Here we come, Odoo previously known as OpenERP the
Open Source ERP and CRMsoftware which contains a large collection of business-related applications and modules such as CRM, Sales, Purchase, Inventory Management and many more. Well, lets make it clear that ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning.
The Beginning of the JourneyOf course, it's my Homelab which is going to be the star of the show for this one. Initially, I have downloaded the official
Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Focal Fossa)image and registered the ISO at VMWare ESXI Hypervisor operating on my Dell PowerEdge R720 server.
By the way, there're two options to go with this ERP software for your business, it's either you choose their enterprise solution or you fly with the Community Edition which is completely open source and must be self-hosted. Here, you can find the project code on GitHub while apparently I myself wil be hosting
Odoo Version 14for a long time.
Exploring Odoo ERP SystemSo, I followed the instructions on GitHub to setup the software on my Linux instance and it went smoothly. After that, I navigated to the IP address of that VM in my case on
10.10.10.18:8069where the fun started I played around and installed a handful of applications, I won't lie the most interesting one was the Point of Sale module.
Definitely, I won't be walking you through all the features and modules avaiable but I can tell you it's unbelievable. I reached this point after analysing the Inventory Management module from where I created a couple of product templates to demonstrate the process, I defined multiple warehouses with stock locations as well to go with.
The example above shows a particular product quantity on hand being distributed between all the stock locations available within my virtual company. Moreover, you can do a lot more like transfering stock from one location to another and much more.