E4 Consulting Ltd.
16 Wellmeadow Gardens
Mobile: 07984 342 445
Office / Fax: 01743 360 302
Registered in England Reg No: 62244
Open Source Software:
Software solutions for your business do not have to be expensive.
There is a plethora of FREE or low cost software developed by the
Open Source Community.
Open Source Software means software who's underlying programs
are available to change should you so desire, and any changes you make
should be delivered back to the community. Most packages are free for
single or low numbers of users and may have additional features and
support that can be turned on for a fee. The most famous open source package
is probably Linux - the operating system that powers the majority of web
servers. Other packages of note include Open Office and Firefox - A Web browser
to rival (beat) internet Explorer.
Unfortunately Free doesn't necessarity mean no cost. The software will be free
in the sense that you don't have to pay for it, but often it will come with a
steep learning curve, little or no support and you will require your own 'tame'
developer to integrate additional features that you require. At E4-consulting,
we are great advocates of Open Source software for the small but growing
enterprise who perhaps cannot afford to spend thousands of pounds on a software
package but likewise does not have the time or expertise to implement a package
internally; therefore we have made it our business, not only to know and
understand the 'commercial' solutions for multi-channel businesses, but to also
become experts in the Open Source solutions available. Some of the packages we
have experience in are:
- Turbo Cash - Fully featured accouinting system
- 12Pay - Payroll
- OS Commerce - Web Store builder
- Code Igniter - PHP solution for rapid development of Web Sites
- MySQL - Databases for office and web
- Open Office - Word Processing and spreadsheet solutions
- Open Bravo - ERP
- Open Taps - ERP
- FreeCRM - Contact and Sales Manager
- ERP5 Express - ERP
If you are interested in hearing how Open Source software could solve some of
your business headaches, please get in touch.