For a long time SAP has ruled the enterprise software market with its ERP software products. But the rise of open source software a decade ago had to have it’s inevitable impact on the enterprise software market as well. And thus we saw the rise of OpenERP, launched in 2010, which went on to become Odoo. And interestingly the reason why OpenERP became Odoo is an indication of where the business software market is moving.
Knowing SAP and Odoo
SAP is an Enterprise Resource Planning software which has been created by a German company known as SAP SE. It includes modules for all the business functions that are required by an organization. Odoo is also an all-inclusive suite of business applications that has modules for Manufacturing, Financial Management, Human Resources, Project management, Warehouse management and much more. SAP has more than 650 K customers/users (mostly bigger enterprises) and 670 partners. Odoo has more than 2M users (mostly SMEs and few big enterprises) and 730 partners.
The Cost Factor
ERP implementation is always an expensive business. To many, bearing this huge cost of expenditure isn’t that feasible. SAP is costlier compared to Odoo. SAP may be a good choice for large enterprises as they can afford the huge expense that comes by. However, it isn’t the same as SMEs or much smaller ones. Being incredibly expensive both in terms of implementation and maintenance, SAP remains confined to the large enterprise community. What’s more, to perform SAP implementation and customization, it demands skilled SAP professionals, adding much more to the mounted expense.
Henceforth the question arises, which software can perform the very same manner without causing much financial burden. Yes, it is Odoo. It comes as a great relief in terms of cost as there are no license fees for Odoo’s Community Edition.
Benefits of Odoo
1. Easily adaptable software for any industry type.
2. Freedom from licensing costs.
3. No fear of Vendor Lock-in.
4. Large customization and integration possibilities.
5. Upgrades and improvisations with each version release.
6. Unlimited functional support if deployed at the enterprise level.
7. Scalability and Modularity.
8. Global Support from Odoo forum and mailing lists.
9. Highly user-friendly UI.
12. Powerful community
13. Intuitive user interface.
SAP is one of the world’s largest enterprise software provider and its product are mature enough to handle the most complicated requirements of large enterprises. SAP Business One its offering for SMEs is good, but not flexible enough to handle complex manufacturing processes. On the other hand Odoo, is not mature enough to handle custom and complicated requirement of large enterprises, but Odoo is a better alternative for SMEs who don’t have much budget for customization and want to deploy the software quickly. It’s modular structure is a winning point here. And if you consider the cost factor as well, you should go with Odoo if you are a SME and looking to have a cost effective, easily deployable ERP software for your business.