Major software updates are the norm now. While we look forward to upgrades in our smartphone operating systems, entrepreneurs in the e-commerce industry look forward to ecommerce platforms updates. A platform that frequently updates its features can truly last in the industry.
And one such platform is Odoo. In our post, we are going to explore Odoo’s most awaited update: Odoo 13.
Last year, we saw Odoo 12; it came with a host of updates and new features. To mention a few:
- Multiple Display Responsive
- Smoother Onboarding process: Odoobot
- Interactive Dashboard
- Ready Out of the box
- Easy Odoo Customization
- Variety of Payment and Shipping options
Of course, the software industry being as competitive as it is, when coupled with the e-commerce industry, a platform wouldn’t last without at least a yearly overhaul of new and exciting features.
The next Odoo update, Odoo 13 is not too far off in the future. Odoo is set to announce this update at their Odoo Experience event that is to happen in October. It is an event that goes on for 2-3 days where they launch the new and improved functionalities. Additionally, It becomes a hands-on experience for Odoo developers that attend the event.
Let’s see what Odoo users are expecting from the coming Odoo 13 update:
Accountant as a Service:
With upgraded accounting features introduced in Odoo 12, they managed to centralize your business operations. You won’t have to transfer data from Odoo to your accounting software. And with the Odoo 13, they are bringing the exclusive “Accountant as a Service” using which you will be provided with a competent accountant who is well-versed with Odoo software. This means you will be able to get an accountant’s services who is well versed with the Odoo software.
Integration with the Internet of Things:
The Internet of Things is a concept that came in when the internet expanded beyond our mobile phones and tablets. It is in everything now. Therefore, it seems like the perfect next step for Odoo to be compatible with IoT devices. This gives way to the possibility of integrating inventory management tools, that are IoT enabled right in your Odoo backend!
If your Odoo store is equipped to work with sensors, you could potentially plug in sensors in your shelves at your warehouse which updates & notifies you when the stock dips. This can also be useful in hybrid stores. Hybrid stores are IIoT enabled physical stores which don’t require constant staff attention. Customers can browse and buy items in a physical store, but the products get added to their virtual store account. The concept is new but it might pick up the pace with smooth IoT compatibility with ecommerce platforms.
In the upcoming Odoo update, one of the most awaited features is of in-app purchase. The users will now be able to purchase services right from your Odoo store. Odoo will act as a medium between the service provider and the client. To make the process smoother, the payment will also be deducted from their Odoo account.
With IoT enabled machines, you can monitor them using IoT enabled devices. You will be notified as soon as they require any sort of attention or maintenance. This way you can reduce the downtime and only inspect the machines when required.
Odoo 13 is sweetening the deal by making all the old features better with the addition of these new ones. What will remain to see is how the entrepreneurs who use Odoo adopt these features & leverage their functionality.
Considering that e-commerce businesses are global, it would also be interesting to see how Odoo optimizes these high data consuming features for markets that don’t have high-speed internet. The world, after all, is not all developed, but people all over the world tend to buy and sell things.
For a platform that mainly boasts of its themes, apps and customization capacity, Odoo has indeed come a long way in realizing its customers’ needs.
If you are an entrepreneur who uses Odoo for their online store, make sure to upgrade when the new version is available for smoother functionality as well as newer features.
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