Tuesday, November 13

Point-of-Sale Systems Going Open Source?

By The VAR Guy 4 comments

A few years back, some proprietary hardware companies hit the panic button when Dell and Microsoft Windows moved into point-of-sale (POS) systems. Fast forward to the present, and open source is trying its hand at disrupting the POS market. You already know about Linux running on POS systems. Now, POS applications themselves are going open source. Here’s how.

The trend begins with Openbravo, known within developer circles for its popular open source ERP (enterprise resource planning) software. Based in Spain, Openbravo is gradually pushing into the US market. Openbravo’s global ambitions include the retail industry — and point of sale software. To wit, Openbravo has acquired Librepos (previously named Tina POS), the leading POS application in the open source space.

The Openbravo/Librepos combination looks promising. Openbravo has generated more than 350,000 downloads since its launch, while Librepos/Tina has garnered 100,000 downloads since the launch of its first version in January 2005. Looking ahead, Liberos will be re-branded as Openbravo POS.

Integrators will play a key role as Openbravo seeks to serve customers ranging from $5 million to $500 million in revenue, according to Josep Mitjà, Openbravo’s chief operating officer.

The VAR Guy doesn’t expect Openbravo to push aside Intuit Quickbooks or Microsoft Dynamics anytime soon. But open source trends across ERP and POS are undeniable.

Comments (4)

  1. I’d consider switching if it has the features and support I need. We’re currently using Activant Eclipse (formally from Intuit) and it pretty much sucks. It’s buggy, poorly documented, slow, and quite expensive.

    MikeFM, November 19th, 2007 at 1:26 am #
  2. I’d like to hear some feedback from anyone using Openbravo. I have it on my Ubuntu box…but haven’t had the time to look at it yet.

    I’m considering using it in conjunction with Quickbooks (QB) in my retail business, but would like to know where it might excel over QB and be worthwhile investing time to get up and running.

    PaulCS, November 24th, 2007 at 4:36 pm #
  3. […] despliegues propios o despligues alojados? ahí es donde entra en acción Openbravo. Lo bueno: La reciente adquisición de OpenbravoPos impulsa a Openbravo en el mercado de los terminales de punt…. La cual es una extensión natural para un ERP. Desafios: Establecido en España, Openbravo […]

    OBTrainings » Blog Archive » Openbravo será una de las 10 plataformas de software libre existosas en 2008, December 19th, 2007 at 5:43 pm #
  4. Nice ERP System for companies that have IT staff with a fair knowledge of Java, Tomcat and Oracle or PostgreSQL.

    Javier, December 27th, 2007 at 7:47 am #

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