Odoo Community VS. Enterprise

Comparisons in features, pricing, support, and more.

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Odoo, the world’s #1 open-source ERP platform, has two versions:

  • Odoo Community, the fully open-source edition
  • Odoo Enterprise, the licensed edition.

Historically, the software only had one version that was open-source (Community). In 2015 when v9 was released, Odoo introduced Enterprise for the first time, adding a few more modules for additional fees. Since then, the differences between the two editions have grown, with a very clear distinction in Odoo 12.

There are four main characteristics that Odoo Community and Enterprise differ on:

  • Modules/Features
  • Support, Bugfixes, and Upgrades
  • Hosting Options
  • Pricing

Continue reading to learn more about these areas and to select which is right for your business.

Modules & Features

 

One of the most notable differences between Odoo Community and Enterprise is their functionality. Enterprise, being the platinum version of Odoo, is built on top of the open source Community layer, and it has many additional modules & features.

On Odoo 12, for example, many of the large scale improvements are found solely on the Enterprise version. These include multi-website management and IP-address lead generation. Some modules are also exclusively on Enterprise, such as Document Management, IoT, and Studio.

Other notable areas of difference include eCommerce, where Odoo Enterprise V12 comes with a huge list of pre-built shipping integrations, as well as a connector to eBay. Additionally, full Accounting is only available on Enterprise.

In Manufacturing, meanwhile, Odoo Enterprise comes with Work Centers, allowing you to schedule, control, and allocate your production activities. It also comes with Quality Control, Maintenance, PLM, and IoT integration.

You can see a more comprehensive list of feature comparisons here, but continue reading to learn more about hosting, support, and pricing.

Support, Bugfixes, and Upgrades

 

A second major difference is support. Many businesses place importance on being able to get support when they need it — while Odoo offers this for the Enterprise edition, it does not do so for Community.

(If your instance has customizations, however, Odoo will not be able to help in this area — they only assist with the core platform. For support here, Community or Enterprise, you may want to contact Bista instead)

Odoo also offers upgrade assistance as long as it is into an Enterprise version, i.e. from Community to Enterprise or Enterprise to Enterprise. (As mentioned before though, this is also only for the core platform. For upgrade and/or migration help otherwise, contact us instead)

Hosting Options

Community and Enterprise also differ in their hosting. With Odoo Community, you handle hosting yourself, whether using your own on-premise servers or hosted servers. Given this is your own open-source instance, you can customize it to your heart’s content.

With Enterprise, you have both these options, but you have an additional cloud hosting option using Odoo.sh.

Additionally, you can also use Odoo SaaS. However, you cannot customize this instance, as it is a multi-tenant model where everyone is accessing the same software.

Odoo Community Hosting

  • On-premise hosting
  • Cloud hosting (AWS, Digital Ocean, Google Cloud, etc.)

Odoo Enterprise Hosting

  • On-premise hosting
  • Cloud hosting (AWS, Digital Ocean, Google Cloud, etc.)
  • Cloud hosting (Odoo.sh)
  • SaaS (non-customizable)

Pricing

Last of all, price! Because Odoo Enterprise is a licensed version of Odoo, it adds yearly expenses in licensing fees, meaning Community is often less expensive for companies. But that’s not all there is to it.

Which option is better in terms of price really depends on what you’re looking for from your Odoo instance.

Because Odoo Enterprise has many modules and features out-of-the-box that Odoo Community lacks, companies that are looking for these features will see a bump in price if they want them on the Community version.

In other words, though licenses raise the cost of Enterprise, customization and development can raise the cost of Community ((to bring up the level of features). Which option ends up being more affordable depends on the particular features and extent of customization/development you’re looking for.

In discussion with one of our clients who wanted heavy customization, we ran a comparison of TCO (total cost of ownership) over a period of 5 years (see graphs on the right). In their circumstance, Odoo Enterprise was significantly less expensive than the alternative.

Though Enterprise had yearly license costs, Community had higher costs for the initial development on Year 1, additional development year over year, as well as the upgrade/migration cost on Year 5.

Odoo Community vs. Enterprise pricing comparison for client looking for significant features

Odoo Community vs. Enterprise pricing comparison for client looking for significant features

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Odoo is a powerful software with two great versions to choose from. Ultimately, the choice between Community and Enterprise really comes down to what you’re looking for from your Odoo instance.

Enterprise has more modules & features, as well as more hosting options and support from Odoo, but it also comes with licensing fees. As such, if these features aren’t currently important for you, or your IT team can take care of support needs, Odoo Community may be the better option.

Meanwhile, if these features are important to your business, and you are looking for support to solve any issues that might arise, Odoo Enterprise will be the better option, provided that is not outweighed by the expense on licenses.

If you’re having trouble making this decision, let us know! Bista Solutions is an Odoo Gold Partner and has implemented Odoo solutions for hundreds of companies across multiple verticals. We can learn about your business and consult with you, helping you work through your needs to find what provides better value.

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