What is Odoo ERP? 

Odoo ERP system is enterprise resource planning software used company-wide for the management of business processes.  Odoo provides seamlessly integrated functional business apps called Odoo apps that form an ERP solution when combined. Open-source software, Odoo, is available with SaaS subscription pricing as the Enterprise edition or as the Odoo free Community version.

Odoo apps for ERP and CRM include:

  • Website builder with Odoo CMS (content management system)
  • Accounting 
  • Subscriptions
  • Planning
  • Consolidation
  • Invoicing
  • Timesheets
  • Inventory management and warehouse management
  • Manufacturing MRP 
  • Field service
  • Marketing, including apps for Marketing Automation, Email Marketing, and Social media 
  • eCommerce
  • Point of sale
  • Helpdesk for customer support
  • Project management
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • Human resources, including apps for Recruitment and Employee Referral
  • eLearning
  • CRM (customer relationship management)

Odoo Enterprise edition is desktop or cloud-hosted Odoo Online, available anywhere and from any device. Mobile device operating systems include the Apple iOS and Google Android. Odoo Community version is available only as a desktop ERP solution and CRM. Odoo Enterprise has many more features.

People ask what Odoo means. As an acronym, Odoo stands for OnDemand (SaaS) Offer from OpenERP, according to a reference to a 2009 blog post in an Odoo forum. Others think Odoo means On Demand Open Object. Odoo started in Belgium as TinyERP, then switched the name to OpenERP before choosing Odoo for its company and open-source ERP software.

Which Types of Businesses Use Odoo? 

Based on our Odoo review, Odoo is a reasonably good ERP solution for small businesses and some mid-sized companies that you should consider in your software evaluation. Odoo ERP can’t compete with pricey high-end systems like SAP or Oracle ERP.  

Businesses in many industries use Odoo software. 

Odoo ERP with apps fits:

• Manufacturing companies

• Distribution companies

• Retailers, including online eCommerce and brick-and-mortar businesses

• Companies with field service operations

• R&D companies

• Service companies

• Marketing companies

• Training companies

• Consultants and Odoo Partners

• IT companies with trained developers
• Accounting firms.