Free-floating ERP: SaaS-based, open-source enterprise apps sit on Amazon cloud

Compiere, a supplier of open-source, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based business applications, says it has added the first full-scale ERP software suite to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff March 17, 2009

Compiere, a supplier of open-source, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based business applications, says it has added the first full-scale ERP software suite to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud .

Availability of the Compiere Cloud Edition ERP package on the Amazon cloud began March 11.

Amazon, known primarily as an online retailer, has been renting portions of its Internet-based technology infrastructure to other companies since 2006. The Amazon Elastic Cloud, also known as EC2, is one of several services available from the from the Amazon Web Services unit.

“We are excited to be first to offer ERP users the convenience of utility computing, the lower operating costs of cloud computing, and far more flexibility than other available SaaS alternatives,” Don Klaiss, president and CEO of Compiere, said in a news release. “Cloud Edition users, operating in their own secure environment, can quickly and easily customize their Compiere system without programming. Compiere Cloud Edition is the logical next step in our commitment to making ERP easier and more affordable to own, implement, and use.”

The Compiere suite includes applications to manage a broad range of business processes, such as:

• Accounting;

• Purchasing;

• Order fulfillment;

• Manufacturing;

• Warehousing; and

• CRM.

The suite comes with a complete technology stack, including:

• An operating system;

• Application server; and

• A database.

Compiere officials claim the suite can be deployed on Amazon EC2 in a matter of minutes.

According to Geoffrey Mobisson, managing director of Levementum , a Compiere system integrator partner, “The Cloud Edition provides broad-scale access to comprehensive ERP technology that previously was available only to large companies with extensive budgets. With our experience successfully implementing customers on Amazon EC2, we are convinced this offering meets the market demand for more cost-effective business solutions, and significantly raises the bar for other ERP vendors.”