75 Open Source Replacements for Popular Small Business Software: Page 2

These free apps can help SMBs lower costs while improving productivity.
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Desktop Publishing


Replaces: InDesign, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office Publisher

Scribus gives small businesses access to a professional-quality graphics design program without the high price tag. It's perfect for creating your own brochures, newsletters, sales materials and other documents. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.


22. Collabtive

Replaces: Basecamp

This group collaboration and project management system is a lot like Basecamp--and it even imports Basecamp data. It's available as a free download for you to host on your own server or on a SaaS basis. Operating System: OS Independent.

23. Evolution

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

Often called "The Outlook of Linux," Evolution's group e-mail, calendar, and contact manager should feel very familiar to anyone who's used Microsoft's product. Key features include spam filtering, advanced search, encryption and more. Operating System: Linux.

24. Group-Office

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

Group-Office combines shared calendar and e-mail with project management, CRM and file-sharing features. The server version is free, or you can pay for the online hosted version. Operating System: OS Independent.

25. phpGroupWare

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook, Sharepoint

This enormous project includes more than 50 separate groupware apps that you can mix and match as your needs dictate. It's part of the GNU project, and it scales to meet the needs of very small businesses, large multinationals and everything in between. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

26. Thunderbird with Lightning

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

The group behind the Firefox browser also offers an e-mail client (Thunderbird) and a calendar app (Lightning). When used together, the two apps offer a good alternative to Outlook. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

27. Zimbra

Replaces: Microsoft Exchange

The self-proclaimed "leader in open source email and collaboration," Zimbra offers an open source server version, a commercial network version, and a free desktop client. It boasts more than 70 million paid users around the world. Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X.


28. Zen Cart

Replaces: Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Designed to be used by people who aren't IT experts, Zen Cart aims to make it easy for anyone to run their own e-commerce site. Key features include an XHTML template system, multiple shipping options, multiple payment methods, a newsletter manager, gift certificates, discount coupons and more. Operating System: OS Independent.

29. PrestaShop

Replaces: Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Downloaded nearly 1.4 million times, PrestaShop describes itself as secure, powerful, fast and, of course, free. It includes more than 275 features, including one-page checkout, product zoom-in, search-engine-friendly URLs and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

30. Magento

Replaces: Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Owned by eBay, Magento powers websites for OfficeMax, Harbor Freight Tools, The North Face and many other online merchants. In addition to the free community version, it comes in commercially supported versions for businesses of all sizes, including an SaaS version called Magento Go. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

31. osCommerce

Replaces: Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Boasting a community of more than 262,300 users, developers and partners, osCommerce offers a feature-rich e-commerce solution with plenty of free support and add-ons available. It currently powers more than 12,600 live online stores. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

32. Broadleaf Commerce

Replaces: Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Used by companies like the Pep Boys, Ganz, the Container Store and Waste Management, this e-commerce solution is powerful enough for the needs of large enterprises, but user-friendly enough for most small businesses. Paid support and services are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

33. nopCommerce

Replaces: Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Based on Microsoft architecture and development tools, nopCommerce offers a stable, PCI DSS-compliant e-commerce solution. Check out the site to see a demo of both its front-end and back-end tools. Operating System: Windows.


34. xTuple PostBooks

Replaces: NetSuite , Microsoft Dynamics

The open source PostBooks version of xTuple's ERP software includes accounting, CRM, sales, purchasing, product definition, inventory and distribution, and reporting. The company also offers commercial versions that add features and paid support; it also offers a version that runs on Amazon's EC2 cloud infrastructure. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

35. webERP

Replaces: NetSuite , Microsoft Dynamics

This Web-based solution allows small business owners and managers to keep tabs on their companies' operations using only a Web browser and a PDF reader. The site includes links to partners who offer third-party support and hosting services. Operating System: OS Independent.

36. EdgeERP

Replaces: NetSuite , Microsoft Dynamics

A community-oriented fork of webERP, EdgeERP offers a similar feature set. It boasts reliability, accessibility and flexibility. Operating System: OS Independent.

37. Phreedom

NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics

The developers of the Phreebooks accounting suite have expanded the software into a full-blown ERP suite tailored for SMBs. The core software is free, but some add-ons require a fee. Operating System: OS Independent.

38. Openbravo ERP

Replaces: NetSuite , Microsoft Dynamics

This popular open source ERP solution incorporates accounting and financial management, procurement management, warehouse management, production management, sales management, project and service management, CRM, master data management and some business intelligence functionality. You can download the free community version from the site; paid versions with additional features are available through third-party partners. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

39. Neogia

Replaces: NetSuite , Microsoft Dynamics

This French ERP solution (with English translation available) caters to SMBs. It offers a modular design and ease of use. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

40. OpenERP

Replaces: NetSuite , Microsoft Dynamics

This full-featured ERP solution includes modules for CRM, accounting, point of sale, project management, warehouse management, human resources, purchasing, manufacturing, marketing, invoicing and an application builder. You can also purchase an enterprise subscription if you need support, or you can use the online version on an SaaS basis. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

41. Compiere

Replaces: NetSuite , Microsoft Dynamics

Compiere, which means "to accomplish, complete, fulfill" in Italian, boasts "the most modern, adaptable and affordable ERP solution." It's been downloaded more than a million times. The Consana Corporation, which owns the project, also offers paid enterprise and cloud versions. Operating System: OS Independent.

42. ADempiere

Replaces: NetSuite , Microsoft Dynamics

This community-oriented fork of Compiere offers a great deal of free help and documentation for small business owners interested in a completely free ERP solution. It offers sales, purchasing, manufacturing management, material management, finance, HR, project management, CRM, POS, ecommerce, business intelligence and financial management and reporting capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

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