Sharing is Caring

Odoo is steadily gaining popularity. Odoo integrates various business processes and that is a great advantage. This gives you a powerful Business Application Suite.

The fact that Odoo, is still to a large extent, an Open Source package explains part of its popularity. With Open Source software, the source code is public, so that it can be studied and modified if desired. This openness and the possibility to share knowledge contribute to the rapid improvement and expansion of the software.

Currently, Odoo is distributed worldwide by thousands of partners. Every day hundreds of programmers, testers and translators work on further development, the number of users is in the millions. The Odoo Community Association, or OCA, brings together many of these people to encourage the open source spirit. That is also badly needed, although the number of users, trainers and partners of Odoo have grown exponentially in recent years, this unfortunately does not apply to the group that actually adds Open Source code to Odoo. If the balance between those who do and those who do not contribute to the development, the community is eroded and this ultimately has an impact on the vitality, appearance and open character of Odoo.

Critics argue that open source is an unfeasible concept. The potential customer waits for others to pay for the required extension. And the suppliers keep their own code for themselves, or only publish it once the expensive development costs have been fully recovered. Customers and behave just like in the closed source world. Attempts to jointly finance projects with multiple parties are having difficulty getting off the ground. And so the engine that should feed the open source model falters. The critics emphasize that the business models of many open source vendors are limping on two legs.

Odoo SA also moved towards an open core model, with around the open core, a set of closed modules, for which the Enterprise subscription must be taken out. Unfortunately, these critics are largely right.

Fortunately, it's only part of the story. Therp publishes modules, fixes bugs, and provides feedback. We have discovered from our own experience that knowledge multiplies when you share it with others, not least with ourselves. Some of the clients understand the somewhat unexpected but actually quite logical operation of this principle, are looking for that deeper knowledge and know where to find us. That makes sharing pay off! The OCA also stimulates this concept and guarantees the quality of the contributions on Github, the platform where people collaborate on the development of the community edition of Odoo.

Therp can be found in the (international) vanguard when it comes to publishing contributions to the software. We also help manage and manage the software. For example, the collection of modules that have been developed to allow Odoo to meet the Dutch needs (localization). An overview of a large part of our modules can be found in the Odoo Apps store. The development of many of those apps has been made possible by our larger clients.

It is impossible to describe the nearly 200 modules we have published in the field of user-friendliness, security and the various functional areas. As an example, we briefly zoom in on CRM and accounting.


Various contributions from Therp, such as calling directly by clicking on a telephone number, processing donations and managing events, make Odoo CRM transformable into a competitive fundraising application or an innovative

relationship management system. In particular, the module that makes it possible to make connections between Relations offers a lot of potential. You can, for example, record 'is child of' and 'is parent of' or 'has secretary' and 'is secretary of' or whatever connections you want.


From version 6.1, Therp adds a lot of value to Odoo's accounting functionality. From the module that makes it easier to install the Dutch general ledger scheme to the module (CAMT.053) that handles bank transactions with ABN-AMRO, Triodosbank, RABO, and Van Landschot. From the app that processes direct debits as we are used to in the Netherlands, to the horizontal Balance report and the ICP report that generates the necessary data for the intra-Community declaration. We are also the engine of almost every version upgrade of these localization modules.

Benefits of Open Source for you:

  • Fast product development. Customization now, is the standard of tomorrow;
  • You benefit from what others make and you contribute to product development yourself;
  • Share costs by jointly developing new functions;
  • Excellent value for money over a few years;
  • No license costs;
  • No extra costs for multiple simultaneous users;
  • Fits well into an existing application landscape;
  • Free to change supplier;
  • Good support;
  • It concerns your data, you are in charge of your own bits;
  • Of course support for all Open Standards;