… at least according Smile , a French consulting company.

They studied Open-Source ERPs in their latest white paper. It is available for download here . And here is what they said about ERP5 at page 77:

ERP5 va même jusqu’à gérer les paies alors qu’aucun autre ERP libre n’est allé aussi loin

Which roughly translates to:

ERP5 even manage payroll, while any other free software ERP has gone as far

Hey wait. I wrote this module!

And here is their final evaluation (0 is the lowest, 5 the highest note) of all payroll systems for each ERP (from page 88):




★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)


☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5)


☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5)


★★★★☆ (4/5)


☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5)

Compiere GPL

☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5)

As you can see I not only got the first place: I wiped out the competition.

Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, but I was so happy to get this distinction after so many pain trying to transform laws into code that I couldn’t resist… :)

The payroll modules were one of my biggest contribution as a core developer on ERP5 . It was capable of producing the paysheets of all Nexedi’s employees. Here is an example:

These modules were so extensive that I wrote a detailed tutorial based on them. As it was the only comprehensive documentation available on ERP5, my work virtually became the ERP5’s bible for developers for a while.

The English translation is available for download . The original French version , titled Développez votre propre ERP grâce aux Business Templates ERP5 has disappeared from the web.

This document was enough of a reference to be cited in a couple of academic papers from 2006 to 2009:

The irony is that after leaving the open-source ERP world in 2007, I was recruited by Smile in 2011, the very same company which produced the original white paper. My job? Working full on OpenERP , the direct competitor of ERP5.