Odoo is an all-in-one management software that offers a range of business applications that form a complete suite of enterprise management applications targeting companies of all sizes. Odoo is an all-in-one business software including CRM, website/e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, warehouse – and project management, and inventory.
The Community version is the open source version while the Enterprise version supplements the Community edition with commercial features and services. This chart bootstraps an Odoo deployment on a Kubernetes cluster using the Helm package manager.
Odoo is not just a standard management platform – it encompasses sales and project management in a single tool, and enriches them with a variety of MRP, POS, and e-commerce functions to deliver a universal solution that can help all businesses manage all types of operations. Furthermore, the system goes a step ahead integrating every sales channel you can think of, which combined with its powerful inventory management, makes for the best business management solution to be found on the market these days.
Besides, Odoo is cloud-based and offers a free basic plan for 1 app and suitable for up to 50 users. The transition to some of the other two plans is painless and covers all the apps you need. Its strong technical foundation is a guarantee of usability, as the system involves approximately 300 new apps per month. It is because of that that the system has over 2,000,000 users at the moment, being available in 23 languages, and serving almost all geographies around the world.
Odoo covers all sorts of business operations, from project management, CRM, and HR to inventory control and omnichannel sales. Being such a universal solution, Odoo doesn’t simply blend within your software infrastructure – after a while, it replaces the multiple applications you’re using to manage your sales process. Being aware of its functionality, one might think Odoo is a complex system, but the truth is it delivers one of the most streamlined, easy-to-manage interfaces, and offers remarkable support and community back up to ensure there won’t be any problem while using it.
Odoo breaks the image of traditional ERP systems, mostly because it is highly modular: there are over 1000 modules to start with, and the user is free to add more while using it. As integrated as it is, Odoo will never compromise the benefits it initially delivers, regardless of the app you’re using to cover your business processes.
What is more, Odoo is the definition of lowering TCO (total cost of ownership). The truth is every ERP system will offer the same, but by the time you start seeing your investment pay off, you’re usually way past it to evaluate the genuine difference. In the Odoo case, you have a modern, integrated, and regularly updated tool which can easily replace the rest of your BPM apps from day one. In the meanwhile, you will experience improved and timely delivery, lower inventory and administrative costs, accurate reporting, and reduction of cycle times. While speaking of it, let’s not forget Odoo offers a no-cost lifetime package that can be perfectly enough to cover the needs of startups and small businesses.
Finally, the flexibility of the system will allow you to tailor it even to your most specific needs, and to keep pace with the alterations in your business scenario.
From inception, Odoo S.A / OpenERP S.A have released software as open source but starting with the V9.0 release, the company has transitioned to an open core model which provides subscription-based proprietary enterprise software and cloud-hosted software as a service, and a cut-down community version.
In 2013, the not-for-profit Odoo Community Association was formed to promote the widespread use of Odoo and to support the collaborative development of Odoo features. This organization has over 150 members who are a mix of individuals and organizations. However, there are over 20,000 people that contribute to the Odoo community.
Odoo S.A. switched its focus from being a service company to focus more on software publishing and the SaaS business. Customized programming, support, and other services are provided by an active global community and a network of over 700 official partners and integrators.
Apps / Modules / components
The prime benefit of Odoo is its extensible architecture. A large number of freelancers and organizations develop Odoo Apps or Modules and place them in the marketplace for sale or to be downloaded for free. The main Odoo components are the OpenObject framework, about 30 core modules (also called official modules) and more than 5000 community modules. Most Odoo modules are available in Odoo S.A’s marketplace where the community could buy or download many modules for free. As per 9 July 2018, 15759 Apps or modules were found on the marketplace in different categories. Most modules are served in all active versions of 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0.
Odoo has been used as a component of university courses, and it became a compulsory subject for the baccalaureate in France, just like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A study on experiential learning suggested that Odoo (then known as OpenERP provides a suitable alternative to proprietary systems to supplement teaching.
Odoo also offers a completely free programme called Odoo Education, which allows teachers and/or students to create an Odoo database for academic purposes.
Several books have been written about Odoo, some covering specific areas such as accounting or development.
The three last LTS versions are supported in parallel. This means that when a new LTS version is released, an older version reaches its end-of-life and is not supported anymore. As an example, 9.0 LTS will be supported along with 10.0 LTS and 11.0 LTS, but it will reach end-of-life when 12.0 LTS is released.
With 10.000+ apps in, Odoo covers all your business needs in a one-stop solution: no more interfaces between different software required. Odoo apps are perfectly integrated to each other, allowing you to fully automate your business processes.
Everything you need within a top notch user experience.
The open source model of Odoo has allowed us to leverage thousands of developers and business experts to build hundreds of apps in just a few years.
With strong technical foundations, Odoo’s framework is unique. It provides top notch usability that scales across all apps.
Usability improvements made on Odoo will automatically apply to all of our fully integrated apps.
That way, Odoo evolves much faster than any other solution.
It’s Monday morning and Nicolas, a salesman just came back from a long week-end. He needs some time to “reconnect” to his job and tasks. Fortunately, Nicolas doesn’t need to go through his calendar and all emails exchanged with leads or customers, he has Odoo Sales. The app sales organize the “To-do” list automatically thanks to the dates and stages Nicolas has entered previously when filing up the follow-up notes for each lead, opportunity. Nicolas can directly click on the “Next Actions” button on his Sales dashboard. And Nicolas can continue the flow. Once the sales order has been accepted via the online interface, the invoice is automatically created by the system. It creates a entry in the Accounting Journal, and an entry in the stock. Mark, the logistic responsible uses Odoo WMS app and knows directly what has been sold, and he can proceed their own tasks.
Feature: Integration of data. Automatic Calendar, Automated Invoicing, Automated Stock Update.
Stephany has just created her new business: Cat & Dog-sitting. She starts from scratch and decides to use Odoo. Even if she has no knowledge of html, with Odoo Website builder she can directly create her website thanks to the building blocks she drags and drops. She can change colors, pictures, font, places, add call-to-action button, contact form, improve her position on google thanks to the SEO tool. Thanks to the marketing features of the editor, the person who fills-up the form on her website is directly into the Odoo Sales app with all the information. Stephany can start to make a follow-up with that person.
Feature: Website Edition, Call-to-Actions, Integration of Contacts into Leads.
Oliver is Project Manager. He’s got a team of 10 consultants. He schedules the tasks of the project and add the time it should take for each tasks. This projects arrives just before a holiday season. Fortunately, Oliver uses Odoo and thanks the the Gannet view, he knows exactly when one person of his staff is on leave. Thanks to this, he’s not wasting time by giving a task to someone who’s out. Also, as soon as one of his consultant fills up a time-sheet related to the Project, the project’s task is automatically update with the time-sheet of the consultant. Oliver sees directly how the project is ongoing.
Feature: Project Integration, Time sheets, and Leave.
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