Westwood was present at the Odoo Experience 2023

A quest to improve our website, project management and customer interaction.

As the beating heart of the open-source software community, the Odoo Experience comes alive every year with a burst of innovation and collaboration. For Westwood, an enthusiastic user of Odoo, the Odoo Experience 2023 provided an excellent platform to be trained in its use and to discover our latest innovations.

What is Odoo?

Odoo is a comprehensive suite of business management software designed to increase efficiency and productivity within organisations. It is an open-source application, meaning the source code is freely available for anyone to use, modify and improve. Odoo provides an integrated solution for a wide range of business needs, including CRM (Customer Relationship Management), ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), accounting, inventory management, project management, HR management, e-commerce, and more.

Characteristic of Odoo is its modular design, which gives companies the freedom to implement only the modules they need, leading to significant flexibility and scalability. This makes the system suitable for both small start-ups and large companies. The software can be customized to a company's specific needs, helping to optimize business processes and improve overall operational efficiency.

The most important improvements in Odoo 17

In our opinion, these are the most important innovations:

  1. Improved kanban mode (see image below) for projects, with the ability for customers to track progress:
  2. Whatsapp: it is now possible to chat directly with customers via Whatsapp from Odoo.
  3. Website: New features and buttons, but above all: a new environment for customers to view invoices, quotes, orders, projects and much more. 

There is a good chance that this functionality will be added to our website soon. Below we will discuss the other functionalities in more detail.

Deep integration and automation

Odoo 17 goes further than ever in integrating various business functions. The new updates make it possible to seamlessly connect processes from different departments, resulting in a smooth information flow and more efficient automation. This helps companies save time and reduce errors, allowing them to focus on growth and development.

User-friendliness and accessibility

Another significant improvement in Odoo 17 is the focus on user-friendliness. With a more intuitive interface and improved navigation, users can work faster and more effectively. The new design approaches in Odoo 17 make the system more accessible even to those who are not tech savvy.

Mobile Applicability

In line with today's business needs, Odoo 17 also emphasizes on mobile applicability. With improved mobile interfaces and features, users can now continue to work effectively on the go, which is crucial in an increasingly mobile work world.

Sustainability and environmental awareness

In line with the growing demand for sustainable business practices, Odoo supports 17 companies in implementing environmentally friendly operations. This includes tools for resource planning, waste management and energy efficiency, all of which contribute to greener and more sustainable operations.

Closing thoughts

The Odoo Experience 2023 was not only an opportunity for Westwood to learn and network, but also a source of inspiration. With the new features and improvements that Odoo 17 offers, we are now better equipped to streamline our business processes and improve our customer service. We are excited about the possibilities these updates bring and look forward to implementing these new tools to improve our services to customers and partners. With Odoo by our side, we are ready to reach new heights in efficiency, productivity and sustainable business. 

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