Our journey with Odoo started years before it even existed. Coming from a corporate background and dealing with complex systems, we were longing to break away from the likes of SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle to name a few. These guys have been always big players in the market when it comes to ERP Systems. Frankly these systems are so cumbersome, expensive and let’s be totally honest here: A nightmare for every IT Manager! From an implementation perspective – but even more so – from a migration point of view, loads of large projects simply fail (horribly), either financially, from a time constrained or simply because the workforce has problems adapting to the processes. Regardless of what people tell you, ERP implementation requires comprehensive change management.
Something had to change, and the search was on!
Odoo came on our radar in 2019 after a dear friend of us, that worked in the FINTECH Industry mentioned something about it, in a casual conversation we had about Information Technology during nice day out diving. Honestly, I never heard of it.
One could argue that the world of ERP is saturated. The big players positioned themselves over years in the market and as mentioned earlier, migration to new systems is complex and costly. So, unless a business is really suffering from business-critical issues, being either security, operational or increasing costs of the current system, change happens not as often as it should. Choosing an ERP system is most often a (very) long term investment and is not (and should not) taken lightly!
So what is Odoo and why does it matter?
Odoo comes in different options. There is plenty of information about is available online, but the basic breakdown is as follows:
Odoo Cloud or Odoo SaaS (Software as a Service) hosted by Odoo
Odoo.sh a version of Odoo Cloud where end-users can implement own code and 3rd party apps. For this option you pay extra.
Self-hosted, meaning you can fully manage Odoo on your own instance / server
Odoo Community, Free to use, self-hosted and support by a large community base
We at Mouse Media believe that for good software you pay. This ensures you get the most up to date and secure version. Furthermore, Odoo offers excellent uptime and data protection with their Tear-III certified data centers. ( https://www.odoo.com/cloud-sla )
Odoo is modular, meaning you only pay for what you really need.
So, what does Odoo cost?
According to Odoo.com, the annual cost of using Odoo for 50 users is USD 75,000 and USD 282,625 with SAP business one.(1)
Diving straight into it
Odoo is available to try for Free if you only select 2 apps. Just go to https://www.odoo.com/trial and start. When you want more then 2 apps, you get a free 15-day trial. The installation is simple and super straight forward. It takes 5 minutes to register and start using it.
Although our Journey started long before the inception of Odoo (OpenERP) in 2005, this is exactly how we started.
Now many integrations later and having a compressive understanding on what it’s capable of, we signed up and became an Odoo Ready Partner in April 2021.
Mouse Media offers dedicated project managers to kickstart your project and make it a success. For more information. Please get in contact with us.
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