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By: Anju A.P

Odoo vs Microsoft Dynamics

When it comes to the management of complex business operations, the software that an organization chooses is a matter of concern, because the software choice is what ultimately undermines business success. With SMEs, this decision is much more challenging as they juggle between the budget limitations and bigger contenders converting into a serious requirement for proficiency and cost-effective design. 


With various ERP solutions accessible in the market place, picking the correct one requires thinking about numerous variables. For SMEs, one central point is the decision among local and cloud hosting. A cloud-facilitated ERP offers numerous benefits for SMEs compared to a traditional/ conventional ERP that is hosted on a local server. One such significant benefit is the adaptability and flexibility factor. A cloud-based ERP often seems more adaptable and flexible alongside ready to adjust towards a developing and consistently changing business workflow. Initial and support fees are likewise much lower with a cloud-facilitated ERP arrangement as they are often accounted within license fees. 


Soon after the decision settlement over the cloud-based ERP vs Traditional ERP, the next tricky part for business is to make choice over Proprietary and Open Source ERP. However, it is not easy for the business to make that decision without proper knowledge.  This pressure to decide is all higher while the company is for the first time getting introduced to an ERP system.


Licensed and proprietary ERP software may get you with abundant functionalities glamouring its extensiveness. However, a company should focus on the usability aspect and the scalability of the plan. Usually, the license price and upgrade prices are a huge waste, as your business organization may not be using every feature that is available in the ERP software. This is often a problem with proprietary software. On the other hand, an open source software/Odoo saves you from spending unwanted expenditures. With open source, you get the flexibility to select only what you need for your business.


The bright side of open source ERP doesn’t stop here. It is more to uncover. Nowadays the open source ERP program has a higher rating with regards to the quality in the coding since these programs see zealous software code developers working for it. We need to break the misconception that only paid software codes to satisfy your company’s requirements. As thousands of developers are consistently working together in updating and further enhancing the quality of the open source, today the framework sounds more receptive towards a quick resolution to critical issues.  Moreover, there are multiple open source ERP choices and that brings massive competition in this industry. This competition enhances the features since the program needs to become competent. 


Have a quick look at the comparison between open source ERP and proprietary ERP.


Open Source ERPProprietary ERP

Active and Healthy Community

Regular security updates and bug fixes stabilizing the solution. Makes it possible for the community to identify bugs and fix them.

Community Could Be Dying

Regular security updates and bug fixes may not be that feasible comparing to an open source. Also, a quick resolution to critical issues and fixing them will be limited.

Lower Cost of Ownership

Generally, the only capital expense for customization and implementation, and no or relatively low licensing costs. Sunk costs for maintenance and support.

Higher Cost of Ownership

Costs will include operational expense primarily licensing costs, and capital expenses in addition to the sunk cost for maintenance and support. 

Minimal Reliance

Open source is diverse, distributed and has a dynamic community working on it, thus minimal reliance on a single vendor. In addition, erases the fear of orphaned product, vendor abandons and termination of support. 

Higher Dependency 

Proprietary software users are more or less at the whim of the vendor. In addition, once the software is integrated into the enterpriser’s system, changing vendors would likely be an expensive procedure.

Open Standards 

The community adheres to open standards when it comes to communication and data formats. This makes open source highly interoperable. 

Opacity

The closed source can neither be modified nor debugged by users. You would be able to report errors and dump stacks to vendors, however, will have to wait to get it fixed from them.

Odoo vs Microsoft Dynamics


Microsoft Dynamics comes as part of the Microsoft Dynamics family of ERP software. The software can be hosted in Microsoft Azure Cloud. Microsoft Dynamics comes with a perpetual license and a subscription license for the service provider.


Odoo is an open source programming that aims to provide an easy to use, comprehensive business tool. In excess of 16,000 applications meeting different industry needs, Odoo has surpassed the reaches of Microsoft Dynamics in many places explicitly intended to illuminate both SME and large complex business needs. Also, there is an excess of 30 main applications in Odoo, that is consistently updated meeting different industry needs. 


Odoo vs Microsoft Dynamics AX feature-wise comparison.



