I prefer having multiple user usage product, where my accountant can have "limited access" and other engineering team leaders who are located in different locations can load in their data sheet or notes when required on the ERP system. What I am trying to establish : 1) I would just like to keep on eye on the finances and the productivity of the company and as far as I know OpenERP is an option. 2) With limited access given to the accountant and HR, I can have a full online view of company finances and hiring process. 3) It becomes more efficient when I am on the go and can view the changes or anything I need, where ever I need. Also, if anyone has a better product or service which can be used on cloud or server based to my needs which I have explained above that would be great.
OpenERP and Zoho are both fragmented modular systems that can be very confusing. Without knowing your industry and complete set of needs, have you considered NetSuite, Sage, MS Dynamics, Aptean or Epicor?
Aside from feature sets, implementation and ongoing support and training are critical elements to consider. The other big challenge is getting buy-in from the users.
Have you considered starting with an open source or semi-custom, previously developed product and having it customized to your needs?
If you would like more information, let's have a phone call so I can better understanding your specific needs and point you in the right direction.
I have worked with OpenERP (now Odoo) since 2009. I was a core contributor at the time as well.
I understand the questions is old, but I'd leave an answer here for anyone who might stumble upon this question.
I would recommend you to consider Tryton - a fork of OpenERP (also Open Source). The project is supported by a not-for-profit foundation (like Mozilla Foundation for Firefox) and is relatively a better quality project in terms of modularity, code base and ease of development.
Happy to assist anyone who is considering an Open Source ERP system for their business.
The simple answer here is there's no one-size-fits-all ERP solution, and it very much depends on the specifics of your company. There are several major considerations including how large your company is, the degree of complexity of your business, the volume of data, the need for company-wide integration, and the price you are willing to pay for software.
From what you've described, the feature set you need is (1) financial accounts (2) hr management and (3) productivity management. If these are the only three sets of features, you may be better off going for point solutions that specialize in each.
If you have already determined that a point solution is not enough and specifically need integration across the whole company, then take a look at Netsuite. It is widely used for companies that outgrow Quickbooks and need more integration beyond their financials, particularly among the Inc5000 community.
Bottom line: picking an ERP is a very important and tough decision to make. There are hundreds of alternatives on the market and you need to develop a detailed set of requirements and compare several of the main contenders to see which fits your circumstances. You do not want to make a decision and change to another system later, transitions from one system to another are a nightmare.
I am currently working with a company who made the wrong choice. They purchased a product based on the prior experience of an employee, and battled against the complexity of the system for 18 months. It has caused incredible frustration amongst the internal team, and causes lost productivity of >20% across the company. They have had to build their own internal system and are diverting tech resources away from their product to do it.
No-one can really advise you without more detail. Your best bet is to develop a detailed spec list, create a shortlist, and carefully evaluate the main contenders. This is one of those decisions that's important to get right the first time.