Odoo is one of the fastest growing All-in-One Management solutions for any business. Beginners often find it difficult to get the complete picture of Odoo. Have you ever wondered about where to get started with Odoo? How to Learn Odoo?
If Yes, then you have land up on the right page. Keep reading! This blog will assist you with Odoo and its various modules.
Odoo As an ERP Solution
First of all, let’s talk about Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP). ERP solutions play a critical role in time and resource management of any business.
You can define it as the Management of the core business activities like Sales, Inventory, CRM, Finance, HR etc. to provide the proper flow of information and data throughout the business. Further, ERP also helps in the data-driven decision making for an organisation by integrating various back office business processes.
Odoo is not just the EPR solution, it is capable of providing solutions to other business needs. Take an example of seamless communication with employees using Odoo’s Discuss App or scheduling meetings with vendors using the Calendar App or Project management.
ERP implementation has its own benefits like increased business flexibility, reduced time and cost, automate workflow, standardising business. However, it might increase the additional maintenance overhead or need for skilled employees to operate the ERP software.
Odoo is really simple, anyone can manage and use it with some minimum training. Read more about Features and benefits of Odoo Implementation.
How to install or deploy Odoo
It’s time to understand how we can install or deploy Odoo. Starting with Odoo 9, Odoo provides Enterprise Edition and the Community Edition. Both Editions has their own pros and cons.
Enterprise Edition is the paid version with some advanced features whereas the Community Edition is free to use.
Next is about the installation Odoo provides various different ways in which a user can install or use Odoo.
You can use Odoo Online SaaS freely with one application and two users. (User: A Person who will access Odoo Database using his own unique login credentials.)
If one decides to use Odoo SaaS solution for more than one application and more than two users then we need the subscription and the Odoo pricing will change as per the Odoo Pricing Page. All we need to do is register for free Odoo Online Account.
Odoo Online demo is suitable when we want to get a quick idea of Odoo and its various Apps. All we need is the Web browser using which we will use the Odoo Online Instance.
Odoo Packaged Installer
Odoo Packaged installers can be easily downloaded from the official Odoo Website and can be installed on any machine just like other traditional software.
You can install Odoo on Windows, deb-based distributions (Debian, Ubuntu) and RPM-based distributions. Click here to download the Odoo Packaged Installers.
After installation, you can access Odoo through your Web Browser. For example, in windows one can use the web URL as localhost:8069 to access installed Odoo.
Next steps include creating Odoo Database and installing the specific Odoo Applications.
Source Install method is another way in which you can get started with Odoo. Unlike Odoo Packaged Installer, Odoo Source install provides more flexibility. It gives greater control over the system’s set up and allows running multiple versions of Odoo simultaneously. Module developers can actually benefit from this method of Odoo Installation.
To learn more about how to perform Source install on the Ubuntu Server, click here.
Odoo is well known as an Integrated Management Solution as it has more than 10,000+ Odoo Apps. All Odoo apps and modules integrate with one another seamlessly.
Odoo App Store provides with various apps for Industry verticalization (e.g. Medical, Education, Food, Manufacturing). Not only this it also provides applications for country-based localizations (e.g. Payroll in France, Accounting in India). Additionally, Odoo Contributors are working to provide new features to extend the official Odoo apps like accounting, eCommerce, Point of Sale, inventory management etc.
Here let’s see how to install a new app. Here access the App Tab and install CRM Application. The following screen will appear once you install the app.
Top menu will show all the installed apps. When you install CRM App, it will also install other dependent Apps and/or Modules. As we can see, we have additional dependent apps like Calendar and Discuss App.
Another thing to note here is the difference between Odoo App and Module.
In Odoo, an app is a standalone functionality whereas Modules are extended functionalities which work with App. A good example of this would be Point of Sale is an App whereas Point of Sale Loyalty Program is a Module.“Masters today, were Starters Yesterday, so begin now.” -Bernard Kelvin Clive Click To Tweet
So to wrap up, Odoo is really amazing and flexible management solution for any business. Just install the required apps from the vast pool of Apps and modules. Getting started with Odoo will only need your dedication, it might look complicated but Odoo will never disappoint its user when it comes to ease of use.