Odoo 15 - New features and talks

Our favourite picks from 2021's Odoo Experience event of particular interest to engineering and manufacturing sectors, plus top new features for everyone to be aware of

The Odoo Experience 2021 event took place over 6th-7th October this year and was conducted online. Odoo was well prepared this time around and with 2020's experience behind, has really pulled out all the stops to achieve a very highly polished set of presentations. There was even some role-play and comedy thrown in for good measure!

With over 100 talks, it was hard to make a choice between them but I have selected below those that I believe have the most impact for SMEs and also those that are of particular interest for engineering or manufacturing companies.

As with most Odoo releases there are some areas that are mostly unchanged and others that have been the focal point of this release. The areas receiving the most drastic improvements have been generally Projects, Website Builder, Discuss and Inventory.
For more detail on all the changes, see the Odoo V15 Official Release Notes
To see all the talks from the event see Odoo Experience 2021: List of Sessions

 Day 1 talks


Opening Keynote - Unveiling Odoo 15
Odoo's Implementation Methodology: Introduction 
What's New in Project? 
What's New in Website? 
How to Use Odoo Survey to Create Entertaining Presentations
Discover How Odoo Studio Helps with Mockups
Discover the Beauty & Simplicity of Automated Actions 

 Day 2 talks


What's New in Discuss? 
What's New in Inventory? 
Work Center 3D View
Manage flexible locations utilization and advanced inventory flows with smart putaway rules
Deploying & Scaling your Odoo Server 
Shipping Can Be Easier - Save Time and Lower Costs by Integrating Sendcloud With Odoo
Odoo Tools for Tracking Manufacturing - An Engineering to Order Case Study
Implementing Project-based Manufacturing for Engineer-to-Order Industries

 Our favourite new features

General

  • Collaborative notes on pretty much everything. Previously only available on project tasks, note fields can be edited in parallel

  • New HTML editor for inline editing (using / command)

  • Group by Many2Many fields - A feature many people asked for. e.g group by tags!

  • Mass mailing blocks improved to match web builder

  • Spreadsheets can be exported to XLSX and are fully collaborative

  • Multi-sales teams membership for CRM opportunities/leads

  • New import screen for simpler data import

  • Out-of-office capabilities in Time Off

  • Outlook Connector enhanced (log tickets, opportunities, tasks and attachments)

  • Email template language moved from Jinja to Qweb

  • New CTRL+K global keyboard shortcut for quick access to common commands

Discuss + Calendars

  • Video and audio calling system built-in - No reliance on Zoom or Teams, ability to make video calls internally and externally directly in Odoo

  • Sharing Calendar availability externally with easy for availability

  • Calendar events have meeting URL for online locations

  • Better recurring events for Google/Outlook integration

Contacts

  • Download Vcard from contacts (and companies) - Enterprise only

Project

  • Kanban view now able to be shared via the portal for external users with readonly and edit permission controls

  • Project stages (similar to task stages)

  • Critical path dependency with blocking

  • Milestones

  • Burndown chart

Website

  • New website configurator wizard when creating a new website - Using AI it creates a design to get you started quicker

  • Gradients for text, background and buttons for modern styling

  • Web search available site-wide and now searches all Odoo models

  • Embed Block and Donate Block

  • Custom visibility control per block

  • Google Analytics improved to latest mechanism

Inventory

  • GS1-128 barcode support (including QR codes) which contain both lots/serial no, product ID and more

  • Batch scanning improved

  • Storage Categories added (with storage locations and package type integration)

  • Improved batch, wave and cluster picking via mobile barcode scanner

  • Scan several receipts per supplier/customer easily when grouped

  • Package type option when scanning barcodes

  • Locate product by scanning barcode

  • Closest Location - new removal strategy

  • Better forecast reporting

  • Reservation Method for stock: Choose between reservation on confirmation of sale order, manually or before scheduled date

Quality

  • Quality checks based on Product (by lot/serial) or whole Operation as in previous versions

Accounting

  • Chart of accounts view revamped

  • Aged reports improved

  • Follow-up system improved

  • VAT reports improved

  • Better closing methods

  • Disallowed expenses

  • Improved reconciliation

POS

  • Credits, Coupons and Discounts

  • No longer requires IOT box to connect to network printers and other POS devices. e.g Epson TM-M30 receipt printer

Sales and CRM

  • Sales Dashboard view in reports

  • CRM rule based assigned by sales teams

Attendance + Timesheets

  • Overtime calculated with extra hours, both above and below required attendance for flexible remote working

  • Convert extra hours into Time Off

  • Overtime calculation on Timesheets

Manufacturing

  • Analytic accounts now added to MRP MO which joins to accounting journals for better segmented costing per job. Previously only work centre analytics possible

  • New BOMs can copy existing operations

Planning

  • Ability to plan by resources - Both human and material with Gantt view

Odoo 15 - New features and talks
Open User Systems, Chris Mann 19 October 2021
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