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Now you know how to create the related organisation of a person when he/she is created. But we can also use the organisation creation function which is
independent from the person creation function, but which is quite similar to the person creation process, to create and manage organisations in ERP5.
As we have seen from the previous tutorial, in ERP5, the creation of organisation is the premise to the creation of person. Organisations are really
important because people are linked to them. For example, when you sell a product or a service to a person, you indirectly sell it to his/her organisation.
The organisation creation function is also very practical because of the attributes you are going to define the different organisations with: sometimes you
might be looking for specific types of organisations, for instance, press agencies when you have an announcement to make. Now this is really easy with ERP5,
just search for the organisations you defined as press agencies. You can also go deeper into details: you might be looking for American press agencies if
the product you want to communicate about is exclusively targeting the US market, then search in ERP5 for your American press agencies...
Now, let's see how you can create and define an organisation with the help of ERP5.
This tutorial continues with the example of the organisation "Z Company", which is our client.
From the ERP5 home page you have reached after login, click on “New” in the tab menu, you will see the base area on the left. The base area gathers the person, organisation and currency creation functions. To create a new organisation, you would just click on the link called "Organisations". But since we already created the Z Company when adding the Person John Doe in the tutorial "How to create Persons", we will go to the "Browse" tab instead to find our existing client "Z Company" and fill the details.
Click on the Browse Tab and then on "Organisations" to find our client Z Company.
You will find our client Z Company in the Organisation Module. Click on the line to open the organisation.
You will now be led to the details page of the Z Company page which has existed. As you can see, there are many fields to fill, which allow you to be really precise about the different organisations stored in ERP5. You just have to enter its detail information and then save it.
Summary: we had created a person named John Doh, who is the marketing manager of Z Company, one of VIFIB clients. If you remember well, the organisation Z Company had been created directly through the person creation module (cf. “How to add people” tutorial) by "Add Organisation", but had not been taken care of.Now we are going to enter some details in "view" tab about the organisation Z Company: Z Company Ltd is an international electricity supplier, which has been using the services of VIFIB for quite a long time as a client. Here is the address of the Company: 12 Zorro Street, 93210 Beverly Hills.
After you have filled the “view” tab, save the data by clicking on the disk image on the right of the screen.
But please note that the organisations can also be created through the organisation creation module from the New tab in ERP5 home page, as you have seen in the previous tutorial “How to add people”.
In "Details" tab, you can fill in the details and save the changes.
Similar to creating people, there are some tabs that will automatically be updated by ERP5, such as “Transactions”, “Financial informations” and “Documents”. The application will update those tabs whenever necessary, for example, to trace a transaction that occurred between VIFIB and the client Z Company.
When you have entered all information of the created company and saved it, it is time to validate the organisation, which works exactly the same way as person's validation.
Click on the “Action” item list.
Click on “Validate”.
Check the update status.
When everything has been done correctly (i.e. you have entered the data, saved and validated the organisation you created), it is time to check that Z Company appears in the organisation list of ERP5. Once again, this works the same way as for creating a person.
To check the new organisation, you will have to navigate to the list of existing organisations.
Click on the “ERP5 Modules” item list on top of the page and click on “organisations”, this will lead you to the organisations' list.
Now using the bread crumb circled in black on the picture, check that you are in the organisations' list. If everything worked fine, the bread crumb should display: ERP5 / Organisations. This means that you are located in the organisation list.
The final step is to check that Z Company is on the list. We can see that the creation was successful because Z Company has been added to the list. If you want to see or modify the details of any organisation, just click on its line to open its dedicated page.
You can also use the "Browse" tab in the home page to check the organisations stored in your ERP5 database. Just click on “Organisations” in the “Base”module, which is the module that gathers “Currencies”, “Organisations” and“Persons”.