Indictrans - ERPNext Meetup @ Indictrans, Pune

By Gupteshwar Joshi 26 January 2017 general No comments yet

This was Pune’s 1st ERPNext meet up and it was organized by Indictrans Team on 14th January 2017. It was a good experience to organize this event and we would like to thank you all for making it a success. It was heartening to receive an unexpected participation from over ~40 people. The attending crowd consisted of people from Frappè Team, Academicians, Customers, Probable Customers, Enthusiasts, Students, Service Providers, Freelancers and Indictrans Team.

Meetup started with a recent Success Story of implementing ERPNext at Frost Group Nigeria. Mr.Gupteshwar (co-founder of Indictrans)presented this case study. Indictrans Team did this implementation with the help of Mr. Abraham L, of GoldenwaveTechnologies, Nigeria. This is a unique implementation we delivered using the capabilities of ERPNext Roles, Permissions and Access Policies. Frost Group is a group of companies having five independent business units managed through the Mother Company. The unique value Indictranscould offer to the Frost group through our solution consisted of ERP functionalities limited to each individual business units but data access to group CEO to suit their organisational structure.

We discussed about challenges faced during the implementation, solutions arrived at through ERPNext, other implementation details and summarized it to highlight the efforts in making the solution a success for the client.

Prof.Shrikant Mulik representing NMIMSCollege, Mumbai, took over the dais to address another session. His address was on the ‘Adaptability and Perception of businesses for right fit for anorganisation’. There is decent range of products with variety of features and still without any license fees.

These are very cost effective for usage. Most of the times businesses fall short of evaluating a right fit by sifting through all necessary parameters, and instead they go by their gut feeling of market adaptability. This leads to higher costs and lower returns. There need to be equal efforts from eco-system as well as peripheral units or individuals to raise awareness and build confidence in the industry about evaluating the right fit to reach out to right needs in market.

 ERPNext founder Mr.Rushabh Mehta (the man who madepossible the best for next generation ERP) took over from Prof. Shrikant. First, he shared the updates on ERPNext Foundation and next step forward. He shared his thoughts as a part of foundation, apprised us on the new mantra of 20% contribution from the community in coming days to boost the community driven contribution.

Then he updated on the ERPNext 8 (new release) with major features such as Kanban, Email Inbox, Audit Trail and many more fixes. He emphasized on the “Quality” of product. He mentioned “Quality is Attitude”,  “Quality delivers value (profitability)”. He added how it is important to adhere to this value system driven by Quality. It reminded us of a sentence, ‘Cycle is temporary. Class is Permanent – JRD’.

Later Rushabh added, “Successfor an Open Source product lies in the practice that, when someone adds a valueto the product for self, that value comes back to community as well for futureuse”. This has multiple benefits. One crucial benefit is that, it saves redevelopment efforts and costs for others and original contributor gets an assurance of the added feature’s maintenance forever. This is much required education for the business owners adopting ERPNext for self.

Next session was mainly related to “Contribution to ERPNext planned by the Indictrans Team”. This includes FedEx and QuickBooks integration with ERPNext. Suyash, Arpit and Gupteshwarfrom IndictransTeam presented the integration work done by them. Presentation was followed by Q&A. Rushabh gave us many suggestions and feedback over design and name of the App. He shared his views that with more efforts in this direction this addition could become a part of core product. To make it more generic, 15-25% more work would be required. In this discussion, Mr. Yashodhan added his thoughts and shared his feedback about integrations. He underscored the need of such a feature for logistic management organizations.

Even the lunch time turned out to be a lively affair. Networking and various discussions happened during the lunch breaks.

Post lunch, Mr. Satishshared his thoughts about ERPNext and his past experience in SAP. He recently started exploring market of ERPNext as a service provider.

Then meetup moved to last session of Prize Distribution. Indictrans Team has been conducting quizzes in last 20 days before meetup and over ~35 people participated in it. Quiz winners have been awarded with T-shirts.

The Meetup was an exciting and informative expecting more such great meetups in future.

Thanks everyone for becoming a part of ERPNextMeetup.

Gupteshwar Joshi

Gupteshwar has a 10+ years of extensive experience in IT sector. He has worked on various domains such as GIS, BI, ERPNext, Spatial Visualization and analysis. He is at the helm of all the Technology and Operations at NITPL. He has an exceptional zeal for innovation in technology and an explicit eye for detail.

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