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Company News – OSCG Shenzhen Office Grand Open

In late 2014, OSCG opened its third office in Shenzhen, the center of the Pearl River Region. The new office aims to provide close service to the customers in the region and bring OSCG philosophy and culture to the region as well!

Headline News – Odoo V8 Release Note

Odoo 8 is moving into new territories, beyond ERP. This release includes a disruptive website builder, an integrated eCommerce, an iPad/Android based Point-of-Sale and a Business Intelligence engine and several awesome inbound marketing apps. No other product allows such a level of integration out-of-the-box. That’s why we renamed OpenERP into Odoo for version 8. There is no comparison anymore with traditional ERP products.

Key improvements of version 8 include, by order of priority:
• Usability & productivity improvements: Odoo 8 is faster, easier to use and configure
• Improvement of existing apps: 732 tasks covering most applications
• New website builder and CMS
• New apps: Point of sales with full hardware support, marketing apps, a new WMS and a CMS,
• The frontend to every app: online jobs offers, booking of events, quotation builder and electronic signature, etc.
• Technical improvements: refactoring of the framework (new API)
• Removed modules / features

This new version is the result of 1432 tasks and 12.500 man*days of development during 18 months. A huge effort has been done on the cleaning of the existing code base, resulting in only 17k lines of python code added for all these new features.


Usability and productivity improvements

Faster user interface
• Writing in the search box is now super fast, you don’t need to wait that Odoo preloads matching records (but auto-completion is still available through criteria expansion)
• “Group by” reports are much faster, performing all grouping in one query instead of one per group
• The navigation bar (search, breadcrumb) and menu use fixed positioning. You don’t need to scroll anymore to search or navigate. Improved search view
• Searching on relation fields allows to search on a string instead of selecting a specific record
• Default filters of every menu have been reviewed to better fit best practices and most common needs
• Custom filters are now stored per-menu instead of per-document type (e.g. different filters can be saved for Suppliers and Customers menu)
• Advanced search options appears on top of the results and is open by default on the reporting screen User interface
• Unified menu bar allows you to switch easily between the frontend (website) and backend
• Some part of the design (modal dialogs, top menu) have been ported to bootstrap CSS
• Buttons in forms have been redesigned
• Smart buttons can now provide statistics on related documents (number of Sales Orders for a customer, etc.)
• Cleaner design
• Dropdown to easily change the status (red/green bullet) of tasks, leads, issues
• Improved the quick add dialog on many2one fields

Database manager
• Support for combined backups containing both the database dump and the document file store (for backup and restore) Form views
• New field type: domain selection field Graph views
• New graph views: bar charts (stacked or not), line charts, pie charts
• New pivot table (BI)


Improvements of existing apps

Generic improvement
• “State” and “stage” concepts merged on all objects (leads, tasks, issues, …) Products
• Efficient multi-level variants:
o variants, MRP characteristics and attributes have been merged in a single concept Recruitment
• Recruit and manage highly skilled talents
• Manage documents (resumes and motivation letters) directly from the recruitment menu
• New dashboard (kanban view) to manage job positions
• Publish job offers and apply from the website

Improved Leave Requests
• You cannot create leave request in a draft if there are not enough leaves. When confirming new leave requests, other leave requests waiting for validation are now taken into account in order to display the remaining leaves, helping employees avoid mistakes.HR Officers are also able to re-edit existing leave requests much more easily.

Document management
• Grid view to display all files and search easily
• Preview of images

Mails
• From setting menu, follow mail sent failures and reasons
• Support for HTML in email signatures

Calendar
• Synchronization with google calendar
• Better management of invitation and attendances

Project
• View presentation about Service management with Odoo
• Link a stage to a template to send email automatically to the customer when the case reach the stage
• Convert a lead to issue (new module crm_project_issue)

Accounting
• New bank reconciliation process: much faster
• Native support for Coda (Belgium), OFX and QIF

New Purchase workflow
• Draft PO state split in two states: Draft Purchase Order and Request for Quotation
• Auto-merge of multiple products for the same suppliers when the PO is in draft state
• Choose the currency directly on Purchase Orders
• New call for tenders application

