Hire Odoo Developer for Your ERP Project
As businesses grow, the need for a system to manage and monitor all the different business processes within the company becomes more and more apparent. The role of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system then becomes critical. An ERP system allows businesses to consolidate all the tools used to manage different business processes into one unified system, making the business more efficient.
One of the most popular ERP systems providers is Odoo. First released in 2005 as TinyERP and renamed to OpenERP in 2010, the Belgian company has quickly grown and has since expanded its services beyond traditional ERP systems, such as a website builder and an eCommerce platform. Accordingly, it changed its name to Odoo in 2014 to reflect this expansion.
In 2013, it was among the awardees of the Deloitte Technology Fast50 for being the fastest growing Belgian company, and in 2015 it was included in Inc. 5000 Europe for being among the fastest growing companies in Europe. As of 2017, it has over 2 million users worldwide. Based on its customers page, most of these come from European countries, such as Belgium, Germany, France, and Switzerland. A significant fraction of its users also come from the USA.
Countries with the most users of this system according to the Odoo customers page
The Value of an Odoo Developer
Odoo is a unique ERP system provider because it is open-source, meaning its source code is accessible to, and may be improved upon by, the online developer community. Although starting from version 9, it shifted to an open-core business model, wherein some features are only available in a paid enterprise edition, it nevertheless keeps most of its standard features in its open-source community edition.
The system is highly customizable, as it can be tailored to fit the exact needs of every company. In addition to modifiable database configurations, it also uses a modular system, where it starts with the most basic features and allows companies to add features through modules. These can be chosen from one of the many modules already available, or they can be developed by a skilled Odoo 9 developer.
Anar, Odoo programmer of Mobilunity: “This system has all advantages that open-source model brought. In comparison to other open-source systems, there’s no such a complex and wide ERP system like Odoo is. It covers all sides of the workflow of any enterprise: manufacturing, repairing, service desk, periodical service provider, accounting, taxes… just everything. Three years ago no one knew about “Open ERP”, there was an internal community and now it’s known worldwide. It’s conquering the market and it would be demanded in a close future as well as Odoo developers.”
Odoo Developer Projects and Tasks
There are many types of projects that Odoo developers are involved in, and we examine some common ones.
The first and perhaps the most basic task for an Odoo dev would be to install the system into some server for users to access. The details may depend on the server to be used.
Improvement and Customization of Existing System
Among the core tasks of Odoo developers would be to customize and improve existing systems to fit the company’s requirements. This may involve adding readily available modules, developing custom modules, and adding more features via code modifications.
- Odoo Development: customize Odoo to our company’s needs
- Odoo programmer to improve our V9.0 Community version
- Odoo (v10) custom development
Integration with External System
Another task would be to integrate the system to some external features, such as eCommerce and ticket booking systems.
Odoo experts may also be sought to answer questions or provide analyses related to the system and ERP systems in general.
Looking for the Best Odoo Developers
What characteristics should you look for when finding the best Odoo developers? We share some important skills and experiences that excellent Odoo experts must possess.
Extensive experience with Odoo
The first thing you should definitely look for in a candidate is sufficient experience in working with and developing Odoo systems. A great Odoo developer should have at least 2 years of experience with the system and must have sufficient experience in installing and configuring the system and developing custom modules and additional features.
Python programming skills
Python is the most important language in this technology stack. Odoo uses Python as its scripting language, so a strong foundation in Python programming is a must for Odoo experts. A lot of Python coding is needed in creating or modifying modules for the system. Basically, Odoo development is mostly Python development.
SQL and PostgreSQL familiarity
The discussed system also uses PostgreSQL as its database management system, so some familiarity with PostgreSQL is necessary when setting up or modifying the company’s database tables and records. Aside from Odoo PostgreSQL, knowledge of other database systems such as Odoo MySQL may also be helpful since this system can also be integrated with them. Subsequently, a strong grasp of SQL query construction is needed for modifying or creating data manipulation functionalities in modules.
