xTuple and OrangeHRM Team Up

Often I get asked the question why people refer to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system as a true “enterprise resource planning” solution if it doesn’t entail human resources management (HRM)—after all, every organization needs to manage its people, its products and services, and its finances. It seems that open source manufacturing and distribution ERP provider xTuple aims to offer true ERP, having recently announced a new technology integration partnership with a popular open source HRM software, OrangeHRM.

OrangeHRM, a human resource information system (HRIS) for small and medium businesses (SMBs), is available for download as free and open source software (FOSS). The open source OrangeHRM product suite, with more than one million global users today, includes an array of modules that provide personnel information management (PIM), employee self-service (ESS), leave management, performance evaluation, and recruitment.

OrangeHRM Live is the cloud version of the product, a hosted human resources (HR) system with no download, installation, maintenance, or upgrading required. As a software-as-a-service (SaaS) product, OrangeHRM Live eliminates the need to acquire and maintain expensive infrastructure. The vendor offers a free trial. OrangeHRM may also be tailored to customer requirements to address specific needs such as language and label customization, module and functional changes, and corporate branding. OrangeHRM is currently on version 3.0, and it can be now accessed via mobile devices via browsers.

The two open source vendors are in the early stages of getting to know each other, but at first glance they've got similar business models and a little overlap in their existing customer bases. A basic integration already exists—bidirectional connection between all employee information. HRM consists of a relatively simple database; there's not a lot of transactional activity as in ERP—it acts more as a repository. The two vendors’ technologies are not identical, but are both easy enough (LAMP stack), and integration was reportedly a breeze. A few xTuple customers and partners are looking at what else would make sense to integrate.
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