Sales / contract
• Sales team management: CRM Sales Teams are now displayed only if you need them, there is a new option to toggle them in the Sales Settings menu (“Use Sales Teams” option in Settings/Configuration/Sales). When enabled, a new Sales Team menu will appear in your Sales menu, giving you a central dashboard with a quick overview of all Leads, Opportunities, Quotations, Invoices and the monthly turnover, by Sales Team.
• Get statistics
• Follow invoicing status
• Default terms and conditions defined on company
• Recurring invoice on contract

Manufacturing
• Color code to know status of reserved products
• Bom management based on variant and template

Improved Google Doc integration
• The new Google Spreadsheet module allows one-click creation of report spreadsheets, providing dedicated formulas to grab live data from your Odoo system and construct any kind of custom reportings.

Point of sales
• Features and configuration of your PoS • Hardware support: iPad, Android tablet PC, POSBox gateway for USV materials, scanner, scale, receipt printer, cash drawer
• Customer identification/invoice
• Split ticket feature
• Bar and restaurant management

Customization features
• Automated actions and Server Actions revamped, with a drastically improved and simplified user interface.

CRM
• New Customers/Suppliers Merge assistant. Allows to merge duplicate entries
• New dashboard for sales team with graphical statistics (sparklines, gauges)


New Website Builder and CMS

Version 8 includes a new Website Builder and CMS allowing you to create awesome websites in a few clicks.

Features
• No administration interface, edit everything inline (main contents, menus, footers, …)
• Use building blocks to insert and edit advanced contents (banners, pricing pages, etc)
• Discover dynamic widgets of CMS
• Smart multi-language support: change in a master page are applied on translated ones
• Automated translation by professional through the Gengo integration (or free using a machine translation)
• Media manager (fonts/icons, images, videos)
• Support for multiple themes (only one by default: bootstrap)
• Fully integrated with the backend

Super fast: beats all open source CMS at Google Page Speed
• CMS performance optimization
• Minified and compressed JS, HTML, CSS
• Only one file to load all javascripts and one other to load all CSS ressources, whatever the modules installed (using bundles)
• Cache optimizations
• Image re-compression
• Extra module: website_instant to preload pages even before the user clicks on it (hover). Clicking on a link is instantaneous with this module

Marketing optimized
• Great SEO optimization tool
• Clean Google analytics integration
• Google micro-data support by default
• Advanced call-to-actions: mailing-list subscriptions, contact forms, newsletter subscription, etc
• Community builder tools: forum, Q&A
• Clean sitemap (with sitemap indexes for huge websites)
• Clean titles and keywords with support for page/product renaming (with 301 redirects)
• Social network integration

Enterprise-ready, includes most features required by professionals out-of-the-box
• Publish job offers
• Insert call-to-actions
• Promote and sell events online (a clone of eventbrite with much more features)
• Forum or professional Q&A (a clone of stackoverflow)
• Blogs (a clone of Medium)


New Apps

Mass mailing (an alternative to survey monkey)
• Design emails using building blocks and inline edition
• Create segment in just a few clicks on any object (customers, contracts, leads)
• Manage mailing lists (newsletter)
• Easily import a list of contacts
• Optional campaings to manage your mass mailing flows:
• Kanban view with customized stages
• A/B testing feature
• statistics per campains: open rates, click rates, delivery rates, opt-out, unsubscribe… Business Intelligence on every document
• Multi-dimensional Pivot tables
• New graph views
• Slide, dice, drill-up, drill-down, advanced search and drill-across
• Speed improvements when compute on a lot of data

Quotation Builder
• Create online quotation based on templates
• Support for electronic signatures


Warehouse Management System rewritten from scratch

• New WMS system
• Dedicated user interface for barcode scanners
• Full multi-company, multi-warehouse support
• Advanced routes
o Put away strategies: to store products at the right location
o New removal strategies: fifo, lifo, nearest
o Push and pull rules supporting new types of operation out-of-the-box
• Configurable operation types:
o Delivery orders, internal movements,
o Cross-docking, drop-shipping, quality control, etc
• Better cost management:
o Multi-company costing
o Several costing methods: fifo, lifo, average price, etc
• Improved reports
• Better physical inventory toom: by products, by location, by partners
• Better lots management
• Landed costs support
• Improved packing interface supporting boxes, palets, etc
• Picking waves support
• Scale on high volume of transactions


