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Frequently Asked Questions

About xTuple

Good question. Renaming a company and launching a new brand is not something anyone should undertake lightly. But we felt that with the expanded line of products and services, and a broadening of our target audience to include companies who might not do much actual manufacturing, the time was right. We were looking for something exciting, that speaks powerfully to the possibility for exponential growth in the key business metrics that are important to our customers. Double (2x), quadruple (4x), quintuple (5x) ... xTuple.

There is also, we confess, a bit of a geek-insider joke (there always is, with software companies). In computer science and mathematics, a "tuple" is a name for any two or more points of data you wish to analyze. In fact, in database circles, rows of the database are often referred to as tuples. So it's ex-tuple, from the database. Get it? You don't? Well, never mind! :)

Not at all. The Manufacturing Edition of xTuple ERP continues to be our most advanced product, and our licensing and pricing for it is unaffected by all this excitement. Quite the contrary, our support of manufacturers has never been stronger - here's why. Very simply, it is the most advanced manufacturing functionality that constitutes most of the difference between the free PostBooks Edition and the paid Manufacturing Edition. (The Standard Edition, targeted at distributors and retailers, falls somewhere in the middle.) That has two very significant implications for manufacturing:

  • Many of our biggest paying customers will continue to be manufacturers, and we will do everything in our power to make sure they are deliriously happy with the Manufacturing Edition of xTuple ERP, and level of service they receive.
  • In order for us to continue to command a premium for the Manufacturing (and Standard) Edition, we will have to keep innovating - and adding advanced functionality that the larger PostBooks community might not find interesting or necessary.

How Open Source Works

In all honesty - maybe. That's part of what a software vendor has to get comfortable with in open source, especially if they're pursuing a dual-licensing model like we are. Fundamentally, we believe it will come down to how well we do our jobs managing the PostBooks community. If we're unresponsive, don't give a good sense of overall roadmap and guidance, or needlessly antagonize community members, there's a good chance the project will be "forked" ... and maybe someone will start a PostPostBooks project.

But our hunch is that there's a much bigger interest in expanding PostBooks horizontally - into adjacent markets and with modular add-ins (more on that later!) - than in trying to duplicate the tested and battle-hardened functionality in the commercial Editions.

In all honesty - maybe. That's part of what a software vendor has to get comfortable with in open source, especially if they're pursuing a dual-licensing model like we are. Fundamentally, we believe it will come down to how well we do our jobs managing the PostBooks community. If we're unresponsive, don't give a good sense of overall roadmap and guidance, or needlessly antagonize community members, there's a good chance the project will be "forked" ... and maybe someone will start a PostPostBooks project.

But our hunch is that there's a much bigger interest in expanding PostBooks horizontally - into adjacent markets and with modular add-ins (more on that later!) - than in trying to duplicate the tested and battle-hardened functionality in the commercial Editions.