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Latest release Adempiere 3.4.2-stable / 2008-12-20; 107 days ago
Preview release Adempiere 3.5.3a / 2008-12-21; 106 days ago
Operating system Windows, Linux, Unix
Available in 21 languages
License GPLv2

Adempiere (pronounced ah-DEHM-pyeh-reh, in italian means "to fulfil, to accomplish") is a community-driven project which develops and supports an open source business solution of the same name, that delivers Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management and Supply Chain Management functionality.

The project name comes from the Italian word meaning 'to fulfill' but with additional context of "to complete, reach, practice, perform the duties of, or free (discharge), it also means to honor and respect".


[edit] History

The Adempiere project was created in September 2006 after a long running disagreement between ComPiere Inc., the developers of Compiere, and the community that formed around that project. The community believed Compiere Inc. placed too much emphasis on the open source nature of the project, rather than the community nature of the project, and after an impassioned discussion[1] decided to split from Compiere giving birth to the Adempiere project.

[edit] Project structure

As a community based project all are entitled to their say and are encouraged to do so but, with community members in over 30 countries stretched across six continents, for practical purposes the project is guided by a Council of contributors. A leader is nominated from this Council to act as overall Project Manager. The role of the Adempiere Council is to:

  • Support decisions of the leader.
  • Accept contributions.
  • Define the roadmap.
  • Review and approve specifications.
  • Vote for new functionalities.
  • Approve changes to core.

[edit] Goals of this project

The goal of the Adempiere project is the creation of a community developed and supported open source business solution. The project's community believes that best method of attaining this goal is in the implementation of the Bazaar from Eric Raymond's famous article The Cathedral and the Bazaar. And indeed, ADempiere's rise, within a matter of weeks, to the top five in the rankings could be considered confirmation of the power of the Bazaar as expressed by Raymond.

[edit] Business functionality

The following business areas are addressed by the Adempiere application:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Financial Performance Analysis
  • Integrated Point of sale (POS) solution
  • Integrated Web Store
  • Manufacturing (in beta testing for Release 3.5), contributed by the Libero project of e-Evolution

[edit] Architecture

Adempiere inherited the Adaptative Data Dictionary from the Compiere project. This architecture allows for the extension of the database Data Dictionary concept into the application, which in turn allows for the management of the application's entities and their validation rules, as well as screen layout and display logic from within the application itself. A (Workflow Management Coalition) and Object Management Group (OMG) standards based workflow engine is utilised to provide Business Process Management. These features allow for the rapid customization of the application to a business needs as it evolves.

[edit] Technology

Adempiere is developed with J2EE technology, specifically utilising the JBoss application server. Currently database support is restricted to Oracle and PostgreSQL, but database independence is a priority technology goal of the project.

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