Enterprise social network

• Odoo as your enterprise social network
• OpenChatter integration, chat and emails
• Live chat/ support -> technical refactoring
o support for emoticons and embedded links
• Chat with employees


The frontend of every application

Based on the website builder, Odoo version 8 includes the frontend of every Odoo application. All Odoo applications became better thanks to their frontend features. Few examples: event management (you can promote and sell events online), recruitment (applicants can apply online), sales (you can publish your store with the eCommerce), lead acquisition is improved with contact form, survey can now be public and many other useful features:


Odoo eCommerce – discover new features

How to create awesome websites with Odoo
• Advanced upselling / cross-selling features:
o suggested products, options, accessories
o on product page, on cart, when adding to cart
• Product configurator:
o Required attributes and optional attributes
o Support attributes: colors, selection box, bullet points,
• Product catalog management:
o ribbons, order and size of products, list or grid view
o navigation: multi-level hyerarchies, search, filter on attributes (colors, sizes, …)
• Configurable purchase process:
o taxes, deliveries, multiple addresses (shipping/invoicing)
o multiple product types: services, physical products, events, downloadable products
o no registration required (post-purchase registration allowed to track order/delivery)
• Full integration:
o multiple pricelists according to the user
o inventory management, delivery methods, products, VAT according to countries
o discount codes based on pricelists
o multiple pricelists based on locations (Europe in EUR, U.S. in USD Blog (a clone of Medium)
• Clean blog design and building blocks
• Commenting system in the bottom or inline
• Select text to tweet
• Integrate call-to-actions with a simple drag&drop of building blocks

Forum / Q&A (a clone of stackoverflow, test it yourself)
• Integrated gamification mechanisms: karma, badges, rights linked to contributions
• Multiple forums, badges, tags, users
• Integration with social media

Reviewed survey app
• Easy and simple design, creation and sharing of surveys
• Clean reporting and statistics on surveys
• Improved survey creation/modification forms
• Create private or public surveys and design surveys through the website builder

Job position
• Publish job offers (per country, per job, per location)
• Apply online and upload resume

Events
• Publish and promote events
• Sell online: multiple tickets
• New event management features:
o tracks, agenda, propose a talk, sponsors, locations, online events
• Manage simple or advanced events having a full sub-website dedicated to the event

Twitter integration
• New building block: show favorite tweets inside any page

Quotation builder
• Create beautiful online quotes based on templates
• Support for electronic signature of quotations

New reports
• Reports in all apps have been redesigned using the new CMS engine (qweb)
• Reports print much faster and feature full style control (HTML + CSS)
• Reports can be printed in PDF or HTML output
• Customization of reports is possible using the inline edition of the Website Builder

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Technical improvements

From V7 to V8: The New API
New framework, backward compatible:
• More pythonic active records
• Easier definition of objects and fields
• On_change, function fields and defaults merged in a single concept
• Easy triggering of signals for workflows
• Better cache handling and transient models
• Support for display_name, a better name_get alternative

Few modules have been ported to this new API: events, base and accounting. On average, the code is reduced by 20% when porting to the new API. Backward compatibility will be removed in version 9. All future modules must be developed using the new API.

Removed modules / features
• Default dashboards per application (only “My Dashboard” is kept)
• Process view: obsolete and unmaintained feature
• Project_long_term: Project Phases can be added as customisation, other features were experimental/unstable
• Document_webdav and Document_ftp: the features were unstable and attachments are managed from the openchatter
• Audit_trail: track history of documents in chatter
• Outlook and thunderbird plugins: not supported anymore, experimental features – other email integration methods recommended (fetchmail, mail gateway, etc.).