Understanding of business processes and ERP systems
Aside from having solid technical skills, a great Odoo developer should also have a strong understanding of the landscape he will be working in. Being a great programmer is not enough; he should also be able to connect the functionalities he develops with their real-life applications in order to deliver the best possible experience to the users, and ultimately, to the entire business.
Here are some simple tasks you can ask your candidates to accomplish to further test their suitability for the job as an Odoo developer.
1. Simple Python programming tasks
To test the developer’s proficiency with Python, you can ask him to code some simple programs, such as:
- Print out even numbers from 0 to some number N using a while and a for loop
- Accept a text file input from the user and read its contents, replace all instances of character x with character y, then print out each line
- Create a simple login functionality, where a user inputs a username and password, and the program checks from a list of dictionaries of usernames and passwords if there is a match
Each of these tasks should take less than 30 minutes to code.
2. Simple PostgreSQL data management tasks
To test thedeveloper’s PostgreSQL data management and querying skills, here are some simple tasks:
- Create a table with two columns: user_name and password, where user_name should be unique
- Create simple CRUD scripts to select, insert, update and delete entries in this table
- Add a new column to the table named entry_date whose values is initially set to NULL
3. Demonstration of business and ERP systems comprehension
The developer should also demonstrate his understanding of your different business processes, as well as how an ERP system can be implemented. One simple activity you can give is as follows. First, give the developer a general overview of your business and how it functions, and then ask him to do the following:
- List down the different core business processes he thinks are currently running within the company
- For each one, describe a software feature that can make it more efficient and easier to oversee
Aside from the sample tasks that you can give when screening or searching for potential Odoo developer, it is also advisable to ask a number of technical questions. Asking technical questions helps you gauge the understanding and depth of knowledge of an expert. Below are just some of the questions that you might be interested in asking potential Odoo developers for your projects:
- In technical term, can you explain what Odoo is?
- What is Odoo developer?
- What are different versions of this system? What are their differences?
- What do you know about OdooRM? Could you provide examples?
- Describe the security levels in the system.
- Do you have any experience in installing the system on a remote server?
These are but a few of the many technical questions that you can ask to measure the depth of knowledge of any potential programmer that you are considering. Testing the technical skills and knowledge of potential candidates is one of the best ways to filter and select the best possible candidate for your development project. Now that you are aware of what makes the best Odoo developer, and the ways that you can test the technical skills and knowledge of a potential Odoo developer for your team, the next step is to know where and how you can find these Odoo developers.
Dedicated Odoo Developer from Mobilunity Is Anwering
Here are some frequently asked questions about Odoo and the answers provided by our dedicated Odoo developer. You may also use these questions for interviewing your candidate.
Q #1 How to Change the Default Currency in Odoo’s Posbox/POS Module?
If multicurrency is allowed, then it is shown in the price list. Also there could be different configurations or a printed form template can have hardcoded a“GBP” currency. In this case, you should change template.
Q #2 How to Embed a Date Picker That Is Customizable in Odoo Technology?
Q #3 How to Import Product Images Using File Path into Odoo?
In the file path you need to insert image one by one. If you uploaded images to web, you can use URL. Or you can encode images to base64 insert it in CSV and import from CSV. However, no one uses file path in serious big Odoo projects where lists of hundreds of products are imported in the system.
Q #4 Is It Possible to Use Odoo Online?
Odoo is a web based system which is used through the browser. So, you always use it online. Server can be located on your computer and then you will use a local host in an address line. Also, the best practice is to connect Odoo with NGINX or Apache.
Q #5 Does the System Supports the Odoo Barcode?
Yes, Odoo supports barcodes. It has several solutions as the separate modules (both Enterprise and Community) support barcodes and QR codes. It also supports different barcode formats, scanners and printers.
Q #6 Is Odoo Suitable for All Domains
Yes. This is actually very convenient. If a new domain appears, new module apps also appear. If you need something very special, you may easily develop the features in Odoo.
Q #7 Which Is the Best Operating System for Odoo?
Linux both for security and Docker is supported in Odoo development. Several additional modules use specific libraries which are released only for Linux. As for Windows, it has several issues with required Python libraries. Thus, it would be more convenient to work on Linux developing with Odoo.
