Day one of the Odoo opening days started with the plenary session with Fabien.
The opening plenary session is always interesting as it reviews all the new features in the current version V10. The launch date for V10 will be tomorrow October 6th. Tomorrow’s plenary session will look at the future plans for V11.
Today's session started with some Mac versus Microsoft type videos which were quite humorous showing how fast, flexible and accessible Odoo is compared to Mr.ERP (representing the established vendors).
One of the main focuses in V10 was on usability which is hard to demonstrate. Some obvious examples were the addition of search ability on the Odoo desktop (launch pad), which can quickly get a user to any menu item. Accessing new modules or features for the first time the user is prompted for next actions with pop-up messages and bouncing pointers. Configuration settings have been improved also.
A major announcement was the development of a native Android application. Nothing has to change in your Odoo application and the android app has native access to device resources like the camera and contacts -
The web page builder has been re-written for V10 with improved speed and a lot more widgets and
Another big announcement was the Odoo studio. This is a customisation app that is installed like any other Odoo app and allows a user to design/change the visual aspects of an application. It does not allow the entry of complex python code to automate the object or implement workflows etc. It could be compared to writing a module that has no methods etc. It will be a great tool for consultants to develop prototypes in the early stages of project development. Its use should be restricted to specific users for sure. I guess from a developer's perspective allowing the end-user to change and manipulate views could cause some maintenance and documentation problems. Some features:
There is a new help desk application, which looks useful, including live chat integration,
A new matrix widget has been developed which has initially been used in a new timesheet module but is available for use anywhere in Odoo (if applicable).
On the technical side (presented by Anthony Lesuisse CTO) the code has been refactored to remove all the old
Next up were the changes in the partner program presented by Xavier
New partner knowledge base to be launched in mid-October
New e-learning centre - previously training was 2,500euro, down 125euro/user/month, or 1,000euro/year unlimited users. A new team is dedicated to this program. See http://training.odoo.com.
Certification program is back. linked to
website. launched q1 2017 and linked with e-learning. It will be a requirement that silver partners have at least 2 certified employees and 4 for gold partners.
New partner portal launched with improved lead management and follow-up, and a better way to interact with the Odoo sales team.
New enterprise pricing. US$360/user/annum, still
minimumof 5 users (although flexible?). Applies from 2017.
New method a reaching silver or gold status which is based on the number of
usersnot $'s turnover.
Reinforce joint sales activities. - roadshows, slides, Single and exclusive sponsorships.
Accountmanager will help.
Improved customer journey
There was a really interesting presentation by Fabien on project management strategy for larger projects. The good news is that it was almost a summary of WilldooIT's project management strategy.
I spent the rest of the day going to selected presentations, some highlights:
Integration with document management application Alfresco from IT IS AG and
A nice MS office365 (Outlook) email client integration to Odoo
--Jon Wilson 2016.10.06