ERP Solutions have become a catchall to any organization’s process or data related problems. Even then, a lot of organizations fail to see beyond the three or four ERP options like Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle or SAP. Data or process related needs exist obviously for a mid-sized organization too. Having said that, mid-sized companies feel that ERPs are a high-cost capital investment that is not financially feasible. Solutions like Odoo etc., are usually never considered.
While SAAS or software as a service is a model that is now prevalent on a larger scale for several applications, ERP is always considered as a capital investment with an in-house team and infrastructure.
Afterall, the concept of ERP was made popular when the likes of SAP and Oracle came into being. We always think of large infrastructure requirements, rooms filled with a large team of consultants, and tons of paperwork and user manuals to go through. Difficult applications that require hours and days of training, and specialized resources who know how to run these applications.
With technological improvements, the notion of such applications has changed. Even enterprise applications like ERPs and CRMs have now converted into SAAS models.
OpenERP or Odoo has taken it a little beyond, by converting the application to a SAAS and PAAS model. Odoo is a Belgian company that started with the idea of open-source ERP solution for organizations. Their core application is available for download immediately, called the community version. The enterprise version is available as a SAAS model and several partners are available to modify and implement Odoo in organizations.
Why would Odoo suit your mid-sized organization?
Odoo is based on SAAS model. That immediately makes it lower cost than the customary on-premise ERP options like SAP and Oracle. On the other hand, all of the on-premises ERP options are also now available on the cloud making them a good viable contender for mid-sized organizations.
But what makes Odoo stand out more is the open-source nature of the application. If an organization wants to deploy Odoo on their own, and have a python developer, there are no bounds to the customization or configuration within the application.
Beyond that, the application is available in a modular approach similar to how you would use your cell phone. Only enable the apps that you really need. Once your users are savvy on these apps, you can move ahead with enabling more apps. Further to that, there is a marketplace of apps that you can use to augment your ERP Implementation as well.
This makes the application cost-savvy, financially viable, and easy to implement in a piece-meal fashion. For a lot of standard or customary problems that users face, the marketplace is full of add-on apps that make using Odoo easy to use as well.
The costing structure for Odoo is based on the number and types of apps you intend to use. This also makes the costing easier to absorb in operational expenses rather than justifying large capital expenses where project implementation failures can be profound.
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