OpenERP, the open source enterprise management software suite, has announced the release of its new version 6.1, a significant software upgrade meant to help businesses increase their productivity and implement a fully integrated software management in a few clicks.

With 1800 free applications, OpenERP covers most business needs: CRM, Accounting, Manufacturing, Human Resources, Warehouse Management, Marketing, etc. Around 85 new applications are available in this version, among which the touchscreen point of sale, the kanban views and the enterprise social features are the most significant.

The touchscreen point of sale

OpenERP 6.1 includes a highly intuitive application dedicated to outlets, fully integrated with other OpenERP applications like Inventory management and Accounting. The touchscreen point of sale is a web application that works on any tablet PC or iPad requiring no installation. It also works in disconnected mode with a semi-real time synchronization technology enabling shops to continue operating even if the web connection is down.

The kanban views

This new version also introduces the kanban view, a new way to organize your activities. It’s a visual board on which you can control your activities at a glance and manage them using drag & drop or quick actions. The kanban view has been used in several OpenERP applications: managing agile tasks and the sales funnel, browsing employee directory, following the recruitment process, etc.

As an example, in the CRM application, a salesperson will be able to manage his sales funnel by drag and dropping business opportunities and launching actions on these opportunities in one click: schedule a meeting, log a call, convert to a quotation, etc.

Enterprise social features

OpenERP 6.1 introduces several social features allowing companies to efficiently work together. Amid these features you will find a smart system to share any document with your customers or suppliers (all tasks of a project, specific statistics for your board of directors, your calendar, etc). It also has a synchronization mechanism that allows business flows to be fully integrated between companies. So, if you share a customer invoice with your customer, he can automatically integrate it in his management application as a supplier invoice, without having to re-encode everything.

Source: MarketWatch

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