Country: United States (Fremont, California)
Industry: Computer Hardware (Enterprise Storage)
Apps Implemented: CRM, Sales, Inventory, Purchase, PLM, Manufacturing, Subscriptions
Implementation Type: Odoo Online
Over the past few years, businesses have been moving their data to cloud services in droves. It seems like everything is migrating to ‘the Cloud’. This means that more and more companies are digitally placing, storing, and interacting with their data, information, and programs over the internet, as opposed to on their own hard drives. This is why security is frequently discussed alongside the cloud. Companies today are looking for more control over their data and information, but also want
SoftIron Floats to the Cloud
What does SoftIron do? They build the cloud. SoftIron started in 2012 as a science project spun out from an incubator where the 3 founders, were working at the time. The project started when they got some silicon, built a board, wrote some software, and combined it all to make a computer. This computer was a server, the first ever to be powered by ARM64-v8 hardware. A jumping off point for the use of open source software that could be fine-tuned to the specific needs of each client.
Since its founding in 2012, SoftIron has sought to make their business and its offerings more open and interoperable with other systems. They run at wire speed, their core software is open source, and they have their own custom Linux platform which is specific to the hardware they build. While traditional vendors build or buy hardware from generic manufacturers, SoftIron designs every single piece and component to the hardware and software except for the silicon itself. They do their manufacturing here in the US via their location in Fremont, California as well as additional operations out of London.
Legacy Systems Cause Dysfunction
The initial push towards choosing Odoo was driven by the need for purchase and inventory management using a modern and interconnected software platform. SoftIron was running Quickbooks for everything. For their team, Quickbooks was substantial for generating purchase orders but was critically inefficient for inventory management, especially for their multiple warehouses. The European branch is a separate entity meaning they needed to manage an entirely separate stock and operation. They wanted to be able to flip between two companies easily rather than manage them from separate (disconnected) virtual locations.
“Odoo’s flexibility and modularity enables us to do things differently, the way we want to. When a module is released we have confidence that it has been tested. Confidence that the module will provide us what we need to get where we strive to go.”
Jason Van der Schyff, VP of Operations
They were looking for something that was designed for small business, scalable, and easily customizable without paying the huge costs associated with traditional enterprise software that has been refactored for SMBs. Another key element of their search was to find a software solution that would allow for the ability to implement on an as-needed basis (starting small and scaling later). Some additional factors were the similarities between the business philosophies of Odoo and SoftIron. Most of their competitors operate on an enterprise model that gives no hint at the expected costs. SoftIron identifies this as a common problem in the storage industry and
A New System, A New Hope
"The fact that Odoo offered the ability to get an integrated CRM module in a couple of clicks was huge!"
Odoo was a prerequisite for SoftIron’s growth. Now SoftIron is
SoftIron has big plans with Odoo. They want to introduce subscription based hardware which is novel to their industry. They offer full or hybrid cloud solutions and the option to host their servers on premises. It has since turned into one of the most innovative Enterprise Storage companies competing in the data storage space.
SoftIron makes the world’s finest solutions for the data center. The company’s HyperDrive, software-defined storage portfolio is built on Ceph and runs at
More info at https://softiron.com