We Don't Talk About Odoo | Open Source ERP and Digital Transformation

Written By: Kyler Cheatham
Date: August 17, 2022

If you're a parent of young children, Enchanto's "We Don't Talk Bruno" has been stuck in your head for the better part of 2022.

I firmly believe digital transformation can relate to parenting, children, and family life. Process, people, and technology can scale personal and professional boundaries.

Just like Bruno, Odoo is often referred to as the black sheep of the ERP industry. With its vision of disrupting and reinventing the way businesses manage their operations, this open-source software has managed to carve out a niche for itself among larger, more established players in the market.

Odoo's innovative approach has made it a force to be reckoned with – one that can foresee the future and anticipate the needs of businesses as they evolve.

Whether you are looking for an ERP solution that can help streamline your operations and maximize efficiency, or simply seeking an alternative to big-name players like SAP and Oracle, Odoo has something for everyone. So why not embrace Odoo as the disruptor of the ERP industry – and join a growing community of businesses that are finding success with this innovative solution? After all, we don't talk about Odoo – we let the results speak for themselves.

Why the Industry Giants Don't Want to Talk About Odoo

Flexibility :

Odoo is an extremely flexible system. Unlike other ERP software, Odoo can be customized to fit the specific needs of any business – regardless of size or industry. And because Odoo is open source, businesses have full access to the source code and can make changes as they see fit. This level of customization is simply not possible with other ERP solutions on the market.

Scalability :

Another advantage of Odoo is its scalability. Odoo can be scaled up or down to meet the changing needs of a business as it grows. This makes it an ideal solution for businesses that are looking to expand in the future. With other ERP solutions, businesses often have to purchase additional licenses or modules as they grow, which can be costly and time-consuming. By choosing Odoo, businesses can cut down on these costs and ensure that their operations are always aligned with their current needs.

This phased approach is the polar opposite of many other ERP systems that require an entire suite or package of expensive and complex systems. Odoo, on the other hand, can accommodate businesses of all sizes and industries because it can be tailored to fit their unique needs.

Cost:

Odoo is also much more cost-effective than other ERP solutions. Because it is open-source, businesses only have to pay for the modules they need – and they can even develop custom modules if they so choose. This makes Odoo a great option for businesses on a tight budget.

Transparency:

Odoo is very transparent throughout the purchasing process with very few hidden costs. This makes it easy for businesses to budget for their Odoo implementation and ensures that there are no surprises down the road.

Ease of Use:

Odoo is designed to be easy to use, even for businesses with little or no experience with ERP systems. The user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate, and Odoo's online documentation is clear and concise. This makes it easy for businesses to train their employees on how to use Odoo, and helps reduce resistance to change.

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Considerations in Evaluating Odoo

Like every system, there are some considerations that an orgnaization should consider when evaluating Odoo.

While open-source ecosystems provide businesses the flexibility to customize the software to fit their specific needs, it also requires a certain level of technical expertise to do so. Additionally, because Odoo is constantly evolving, businesses need to be prepared to keep up with the latest changes to take full advantage of the software.

We often see our clients become enchanted by no or low code solutions, focused on non-technical users. It's important to understand that Odoo cannot replace internal IT competencies. Organizations need to build out roles to manage and maintain these systems and integrations across the business.

Additionally, because Odoo is less established than some of the other ERP solutions on the market, it may lack certain localized support. It can be difficult to source consultants or advisor in your marketplace that has experience in implementing Odoo.

Odoo may not be the right fit for every business. However, for businesses that are looking for a flexible, cost-effective, and easy-to-use ERP solution, Odoo is worth considering.

Effective software evaluation and selection processes will surface any gaps or requirements that Odoo cannot fulfill. Businesses must take the time and engage experts to ensure that select the best fit and investment. Unfortunately, much of our work at Third Stage focuses on botched software selection that can cause business disruption, negative ROI, and expensive rehabilitation projects.

Final Thoughts

If you have questions regarding Odoo or software selection in general, feel free to reach out to me directly. I am happy to have an informal conversation regarding the needs of your organization.

I also highly recommend you download our newly released 2023 Digital Transformation Report. Write about how it is a comprehensive guide to effective software selection and best practices for implementing and deploying new technology.

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Author:
Kyler Cheatham
Kyler Cheatham is a digital artist and innovator who is always thinking of new ways to improve the world around her. As the Global Marketing Director at Third Stage Consulting, she uses her creativity and tech-savvyness to help businesses reach their target audiences. Kyler is also a thought leader in the digital marketing space, and she loves sharing her knowledge with others. She is also a mother of two young children, which has given her a unique perspective on balancing work and family life.
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