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Old 09-30-2008, 12:32 PM   #1
vincentp83
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Small business software advice?


Hey everyone. Our business is preparing to open up a storefront (we do computer repair, hardware and software sales) and I have been tasked with getting our few work systems up and running with some basic software. Obviously we've chosen to use Linux over Windows for day to day operation, or I wouldn't be here

I'm having a problem finding the apps we need. I'm essentially looking for something that is integrated, but if I have to use multiple apps I won't be too stressed about it. We need to be able to handle the following:

- Customer Information (Database)
- Scheduling (Out of store service calls)
- Job Management (In store pending repairs)
- Inventory
- Billing / Invoice Management

The boss would prefer to spend more time rather than money due to high startup costs, and use multiple apps if it means they are free and open source. Keep in mind that we are a very small business (fewer than 10 employees at the moment) and therefore do not require enterprise class software.

Thanks!

Last edited by vincentp83; 09-30-2008 at 12:33 PM.
 
Old 09-30-2008, 12:44 PM   #2
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Database --> mysql or you can use the database that comes with open office or Koffice

egroupware, OBM (open business management)

GnuCash

tinyerp ---this may be more than enough.
 
Old 09-30-2008, 01:31 PM   #3
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Database --> mysql or you can use the database that comes with open office or Koffice

egroupware, OBM (open business management)

GnuCash

tinyerp ---this may be more than enough.
Amani,
I was just browsing through the threads on this forum and I stumbled upon this one.

I looked up GnuCash and I realized it's very similar to Microsoft Money. Now this is one application I just can't live with.

And now, you've given me a Linux clone of the same. Thanks a lot kind sir. Appreciate your help!




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Last edited by justmovedtolinux; 10-03-2008 at 03:12 PM.
 
Old 09-30-2008, 03:31 PM   #4
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CRM - Customer Database
http://www.sugarcrm.com/crm/sugarcrm...lications.html
http://www.enterprisegroupwaresystem.org/about/


Trouble ticket (Customer repair tracking ?)
http://otrs.org/
http://bestpractical.com/rt/


Project / Resource Scheduling
http://www.openworkbench.org/
http://www.php.brickhost.com/

Inventory Management
http://www.mywms.org/
http://www.businessaviator.com/free/

Accounting
GnuCash - as for the comment "it's a MS Money clone" well yes and no. They can both do a basic checkbook, but GnuCash is a Complete Double Entry Book keeping system. It does far more than MS Money can and won't make an accountant cringe.


ERP Solutions - Accouting, inventory Management, CRM, all in one..
http://www.weberp.org/HomePage
http://www.compiere.org/
http://www.openpro.com/

best of luck to you !!
 
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