launched its first product, appropriately dubbed OpenMFG. It’s an integrated manufacturing, distribution and finance software suite aimed directly at small entrepreneurial manufacturers (SEMs).
The OpenMFG software is a client/server application, an Internet-ready, fully integrated end-to-end ERP system for make-to-order, make-to-stock, and mixed-mode manufacturers. It provides an enterprise application that increases visibility across the supply chain, enhances cash flow management and provides real-time decision-making to SEM executives, said Ned Lilly, OpenMFG president and CEO.
It offers SEMs real-time visibility across the entire supply chain process, from ordering raw materials to manufacturing to shipping, he added. All of these functions are supported by integrated financial applications to handle accounts receivable, accounts payable and the general ledger. Both the OpenMFG client and the OpenMFG server run on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and several commercial Unix platforms, such as Sun Solaris, HP-UX and IBM AIX.
OpenMFG sells through certified channel partners and its own direct sales operation, pricing its software according to an affordable annual site license model. The company also offers its own industrial engineering services in conjunction with the installation of its software, although it typically partners in this area with consultants in its channel program. There are no additional license fees for component software costs, and the customer is totally free from vendor lock-in.