Jul 10, 2011

Why use OpenERP in a small business

Well it did take more than 1/2 hour to get  OpenERP Odoo up and running last night.  To be precise it took exactly 4,75 hours. I must say that I'm impressed with the modules, features and useability.   Now I need at least 1 week to play/customize it and we are off to the races.

Why did I install an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) web application for my small business? Well my company GOMOGI  like all other small businesses around the world need to do all the same stuff like big companies on a smaller scale like:
  • manage and engage customers (Customer Relationship Management (CRM))
  • marketing our products
  • write bills/invoices
  • manage projects with AGILE  SCRUM  methodology
  • Getting Things Done way to organize my busy multitasking days, weeks, months and years
This keeps all our STUFF in one place and accessible online at anytime no matter where I am (onsite with a customer, traveling, anywhere). No backing up issues since our hosting provider takes care of that for us.

OpenERP Odoo with its modular design allowed me to install only the modules I need now to keep me running with  the ability to expand and add new features easily when I need them as we grow as a company.

I also have a biased view since I love technology and OpenERP Odoo in the background uses my favourite things Python as its development language and Postgresql as its database, both things I use for my spatial work load.  We also use PostGIS a spatial extension to Postgresql, plus mix and match Python scripts wich is also the language of ESRI scripting :).