The unpublicized rule of blogging states: there will always be room for something new, unique, and actionable. The statement is applicative for a vast variety of new products and services that compete with already available ones. The innovations are always addressing the problem or task that has not been solved or utterly accomplished with the existing methods. Although many e-commerce experts insist on nothing even comes close to Magento, it is worthwhile to consider alternative options. We have already compared Magento and WooCommerce platforms in one of our previous articles. The present piece of lifehacking aims to educe some efficiency tips comparing Magento and Odoo ERP. However, the only customers are to decide which platform resonates better with their expectations.
What Odoo ERP is
Magento has been overviewed already in our previous publications rather detailed. Therefore, it seems worthwhile to represent some general information about Odoo before comparing features of both systems.
Established in 2002, Belgian Odoo S.A. has grown up to one of worldwide leading SaaS providers of the open source ERP (former OpenERP) solutions. Their self-positioning represented on the Odoo official website sounds as “… the easiest all-in-one management software including hundreds of integrated business apps: CRM, Accounting, Inventory, Marketing, eCommerce, Project Management, HR, MRP, etc.” Their prideful stat shows 5400+ developers, 312 new apps monthly, 23 supported languages, and 2M+ users. Toyota, Auchan, Danone and many other smaller well-known businesses chose Odoo ERP as their main business management platform. The international respectability of the Company was approved by “Deloitte Technology Fast50 Benelux” (2012) and “L’Entreprise Prometteuse” by Ernst & Young (2013) awards.
Magento vs Odoo ERP
The below mentioned features are to clarify similarities and differences of Odoo and Magento basing on both platforms’ peculiarities.
1. Opensource Solutions. Both systems belong to opensource free downloadable frameworks. It means their basic versions can be installed free of charge. Of course, the most complicated features belonging to Enterprise scale, are commercial hence, they require payment in both cases.
2. Functionality. Though Odoo claims their eCommerce module is powerful enough to meet all requirements for web store Magento possesses more extensive e-commerce functionality than Odoo due to its standalone e-commerce nature. Besides, the maturity and popularity of Magento predetermine the platform’s wider functionality including localization support for different languages, multicurrency, taxes supporting laws of different countries, the structural flexibility of its catalogue, and a vast variety of themes.
3. Integration. The coverage of Odoo and Magento functions differs at its core. While Odoo comprises the entire scope of enterprise resources planning, Magento belongs to e-commerce solutions only. This matters with regard to integration. Magento should be integrated into the corporate IT frameworks to be combined with other systems such as accounting, inventory, project management, etc. Odoo initially offers those modules built in.
4. Hosting. Once Magento is based on PHP, the selection of an appropriate hosting provider does not seem difficult. The Community edition of Magento could be deployed in one click for inexpensive host plans. Odoo uses less popular Python. Most probably, customers will have to rent VPS and involve an Odoo specialist for deployment. The alternative solution offers the Odoo-hosted version for $10-20/month per module.
5. Development and Customization Cost. The issue coincides with functionality and technologies somehow. Whereas Magento is more popular and older than Odoo, it is much easier to find experienced Magento developers. The same concerns PHP technology Magento uses. As a result, an average price for Magento development ranges within $25/hour in Ukraine, while a certified Odoo specialist costs $100-150/hour.
6. Supportability. Magento has been attracting a great number of worldwide users and followers over the years of the platform’s availability. It means Magento is supported with big amount of developers. Holding a leading position among the rest e-commerce platforms, Magento will keep getting actuality for a wide international audience further on. Definitely, the platform will not face a shortfall of support in the foreseeable future. The situation with Odoo support is not so straightforward. The number of the platform’s implementations is inferior to Magento. However, Odoo popularity is growing rapidly. The appearance of new modules sometimes outpaces the relevant supporting instructions and documentation. The similar question concerns a certain deficiency of Odoo developers. Nevertheless, such a supporting problem is to be considered rather deciduous as far as demand always breeds supply. So we presume both platforms’ support will be easily accessible for the next 5+ years.
The streamlining of business processes along with assisting customers to get more and faster done is to be the essential and inherent characteristics of all e-commerce and ERP platforms. However, the selection of a particular e-commerce solution is to be based on the appropriate prioritizing. The small and middle-sized businesses can be covered with Odoo performance in most cases. Being a comprehensive ERP platform, Odoo offers a big number of functions comprised by the accounting, inventory, e-commerce, marketing, project management, and HR modules that is especially useful for new businesses. The customer-oriented structure along with availability of the experienced developers allows Odoo providing fast and cost-efficient start-ups.
Magento in its turn would be more suitable for an established business with high demand to their e-commerce solution functionality. The highly developed ecosystem with thousands of apps along with a huge community of supporting specialists and developers makes Magento attractive for the far-reaching projects accounting on ultimate growth. The admirable flexibility and customization aptitude of Magento contribute big business goals at their best.
Megento or Odoo? – the decision is on your side. However, even though both Magento and Odoo are positioned as easy-to-follow solutions, the valuable advice and a support of professionals like we are in Agiliway seem not to be too much to make a right choice of your e-commerce platform.