OpenMFG Launches Development Partner Program Open Source-Based ERP Grows into Platform for Third-Party Solutions

    NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- OpenMFG, the leading provider of
 open source-based enterprise solutions for small manufacturers and
 distributors, today announced a dramatic expansion of its OpenMFG Partner
 Program.  The new program will significantly expand the opportunities for
 developers and systems integrators to build software solutions on the OpenMFG
     OpenMFG's flagship product is an advanced Enterprise Resource Planning
 (ERP) software solution built with open source components, such as the Linux
 operating system, the PostgreSQL database, and the OpenRPT report writer.
 Available OpenMFG modules include Inventory Management, Part Definition and
 Costing, Work Order Management, Master Scheduling, Capacity Planning, Purchase
 Order Management, Sales Order Management, Shipping and Receiving, Sales
 Analysis, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bank Reconciliation, and a
 full General Ledger.
     Under the company's existing license and Value-Added Reseller (VAR)
 partner agreement, customers and VARs have full access to the application
 source code, and any enhancements made to the product flow back to OpenMFG for
 review, quality testing, and possible incorporation into the baseline product.
 "For core ERP system functionality," notes Frank Parks of EzBizPartner, a
 certified OpenMFG VAR partner in Chicago, "this arrangement makes all the
 sense in the world.  The VAR is paid to develop the exact functionality the
 customer requires, and the vendor takes responsibility for ongoing support of
 the solution."  EzBizPartner has contributed several significant enhancements
 to the OpenMFG codebase under this model.
     The expanded Development Partner Program, however, will embrace third-
 party developers who wish to sell applications and solutions that integrate
 with OpenMFG, or could be packaged as separate modules of new functionality.
 Examples include document control for regulatory compliance or quality control
 systems, data collection systems for shop floor and warehouse environments, or
 human resources and payroll applications.  Solutions built by OpenMFG
 Development Partners will be marketed and sold by OpenMFG and its network of
 VAR partners.
     There are three levels to the Development Partner Program:
     1.  Silver.  Intended for free-standing applications that integrate with
         OpenMFG through an API.  Development Partner has completed OpenMFG
         Partner Training, and the solution has been QA-tested in OpenMFG labs.
         Development Partner receives a royalty on each new sale.
     2.  Gold.  Meets all Silver qualifications, plus the solution can be
         accessed directly from within the OpenMFG application.  Royalty is
         slightly higher.
     3.  Platinum.  Meets all Gold qualifications, plus the Development Partner
         has completed OpenMFG Master Partner Certification.  Highest
     One charter member of the Development Partner Program is Tova Systems of
 Pittsburgh, who has developed a document management solution for medical
 device manufacturers.  "We're excited to be offering our Tova products to
 OpenMFG customers and partners," said Tova President Wendy Levine.  "Because
 our solution is integrated directly into OpenMFG's production systems, our
 customers can be sure there's full accountability with regard to FDA and ISO
     All OpenMFG products are built with robust open-source components,
 including the Linux operating system, the PostgreSQL database, the Qt
 framework for C++, and OpenMFG's own OpenRPT report writer.  This underlying
 technology, invisible to the user, enables OpenMFG and its partners to deliver
 sophisticated ERP functionality at a very low total cost of ownership. It also
 enables a true multi-platform solution that incorporates Apple Mac OS X or
 Microsoft Windows, as well as Linux and other Unix variants.
     About OpenMFG
     OpenMFG, LLC develops next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP)
 software applications powered by open source software such as Linux,
 PostgreSQL, and Qt. OpenMFG products give companies visibility into costs,
 supply chains, processes, inventory and financial operations with a lower cost
 of ownership than competing products, and are sold to end-user customers
 through a network of value added partners throughout North America. For more
 information, please visit the company Web site at .


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