We continue the Apache OFBiz series with the creation of our first customer. Similar to other open source ERP solutions, OFBiz treats a customer as a sub-type of Party (other ERP software use the term Business Partner instead of Party), so creating a customer is very similar to creating a user,another type of Party, which we already did.
One thing that I am noticing about OFBiz is that it is strongly oriented towards B2C type of companies. As you can see from the flash recording attached to this post, the customer creation screen requires you to input a first and a last name. Obviously, nothing is stopping you from using these fields as placeholders for company name, but I see this as yet another sign of the strong B2C orientation of OFBiz.
Customer Related Information in OFBiz
The customer creation is pretty straight forward. The mandatory information is customer name and contact information (address, phone,email), but OFBiz provides an array of properties you can maintain about your customers – relationships with other parties,roles, tax information,rates and more.
OFBiz – Create Customer Flash Tutorial
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