Apache OFBiz™ is a community-driven open source ERP framework that is a top-level project at the Apache Software Foundation. The software is available under the Apache 2.0 software license, which means it is free for commercial purposes. Importantly, this also means that any modifications you make to the software are not required to be submitted back to the Apache Software Foundation.
In practice, HotWax Media likes to contribute code to the open source project in the form of bug fixes and generic functionality. We work closely with our clients to protect their business rules, project requirements, and any other “secret sauce” that has no place in the general open source code base.
Integrated suite of ERP applications
Apache OFBiz™ can be described as an integrated suite of ERP applications. These applications are designed to be flexible and customizable to real-world business requirements. The applications within OFBiz are designed to work together on top of a shared data model. This allows for a single-source system to function across a wide variety of business divisions within an organization. For example, inventory can be received, orders placed and fulfilled, and accounting transactions executed all on the same integrated system.