April 1, 2019
When it comes to implementing bigger business management solutions like Odoo ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), asking whether you should go for Odoo out-of-the-box or Odoo customization is not really the right question.
The question to be asked is what type of business processes do you have? It’s more likely that some of your business processes are fairly standard and can be handled very well by Odoo out-of-the-box software. And it is also likely that you have a unique value to your business that may benefit from a Odoo customization approach.
Instead of thinking in black and white, it’s better to think about finding the most cost-effective combination for your business—one that has exactly the features and functions you need at a price that fits your budget.
First, let’s talk definitions. Odoo out-of-the-box software is prepackaged software focused on handling the standard business processes of a specific type of company, or perhaps the specific business processes of an entire industry.
Whereas, an Odoo custom solution is a totally unique piece of software, developed to meet a specific, distinct need of a business.
Odoo customization encompasses a range of options, including:
When you need a solution to manage standard business processes, Odoo out-of-the-box can be a good fit. Let’s look at some of the benefits of out-of-the-box software.
Odoo out-of-the-box offers a proven, cost-effective way to help businesses manage standard operations and automate their workflows, but there are some downsides.
When Odoo out-of-the-box falls short, a custom solution may be just what you’re looking for. Off the start, you may be intimidated by the thought of Odoo custom software. Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s really expensive, not to mention temperamental and easily broken. But the reality is, not all Odoo customization doesn’t have to be that way.
No doubt Odoo Custom solutions can go wrong, but it’s usually for one of two reasons:
Any right Odoo customization service provider will know about the above mentioned challenges and take a development approach that avoids them. Pairing the correct development process with a team of experienced, professional project managers is critical in all custom projects. Today’s technology also makes these pitfalls easier to avoid.
Modern products and solutions utilize APIs (Application Programming Interface) to weave solutions together without putting future upgrades at risk. Today’s developers take advantage of APIs to create stable customizations, enhancements and integrations without changing the code of any packaged software that may be included. With this in mind, let’s talk about the benefits of a properly developed Odoo Customization.
As you can see, there are benefits to both Odoo customization and out-of-the-box solutions, which is why so many businesses are taking advantage of both options. By merging out-of-the-box and Odoo customization chances are that you can build an adaptable, cost-effective solution that meets all of your needs and can evolve with you as your business grows and changes.
Here are some ways custom and out-of-the-box solutions can work together to benefit your business.
Adapted Software Ecosystem
You may feel that Odoo out-of-the-box covers most of your needs, but it might be really useful to you if it included a certain field or screen or a custom dashboard to look at a specific report. Here, Odoo customization would be able to give you those missing pieces.
Integrated Software Abilities
Maybe you have a great HR/payroll solution or an awesome accounting solution installed in your organization, but it would improve productivity and efficiency if they talked to one another. Today’s software providers typically make APIs for their applications available to third-party developers so they can write custom integrations between programs. This means you can link virtually any software program to another. Hence, the beauty of Odoo customization.
Add-ons to Enhance Efficiency
Maybe you have a robust expense management solution, but wouldn’t be helpful to have an app that allows employees to photograph receipts and upload them into the program directly from their mobile phones. Odoo customization can be done using code specifically for this purpose and integrated to the expense management software using standard APIs.
It’s important to note that when business challenges are unique to a company, no out-of-the-box solution will likely exist to solve them. If you have a highly specialized business or utilize very distinct processes, you may be in need of a completely custom solution.
Odoo customization can help businesses overcome even the most overwhelming obstacles. Just be wary of overbuilding—get Odoo customization done to handle your unique processes, but also make it a point to integrate it to out-of-the-box solutions for standard business functions, like accounting.
While there are pros and cons to both the solutions, the decision should be taken based on your business requirements.
Here’s our take on making the correct decision. Make a checklist to compare both solutions. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before deciding on the final one.
Do I need a high level of customization for my solution?
– Can either of the software integrate with our current APIs?
– Which solution fits our budget?
– Which solutions are our competitors using and how can we outperform them?
– How can we find a good software developer?
Here’s a list to make your life easier.
Odoo Customization is not an Evil Word
It is absolutely fine to customize a software. In fact, no software product today is going to meet the needs of an organization 100%. You can choose to either modify your business practices to align with the functionality of the software or you can choose to enhance the solution to better align with your needs. The correct approach to take depends on the situation. You will need to weigh the cost of ownership against ease of use, user adoption and ROI.
Piecing together the best solution with the right out-of-the-box and custom elements may seem like an overwhelming task. Pragmatic Techsoft is here to help you make an informed decision by consulting with you to understand your needs and expectations and explaining the pros and cons of all viable options.
You can rely on us to listen to your struggles, understand what you want to accomplish, guide you in your decision-making, and deliver a solution that will propel you toward your goals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help drive your business success.
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