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By: Akhilesh NS

Top Benefits of Software Upgrade

How cordial is Odoo towards software upgrading? 

We know real-world models are the foundation of modern technology. When the real world changes, technology also demands possible alterations. This acts as part and parcel of a software life cycle. For a number of reasons, this can remain as a brainless strategy, which highly impacts security, performance, productivity, and real-world changes. Thus upgrading software can easily lead to enhanced network security, an increase in productivity, improvement of morale, and lower costs.

This blog will provide an insight on the pros of upgrading your software and describe how much Odoo is friendly towards the same.
Let's initially discuss the pros of upgrading the Odoo software. Here are certain advantages to it:

1. Latest Security Patch
New software tackles/prevents the latest security vulnerabilities of operation

2. Improve Stability
The new software improves the ability to remain unchanged over time and in different conditions making the functioning to run in a stabilized way.

3. Being trustworthy 
Advancing through multiple version changes, the software itself becomes more trustworthy among its users especially towards error correction and keeping abreast of changes within technologies. 

4. Well Structured
Overcoming the negatives and shortcomings of previous versions and thereby fully utilizing the latest functional tools, therefore, the developers are equipped to maintain a well-structured format in both coding and functional areas in new software.  

5. Enjoy new features
Of course, every software is equipped with new additions expanding the potentialities and functionalities of the software. 

6. Benefits of pricing
Most of the vendors give free upgrades and some may charge a very small amount. The amount will be considerably cheaper than the new version price. 

7. Keep hardware healthy
Of course, every software is equipped with new additions expanding the potentialities and functionalities providing advanced features that you can make use of. 

8. Enhanced user interface
User Interface keeps changing with modern technology. Therefore, the newest versions of any software come up with enhanced and quality user experiences.

9. Go speed
In the era of smart work, don’t waste your time working in old software.   

10. Support
As technologies change, the support and maintenance of old versions become tough to be accessible. In addition, it is a common scenario today that most software vendors do not entertain or literally stop the customer support for an old software. 
As of now, you will be having an understanding of the advantages of upgrading software therefore let's move on to understand how Odoo will take up the up-gradation of the software in the next session.

How much Odoo is friendly towards up-gradation.
The general up-gradation process of Odoo can be done via the following steps:

1. Installing the new version of the Odoo server
2. Migrating the old database to the target version
3. Migrating custom module codes to the target version (optionally)

Enterprise Edition on Odoo Cloud Hosting 
Odoo online versions are always on the latest versions, no demand for further upgrades.

Enterprise Edition on On-Premise
It is possible to switch over to the latest version with no extra costs. The user can upload their database to Odoo Upgrade Service via the official website along with the information on the target version, purpose, and many more aspects. Furthermore, within days Odoo will perform the following functions:

- Automatic upgrading
- Migration issues fixing
- Functional testing 
- Custom modules upgrading (extra fee)

Once the process gets completed, the user is enabled with the latest migrated database. All you need to do is test the database on the target Odoo server and report if any test issues arise to upgrade@odoo.com. The Odoo software provider will solve any issues in connection with the migration script and thereby deliver the latest migrated database. In addition, once the issues get resolved after tests, again upload an up-to-date database to Odoo for getting a final database for production purpose. Additionally, in most cases, the Odoo version has no restriction on the PostgreSQL version. However, it is recommended to update your Postgres too. The user can restore them within the production environment directly.

Custom modules are no longer supported with target versions due to issues in code compatibility. Therefore, you can contact either an Odoo S.A or an Odoo Partner to help you out with code Upgrade.

Community Edition Odoo
In Odoo Community Edition, Database migration is not covered because of its complexity. In this case, if a user insists, on migrating some tables to the new version, just export them in a CSV file and later import them in the target Odoo choosing the right columns. Also some of the open-source projects like “Open Upgrade” helps you in making up-gradation and configuration easily. 

In Odoo Community Edition, database migration is not covered because of its complexity. In this case, if you need to migrate some tables to the new version, just export them in a CSV file and later import them in the target Odoo choosing the right columns. Moreover,  certain open source projects such as “Open Upgrade” helps you in making up-gradation and configuration easily. 
In the community edition, Custom module up-gradation is mildly complicated compared to an enterprise version. Since the community users want to use more custom modules than enterprise users. Therefore, a top-rated Odoo Partner can only help the user with the up-gradation and migration aspects.
Hope that you have an understanding of how the Odoo platform will respond to migration and upgradations in all editions of the platform available.


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