Killer combination: open source ERP and cloud computing
I honestly can't understand why this has not gotten more attention. Opentaps, an open source ERP project, is now available on Amazon's Elastic Compute (EC2) cloud. Si Chen, of Open Source Strategies, has put up a Youtube video that shows how anyone can go to Amazon and install a working instance of opentaps in less than 10 minutes.
Although Si plays it straight, if you have any experience at all with ERP, the video is a laugh-out-loud experience. In less than 10 minutes, it's possible to do what would normally take weeks of time and thousands of dollars with traditional on-premise ERP.
Not only so, but it's also faster and cheaper than deploying any of the SaaS enterprise solutions, such as Salesforce.com or NetSuite.
Granted, open source ERP isn't for anyone, but you have to admit--this has major potential for disruption.
Watch the video here (hint--expand to full screen for better viewing):
Update, Nov. 20. I see I have some catching up to do. Another open source ERP project, Compiere, also has a deployment option on Amazon's EC2. There is a basic description of Compiere on EC2 on Compiere's website.
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