Why I am interested in cloudempiere?

When I met with the fact that HansaWorld Enterprise ERP/CRM software did not have sufficient WMS (warehouse management system) module and was just too expensive for our potential client I started to browse google as I always do J (but still less and less… JOKE!)

And suddenly it happened! I found something called open source ERP what I understood as „free“ ERP. „Wait a moment, Norbert!“, I told myself. The software system was ADempiere which evolved from  Compiere and when I studied it more deep, I understood that I can download the source code, customise it for clients needs or develop freely something new. I understood, that with good skilled people we can develop even our own WMS module, tailored exactly to the particular customer´s need.

So I hired such people, we worked hard, presented our solution to client and won the job!

3000 square metres warehouse with 2000 pallet positions managed by our new software! Wow!

That time, we firstly cooperated with freelance developer from Mexico, Victor Pérez, what was also another scope on the thing, because I, as the Project Manager and the key person responsible for the whole project realised, that if you have a real professional a skilled member of your team whose skilles and experiences you can rely on, you can cooperate and manage even important international projects online.

Finally, the client was so satisfied with the price of the solution and the goals we reached together, including warehouse usage optimisation, many different monitoring and reporting functions and finally, labor force costs decrease, that we joined a logistics show to present our successful cooperation together.

From that time ADempiere evolved to iDempiere using more sophisticated technologies (e.g. OSGi framework) and the challenges of high cost into the hardware, when installing the system within the client´s premises (on his own servers) motivated us to switch to cloud based SaaS solution based on Amazon cloud servers.

That is how cloudempiere was found…

Why I write this blog?

During my studies of Sound Composition in Budapest, Hungary, I was fascinated by the laws of music composing and the rules of making the composition of tones to sound right. Although, we had been using some simple software systems for sound arrangements and production (cut, dramatics, effects…) in the university, it was millions of miles far from anything called business management or enterprise resource planning software.

However, when I started to think about opening my own business (that time a sound engineering studio) I started to look for and test various different, mostly CRM software systems (for managing my own clients) in combination with accounting for a small business.
The world of software was growing significantly day by day and while I was experiencing very often that many companies around me were failing to manage their operations, processes and documents, I started to think to focus rather on software consultacy services to help them out.

Marginally, I had also a chance to see presentations of the top notch CRM systems as Salesforce, SugarCRM, and DMS systems – e.g.Alfresco… and, of course, I first heared about big ERP players like SAP and Oracle.

Maybe it sounds little bit strange to someone, but the complexity and harmony of all the processes operating in one time within these software systems trully impressed me…

And then, back in 2004 I met with the Swedish ERP software system (HansaWorld Enterprise) Sales Representative, who presented me this flagship system of their company and showed me what it worth. „The nordic simplicity“ seemed really reasonably to me! So I decided to cooperate with HansaWorld Enterprise as a partner, supplier of their services, implementor and consultant and I did it for whole 10 years. Firstly, we operated in Budapest, Hungary and then we opened our premisses also in Czech Republic and Slovakia were I come from. I was lucky to work within international team of Hansa World Enterprise, to join them first time in Grand Canaria, Spain.

Before Apple won the world with his iMac in 2001…

One important thing I also appreciated with HansaWorld Enterprise was that it operates well on Apple computers.

You know, already in early 90´s I became a total fan of the Macintosh world and Steve Jobs. My personal experience with using Macintosh technologies started in 1995 when I started to use Apple Performa 5200. I started to study more and more and gone to the very botom spheres of software consultacy and implementation, having long and deep discussions with professionals throughout the world. The more deep and wide I got, the more active I was meeting people from the wide open source community.

I spoke with developers, implementators, software testers, users… And I was fascinated increasingly by the way these people think and work.
I met the fact that the freedom is the most important value for me and although great experience with stable proprietary business system I decided to bring something and participate for the open source community, I met lot of new friends ….Well, today, 9 years later, it is just natural for me to say, I am one of the evangelists of open source life style and that with open source I simply found my way… And,all the experience I gained and which I write about, are commercially used by company based by me and successfully sold to our customers .

And thanks to many great people from the open source community around the world and my company team members´enjoyment from saving resources, process optimization and putting things into the right order flows from me to everyone…