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Re: Odoo v9 Paid Apps

Chris Jones
- 05/17/2015 18:10:55

I've seen mostly complaints but little in the way of suggestions for what Odoo S.A. should do. For Odoo as a whole to survive and continue to innovate we need Odoo S.A. to have a viable business model.

That means they either start moving towards consulting, customization and training which directly competes with partners, offer paid modules, focus on SaaS offering or offers last line of defense tech support. The fees they charge partners is nowhere near enough revenue to pay for more than one or two employees.

The fact that their SaaS offering doesn't support community modules makes it a no go for 100% of my clients. Maybe they are making money with it but I think it will be hard to keep clients on SaaS long term. If SaaS was more flexible I would use it for my clients, instead I host for them on cloud servers.

So that leaves paid modules and support services. I've been using Magento for years. I search for a free module if I find one great. If not I'd rather pay $100 to buy one than $2500 having it built from scratch. I like the possibility of being able to sell modules. If partners had the financial incentive I believe we would see more well documented and professional modules being released. I use a lot of community modules and have released my own. Many don't work out of the box and documentation is very poor. Look at Magento modules, completely different experience.

I don't much care if they call their modules Enterprise. I can explain in 2 minutes to a client that the core is the same.

As for paid tech support I would use that service if the price was more reasonable. Charging 10 - 20x India prices is hard to swallow though.

The US needs events like Magento puts on. It could be a source of revenue for Odoo S.A. and great marketing for Odoo.