Headline News – OpenERP becomes Odoo

From now on, OpenERP officially becomes Odoo! OpenERP is moving into new territories, beyond ERP. Having ERP in the names (Formerly OpenERP) gives a hard time to penetrate new markets, such as CMS/Ecommerce. Odoo needs to build a brand which is free of constraints – the product of course still contains a complete ERP. This is how Odoo came out. Alone with the news, the community development and project codes will be switched to GitHub from LaunchPad to increase the efficiency and usability!

Tell us what you think about the new name and check out the new website at http://www.odoo.com

Company Events – Visit to Hong Kong

To enrich the leisure time and team spirit of the entire OSCG, we arranged a visit and tour for our Shanghai Team to Hong Kong. This is the first time that almost all the team members of OSCG can meet and share together! Experience and fun filled the Dinner time around the big table. OSCG Shanghai team visited OSCG Hong Kong office and took a 4-day tours in Hong Kong. OSCG thanks all the team members for their efforts put in the previous years and with all the us grow together with the company!

Apr.13-16, 2014 – ICT International Expo 2014

OSCG participated in the ICT International Expo 2014 to promote the Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) concept in the event.

The ICT International Expo is the biggest information and communication technology Expo in Asia. In the show, OSCG built up many partnerships with local data centers and IT infrastructure. OSCG now offers various Cloud packages of Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) and the service is very reliable and stable.

In this year, members of Hong Kong Linux Industry Association cordially invite you to visit the “New Generation PC & Cloud Era” Pavilion. In the pavilion you find the latest products and applications on Cloud such as Android PC, Managed Cloud Platform, IaaS Cloud Platform, eHR on Cloud, ERP on Cloud, Hotel Management on Cloud, Cloud & Mobile Security, together with the renowned media in Linux and Open Source Software.

Cope with the Top Notch Standard

To meet the Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) latest Partner requirement, last week, King W.C. Wang, the Managing Director of OSCG took the Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) Functional Expert Certification Test and he passed! Congratulations to King and OSCG.

The test covers very comprehensive scopes of all the certified Modules in Odoo (Formerly OpenERP). The depth of the question requires very well understandings of Odoo (Formerly OpenERP). It is a rather difficult exam and please well prepare before you take it. You could consult usfor more information and tips about the certification exams.

Dec. 5, 2013- Dec.7, 2013 – World SME Expo 2013

OSCG participated in the World SME Expo in Hong Kong Conventional Center to promote the Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) concept in the event. In this event, King Wang, Managing Director from OSCG got the chance to have a presentation to more than 200 audiences in the seminar room. The topic is about the How Cloud Technology can help the SME to increase the productivity. Mr Wang also shared many Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) experience to the crowds.

Oct 5th 2013 – Insights into Enterprise Resource Planning Keynote Speaker in World Top University!

Managing Director of OSCG, Mr King W C Wang, was invited to give the keynote speech in the seminar “Insights into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)”. This seminar is organised by EEMAA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The seminar provides an exclusive opportunity to learn from the top leaders in the industrial sectors of ERP solutions, and also a platform for the academic and industrial experts in the fields to meet and exchange their views.

In the Seminar, the topic of Mr Wang’s speech is “Meeting Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) – A New Era of ERP”. The abstract is “In a traditional ERP project, huge license fee, complex functions, non-qualified consultants and lack of internal resources have been creating big challenges for the implementation of the project in China. In order to minimise these problems and bring the revolutionary change (at least a very good alternative), OSCG adopts Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) and innovated various solutions for this market using different approaches from the traditional ones. In my speech, you can expect to get to know Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) in a quick manner. I will also share some flexible and low risk implementation methods as well as some real case studies.”

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Guest Profiles: Dr. Ronald S. Lau, Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics, and Operations Management, HKUST

Professor Lau received his Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Alabama, USA. He teaches courses in supply chain and operations management, decision analysis, and enterprise resource planning for the undergraduate, graduate, professional, and executive programs. His excellence in teaching has been well documented and recognized with many teaching awards. He is the author of many business cases and three textbooks, in addition to publishing over 30 articles in refereed, academic journals. He also has many years of work experience in manufacturing and financial industries. Staying close to the current industry practices, he has completed many business consulting projects over the years.

