SAP CONSULTANT SWITCHES TO ODOO - EXPERIENCE REPORT

 

Odoo, derzeit auf v14 (Bildquelle: portcities.net)
Odoo, currently on v14 (image source: portcities.net)

5 things I love about Odoo (especially compared to SAP):

Transform your business with Odoo | Management consultant | Ex-SAP consultant
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SAP consultant.  That's how I started my career and what I called myself for the first few years of my career.  Working with ERP fascinated me because of its complex and impactful nature: they don't just touch one department or one business process.  SAP was the biggest ERP vendor I was eager to learn.  After three years, I look back on various projects for different customers in all industries.  From pharmaceuticals to automotive, my colleagues and I implemented various SAP Global Trade Services (GTS) functions on an ECC system, occasionally making the necessary connections to SAP EWM and SAP TM.  Very quickly I understood how complex SAP is for all parties involved: Implementers, users, support.  It is difficult to explain to people who have no experience with SAP, but equally difficult to explain to people who only have experience with SAP that it is difficult to use and configure a system.  And that there are solutions that provide a better user experience without compromising on the business scope covered.

I recently changed my path and joined Odoo.  An ERP that saw the light on Belgian soil in 2005 and initially focused on the SME market.  Still young, but definitely not inexperienced.  Driven by a business model change, Odoo is maturing and ready for the Mid Market & Corporate segment.  Using and working at Odoo made me realize that this software is no longer the new kid on the block.  In our references, many big names shine thanks to successful implementations with more than 500 users.  And in terms of features, it's much more mature than I thought, compared to an ERP like SAP.  Odoo is a challenger in the global ERP market.  If you decide to go with SAP S / 4HANA, I strongly recommend that you also consider Odoo.  Your users would be especially grateful.

5 things I love about Odoo (especially compared to SAP):

Five things in particular stand out to me:

Odoo is complete

Odoo is a modular ERP system and has developed more than 40 core applications.  I naturally had an idea about the different business functions Odoo covers, especially since I had to prepare and present a software demo as part of my application.  To be honest, I was more than impressed when I understood the multitude of functions that the different apps cover in the simplicity that the software is known for.  Odoo may have been originally developed for the SMB market. I am confident that this tool can certainly cover the more complex needs of larger companies.  Of course, in your particular case, additional tweaks may be required to fully cover your business needs.  Just don't forget that your current solution is probably adjusted and differs from the standart as well.

Odoo Dashboard

Odoo is your one-stop store

You don't have to log in to different instances: You navigate from your Odoo dashboard from one app to another.  Even better, in apps, you don't even notice that you're switching to another.  A simple example: you use the CRM and Sales app.  From your leads, you can create sales orders on the fly without having to go back to your dashboard and open the Sales app.  This principle applies to all business processes.

Odoo is a scalable system with which you can grow

The applications work independently, although they can all be integrated effortlessly.  You can opt for a phased implementation that focuses on a few workflows first. 

Adding an app to your Odoo database later is as fast and smooth as downloading a new app to your smartphone.  Without complexity, the new app integrates natively with your existing database and master / transaction data.  No need to define data types, send existing data, synchronize systems, etc. None of that.  Installed with one click, it's a done deal. 

Think back to your last conversion plan and read it again.  Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn't it?

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Odoo is easy to configure

SAP is not known for its easy configuration.  A common SAP implementation takes at least a few months if you are equipped with a small army of consultants.  The days I spent testing and re-testing customizing changes through SPRO are numerous.  For me personally, the stress was highest during the testing phases.  Among (ex-) colleagues we would even call these kind of days "typical SAP days": Testing configurations and hoping they turn out as expected.  If they didn't, you were never sure how long it would take to figure it out.  In Odoo you not only have a clear and uncomplicated Documentation  to use, we also have an amazing community to make sure you get the most out of Odoo. 

Odoo is easy to use

Finally, as I mentioned before, I love how Odoo looks and feels.  The user interface is nice and simple, which makes it easy to use.  Not too many things happen on one screen and you have a consistent view across all apps.  This is beneficial because the time needed for training is limited.  As your system grows, your users can quickly understand how to use a newly implemented Odoo application.  Before you know it, you'll find that you can intuitively navigate the various screens, take off your training wheels, and use Odoo as a professional.  The proof?  Myself, who started using Odoo a few months ago.  Learning SAP was not as smooth and definitely not as fast!

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This list is not all I like about Odoo!  We are a modern software that covers a wide range of business needs at a very  competitive price. Moreover, we continuously improve our solution and release a new version every year, adding features and improving existing ones.  Try Odoo for yourself via a demo. Demo