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Re: PIM (Product Information Managment) module for odoo

Akretion, Raphael Valyi
- 06/04/2015 12:15:15
Hello Jean-Baptiste,

I suggest you take a look at the product-attribute OCA modules (a module Akretion started to mimic Magento flexibility). They bring some nice No-SQL power to your Odoo relational objects and basic users can easily create as many product properties as they want easily (text, m2o, m2m etc..). This works well as long as you don't need to use them in a relational fashion.

You may also be interested in my Solerp module, a Solr Odoo connector that exports any Odoo object to the Solr datastore and brings high availability and unleashed (faceted) searchability to them. It works well with exporting these custom properties well and can be used in custom front-ends or even in e-commere directly as we do with our new webshop at Akretion (stay tuned). We also used the combo in Brazil and the power user used product-attributes to define manually hundreds of custom properties of all kind for referencing companies by category and also real estate and vehicles.


On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 1:02 PM, Jean-Baptiste Quenot <> wrote:
Hi Peter,

In my experience the main difference between Odoo and a PIM, is that in the latter object classes and form fields can be managed by the marketing staff members.  In contrast, only skilled IT staff can create new models and manage fields in Odoo, requiring to adjust the XML views, update the modules and restart the server.  Not something marketing people can do.  In a PIM adding a new field in a product form is *just a click away*.

I have some experience running a PIM alongside Odoo: I have a Pimcore[1] install, which is geared towards marketing, managing product categories, pictures, print or online catalogs, websites, and so on.  I wrote a custom Pimcore controller in PHP to expose the products and categories as JSON.   Then a custom cron job in Odoo consumes this REST API daily and updates or creates the products accordingly.

This is not a big deal to develop, and allows to have the best of both worlds: Pimcore for PIM, and Odoo for sales.  I don't use the Odoo CMS however, as the online store is powered by Pimcore.  A full integration with Odoo would be certainly more tricky.

Best regards,
Jean-Baptiste Quenot
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