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I have heard that Odoo does not have a set roadmap and never will but is this really true?

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It is true.

Customers, Partners and Users are free to propose ideas as they arise, which are then evaluated and implemented through proof of concepts which can be developed and implemented very quickly. 

This approach is highly agile, forgoing (on purpose) detailed planning. 

The consistent vision we have is "it is all about the user".


We want to make their work better, faster and easier. Usability is very important. 


We work incrementally, we don't have a 5 year plan, we don't think like that at Odoo. Our development process is very fast - we can deploy features in less than two months. So when people ask us for a roadmap, we don't have one, we plan only several months ahead.


You can hear our CEO Fabien discuss this in a recent "Ask Me Anything" video at our annual conference, Odoo Experience in Belgium - see https://youtu.be/9vh72XggoPE?t=1551


Since we release point versions of Odoo approximately every 3 months, you can check them to see what is already planned to be delivered in Odoo 18:


https://www.odoo.com/odoo-17-1-release-notes

https://www.odoo.com/odoo-17-2-release-notes


You can also see our work in progress via Runbot (the master branch) at https://runbot.odoo.com/ as this branch "becomes" 17.3, 17.4, 18.0 as each minor and then major release is published.

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As usual thank you very much for your extensive reply. 

My concern about this 'new release each year' is that it exposes the software to be a bit unstable in terms of usability.

We are talking about an ERP. Expecially for big customer an implementation could be made in several months, if not years. The expectation to finish an implementation just to figure out a new version has been released is not very nice for the customer. Sometimes the changes are very significant and internal users have to jump in lessons over and over again.

A company that invest in an ERP seeks stability and performance. While it is true that Odoo is gaining performance each year I wouldn't say the same for the stability, due to this approach.

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Odoo has released a new version every year since 2012 and has over a million paying Users each month, and 11 million non-paying Users - our strategy to release a new version each year is working. The paying Users have an expectation that they will continue to see value for their subscription and won't wait two or three years for new features. For larger Customers it may work better to upgrade every 2 or 3 years.

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Here is the key highlighted features which had showcased over the recent event for Odoo -18

Sales & Customer Focus

  • Sales Person Commissions: This likely allows you to set up commission structures for your sales team, incentivizing them to perform better.
  • Loyalty in Portal: This could be a loyalty program for your customers, rewarding them for repeat purchases and building stronger relationships.
  • Combo Products everywhere: This might allow you to easily create and promote bundled products, potentially increasing sales value.
  • PDF Quote Builder 2.0: This suggests an improved tool for generating professional and customized quotes for your customers.
  • Request a signature from any document: This feature streamlines the process of getting customer sign-off on important documents.

Inventory & Warehouse Management

  • Multiple warehouses on a website and display stock: This allows you to manage inventory across multiple locations and potentially show real-time stock levels to customers.
  • Inventory: Assign Vehicle to Batch: This could improve efficiency by assigning specific vehicles for picking and delivering batches of inventory.
  • Revamped Barcode App: This suggests an update to the barcode scanning app, likely with new functionalities or a more user-friendly interface.
  • MPS: Automatic Replenishment + Flexible Route: This might be related to a "Managed Print Service" system, allowing for automatic reordering of supplies and optimizing delivery routes.

Other Improvements

  • Mega menu based on ecommerce categories: This could improve website navigation by providing a clear and organized way for customers to find what they're looking for.
  • On demand Quality Checks: This might allow for more flexible and efficient quality control procedures.
  • New Lock Dates configurations: This suggests more control over when and how users can access or edit information in the system.

Overall, these features seem geared towards improving sales performance, customer experience, and inventory management. They could significantly enhance your overall operations.

As per the recent event,

Follow below links for the detail level screenshots with explanation

http://tiny.cc/odoo18



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