FIIB Faculty Research To Be Reported in International Research Handbook on Open ERP Systems and Strategies

Prof Swanand Deodhar and Prof KBC Saxena of FIIB; Prof Rajen Gupta of MDI and Prof MikkoRuohonen of University of Tampere, Finland have published their paper titled “Business Models of Open Source ERP Products” in Free and Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning: Systems and Strategies, an internationally contributed book published by IGI Global, USA. The paper analyzes business models of open source ERP, emphasizing the importance of software licensing and partner networks. Business models are defined in terms of product strategy, revenue logic, distribution model, and delivery of maintenance and service. Concepts are demonstrated through a case of implementation of an OpenBravo ERP system in Spain. The approach given by the authors emphasizes viewing Free and Open Source (FOS) ERP benefits and risks from both vendor and user perspectives. The book is to be released on December 2011.
Prof Swanand Deodhar has been researching on management of open source software along with Prof KBC Saxena for the last four years and Prof MikkoRuohonen is an accomplished researcher in mass customization of products and services, open innovation and engineering process sourcing, etc., from the University of Tampere, Finland, which is also a research collaborating university with Fortune Institute of International Business, Delhi, India. Prof Rajen Gupta has been a research collaborator in this research from a methodological perspective as he is a well-known expert on qualitative research methodologies as applied to social sciences and management.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are designed to integrate all of an organization’s information systems computing. They increase the speed with which information flows through a company, and thus can lead to organizational benefits such as reduced inventories, shortened cycle times, lower costs, and improved supply chain management practices. Free and Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning systems (FOS-ERP) are gaining popularity and acceptance due to two main factors: their lack of licensing fees and customizability. Given this, organizations are able to easily adopt and manipulate these systems to meet their individual needs. As demonstrated by the chapters in this volume, many ERP products have been developed to serve smaller organizations (small businesses, non-profit, government). The open source approach can be applied to any type of product development. However, since the code is freely distributed, the business model is complicated. Revenues can be generated through a variety of strategies, to include sale of complimentary products and services.
The volume on Free and Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning: Systems and Strategies has been edited by RogerioAtem de Carvalho of InstitutoFederalFluminense, Brazil and Bjorn Johansson of Lund University, Sweden. This volume brings together an outstanding selection of papers describing FOS-ERP, comparing differences with proprietorial ERP products, and demonstrating key research factors. It includes cases demonstrating how small enterprises have benefited from FOS-ERP in Spain and Belgium, along with difficulties encountered and solutions developed. It addresses key issues such as security and legal risks. This edited edition should therefore serve as an excellent resource to researchers in the field of ERP systems.
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