming or not a prosumer will be possible only during the following phases, when the adopter better understands the solution requirements and the solution alternatives.

Small and Micro enterprises hardly will become prosumers because of the lack of IT personal necessary to develop - I will talk about this latter.

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