It is, of course, open for discussion whether or not you think that purple is a pleasant color or whether the combination of purple and green is appealing. But however you feel about Odoo’s color scheme, anyone who has ever worked with Odoo or seen it has noticed the system’s intuitiveness and how quickly you can find your way around it.
The secret of Odoo’s intuitiveness
Odoo is an ERP system. ERP systems are designed to map complicated processes for planning and analytic purposes. Essentially, complexity and intuitiveness have the same contrary relationship as security and user-friendliness. As soon as you start working with the software, you will quickly realize that even Odoo cannot change much about this basic fact. The devil lies in the details, after all, and in Odoo, there are some hidden fields and interdependencies you need to know. However, if you compare Odoo to the many other systems, the software designers have ensured that there is only a consistent minimum of fields and functions. And it is precisely this minimalism that makes the Odoo interfaces neat and easily manageable, supporting the impression of a straightforward and intuitive system.
Anyone getting involved with classic software systems should be aware of the risks involved. These include:
1) Right of use
The most significant risk is probably the right of use of many mainstream services, further exacerbated by the dismantling of local infrastructures in favor of cloud solutions. This has naturally attracted many manufacturers to make their systems available as cloud solutions. The risk of in-house operation has transferred to the manufacturer, who – after all – should know his system best and should be able to operate it more securely. Moreover, this solution has the added advantage that there is no need to finance a license package. Instead, the user may switch to a subscription model usually associated with such a license deal, which is also – if looked at by month – much cheaper.
We have already touched on this subject in our last blog. In this entry, we would like to discuss it in more detail.
If you add up our collective IT experience, you will probably get a result of several hundred years, maybe even a whole millennium. During all this time, in all our discussions, one topic was always sure to pop up: Data – and not because data are a classic!
Although we have covered many of the differences between Odoo and other systems in previous blog articles, there are a few essential features where Odoo uses a novel approach. That is sufficient reason to highlight some of these features. In some cases, these elements even replace classic functions, and you may not immediately find specific functions in Odoo simply because they look looks unfamiliar. In other instances, Odoo uses approaches that are fundamentally different. In this blog, I would like to concentrate on Integrated Communication and different View Types of a process, and the option to flexibly combine Groups and Filters.
I have to admit that I needed time to get used to working with these features, but it did not take as long as I expected. With a little knowledge of Excel and the Import/Export function, you can do pretty much anything. If you are still on the look-out for mass-update modules, you have obviously never worked with these features either, because, in combination with Excel, you have a real winning team!
Odoo is able to save a vast amount of data. Consequently, the field lists are incredibly long. Since none of the data are saved redundantly but are interlinked, a lot of information is distributed to sub-records. But there is almost unlimited access to both import and export – which does not shorten the field lists though.
But with a few little tips on handling (which we want to share in the course of this blog), the underbrush will clear up rapidly.