Jim Clark, CEOWith the need to embrace and integrate emerging technology trends, the role of a CIO is rapidly evolving to balance current trends with the future demands of organizations’ operational realities. The boom of mobile technology, business analytics, cloud computing, and social platforms in the business landscape has driven many CIOs to find ways to align their investment decisions within functional silos. The need of the hour is a turnkey solution that promises enhanced performance and scalability. “IBM has created a strong foothold in the evolving landscape. They have ventured into open source with Linux, Apache HTTP Server, MySQL and PHP components— offering Turbo LAMP stack,” says Jim Clark, CEO of OpenPro, a Fountain Valley, CA—based firm. OpenPro is one of the leading providers of licensed open source ERP software that leverages on its close association with IBM to serve customers seeking solutions that add value to their overall business. “Our software runs on LAMP technology, giving customers reporting, support and training for both their hardware and software.” OpenPro’s software is compatible with platforms such as IBM P I X Z series, IBM AS400 and Linux, and runs using the Apache Web server. Furthermore, the solutions offered by OpenPro are designed for databases such as IBM DB2, MySQL and Microsoft SQL.
According to Clark, there are several ways that clients benefit from the OpenPro IBM relationship. “We have partnered with IBM for more than 15 years and our clients have immense faith in the reliability of IBM’s hardware and its operating systems (OS). We firmly believe in helping our clients maintain their business standards by providing a complete, user-friendly solution,” asserts Clark. The firm’s web-based complete ERP software package uses open architecture enabled on IBM PureSystems and serves companies from a variety of industries, including the manufacturing sector.The software integrates back office manufacturing with Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Financials and Accounting, Human Resources(HR) and e-business capabilities to support the needs of today's enterprises.The software integrates back office manufacturing with Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Financials and Accounting, Human Resources(HR) and e-business capabilities to support the needs of today's enterprises.
With constant technological evolution, OpenPro believes in embracing the latest industry trends and therefore has integrated social media and email processing technology into its offerings and mobile solutions to enable users to carry out transactions anytime and anywhere.
We have partnered with IBM for more than 15 years and our clients have immense faith in the reliability of IBM’s hardware and its operating systems
“Our company is also offering secured enterprise-wide mobile management software solutions to maximize control over operations and better serve customers,” adds Clark. The firm’s OpenPro Mobile solution assists clients in accessing pertinent operational data for quick decision making, while providing improved tracking capabilities and security for their operations.
Many companies experience almost immediate benefits with the adoption of OpenPro ERP solutions. In one instance, a renowned automotive parts distributor specialist in Toyota-based parts, upgraded from a legacy platform to OpenPro with IBM hardware. After the solution’s implementation, the client’s business tripled within the first year and they were also able to re-duce staff involvement as the application allowed their customers to directly place their order on OpenPro’s E-commerce shopping cart application. The client achieved a quicker turnaround time with the orders that needed packing and preparation for pickup or delivery. “We do not leave our clients halfway after implementing a solution. We consult with them and improve their business workflow by automating and streamlining business operations,” insists Clark.
In the highly competitive ERP domain, OpenPro differentiates itself through a unique combination of features bestowed by its long-standing partnership with IBM, moderate price point, and product functionalities. “OpenPro is proud to partner with IBM and as IBM innovates, so does OpenPro. We are both striving to provide the best products on the market and that is what makes us a great team,” concludes Clark.