Q #8 How to Convert Odoo 8 Modules to Odoo 9?
Luckily, versions 9 and 8 use the same API. But most of modules in Odoo 8 are written in old API. If module is written in a new API, you need to convert your Odoo development only if this module is depending on module which was removed or changed. If API is old, then there can be syntax changes which should be applied to make module compatible with the new version.
Q #10 Which are the Best Odoo Apps in 2017?
This depends on what you need. There is no award like “best Odoo application”. If you ask this question to different people, you will get different answers. For example these are 5 best application for e-Commerce in my opinion:
- General Ledger & Accounting
- Sales Distribution
- POS and Retail
- School Management
- Purchase and Inventory
How to Hire Odoo Experts
Interested to find and hire Odoo developer? There is a vast array of methods by which you can hire Odoo programmer. We examine some of the most common ones.
Listing different ways of hiring Odoo programmers and ERP developers, you will also be interested in: Where do I find them? Check the blocks below to find the answers to all the above questions.
Direct Hiring of Freelance Odoo Developers
There are many freelance portals from which you can hire freelance Odoo developers. This can be a cheap option, as the rates can get really low due to intense global competition. However, this comes with some risks. Hiring freelancer Odoo developers with very low rates can mean hiring from a distant country, which implies a significant time difference and possibly some language barriers, so scheduling, collaboration and communication may be a problem. Moreover, accountability is compromised, as freelancers can easily opt out of the project or stop responding to you for a variety of reasons, and there is little you can do.
With social media and online networking sites, there are numerous ways of getting in touch with Odoo coder working as freelance expert or Odoo developer teams, aside from getting in touch with these professionals, perusal of Odoo developer CVs becomes a necessity. Because programming in this system have become a booming market, finding quality developers is quite a challenge. To address this challenge, there are trustworthy Job Boards, like Indeed.com and LinkedIn, that have become prolific in consolidating information on professionals that are willing to provide their services. These portals provide a whole range of information that would help you decide, from basic information to entire CVs for your perusal.
You can also hire outsourcing companies to develop your entire project for you. This takes a lot of load off your hands, as they will be the one to provide developers and take on project management. However, outsourcing rates may be quite costly, especially due to added resources like project managers. Additionally, it leaves you with very little control over your project, so slight misunderstandings in the requirements may lead to significant mistakes that may prolong the development and further increase costs.
Hiring Dedicated Odoo developers
Another option would be to hire a dedicated team of Odoo developers from an offshoring or nearshoring development company. With this method, the developers will continue working in the company’s office and use their resources, but they will work for you full-time and will report directly to. This option can be cheaper than outsourcing because you won’t be paying for services like project management. Moreover, you will have full control over your project and in the selection of your developers. Furthermore, it allows you to easily scale your project by adding or removing developers depending on your needs, thereby allowing for flexibility and cost efficiency. One possible drawback could be time zone and cultural differences, so choosing the right offshoring company is critical. To find such developers, one should check portals devoted to remote jobs like Remote.co or Remote.com. Aside from the portals, there are also recruiting companies, outsourcing, and dedicated teams providers (also called offshore and nearshore development company), like our company Mobilunity, that have diverse pool of professionals at hand that can provide you with Odoo developers and ERP programmers for your projects. Mobilunity can provide you with the opportunity to find and hire dedicated Odoo programmer and ERP developer that would assuredly give quality work at a manageable cost!
It is evident that offshoring gives you the best value for your money, so the next question would be: which offshoring company do I hire from?
Salary Comparison of Odoo Programmer in Europe and US
Having discussed the available hiring methods and establishing offshoring as the most practical one, the next consideration would be which country to offshore from. To help us decide, let’s compare the Odoo senior programmer salary across the globe and in Ukraine in particular. Since Odoo developers are essentially Python developers with some additional skills, and due to the limited information on Odoo developer salaries, we compare Python developer salaries.
