According to the company, the release features 85 new applications, including a touchscreen point-of-sale, kanban views and enterprise social features.
The touchscreen point-of-sale. This web application works on any tablet PC or iPad, requiring no installation. It also works in disconnected mode with a semi-real time synchronization technology, so merchants can continue operating even without a web connection. It can be fully integrated with other OpenERP applications like Inventory Management and Accounting.
The kanban views. This visual board allows users to control their activities at a glance and manage them using drag-and-drop or quick actions. It can be used with numerous other OpenERP applications. As an example, in the CRM application a salesperson will be able to manage his sales funnel by drag-and-dropping business opportunities and launching actions such as scheduling a meeting or converting to a quotation in a single click.
Enterprise social features. OpenERP 6.1 introduces several social features, including a smart system to share documents with customers or suppliers, and a synchronization mechanism that allows business flows to be fully integrated between companies. For example, if a company shares an invoice with a customer, the customer can automatically integrate it in his management application as a supplier invoice without having to re-encode the information.
The OpenERP community, which includes more than 1,500 active members, has contributed more than 1,500 modules to OpenERP. A network of certified partners, established in more than 80 countries, deploys the solution locally. According to OpenERP, the software is downloaded a thousand times a day. Many OpenERP apps are available in an online apps library.
An online demo of OpenERP 6.1 is available.
Enterprise Apps Today contributor Vangie Beale wrote a review of OpenERP's Online CRM Module in September.