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Securing your system

Quick post of a script worth using. If your openerpserver is running on a Linux server, this server should be secured. Linux is a more secure server than Windows, but still is vulnerable to attacks. If you are new to the security field in Linux, there is a tool you should try, Bastille Unix. If you are using an

Ubuntu distribution, you can install this tool with the following command:

# sudo apt-get install bastille

After running the command bastille, you will see a wizard like window interface which will guide you through the different steps of hardening your system. These steps involve setting file permissions, disabling FTP, Firewall, Printing, disabling unnecesary services and accounts. Not only this is a very good tutorial on Linux security, but also a tool for hardening your system.

Be aware that your security obligations do not end here, this is just a very good first step.

Cheers,

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Thoughts on a modular OpenERP

February 18, 2011 2 comments
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Sharing my thoughts on how we have been using OpenERP these past four months. Couple of our customer (which happen to be small businesses) appreciate it as a full integrated system, and they are starting to use most of its modules. Starting with financial management for creating invoices and receiving payments. Pretty much managing its finances. Then they use the logistics and purchasing modules, and they have started planning for the CRM modules.

Those clients happen to be very small and they don’t have a large budget for a full-fledged ERP implementation, so they use it as they learn it. They started playing with it and from time to time they call us to help them with their questions or problems. And I think this list is growing for a couple of reasons. They find a lot of functionality and they love it. Second reason is, it gives them a chance to run away from Microsoft. We set world records when it comes to software piracy in Argentina, and the law has become stricter about it. Nowadays small businesses are being audited and are being forced to either buy Microsoft (plus other) licenses, or go open source. And many are choosing open source. And they are finding OpenERP a super option for getting rid of Microsoft Windows servers and Microsoft SQL servers. In the long run, this is a great scenario for cloud computing, but more on that on a later post.

Now, we finished a project and starting a new one. With different clients. We could safely say they are not related to OpenERP but we ended up using it. Why? Because OpenERP provided us with the infraestructure we needed for our projects. The system provided with the business objects (and forms, reports and views) necessary for deploying our applications.

In one project we needed to keep track of attendances with a fingerprint reader. So we used the contract, employee and attendances business objects provided by OpenERP. We just integrated the fingerprint reader module to the HR module. And the customer is pretty much happy with this, plus it saved us a lot of hours. Now we are starting a project where we need to calculate the safety stock, reorder point and order size for a manufacturing company. We will use the MRP module in OpenERP since it will provide us the business objects we need for this project (such as Bill of Materials).

Well, using OpenERP business objects is an scenario we never anticipated, and we are very happy with it. And we are very glad OpenERP is getting more and more modular. Plus, it is a good way to expand the OpenERP presence in customers.

Have a great weekend!

First steps in OpenERP 6.0. Creating and configuring the company

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The best way to know OpenERP is to try it. Developing a proof of concept. That is how you will get to know what are the possibilities of this system, what it takes to configure it, get a good grasp on the community and the time it takes to implement it. You can do it alone or guided with a consultant. Both ways work, a consultant will save you a lot of time.

So, how do you start? Well, the first step is to install it and have it running. I will not go into the details on how to install it, I can only recommend buying a VPS Linux server (there are two or three which have are excellent and are affordable). Then you can follow the detailed steps on how to install OpenERP on the documentation pages.

What I am going to talk about now is what you should do first in order to know the system. This is covered in the OpenERP book in the First Steps in OpenERP. You should read it (I encourage you to buy the book since it is an excellent read and for $40 it will save you lots of hours). The idea is to configure a system that buys products from suppliers (and pays them), manages the stocks of those products and sells those products to customers (while collecting their payments). Pretty much what every other company in this world does in order to make a living.

What should we do first? Well, I assume you already have OpenERP up and running. So we are going to set up the company. You do this by selecting the Administration > Configuration > Companies menu (in OpenERP 6.0):

Click on Companies and you will see the list of the companies already configured in your system. Click on the New Button to create a new one. You will see a form like this:

This form has a header and six tabs. On the header you only need to enter the Company name. Then in the General Information tab you should be able to enter the main currency for the company (more on this in later posts), header and footer information and the company logo (which will be printed in the many forms that are used by OpenERP).

You have two more tabs for customizing the Header and footer, along with its internals. We will not get into those items at this time. If you go to the Configuration tab you should be able to configure some parameters for the system, such as the Timesheet range or the Reserve Profit/Loss account. But this is taken care of in more detail in the Parameters section of the system. Same with the Other tab.

Skip the Other and Overdue Payments tabs since they are not necessary to configure by now.

After you have configured the company, you can go to the next section, which is configuring account types. But we will go into that in a latter post.

Cheers,