According to PayScale, the average annual salaries of Python developers in different countries are as follows:
- US – $86,444
- UK – £35,323 ($45,514)
- Germany – €49,750 ($56,800)
- France – €38,858 ($44,364)
- Italy – €32,847 ($37,501)
- Ukraine – $22,200
Average Salary of Odoo programmer in different European Countries
Evidently, Ukraine offers the lowest rates among Python developers. Still, let’s check the salaries reviews in other countries. In addition to the salaries mentioned above, below are the average annual salary for Odoo developer in Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, and Australia.
||CHF 90,962 ($92,095.39)|
||ILS 299,907 ($85,704.42)|
Having read through the average salaries of Python developers from various countries, it is evident that Odoo Open ERP developers in United States, as well as Odoo developer in the UK, London, and Paris are among the highest paid developers, while the lowest rates for Python developers come from Ukraine. From the numbers themselves, to hire ERP and Odoo developers in the US and UK will be costly. If you are interested in hiring experts, but want to go and look for a more manageable cost, you might want to set your sights on Asia, below are the average annual Python (Odoo) developer salary in India, Singapore, and Philippines accordingly:
||Rs 835.233 ($12.962.82)|
||PHP 660,000 ($13,147.20)|
If you are interested not just in hiring a developer but a consultant, Odoo consultant salary would be much higher in comparison to that of a developer, what is related to the extensive experience and expert skills that Odoo consultants possess. Consultants of Oddo come with a lot of experience in developing applications, managing business processes and ERP systems, as well as managing database systems. Worry not! Mobilunity can provide you with the offshore services of a highly qualified and very proficient Odoo developer, as well as find and hire expert Odoo functional consultants. Our company also provides competitive and manageable salary of Odoo offshore developers and Odoo functional consultants.
Hiring from a dedicated teams provider such as Mobilunity would undoubtedly be an excellent choice. Located in Ukraine, we are only at most an hour or two from most European countries, and we provide highly skilled Python Odoo developers for exceptionally affordable rates. We can recommend a needed coder for you from our pipeline.
Sample CVs of an Odoo Expert
#2 – Volodymyr G. – Odoo/OpenERP Full Stack Developer
- OpenERP 6.1 & 7.0, Odoo 8.0
- Python (WSGI frameworks, AsyncIO…)
- MySQL, PostgreSQL
- NoSQL (ElasticSearch, Redis, Mongo, a bit of Cassandra)
- 3+ years of commercial experience in Python (Web/Full Stack).
- Some personal projects on AsyncIO (game development) .
Professional skills and knowledge:
#3 – Odoo Programmer/Developer CV
- Highly proficient in Odoo and OpenERP Framework
- Experienced in Odoo/ERP development
- Highly proficient in Python programming language and core concepts
- Experienced in developing postgreSQL or SQL databases
- Experienced in business processes and ERP systems
- Have strong analytical and problem-solving qualities
- Designed and developed Odoo application
- Designed and managed postgreSQL or SQL databases
- Designed and developed business processes for ERP systems
- Managed Task estimations, customizations and delivery in a Odoo or OpenERP project development
It’s Time to Find a Good Developer for Your Project
Enterprise resource planning systems offer an abundance of advantages to businesses, and the above discussed system is among the leading platforms offering ERP solutions. Since every business is unique, a one-size-fits-all software is not enticing; rather, each ERP system should be tailored to the specific needs of each company, and an Odoo programmer can make that happen.
Having read through what an Odoo developer is, the skills and experience that these developers bring to the development team, it is a good to say that hiring Odoo programmers and ERP developers are a good investment indeed. However, we have also covered the cost that comes with hiring these professionals, with the competitive market for their skills, hiring Odoo developers can be quite expensive. But with technology and communication nowadays, you can now look for and hire Odoo developers remotely or offshore.
Mobilunity can provide you with the opportunity to hire a dedicated team of any developers to outsource your development projects. The best thing about working with Mobilunity is that these come at a competitive but manageable price. Here at Mobilunity, we provide you quality developers with quality work at a manageable cost. Hiring Odoo developers from Mobilunity would be your best decision, as we have remarkable and affordable Odoo developers at rates that are hard to beat.