Odoo vs Microsoft Dynamics


With multiple software options for each step of the manufacturing process - from production planning to quality control and inventory tracking - it can be challenging to identify a solution that meets every manufacturer's needs. While many ERP systems cover several of these functional areas, only a few genuinely offer everything out of the box.
Additionally, selecting the right system has implications beyond meeting the needs of the manufacturers. It will significantly impact its future growth and profitability. To shape a successful company, the right tool will require a proper implementation, and the stakes are high as the resources needed for implementation can be substantial, requiring time and input from employees across your organization.
The business software industry has recently shifted towards a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. This trend provides businesses with increased flexibility and eliminates the need for a local server or other network hardware. Smaller deployments can see significant cost reductions by avoiding the need for local infrastructure.
In this page, we’ve created comparison tables on Odoo and Microsoft Dynamics highlighting: the hosting proposition, pricing, and availability of key features in several areas, such as inventory management, quality control, maintenance, and production management, to name a few. 
To offer a comprehensive comparison of several manufacturing solutions, we’ve done the exercise for some of the most renowned ones Odoo, SAP Business One, Netsuite, and Microsoft Dynamics. Happy reading!

Comparing Odoo vs Microsoft Dynamics


Created to disrupt the enterprise world and finally provide a software that covers complex needs with simplicity, Odoo has become one of the most popular business solutions. With more than 82 business apps fully integrated and thousands of community modules, the open-source software caters to every sector and company size, making it a major player in the market. The Belgian software counts more than 20,000 downloads per day, making it the most installed app suite and a direct competitor to companies like Netsuite, Shopify, PrestaShop and Microsoft.
Amazing employees deserve amazing software  

million users


1 to 24
months to be implemented 


Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics AX is the most feature-rich of the five products in the Microsoft Dynamics ERP line. AX was initially released as a collaboration between IBM and Damgaard Data (as IBM Axatpa) in 1998 before being acquired by Microsoft in 2002 and re-branded under its current name. AX is designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises operating across multiple locations, countries, or currencies. Dynamics AX has particular strengths in manufacturing and distribution. It is commonly deployed by companies with revenue greater than $50 million annually, though smaller implementations are also possible. For this comparison, we chose the latest release, AX 2012 R3, in the on-premise configuration.
" Microsoft’s ERP solution"

million users

integrated apps

3 to 24

months to be implemented


Features Comparison

Inventory Management

Microsoft Dynamics
General Scope


Storage Locations

Bin Replenishment

Mobile Device Support




Automatic ASN (Advanced Shipping Notice)

Package Management / Cartoning

Freight Carrier Integration

Manage Consignee Stocks

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange)


Non-Stocked Inventory

Multiple Variants

Multiple Units of Measure

Inter-Classe UoM Conversion

Variant Matrix


Lots / Serial Numbers

Up / Down Traceability

360° Traceability

Expiration Dates

Cycle Counting


Inventory Forecasts

Inventory Valuations

ABC Analysis

Barcode Support

QR Code Support

RFID Support

Lots / Serial Numbers Support



Internal Moves

Delivery Orders

Inventory Adjustments



Customizable Routes

Putaway Strategies

Wave Picking

Batch Picking

Zone Picking

Cluster Picking


Putaway Locations

Supply Chain

Microsoft Dynamics


Vendor Data Management

Vendor Pricelist Management

Inbound Quality Control



Purchase Requests

Purchase Orders

Purchase Approval Workflow

Request for Quotations

Contracts / Purchase Agreements

Automated Procurements

Minimum Stock Rules


Master Production Schedule


Microsoft Dynamics
Master Data


Multi-Level BoM

By-Products / Co-Products



One BoM for Multiples Product Variants

BoM Versioning

Multiple BoM / Routing


Demand Forecasting

MRP Scheduler

Gantt Chart Scheduling

Kanban Planning

Production Calendar

Infinite Capacity Scheduling

Finite Capacity Scheduling

Multiple Scheduling Plans

Delivery Date Calculation

Production Order Splitting / Merging


Manufacturing / Production Orders

Job Tracking

Work Orders / Operations

Automated Time Tracking

Disassembly Orders


Rework / Repair


Disposal Strategies


Edit Individual Production BoMs


Perpetual Inventory Valuation

Periodic Inventory Valuation

Standard Price


Landed Costs

Actual Production Labor

Production Order Costing

Shop Floor Control

Shop Floor Terminals

Production Activities

Non-Production Activities

Time Tracking

Messages on Work Orders

Barcode Support

Equipment / Maching Management

Work Instructions on Work Orders

Maintenance Requests from Shop Floor Terminal

Human Resources

Schedule Management

Touchscreen Attendance




Vacation / Injury

Reporting and Forecasting

Overall Equipment Efficiency

Work Time

Demand Forecast

Maintenances KPIs

Production Costs Analysis

Analytic Accounting

CSV Export

Dynamic Pivot Tables


Save Custom Reports


Microsoft Dynamics
Scheduling and Request Handling

Schedule Preventive Maintenance

Maintenance Kanban

Maintenance Calendar

Shop Floor Integration

Multiple Teams / Sites

Asset Management

Subcontract Repair

Job Tracking

Parts Management

Inventory Management

Purchasing Integration

Rotating Asset Location

Equipment Serial Numbers

Equipment Maintenance History

Dealer Portal


Microsoft Dynamics
Quality Control

At Reception


Before Delivery

Inventory Quarantine

Quality Checks

Quality Control Plan

Pass/Fail Checks

Measurement Checks

Quality Alerts / Nonconformance Documents

Print Nonconformance Documents

Corrective Actions

ISO9001 Tools

Documentation Management

Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Customers Complaints Management