Mr. Jonathan Lee, Master Principle Consultant, Oracle APAC organization Mr. Lee is currently looking after Enterprise Account and Strategic Programs in the regions. He has over 23 years experience in IT industry for various sectors MRD, GEH, and Commercial sector. Mr. Lee has extensive experience in managing enterprise solutions intensively included ERP, SCM, CRM, Supply Chain Planning, Product Development, Asset Life Cycle Management and Technologies Platform for enterprise integration, SOA and business process management, he has strong customer and solution oriented mindset, being able to communicate to different levels of professional and senior management, and conduct regular workshop with customer and partners. He also had been trained and taken the examination for Oracle Business Architect qualification to support enterprise solution formulation. He has a Master degree in Professional Accounting, and graduated from University of South Australia in Business Administration, and a Certified Member of Administrative Management Association in UK with Advanced Diploma, also with a diploma in Computing Studies of commercial applications. He is the Vice Chairman of Digital Information Technology Committee (2009-2010) of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and a member of Hong Kong Computer Society.

Mr. King W.C. Wang, Managing Director, OS Consulting Group Graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Master Degree of Engineering Enterprise Management, Mr. Wang founded OSCG with Mr. Xiao and Mr. Kong. OSCG is the first and most experienced Chinese Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) Partner in the Great China Region. His vision is to be the leading Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) consulting and solution company. Before founding OSCG, He has many years of experience in designing and sales management for various industries. His experience includes major designer and pre-sales for Multimedia Solutions and Railway Main Control Systems. He also worked in many OEM factories in China as Foreign Business Directors. He successfully founded and managed a Foreign Sales Department for a leading Infrastructure Material Manufacturer. He is specializing workflow design and optimization, system architecture and integrated solutions. His ERP references cover many industries including Electronic Traders, Compressed Natural Gas Solution Company, OEMs, IT service vendors, Toy Companies, Furniture Manufacturers, E-Commerce, MNC and Smart Warehouse.

Congratulations! Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) won Bossie award 2013 for best open source applications

Odoo (Formerly OpenERP), second year in a row, was picked as Bossie award 2013 for best open source applications by InfoWorld’s top picks in open source business applications, platforms, and middleware

Quoted from the award website – “Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) is a Python-based Web application that’s completely open source, with commercial versions providing bug fixes, migrations to new versions, and a hosting option. Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) 7 is a major upgrade that overhauled the user interface, which no longer requires the native client, only a Web browser.

Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) is loaded with features and modules (more than 3,000 at last count); lots of third-party add-ons are available, and the system is relatively easy to customize. The project originated in Europe, but there has been considerable progress in North America in the past year. The community is large and active, with many value-added partners in most areas of the world.

August 1st 2013 – OSCG Forms Partnership with RoomsFor HK

On the 1st day of August, 2013, King W.C. Wang, Managing Director of OS Consulting Group Limited signed the official partnership agreement with Yoshi Tashiro, Managing Director of RoomsFor HK Limited. The formation of the partnership is one of the keys that will lead to a quick development and exposure to the market. Both parties will now use the brand of ‘OSCG’ to standardize the processes and streamline the products and service scopes. The objective of this agreement is to result a win-win and effective in-depth cooperation to promote and develop Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) solutions in Asia.

OSCG is earliest and most experienced Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) partner in the region. It has developed many vertical solutions and products over the year. RoomsFor is the new Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) partner targeting business in Japanese Enterprises. From now on, RoomsFor has moved to OSCG Hong Kong office to work as a team and OSCG has business coverage in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Philippine, Singapore and Japan!

“After many years of experience in consulting business and especially in Odoo (Formerly OpenERP), OSCG found it is necessary to form a partnership with serious players in Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) in the region. Odoo (Formerly OpenERP) is a very small circle up to now, to develop it either in technique perspective or marketing perspective individually is both slow and difficult. Like many successful consulting firm out there, I think a formation of a partnership is one of the keys that will lead to a quick development and exposure to the market.” – A word from King W.C. Wang, Managing Director of OSCG