Odoo is the world's easiest all-in-one management software. It includes hundreds of business apps:
CRM | e-Commerce | Accounting | Inventory | PoS | Project management | MRP | etc.
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.
I think you should be asking :
- What would I earn as an OpenERP expert in my city?
- What would I earn as a
certifiedOpenERP expert in my city?
- What do the training courses really cost (plus airfare, hotels, gifts brought home for every last one of your nieces, nephews, etc)?
- How many months would I save by taking the courses?
- 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 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
1. Install Odoo (this might be challenging for some people):
- for Windows users download exe installer from https://nightly.odoo.com/11.0/nightly/
- if you are using Mac you can follow this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTEga5EFSi0
- if you are using Linux this might be helpful: http://cier.tech/blog/blog-1/post/how-to-install-odoo-on-ubuntu-linux-16-04-3
2. Install some apps and configure them. You can follow the scenario like you have to deploy Odoo for a small shop (install Sales, Warehouse and all needed modules).
3. Play with it spontaneously or follow the official documentation: https://www.odoo.com/documentation/user/11.0/
4. Try to change some functionalities/looks using HTML/CSS editor, hide some fields from product form etc (in developer mode)
5. When you understand how it works then you will see some space for improvements. Start making your own apps by following official documentation: https://www.odoo.com/documentation/11.0/howtos/backend.html
6. If you can't move on/got blocked somewhere just ask for help here
Start by learning Python, simply Python without any frameworks. Video tutorials is probably the best way to learn but you should totally do everything you see in the video just to make sure it leaves a print in your memory. Don't forget that practicing is the most critical point here. Also, choose a few tech blogs and read them. Here's an interview with an Odoo developer with over 10 years, you should totally check it out:
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.