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What's a good way to learn OpenERP for free?

Shahar Or
on 4/18/13, 8:58 AM 9,469 views

What would be a good way to learn OpenERP for free? Online, perhaps. Free e-books, perhaps? Video tutorials? Webinars? Enlighten me, please.

I'd like to learn not only the basics, but also advanced features.



| 5 6 8
Cornwall, Canada

Analysing, designing, coding and mentoring since 1975. Kilobytes to terabytes. Punch cards to punchy sites. My OpenERP video series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq7op4J183lX44ZlXPiHxUpRvmmRDtxye My Google Speadsheets --> OpenERP Data Pump project: http://martinhbramwell.github.io/GData_OpenERP_Data_Pump My email (with spaces removed) : mhb . warehouseman @ gmail . com

On 4/18/13, 12:19 PM

I think you should be asking :

  1. What would I earn as an OpenERP expert in my city?
  2. What would I earn as a certified OpenERP expert in my city?
  3. What do the training courses really cost (plus airfare, hotels, gifts brought home for every last one of your nieces, nephews, etc)?
  4. How many months would I save by taking the courses?
  5. How soon would I earn back the outlay on the courses?

If you are in a developing country those numbers don't look that great at all. However, in Japan, S. Korea, "The West", etc. it simply makes no sense to skip the courses and try to learn on your own.

On the other hand, if you want ERP for your own business, you should be thinking about core competence! Every hour you spend on stuff that's not your core competence, is money lost that would be far better spent hiring someone to apply their core competence to maximizing your leverage of your core competence. In short, don't screw around with OpenERP, hire someone who can put it to work immediately towards maximizing your profitability.

On the other, other hand -- it's a lot of fun! So then the best way to learn is to . . .

. . . solve other people's problems in this forum!

I really should take the functional training. I'm in Israel. I don't want it for the certificate, though. I want to learn.

Shahar Or
on 4/18/13, 12:30 PM

Me too! But I do intend to get the certs. If you ever want to get paid for the work it shows you are serious. Meanwhile, of course, there are sure to be certified experts out there who are completely worthless.

on 4/18/13, 12:40 PM

"They" say the best way to learn something is to teach it. It's true. You might like my video series about the inter-workings between OpenERP and Google. ( http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq7op4J183lX44ZlXPiHxUpRvmmRDtxye ) It forced me to learn a lot more than I'd expected, really.

on 4/18/13, 8:49 PM

"Free" as they say "There's no such thing as a free lunch!"

The real problem is not openerp - its having to be an expert at everything, Linux, Servers, Python, Hardware, Networks, Accounting (DEBK), Sales, Emails, Procedures....the list goes on!

I've just spent six months, a lots and lots and lots of hours, playing, researching, trying to give back, and I call my self a novice. I enjoyed it though!

on 4/19/13, 8:30 AM

Cameron! What an honest fellow you are. I almost noted how long I've been at it, but then thought, "Nah! You don't admit that kind of thing in public!" On the other hand -- if I'd only been 6 mths, maybe I wouldn't be too shy. :-)

on 4/19/13, 8:52 AM


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Baarn, Netherlands
On 4/18/13, 9:20 AM

In my opinion the best way would be use it yourself. When running into issues, or having questions, use a search engine to get your answers and/or post the question on a forum (like this one).

Thanks. What about more advanced features?

Shahar Or
on 4/18/13, 9:26 AM
On 4/18/13, 10:14 AM

I would say... you have to use it. Period. You need to implement it in a real enterprise and see how it works. You can read the e-books, there are many of them and they are good starting point for understanding how OpenERP works. You also need a good functional understanding, since if you don't understand accounting or material management, you are lost in any ERP, let alone OpenERP.

In case you need to learn how to develop in OpenERP, you can start by reading the Technical Memento. The developers documentation page is quite comprenhensive:


But at the end of the day it all comes to your experience, you need to develop or monkeypatch OpenERP modules in order to get a deep understanding of how it works. And the best documentation is, the code itself. It might not be perfect, but at the end of the day Python is quite easy to read

Thanks. I'm not a developer, though. I'd like to learn. I'd take the online version of the official functional training but it costs too much for me.

Shahar Or
on 4/18/13, 12:29 PM
Michael Meierhoff
On 4/19/13, 6:04 AM

The best way to get to know OpenERP is to have a real Application Environment. Either with a customer or with your own. With a basis of concrete processes and problems you can dive into the work of OpenERP.

A basic understanding of ERP in generally is very helpful. Some you can read up through the documentation. But this is not up to date. Something you can google. Else you have to ask either here in the Help section. The source code is still the most accurate and best way to find out how something work. Of course you need a basic understanding of the architecture of OpenERP.

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