Traceability of Operations

Resources Management


Nonconformance Costs


Microsoft Dynamics

Engineering Change Orders (ECOs)

BoM Versioning Management

Routing Version Management

MRP Integration

Centralized BoM Management

ECO Management

Approval Workflows

BoM Version Difference Viewer

Bulk BoM Updates

Notification Mechanism

Project eMail Gateway

ECO Costing

Third-Party CAD Integrations




Usability, Pricing & Conditions

Microsoft Dynamics
User Interface

Full Web Interface

Mobile App

App Store / Add-ons

Subjective Ratings

Navigation and Search



Data Entry



Mobile App



Reports Flexibility



Pricing & Conditions

Monthly Pricing



Number of Users



Contract Duration

Monthly & Yearly


Free Trial



Cloud & On-premise

Cloud & On-premise

User Satisfaction

Rating on g2Crowd



Rating on GetApp



Rating on Capterra



Brand Exposure



User Interface

When evaluating enterprise software, the user interface is a crucial factor that is often overlooked but holds significant importance. It directly impacts users' efficiency within the system and the ease of implementation, and will even contribute to reducing costs associated with user errors.

A successful solution must consider user needs and goals to assist them effectively. The UI is crucial in understanding human factors and enabling the software to fulfil its purpose. From a manufacturing point of view, the user interface becomes even more critical, especially in shop floor control systems. Workers in manufacturing environments often operate in noisy surroundings, work swiftly, wear personal protective equipment (PPE), or may not have optimal conditions for using a traditional computer interface with a keyboard and mouse. Therefore, it is essential to consider the specific design requirements of a shop space or production line when evaluating the usability of an interface in such environments.

To better understand the software's visual elements and interface options, we have included screenshots of analogous menus from each software in this comparison. While assessing software usability based solely on static images has limitations, it can still offer a rough basis for comparison. This additional information will assist you in your analysis and provide valuable insights into the user experience of each software solution.

Different solutions, Different needs

When choosing the right software for your business, it is important to assess several criteria based on your specific needs.

Business Scope measures a software’s capacity to meet your business needs comprehensively through its features and its flexibility in customizability and integration with other tools. 

User-Friendliness measures how straightforward and user-friendly a software solution is for your team to navigate, requiring minimal training or complex procedures. Additionally, it evaluates how hassle-free the software is to set up, considering factors like time, effort, and resource requirements for initial configuration within your organization.

Odoo is a robust solution addressing a wide range of business needs, extending beyond MRP functions. The platform is designed to streamline operations and replace the need for disjointed, non-integrated software applications. Odoo shines as a highly customizable, all-in-one solution with many applications. Its open-source nature empowers a thriving community, resulting in a vast repository of community-contributed applications. Its integrations with dozens of other modules, including Inventory, Purchase, Quality Control, Product Lifecycle Management, or even Maintenance, make it a complete 360° software, allowing the user to manage all their MRP operations without the need to leave the shop floor environment.

Microsoft Dynamics is scalable, making it easy to implement. In addition to MRP, Microsoft provides several useful integrations with its other solutions (such as Microsoft Office). However, the software is still limited and lacks quality control, maintenance, and PLM features. The solution also suffers from the absence of an advanced HR solution integration. It is usually used by small SMEs with straightforward manufacturing processes.

Now, when it comes to user-friendliness, Odoo and Microsoft Dynamics offer intuitive interfaces, making the solution suitable for users of varying technical backgrounds. Its straightforward setup ensures a hassle-free experience for every business.

However, Microsoft Dynamics relies on integrations with external software, meaning the solution takes more work to scale. On Odoo's side, it shines thanks to its integration with many workers’ daily life tools. Indeed, the solution offers the possibility to manage production with an external tablet or to use foot pedals to advance in the production instructions or to record output.

That's why it’s essential to consider your business's specific needs and scale when assessing which solution is the best fit, as the ease of use and setup can vary significantly among these options.


Ultimately, the choice depends on your organization’s specific requirements, scale, and the balance between customization, ease of use, and setup. 

If you are seeking specific MRP solutions, then Odoo  might be a good fit. Thanks to their advanced manufacturing features, these systems are well-suited for complex manufacturing environments and provide efficient solutions for every manufacturing need. 

If you have more extensive requirements, you may find Odoo the most appealing solution. It offers advanced features and can accommodate any process. Its possibilities in terms of customization and its extensive suite of integrated business applications make it the best solution for businesses having needs beyond manufacturing. Additionally, Odoo offers ease of use and setup, making it suitable for small and medium businesses.

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