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Is Fear of Automation in Manufacturing Overblown? How Odoo Solutions Foster Job Security Through Upskilling

The fear of automation displacing human workers in manufacturing has been a growing concern for decades, fueled by recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

 While automation is undoubtedly transforming the manufacturing landscape, the notion that it spells doom for human workers is, in our view, an oversimplification. 

At Pragmatic Techsoft, we believe that Odoo solutions for manufacturing can play a crucial role in fostering job security by empowering workers through upskilling and reskilling.


While automation can undoubtedly automate repetitive tasks, it is important to remember that manufacturing is a complex ecosystem that often requires human ingenuity, problem-solving skills and adaptability. These are precisely the qualities that are difficult to replicate with machines.

According to a McKinsey Global Institute report, it was found that while automation will displace some jobs, it is also likely to create new opportunities in areas such as :

  • System design, maintenance and monitoring
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Quality control and inspection
  • Overseeing and managing automated systems
  • Cybersecurity

However, the report also highlights the skills gap that exists between the current workforce and the skills required for these new jobs. This is where upskilling and reskilling come into play.


Upskilling refers to the process of acquiring new skills that build upon existing ones, allowing employees to take on more advanced roles within their current field. 

For example, a production line worker might be upskilled in operating and maintaining automated equipment.

Reskilling involves equipping employees with entirely new skill sets to transition into different roles, potentially even outside of their current department. 

For instance, a quality control inspector whose role is being automated might be reskilled in data analysis to support the implementation of new quality control software.


Odoo for manufacturing offers a comprehensive suite of tools that can support your upskilling and reskilling initiatives in several ways :

1) Learning Management System (LMS) integration : Odoo integrates seamlessly with various LMS platforms, allowing you to create and deliver online training courses tailored to the specific needs of your workforce.

2) Microlearning capabilities : Odoo supports the creation of short, bite-sized learning modules that can be easily integrated into employees’ busy schedules, promoting continuous learning and knowledge retention.

3) Skill gap analysis and reporting : Odoo can help you identify skill gaps within your workforce and track the progress of your upskilling and reskilling initiatives.

4) Collaborative learning environment : Odoo facilitates knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning through forums, discussion boards, and other collaborative tools

Here’s a specific example of how Odoo can be used for upskilling.

Let’s say you are implementing a new Odoo-based Manufacturing Execution System (MES) in your factory. 

You can use the platform’s LMS integration to create a training course that teaches employees how to use the new system’s features and functionalities. 

The course can be broken down into microlearning modules that cover specific topics, such as work order management, production scheduling and quality control. 

You can then use Odoo’s reporting tools to track employee progress and identify any areas where additional training is needed.


Odoo 17, the latest version of the platform, offers several new features that can further enhance your upskilling and reskilling efforts, such as –

  1. Improved user interface : The user interface of Odoo 17 is more intuitive and user-friendly, making it easier for employees to learn and use the platform.
  2. Enhanced gamification features : Odoo 17 includes new gamification features, such as points, badges and leaderboards, which can motivate employees and make learning more engaging.
  3. Advanced reporting and analytics : Odoo 17’s advanced reporting and analytics features offer improved insights into training programs by tracking employee progress and measuring their impact on performance and business outcomes, enabling continuous refinement to meet workforce needs.

Additional features:

  • Mobile-friendly access : Odoo 17 offers a mobile-friendly interface, allowing employees to access training materials and complete learning modules on the go, making it easier for them to fit learning into their busy schedules.
  • Collaboration tools : Odoo 17 facilitates collaboration and knowledge sharing through forums, discussion boards, and other collaborative tools. This allows employees to learn from each other, ask questions and share best practices, fostering a more supportive and engaged learning environment.
  • Customization options : Odoo 17 offers extensive customization options, allowing you to tailor training programs to the specific needs of your organization and individual employees. This ensures that employees are receiving the most relevant and impactful training possible.


Ready to take the next step in your manufacturing career?

Enroll in Pragmatic Techsoft’s Odoo for the Certification Program and gain the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in the age of automation. Our program is designed for individuals of all experience levels, from those new to Odoo to experienced users who want to deepen their expertise.

Here’s what you’ll gain :

  • Comprehensive training : Learn everything you need to know about using Odoo for manufacturing, from inventory management and production planning to quality control and reporting.
  • Hands-on experience : Gain practical experience through real-world case studies and exercises.
  • Industry-recognized certification : Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certification that validates your skills and knowledge to potential employers.

Don’t wait! Contact us today to learn more about our Odoo for Manufacturing Certification Program and how it can help you advance your career.


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