Inventory Management


1. General



Features


Odoo 

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Multi-Warehouse
Storage Locations (Bins)
Bin Replenishment
Mobile Device Support
Multi-Company
Multi-Currency
Multi-Language

Automatic ASN (Advanced Shipping Notice)
Package Management / Cartoning
Freight Carrier Integration
Manage Consignee Stocks
EDI (Electronic Data Interchange)Available through third-party software
Products

2. Products



Features


Odoo 

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Non-Stocked Inventory 
Multiple Variants
Multiple Units of Measure
Inter-class UoM Conversion *
Variant Matrix

3. Traceability



Features


Odoo 

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Lots / Serials
Up / Down Traceability
360° Traceability *
Expiration Dates
Cycle Counting

4. Reporting



Features


Odoo 

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Inventory Forecasts
Inventory Valuations
ABC Analysis

5. Barcode Support



Features


Odoo 

Microsoft Dynamics AX
QR Code SupportOdoo can read QR codes, but third-party software is required to print them.
RFID SupportAvailable through third-party add-ons. 
Lots / Serial Numbers
Receptions
Picking
Internal Moves
Delivery Orders
Inventory Adjustments

6. Routings



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
FIFO / LIFO
Customizable Routes *
Putaway Strategies
Wave Picking
Batch Picking
Zone Picking
Cluster Picking
Cross-Docking
Putaway Location By Size, Weight, & Capacity

Supply Chain


1. General



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Vendor Data Management
Vendor Pricelist Management
Inbound Quality Control
Drop shipping

2. Purchases



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Purchase Requests
Purchase Orders
Purchase Approval Workflow
Request for Quotations
Contracts / Purchase Agreement

3. Automated Procurements



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Minimum Stock Rules*
Make-to-Order
Master Production Schedule

Manufacturing


1. General



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Master Data
Multi-Level BoM
Byproducts / Coproducts
Routings
Subassemblies
One BoM for Multiple Product Variants
BoM versions
Multiple BoM / Routing *

2. Planning



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Demand Forecasting
MRP I Scheduler
MRP II Scheduler *
Master Production Schedule
Gantt Chart Scheduling w / Drag & Drop
Kanban Planning
Production Calendar
Infinite Capacity Scheduling
Finite Capacity Scheduling
Available to Promise
Multiple Scheduling Plans
Delivery Date Calculation (Backwards Scheduling)
Production Order Splitting / Merging

2. Operations



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Manufacturing / Production Order
Job Tracking
Work Orders / Operations
Automated Time Tracking
Disassembly Orders
Subcontract Manufacturing
Rework / Repair
Scrap
Disposal Strategies
Kits
Edit Individual Production BoMs

3. Costing



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Perpetual Inventory Valuation *
Periodic Inventory Valuation *
Standard Price
FIFO
Landed Costs
Actual Production Labor
Production Order Costing

4. Shop Floor Control



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Shop Floor Terminals
Production Activities
Non-Production Activities *
Time Tracking
Messages on Work Orders
Barcode Support
Equipment / Machine Management
Work Instructions on Work Orders
Maintenance Requests from Shop Floor Terminal

4. Human Resource



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Schedule Management
Touchscreen Attendance
Timesheets
Breaks
Overtime
Vacation / Injury

5. Reporting and Forecasting



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Overall Equipment Efficiency
Work Time
Demand Forecast
Maintenance KPIs
Production Costs Analysis
Up / Downstream Traceability
Analytic Accounting
CSV Export
Dynamic Pivot Tables
Dashboards
Save Custom Reports
Maintenance


1. Scheduling and Request Handling



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
Maintenance Kanban
Maintenance Calendar
Shop Floor Integration
Multiple Teams / Sites
Asset Management
Subcontract Repair
Job Tracking

2. Parts Management



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Inventory Management
Purchasing Integration
Rotating Asset Location
Equipment Serial Numbers
Equipment Maintenance History

Dealer Portal

QMS


1. Quality Control



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
At Reception
In-Process
Before Delivery
Inventory Quarantine


2. Quality Checks



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Quality Control Plan
Pass / Fail Checks
Measurement Checks
Quality Alerts / Nonconformance Documents
Print Nonconformance Documents
Corrective Actions

2. ISO9001 Tools



Features


Odoo 

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Documentation Management
Customer Satisfaction Surveys
Customer Complaints Management
Traceability of Operations
Resources Management

3. Reports



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Nonconformance CostsMostly included as part of OEE Report

4. Product Lifecycle Management



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Engineering Change Orders (ECOs)
BoM Version Management
Routing Version Management
MRP Integration
Centralized BoM Management

5. ECO Management



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Approval Workflows
BoM Version Difference Viewer
Bulk BoM Updates
Notification Mechanism
Project eMail Gateway
ECO Costing

6. Third-Party CAD Integrations



Features


Odoo

Microsoft Dynamics AX
AutoCAD
SolidWorks
Autodesk





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