Regarding insights about Open Source ERP, there are very good articles, see below three of them:
Infoworld: Open source is picking up momentum in the ERP market because of its flexibility and relatively low cost.
CIO.com: What’s the most exciting technology of the next few years for the enterprise?
- ComputerWeekly: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software suppliers – Essential Guide
Some Companies selling Open Source ERP Solutions are:
- Openbravo is the leading fully functional integrated web-based open source ERP
- Opentaps Open Source ERP CRM Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relations Management Manufacturing Software.
- Compiere open source ERP solution with CRM capabilities.
Since it can be hosted on manufacturer servers, it removes your botherations of installation, maintenance, uptime, upkeep etc. against a fixed cost and SLA
Security, Safety of your crucial business data is getting exposed but that can be taken care by a contract and penalties clause in SLA
Regarding a fixed framework for implementation – the process is simple but demands highly dedicated and sincere efforts – the process is Understand business, find gaps (gap analysis), fill gaps, User acceptance, training, implementation. This process I have listed broadly and in an unstructured manner that can further be broken down to micro level and defined milestones.