If Open Source Business Software for SME’s is currently a niche market then Open Source Accounting Software must be a super-niche market. Although uptake of Open Source Accounting Software is small (especially compared to a Sage or a Quickbooks) there may be many more businesses and organisations who could take advantage of solution that are available if there was a greater awareness the software and its possible benefits.
To try and explain the current market for accounting software and some of the possible benefits of open source I have drafted a white paper. Producing this white paper for download has also given me the opportunity to try out a few different ways to make a document available.
As well as hosting and embedding the document on sites like edocr and scribd I have also made it available for download on the Outserve website where we are using the Docman an open source component for Joomla. Docman is a great Joomla component for managing downloads (and uploads) which has good functionality and even downloadable themes. If you want to require signup/login to get access to a download then docman combines with the standard Joomla site registration to give access control although may not be the slickest solution.
If the format is useful then I intend to write other white papers on other areas that I think require further investigation and explaination