Infoworld held its annual ‘Best of Open Source Software Awards’ (aka BOSSIES). The winners are elected by a panel of Infoworld editors (not by the masses). There were some very interesting categories, such as platform and middleware, networking and enterprise applications.
The open source software award for enterprise applications were subdivided to even more interesting categories-ERP, CRM, BI and Content Management, to name a few.
The big winner of the open source ERP category this year is Compiere. Compeire has been around longer than any other open source ERP project and some of its code still lives inside other projects. They were probably the earliest adopters of the hybrid open source model, offering paid services on top of its free, open source ERP application.
This couldn’t have come at a better timing for Compiere, as they will be shortly announcing a new release with over 400 new enhancements.
Inforworld explains why it chose Compiere as the winner in open source ERP category:
Compiere delivers a good, general-purpose ERP package along with basic CRM functionality. You get financials, HR/payroll services, procurement and inventory management, as well as general sales and good reporting. Compiere recently improved both security — now showing data-level granularity — and the user experience, with a browser-based UI and stronger search facilities…
Other notable winners in the open source enterprise category are Pentaho for BI, SugarCRM for..well..CRM and Jasper Reports for reporting.
Congratulations to Compiere and to all the other winners. It’s great to see how mature the open source enterprise application industry is becoming.