Odoo is an open-source ERP solution that is a popular ERP tool for all kinds of business operations. Starting its journey in 2005, Odoo has become the choice of over 2 million users across the globe.
Odoo has had steady growth ever since its introduction as Tiny ERP in 2005. Later, the transition marked the development of Open ERP and Odoo. The rapid growth helped the business management solution to gather momentum and spread over over 120 countries.
An Open Source Software Solution, Odoo has two versions to help businesses of all scales. Odoo Community Version is an open-source version that does not require any license. Odoo Enterprise Edition is a licensed version that offers added features and functionalities.
Why Did Odoo Introduce Two Editions?
Odoo is a company that works to cater to the software demands of all kinds of industries and businesses. From its inception till 2015, Odoo had only one edition- Community Edition.
Odoo launched its first Enterprise Edition in 2015. This proprietary edition was released to help business firms to optimize their business management tools with additional features. Odoo made license fees mandatory for Enterprise edition to generate revenue. The generated revenue ensures investment support for the continuous development of the ERP solution.
As the first decade of Odoo dealt only with the Community Edition, the company could not invest much in Research and Development. Thus they decided to introduce a paid edition to ensure an uninterrupted flow of funding for Research and Development. This has enhanced the quality and user-friendliness of the Community Edition as well.
Odoo Enterprise edition includes significant functionalities and features compared to the Community Edition. The Enterprise Edition has all the features and functionalities possessed by other proprietary ERP tools.
Here, we can have a look at the major differences between Odoo Community Edition Vs Enterprise Edition.
Price is the prime difference between Odoo Community vs Odoo Enterprise. Being an open-source version, Odoo Community Edition can be downloaded directly from the website of Odoo without any fee payment. However, the proper use may sometimes require implementation and integration support of Odoo partners, which will be payable.
Odoo Enterprise is a licensed version, and we can install the ERP platform on payment of the fee. The price of an ERP is calculated based on five components, including the apps used. The charges are calculated every month. It should be noted that the integration and other services are separately payable.
Both the Community and Enterprise Editions of Odoo come with a modular structure. Both these editions offer a whole suite of business modules to the clients. Both these versions offer functional modules like Purchase, Sales, Inventory, and Accounting.
Enterprise edition offers all the features available in Community Edition and at the same time gives additional apps and features that are required to ensure up to date business management in the market. The applications like Field Service, Data Cleaning, Rental and Marketing Automation are exclusively available in Enterprise Edition.
Besides, all modules in the enterprise edition offer additional features and functionalities compared to Community Edition.
Odoo Accounting in Community Edition helps the users to manage payment, invoicing and bookkeeping in a basic way. At the same time, Odoo Enterprise users get a full-suite accounting module that offers financial reporting, balance sheet management, profit and loss report etc.
The manufacturing module of Odoo Enterprise guarantees a fully functional platform for managing work centres, work orders, control panels and every other aspect of a manufacturing business. Time tracking and quality check integration are added features in Enterprise Edition. We can also add serial and lot numbers and have master production schedule support in Enterprise Edition. Meanwhile, the Odoo community offers support only for planning manufacturing activities based on resource availability.
HRMS is a major application when it comes to business operations. Odoo Enterprise Edition offers many advanced features for human resources management. While the Community edition also offers assistance for HR Management with the help of Time Sheet, Attendance, Employees and Recruitment modules, Odoo Enterprise Edition has many more functionalities to improve the HRMS. Appraisal, Payroll, Approval and Employee Referral modules are present in Enterprise Edition apart from the modules present in Community Edition. The exclusive features enhance HR Management operation.
Multi-Company Management Made Easy
Both the editions of Odoo support multi-company management. However, the Enterprise Edition ensures automated management of multi-company workflow. This will help to manage the transactions and operations of the parent company and the child company without any manual intervention.
There are three modules in Odoo which helps Sales management. Of these CRM, Point of Sale and Sales modules work equally well in paid and unpaid editions. However, the Enterprise edition enjoys some additional features such as loyalty programs and gift cards, subscriptions etc. The rental module and Subscription module are two modules exclusively available for paid users.
Another highlight that an Enterprise user enjoys is the Amazon Connector facility.
The inventory module is a basic business management module present in both Editions. However, Community Edition lacks barcode support which is a significant functionality of Enterprise Edition. Warehouse analysis reporting also is a feature that is available only for Enterprise users.
Odoo Enterprise is a flexible ERP that offers the most user-friendly interface to users. The free version lacks the flexibility that the paid edition offers. While the paid version is available in the form of mobile phones and computer apps, the free version has to be used with the help of a browser. Kanban view of the functionalities is also a highlight in the paid version.
Odoo Additional Hosting Support
Odoo community edition can be hosted by the users themselves. The user can also depend on third-party vendors for hosting services. Odoo community can be hosted using an on-premise server or with the help of a cloud hosting facility.
In the meantime, Odoo Enterprise users are eligible for the official hosting support of Odoo hosting. Odoo SaaS and Odoo.sh platforms can be used for hosting apart from Cloud hosting and On-Premise server.