We are fully committed to open source and 100% of our products are published under a Free Software License
The Open Source philosophy has deep roots within OpenERP S.A., and since the beginning the company's first priority has always been to make a fully Open Source product. Every single product feature we created has always been published under a Free Software license, even though we invest massively in Research & Development. We believe we can have a sustainable business model based on services and partnerships (see http://bit.ly/openmodel), and not based on selling commercial features on top of an "open core", like many competitors do!
While being fully Open Source, we are tolerant and understand that sometimes customers need private or proprietary software.
We have seen many cases of companies who wish to use OpenERP, but see the AGPL License as a threat to confidential information or trade secrets they need to include within their OpenERP implementation. We do not encourage such choices, but have included a provision in OpenERP Enterprise that allows customers to make private OpenERP modules when they need to (see the FAQ entries about OpenERP Modules below).
Our business model and strategy are based on a fully open-source ecosystem, so we certainly do not want to see it disrupted by proprietary software.
The unique OpenERP ecosystem combines the efforts and contributions of the community, the expertise of the OpenERP partner network, and the support of the OpenERP Publisher. This is what made OpenERP the great product it is, and we do not want to see this ecosystem split in two due to proprietary developments, so we take all precautions to prevent this. For example, while OpenERP Enterprise allows customers to make private modules for their own usage, it does not allow distributing or reselling them.
OpenERP Enterprise and OpenERP Community are the same product, with the same features, the difference lies in the services that are provided along with the product.
OpenERP Community comes with no warranties: no guaranteed support, maintenance, bug fixing, or migration. OpenERP Community is provided under the open source AGPL licence that requires you to distribute all your developments under the same AGPL licence.
OpenERP Enterprise is entirely dedicated to professional use, and includes all the required services to be used in production: support service (in English and French) for both functional and technical issues, security alerts, maintenance (unlimited bugfixing), and unlimited migrations to new OpenERP versions. OpenERP Enterprise also comes with the extra permission to make "private modules", meant for companies that need to include confidential information or trade secrets into their OpenERP system
Yes, OpenERP is a most promising enterprise solution nowadays. We can find best output for lots of areas of applications with compared it with other earier enterprise solutions like SAP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Open Bravo, etc. See here the dataied comparision for all.
Over 10 languages are available in OpenERP Online (English, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish).
OpenERP modules are purely customizable based on your requirements. Once your requirements are fits with the OpenERP module developments criteria, your specific needs can be fulfil.
OpenERP supports data importation from .CSV text files (Comma Separated Values) for any object in the system. If you can export all your data to .CSV files, you should be able to import it in OpenERP.