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Re: Odoo -- Community v Enterprise Questions

- 30/01/2023 15:42:53
I approve what tblauwendraat already says. But as I've done exactly what 
you want to do, let me expand some points:

We share the same background: I ran a web hosting company in the 90's, 
in that time where the sysadmins were doing a lot of various things, 
that are now different jobs. These experiences let me worked (and still 
working) for various companies, where I wear a number of hats, exactly 
like you.
I convinced my wife to switch to Odoo, 8 years ago (she sells wooden 
toys as a retailer). We first worked with a partner who was not able to 
complete the job, so I take it to myself and we choosed Odoo Community 
which I host on a VPS.

Understanding third party Apps was not easy. It takes me some years to 
learn who was doing good modules. Regarding quality of code and long 
time support, OCA Apps and OCA members are allways on top. Some others 
contribute sometimes on OCA and does a good jobs with their own modules 
: Ivan Yelizariev, IT-Projects, Cybrosys, Muk IT. I don't recommend 
Webkul modules: while their support is good, code is not.
Regarding missing modules in Odoo Community, Accounting modules are 
available from OCA and others, Document Management System from Muk IT is 
believed to be quite good. Most missing modules are not really needed in 
small companies, because one can't handle everything.
Upgrading Odoo Community is not a problem, it is often not required 
because, you know, when it works, it works. For example, I'm in the 
process of migrating my wife from Odoo 10 (7 years old) to Odoo 16. 
Also, small companies doesn't allways need full migration: after seven 
years with Odoo, my wife wanted to change lot of things. So while I 
import some products and customers, other datas are not needed. If you 
need full migration, the OCA's OpenUpgrade project is very good for 
I highly recommend to use the OCA's OCB Odoo repository, instead of 
Official Odoo packages. Except for learning because packages help to 
understand the install. OCB versions contains more bugfixes for longer 
Finding and reading documentation was also not easy. There are good 
books here and there, some videos from Odoo's annual meetings, ... It 
depends of your needs. I should write a list.

Just as you, I've seen a lot of personal use cases for Odoo. I've 
learned this good advice from Fabien Pinkaers (Odoo creator):
"With minimal changes, Odoo can do 80% of your needs, start with that. 
The other 20% takes a very long time. If something works well outside of 
Odoo, keep it as is for a while, there is no need to change."
Similarily, while Odoo is quite intuitive, there is still a lot to 
learn. It can be hard for your wife. Start with the minimal module set 
as you can.

Finally, I've learned a lot about Odoo. Now I consider myself as an 
acceptable functional partner, and I host Odoo for others. The hardest 
part to learn is how to configure and adapt the workflow to my wife's 
needs. Better with an external point of view and a good Odoo partner.

Hope this help.
Xavier Brochard
La liberté est à l'homme ce que les ailes sont à l'oiseau
(Jean-Pierre Rosnay)

Le 29.01.2023 18:31, Charles Gucker a écrit :

> Greetings,

> I'm new to the Odoo community.  I ran across Odoo while

> looking for a Point of Sale for my girlfriend's business (brick and

> mortar), but alas, we have been using GoHighLevel which has a lot of

> overlap with Odoo.  As a result, I was looking at the offerings from

> Odoo with respect to the community edition and the enterprise

> editions.  But from what I can tell, enterprise subscriptions must

> pay per user and must host the deployment.

> I wear a number of hats at a number of different companies, such

> as the requirement for my girlfriend's business below, a not for

> profit corporation, which could benefit greatly from efforts in Odoo,

> as well as my full time job, which could use Odoo as a cloud services

> provider for internal accounting and forecasting purposes.

> All in all, I've been in the Internet industry for a long time

> and have my own cabinet in a well connected data center with plenty of

> compute and storage capabilities, so naturally, I would like to self

> host.  I spent a few hours trying to find Odoo resources, which is

> how I found my way here. I also looked through the App directory, but

> I was having a hard time reconciling the App directory with the

> offerings included within the enterprise license.  Does anybody have

> a pointer to a URL, or documents, which go into any level of detail on

> how to create the enterprise experience in a self-hosted environment?

> As a side note, I would like to whitelabel the URL for my

> girlfriend's business.  Further, I would want to nest multiple client

> instances within a deployment (for her clients' environments) and then

> be able to white label a specific clients environment, but that's a

> longer term vision.

> Any help that could be provided to point me in the right

> direction would be greatly appreciated.  I see a lot of personal use

> cases for Odoo, but am struggling to see where the current lines have

> been drawn between enterprise and community.

> Thank you in advance,

> Charles