Odoo - The Open Source ERP System with a Future?

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Trade, service or manufacturing: Not a single company can manage without IT connection or support anymore. Be it for warehouse, customer or product management, in the area of E-commerce or accounting. Anyone looking for systems that map as many areas of the company as possible will inevitably end up with the large providers such as SAP or Oracle.

But these are often too cost-intensive. This is exactly where the open source project Odoo comes in. What does Odoo offer? Which operational processes can be controlled with it?

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Odoo - The Open Source ERP System for Everyone?

The basic system Odoo will already be familiar to many, albeit under a different name. The system has been on the market since 2005, originally as TinyERP. In the course of time, the project was renamed OpenERP and has finally been running as Odoo since 2014, thus looking back on a long development history and enjoying a steadily growing number of users to this day. The ambitious goal: to offer a real alternative to the industry giants and to do so as an open source community edition, completely free of charge.

Odoo has long since emerged from the infancy of pure bookkeeping, accounting and customer relations to become a genuine Enterprise Resource Planning Software and offers everything that must or could be managed by computer in the company across all industries.


For whom is Odoo suitable?

The system offers solutions for almost all industries and company sizes. From the craftsman to the large corporation. Trade, manufacturing, service company but also start-ups or restaurants can find a system here, through which all business processes can run within one system. Odoo achieves this through its extensive modular system.

Odoo - The most important modules

This high level of versatility is clearly Odoo's strength. As the system is completely modular, the software can be used for all conceivable Areas of application scale individually and adapt to the needs. In addition to the standard functions such as the creation of offers or invoices, the management of customer and personnel data, warehouse and purchasing management, numerous other modules are available.

Particularly worth mentioning are, for example, the website and web store module with which entire web presences including e-commerce can be realized without programming knowledge. Restaurant operators, on the other hand, will appreciate the PoS function as a touchscreen-enabled cash register. The functionality of project management or time recording will also attract many. In total, more than 1000 modulesThe manufacturer refers to these as apps. However, these also come in large part from third-party providers or other users of Odoo.

The most important modules:

Intelligent: The Odoo workflow engine

Every company is characterized by different procedures and processes. It is often these subtleties that make the difference between a company and its competitors. Integrating these into one's own IT solution is usually only possible at great expense. Not so with Odoo: with the Workflow Editor, flowcharts can be created using a simple graphical interface and the behavior can be adapted precisely to the company's internal processes.

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Odoo offers the right support for all conceivable business processes. With the experience of over 10 years and the support of an immensely large community, Odoo as a DP system is indeed an alternative to the top dogs such as Oracle or SAP. Not only the high cost saving in the acquisition and operation of the system, it also eliminates the need for frequent conversion, transfer and synchronization between different IT systems. This saves time and reduces the susceptibility to errors. Satisfied users include countless SMEs as well as major corporations from the automotive sector and well-known food manufacturers.

Due to the open source license, companies of any size interested in using the system can of course test it extensively. However, due to the complexity of the system, a correspondingly long learning curve must be planned for. Likewise, as is known from other large app stores, sifting through and testing suitable apps is time-consuming. But this investment could be worthwhile. If this is too complex for you, you can of course also choose from various commercial offers that specialize in hosting and administering Odoo.


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