Skill Level: Intermediate
As an ADempiere and iDempiere integrator, the single most common questions I get are “How does XYZ work?” or “What happens if I click ABC?”. The purpose of this post is to help you answer these questions.
Embrace The Code
If you are using ADempiere or iDempiere and you have not downloaded the code, do it now (Adempiere on AWS). The code is the single best way to understand how the application works. As a business owner or manager, assign someone to perform this task. If this person needs help, I can usually get a reasonably technical person up and running within 4 training hours. Do not be intimidated by code. Open source ERP helps you think about operational efficiency, accuracy and insight is new and different way. It is a discontinuous change in how you use ERP.
Here is an example question: “where is the business partner’s Pay From field used?” The below screen shot tells you that the Pay From field is used to set the default location on Invoices and Dunning Runs.
This may seem like a trivial question; however, there are thousands of fields like this throughout an ERP. Few ERP systems provide quality documentation. ADempiere and iDempiere help you ensure all questions can be answered accurately and succinctly.
I hope this helps!! If you would like to learn more about using ADempiere or iDempiere for your specific business needs, let me know. I am happy to help.
ADempiere vs iDempiere vs Openbravo vs Compiere
Please note that ADempiere, iDempiere and Openbravo are forks or copies from Compiere. Therefore, they have similar abilities mentioned above. The biggest difference is that ADempiere and iDempiere are pure open source. There are no features held behind a commercial or paid license.
About Chuck Boecking: I am an ERP educator. I believe that open source ERP have achieved mainstream capabilities, and as a result, more companies can create greater efficiency across their organization. I started using the iDempiere code base in 2003. Back then, it was called Compiere. In 2006, I started my first multi-million dollar installation. Since then, ADempiere has helped me create great success with distribution and manufacturing companies all over the world. My vision of success is to find companies that can best use open source ERP to help them achieve a single, global instance that drives a discontinuous increase in profitability. I believe that organizations win when they own their technology.
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