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[16080] Connector Bundle

by
InitOS GmbH, Frederik Kramer.
- 05/07/2017 11:35:56
Dear community, 

i'd like to catch up on an issue that was earlier asked from my
colleague Katja to Sebastien (from partner Akretion) but is valid and
to be discussed by an even larger audience. 

almost three years ago Akretion extended the Magento Connector for Odoo
to handle Magento's bundle products.[see 1] At the same time driven by
a customer we at initOS came up with another solution.[see 2] 

Unforatunately none of both solutions made it to the OCA.

A customer of ours (that didn't use bundles so far) now requested to
enable Magento's bundle products in Odoo (v8.0), which is raising the
issue for us again. It would be hence great to join experiences and
develop a solution that works and inherits from previous attempts and
will finally be merged into OCA

We foresee the following option:

1) Migrate and restructure our solution. Since the solution by Akretion
has the better architecture this may mean to somehow refactor into
something that is more the Akretion solution than ours.

2) Adopt an entirely different angle and extend the connector to import
bundle products as Phantom/Set BoM in Odoo. Since in our current case
there will be no variety when selecting a bundle product, we think
Odoo's default BoM would be flexible enough.

After our first extended analysis both options seem to have similar
scores in term of effort, complexity and risk (in our concrete
context). However, both alternatives are very different since 1) is
handling basically a "trade" and upselling / crosselling problem
whereas 2) is definitely linked down to manufacturing (even tough
phantom BOMs are frequently used in non-MRP settings to be downward
integreatable to full fletched SRM solutions for instance [3]). More
over Phantom BoMs are not inventory articles which are assembled on the
fly but not "made to stock".

This is why we'd like to discuss the issue with a broader audience of
partners and integrators in order to keep the overall engineering cost
small and add value to as much as possible use cases.

So the question is: Have anyone of you had other Odoo cases with
Magento's bundle products? What solution did you take [see 1 and 2] or
please provide a link to code that you have or would recommend to
consider to solve that issue ?

Was the BoM solution described above ever an alternative for you? (Why
/ Why not?) With respect to your experience would you use the same
approach again?

Not at least as part of the community we consider an exchange of our
experience as useful. Since there is no solution in the OCA yet, it
would be great to design the best approach not only for us, but for
most use cases in the whole community.

We are looking forward to receive comments, suggestions and feedback 
from developers as well as folks that have a similar / same business
problem.

Thanks in advance

Frederik 


[1] https://github.com/OCA/connector-magento/pull/95/
[2] https://github.com/OCA/connector-magento/pull/117/
[3] http://www.sikichtech.com/insights/phantom-boms-in-microsoft-dynami
cs-ax-their-role-in-mrp-and-costing/
[4] https://archive.sap.com/discussions/thread/731976


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