Partner Spotlight: Odoo

Founded in 2005, Odoo is an open-source ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software company that believes business software should cover complex needs without being complicated. Odoo’s mission is to provide software that is intuitive, full-featured, tightly integrated, and effortless to upgrade, all while running smoothly for every business function and every user. Thanks to its open-source community, Odoo is actively maintained by a large base of developers to meet evolving customer needs and provide new, innovative applications.


What is the secret to your longevity?

Odoo’s secret to longevity is its flexibility. Because the platform is open-source, the community is constantly suggesting and creating improvements to a number of unique challenges that businesses face every day. Thanks to the strong support from Odoo’s internal developers and the global community, a new version of the software is released every year with new apps, streamlined processes, and numerous upgrades to constantly evolve for the needs of a modern business. This flexibility allows Odoo to be intuitive, agile, and constantly growing in scope. 


What is the story behind its creation?

Odoo was started when its founder, Fabien Pinckaers, was a graduate student. His father owned an antiques business and he realized the business could truly benefit from a well-organized ERP system. Pinckaers knew his father could not afford larger, legacy ERPs like Oracle or SAP, so he set out to develop one from the ground up! This small ERP, initially known as TinyERP, served its creator’s father well and Pinckaers soon realized there were many other small businesses that could benefit from such a comprehensive software that didn’t have the barrier to entry of larger (and more expensive) providers. From there, the software was further refined, becoming OpenERP, and eventually evolving into a global company – Odoo.


Why was it important to be located in San Francisco?

It is important for Odoo to be located in San Francisco due to its prominence as a hub for the tech industry. By being in San Francisco, Odoo can draw from a pool of exceptional talent from the surrounding communities and all around the world!


How can your business help other businesses as well as people in their everyday lives?

Businesses are about people. Whether it’s a large, multinational company, or a small startup with only one employee, Odoo can help make any business more organized and efficient. Odoo’s integrated suite of applications keeps necessary information in one place without having to constantly switch to other programs. With its cloud-based architecture, Odoo is accessible from any web connected device such as a phone, tablet, or laptop. One user was able to replace 14 different applications and increased revenues by 10% overnight! When you’re a small company, every little bit makes a difference!


If you’d like to learn more about Odoo, join their team at Odoo Connect November 5-7 at the Palace of Fine Arts.  Learn how Odoo can help small businesses can get more done in less time! Discover an all-in-one, integrated business app platform for finance teams, sales departments, ops, HR, and more during our 3 day conference featuring presentations, workshops, and demos. Entry is free with a basic pass. Register Now!