Open Source ERP

Odoo is an ERP System that does not need to fear a comparison with the big names in the business. This applies both to the fundamental idea behind ERP as well as to the architecture of its processes, its technical structure, its various options for customization and the number of modules already available.

However, a simple comparison of Odoo’s features with those of other ERP systems offers few benefits, since the true advantage lies in the following two key factors:

  • the lack of licensing fees and
  • the open source code of Odoo and its corresponding customizations

The non-existing licensing fees can be dealt with quickly: Simply call SAP, Microsoft, Sage or any of the other vendors and ask for prices. Then look at the costs you will be able to save! And we haven’t even started to talk about the fact that all these ladies and gentlemen quite often do no longer understand their own licensing policies and haven’t got a clue whether it is white or grey or black.

Being in possession of your own source code has the obvious additional benefit of reusability. Indefinitely more important, however, is that having your own source code provides independence – independence, that is, from both the vendor and the implementation partner.

What does independence from the vendor mean?

1. Independence from pricing policy
In the classic case, you have no choice but to accept any decision leading to a change in prices, regardless of the result in financial terms.
The licenses themselves usually are only factored in during implementation. But you need to bear in mind that at one point in the future upgrades will become necessary, migrations have to be carried out and new users or new modules will have to be added. In other words, you have to look at the whole venture in terms of 5 to 10 years. What will the costs amount to when all is said and done?

2. Independence from economic developments
Talking about upgrades: There are companies that would be happy to pay for upgrades or new versions – but unfortunately in vain, since the vendor no longer exists.

What does independence from the implementation partner mean?

1. Difficulties in cooperation
Sometimes things do not quite work out as well as you would like and you may wish to change your partner as quickly as possible. Usually, however, it is the partner who owns the source code, making it quite difficult, if not impossible to change.

2. Freedom of choice
With an ERP System you are free to chose various different partners, according to their expertise, experience or the modules they have already developed. You have complete control if you want to.

In addition, customizations are usually done via an SDK (Software Development Kit). But this is only available from the vendor, who in turn only provides it to a partner. As a result, you are left empty-handed even if you have a strong IT or have studied the subject intensively enough to consider yourself capable of making your own changes. In the end, you will still have to ask the partner and pay for the implementation.

There are plenty of other Open Source ERP systems – so why Odoo?

Apart from the fact that Odoo provides a leading edge technical base, there are two very decisive arguments pro Odoo: Odoo owns, firstly, the largest, and, secondly, the most active community. And thus an effective insurance on two counts:
1.    There will always be someone within the Community who will continue the Odoo source code, even if Odoo itself does no longer exist or has become too mercenary, etc.…
2    The Community is the basis for a fast growing, intuitive and fundamentally modern system.

And this brings us back to what we claimed initially: Odoo does not need to fear any comparison with other systems. Odoo provides not only all the necessary functions and features – because of the reasons given above it is one of the best alternatives for your company’s ERP.