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What effort does it take to deploy an open source ERP?

Koroliov, Vadim LU (2012) INFM02 20112
Department of Informatics
Abstract
ERP systems are rapidly becoming a de facto standard in business activity. While large and medium-sized companies have the luxury to afford proprietary ERP solutions, small companies are struggling with resource poverty which forces them to consider other solutions. One solution available could be open source ERP products especially since these are without a license cost. However, there is little knowledge available on open source ERP adoption in small companies. That is why the first step is to spread light on open source ERP deployment in terms of knowledge and time. The purpose is accomplished by using the research framework based on Technology Acceptance Model 2 (TAM2), usability testing and user training and education factors. The... (More)
ERP systems are rapidly becoming a de facto standard in business activity. While large and medium-sized companies have the luxury to afford proprietary ERP solutions, small companies are struggling with resource poverty which forces them to consider other solutions. One solution available could be open source ERP products especially since these are without a license cost. However, there is little knowledge available on open source ERP adoption in small companies. That is why the first step is to spread light on open source ERP deployment in terms of knowledge and time. The purpose is accomplished by using the research framework based on Technology Acceptance Model 2 (TAM2), usability testing and user training and education factors. The factors of Perceived Ease of Use (PEOU) and Perceived Usefulness (PU) are used to determine the ease of deployment process, and the usefulness of the open source ERP deployed in relation to the made effort. The research method implied a pre-study and an experiment. The pre-study’s purpose was to obtain an insight on open source ERP deployment process before any experiments are made. An initial experiment was setup with three IT-related students. The empirical study was then complemented with additional three students with non-IT background in order to build evidence for stronger conclusions. The findings suggest that user with advanced computer skills perceive open source ERP deployment process as easy, and the open source ERP being useful to the business activity. (Less)
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author
Koroliov, Vadim LU
supervisor
organization
course
INFM02 20112
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Open source ERP, Open source ERP adoption, Open source ERP deployment
report number
INF12-001
language
English
id
2301635
date added to LUP
2012-02-03 15:02:51
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  abstract     = {ERP systems are rapidly becoming a de facto standard in business activity. While large and medium-sized companies have the luxury to afford proprietary ERP solutions, small companies are struggling with resource poverty which forces them to consider other solutions. One solution available could be open source ERP products especially since these are without a license cost. However, there is little knowledge available on open source ERP adoption in small companies. That is why the first step is to spread light on open source ERP deployment in terms of knowledge and time. The purpose is accomplished by using the research framework based on Technology Acceptance Model 2 (TAM2), usability testing and user training and education factors. The factors of Perceived Ease of Use (PEOU) and Perceived Usefulness (PU) are used to determine the ease of deployment process, and the usefulness of the open source ERP deployed in relation to the made effort. The research method implied a pre-study and an experiment. The pre-study’s purpose was to obtain an insight on open source ERP deployment process before any experiments are made. An initial experiment was setup with three IT-related students. The empirical study was then complemented with additional three students with non-IT background in order to build evidence for stronger conclusions. The findings suggest that user with advanced computer skills perceive open source ERP deployment process as easy, and the open source ERP being useful to the business activity.},
  author       = {Koroliov, Vadim},
  keyword      = {Open source ERP,Open source ERP adoption,Open source ERP deployment},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {What effort does it take to deploy an open source ERP?},
  year         = {2012},
}