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Open Source Accounting

Open Source Accounting

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Open Source' is a buzz phrase that has been used by analysts for the last 3-4 years. Reports from leading analysts like Gartner and Forrester will often list Open Source as the next big thing in technology along with SAAS (Sofware as a Service) and Virtualisation. If we believed all of these reports a lot of the technology we will be using in the near future will be based on open source and delivered as a service in a virtual environment, and maybe it will. For the moment all of these technologies are growing but are not mainstream in small and medium sized organisations.

Often a lot of the hype surrounding Open Source leaves people with more questions than answers and does not explain the benefits to an organisation. This white paper takes one area of Accounts Software and looks at the issues of open source and puts it in the context of the current business software market. Through the white paper we look at the history of accounting applications, tray to explain open source and how it compares to traditional proprietary software. The aim of this white paper is to raise the understanding and awareness of Open Source and help get the full benefits and hopefully use it as a competitive weapon as some organisations already are.
Open Source' is a buzz phrase that has been used by analysts for the last 3-4 years. Reports from leading analysts like Gartner and Forrester will often list Open Source as the next big thing in technology along with SAAS (Sofware as a Service) and Virtualisation. If we believed all of these reports a lot of the technology we will be using in the near future will be based on open source and delivered as a service in a virtual environment, and maybe it will. For the moment all of these technologies are growing but are not mainstream in small and medium sized organisations.

Often a lot of the hype surrounding Open Source leaves people with more questions than answers and does not explain the benefits to an organisation. This white paper takes one area of Accounts Software and looks at the issues of open source and puts it in the context of the current business software market. Through the white paper we look at the history of accounting applications, tray to explain open source and how it compares to traditional proprietary software. The aim of this white paper is to raise the understanding and awareness of Open Source and help get the full benefits and hopefully use it as a competitive weapon as some organisations already are.

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Using Open Source Accounting Software in Small & MediumBusinessesOpen SourceAccounting SoftwareWhite Paper
 
Using Open Source Accounting Software in Small & Medium Businesses
Introduction
'Open Source' is a buzz phrase that has been used by analysts forthe last 3-4 years. Reports from leading analysts like Gartner andForrester will often list Open Source as the next big thing intechnology along with SAAS (Sofware as a Service) andVirtualisation. If we believed all of these reports a lot of thetechnology we will be using in the near future will be based onopen source and delivered as a service in a virtual environment,and maybe it will. For the moment all of these technologies aregrowing but are not mainstream in small and medium sizedorganisations.Often a lot of the hype surrounding Open Source leaves peoplewith more questions than answers and does not explain thebenets to an organisation. This white paper takes one area of Accounts Software and looks at the issues of open source and putsit in the context of the current business software market. Throughthe white paper we look at the history of accounting applications,tray to explain open source and how it compares to traditionalproprietary software. The aim of this white paper is to raise theunderstanding and awareness of Open Source and help get thefull benets and hopefully use it as a competitive weapon as someorganisations already are.
Outserve Ltd Copyright 2008
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
 
Using Open Source Accounting Software in Small & Medium Businesses
A brief history ofaccounting hardware andsoftware
The history of accounting hardware and software can be tracedback to 2400 BC to the Babylonian Abacus which later becamethe Roman Abacus. Since then there have been such notableinventions as double entry book keeping (1494), the slide rule(1622) and the mechanical calculator (1822). All of this wasbefore the rst accountancy rm was opened in 1845.The digital era saw IBM create the all transistor calculator in 1954which had to be housed in many cabinets and went on to be soldcommercially for $80,000. The speed at which the calculatorevolved was relatively slow by today's standards. 18 years later in1972 the four-function Sinclair Executive became the rst slimlinepocket calculator measuring 5.4×2.2×0.35 in (138×56×9 mm)and weighing 2.5 oz (70g). It retailed for around $150 (£79 in theUK). By the end of the 1970's, similar calculators were priced atless than $10 (£5).More big changes were to come in the 1960's when IBMintroduced the mainframe. Some of the rst programs formainframes were accounting software. Up until this time banksand large corporation were employing large amounts of people tomaintain hand written ledgers. With the implementation of accounting software the core nancial ledgers could becomputerised saving time and money. Continuing into the 1970'saccounts software continued to expand with many companiesoffering 'accounting packages' for mainframes but it was mostlystill only the large corporations that could afford these systemsdue to the prohibitive costs of the mainframe hardware. With theadvent of Personal Computers (PC's) in the late 1970's this was allabout to change. In 1979 VisiCalc became the rst spreadsheetprogram available for personal computers. Before VisiCalc aspreadsheet software program was unheard of and itrevolutionised the way people handled numbers and impactedmany areas.
Outserve Ltd Copyright 2008
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

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