What is Rabio? Q&A

Read questions & answers for Rapid Business Information Organizer, the Rabio open source budgeting software.

Q. What is Rabio?

A. Rabio is the Rapid Business Information Organizer. It is a an open source software system for recording financial activities like business budgeting and cost control. It is using the cost breakdown structure.

Q. Is Rabio Open Source?

A. Rabio is an open source project.
It is distributed with the GNU GPLv3 license.
You can download and install it for free from here

Q. What is Rabio Docs?

A. Rabio Docs is a simple web document editor. It is powered by Rabio back end engine and by using a simple browser users are able to write documents, print them, share them as public or share them along with other users or keep them private.
It is an open source project and it is distributed with the GNU GPLv3 license.
You can download Rabio Docs here.

Q. Is Rabio suitable for Cost Control?

A. Rabio can be implemented as the main data source of a cost control system. A Cost Breakdown Structure can easily be integrated into Rabio’s database.
Read more here for Rabio Cost Control.

Q. What is the Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS)?

For the development of a project, it is necessary a Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS) which is a cost allocation to the lowest level of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS) is a breakdown of the costs of the various components and elements of the project’s structure including all works or services done by the subcontractors. The CBS is used to continuously check & compare the actual costs with the budget, and integrate to the cost control management system.

Read more for Cost Breakdown Structure here.

Q. Can Rabio help in Project Management?

Rabio can be part of a project by covering a wide range of financial activities.

Read more here on how Rabio can help in Project Management.

Q. Is Rabio having a user system with roles & permissions?

A. Rabio comes with a user role management system which defines what a user can and cannot do. Read more for Rabio’s user system here.

Q. Which financial activities can be recorded?

A. Some of the financial activities that can be recorded are :

  • Budget
  • Costs
  • Actual Costs
  • Forecast
  • Projection
  • Production
  • Earned Value

Users can easily add any other financial activity

Q. What is a Key Performace Indicator or KPI?

A. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are measurable values that track an organization’s progress towards its goals. They are essentially benchmarks to assess how well specific activities contribute to overall success.

Q. Can I manage Eearned Value in Rabio?

A. Earned Value Management (or EVM) is a technique widely used for measuring project performance against the project baseline, in most cases the original budget. It is a crucial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) especially for construction projects. Earned Value can be managed in Rabio. Read more here for Earned Value Management or EVM and hot to integrate it in Rabio.

Q. What is a center in Rabio?

A. Center is typical business unit that incurs costs. In Rabio it can be renamed and used also as Cost Center or Cost Centre.

A definition of cost center is shown in the video

Q. What is a category in Rabio?

A. Category is a financial procedure (measured or not) that is repeated among the typical business units. In many cases it is called as Cost Category.

Q. How tags are used in Rabio?

A. Tags are part or Rabio’s structure and they can be used across the financial activities recording to point and report details or summaries for entities like suppliers, employees, or others not listed in the system. It is flexible and easy to use categorization of costs or expenses. Read more for Tags in Rabio here.

Q. Where Rabio can be used?

A. Rabio can be used on business in order to record and report financial activities like :

Q. Can Rabio integrate data from other IT systems?

A. Rabio can integrate with other IT systems like accountancy software or other data sources. Data manipulation and data processing using Rabio’s flexible data structure can produce a series of accurate reports.

Q. Can Rabio export data in various formats?

A. Rabio can export data of all financial activities. Export formats are :

  • Excel Spreadsheets (.xls files)
  • CSV Files (.csv)
  • XML

Q. Is there any content available for Rabio?

A. Rabio comes with detailed documentation.

Q. Can I watch videos for Rabio on Youtube?

A. A channel is available on Youtube for Rabio here
Part of the channel is a playlist of training videos available watch here

Q.What are managers in Rabio?

A. Managers are used to :

  • organize and record financial activities like Budget, Expenses or Costs
  • create calculated results from other managers

See more for Rabio managers here

Q. What are the technical specifications?

A. Rabio is based on a powerful back-end system which is using web technology. The operation of the system is supported by a server. Depending the size of the project a capable server is necessary to overcome various operations. Minimum requirements for a server are shown in the list below:

  • Operating System Win 10 Pro
  • 1 TB HDD
  • 16 GB RAM
  • CPU Intel i7 or AMD A10

Q. Are there working examples of Rabio?

A. You can find a list of working examples of Rabio in action in the available post category in our blog here

Q. Can Rabio be installed in XAMPP?

XAMPP is a completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP. Rabio can be installed on XAMPP.
You can download XAMPP from here

Q. Where can I find more for Rabio?

You can find more for Rabio on internet following any of these links:

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