The xTupler #5 (April 2009)

Drupal in the house with PostgreSQL, our favorite database

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The xTupler #5 Open Source ERP News
  April 2009
BC WilsonHave you seen our new websites?

On March 17 we launched a major update to both and We'd been working on the new sites for a few months, and thought we'd give them the extra benefit of a St. Patrick's Day launch for good luck.  (And yes, we did push back the original date of Friday the 13th - who says software people are all cold-eyed rationalists?)

The main driver behind the redesign was a desire to improve the user experience - particularly search capability on and off the sites.  We knew we needed to "unhide" the most requested areas of the site, notably help docs and downloads.  We built the new sites using Drupal, an open source CMS that fits many of our core principles - it's got a strong community, it's powerful and easily extended, and it plays well with PostgreSQL, our favorite database.

There's more on the new websites below, as well as upcoming events, and more of the great people that make up our xTuple community.

Best regards,
BC Wilson
Director of Internet Communications
xTuple Web Tools
New modules added for customer support and translation

You might have heard us talking about various Web interfaces to xTuple ERP in the past, or maybe seen our mini-manifesto on Web client planning.

Need Help imageWell, now we're starting to put our money where our mouth is.  If you're a direct support customer or partner of xTuple, we invite you to take a look at the new Customer Support area, a place for customers and partners to report incidents and track updates and resolutions from xTuple staff.  As the phrase goes, we are "eating our own dogfood" here: the web interface uses the xTuple APIs to communicate with our own xTuple ERP system on the back end.

So "outside" users create and track incidents from the web, while xTuple staff have access to the full power of the xTuple CRM Incident Management capabilities in the client software that we use every day.  This is, not surprisingly, driving a number of minor improvements to the CRM module :)

Secondly, we've made substantial improvements to our Translation Portal based on feedback from our growing international community of translators. In particular, we've redesigned the interface on the edit language page to closely resemble the interface of Qt Linguist. This should make it easy for those familiar with the offline translation tool from Qt to jump right into our online tool - which allows multiple people to work simultaneously on different sections of the translation.

We'll continue to roll out enhancements to the websites, with a focus on further integration between the web and xTuple ERP on the back end.
Training Class Comes to California
"Intro to xTuple ERP" rolls into Anaheim on April 27

Our most popular training class, Introduction to xTuple ERP, is hitting the road, based on popular demand!  The class begins Monday morning and runs through Friday afternoon.

We hope you'll join us for this class or for one in the future (the class will return to our Norfolk, Virginia HQ in June). Please reply for more information or to sign up now.

The intro class, remember, is a prerequisite for all our other classes, including developer training, advanced features, and everyone's favorite - reporting and tools!
Community Corner
What we're hearing from friends in the open source world

U.K.-based developer Pete Bisson installed PostBooks for a client after a thorough review of several other open source ERP packages.

He notes that they were initially leaning toward an all-web solution, but ran into serious performance problems with other systems:  "Eventually my client suggested we look again at xTuple ... Once we had done a series of test configurations, it took us about a week to commit to kicking off FY 2009 with xTuple. ... Keep up the good work - as I have said before, it's always nice to deal with professionals."

Likewise!  If you're a regular on our community website, you know Pete has been a prolific contributor of both cheerful help on the discussion forums and high-quality code patches on the issue tracker

He's also been involved in the major effort to expand international taxation support in the upcoming version 3.3.  We look forward to continuing to work with Pete and other open source ERP professionals in the global xTuple community.
Employee Showcase
Gil Moskowitz, Software Engineer

Gil MoskowitzReaders of the xTuple forums will be familiar with the handle gmoskowitz. Who's this wonderful person that's always got the (detailed) answers? It's Gil, software engineer and key member of the xTuple development team.

Gil is a veteran developer, having worked for Informix and Gemstone in Portland, Oregon.  He joined xTuple in 2005, and since then, has been instrumental in developing both new features and architectural improvements.  "I drive process," says Gil, in reference to his efforts to continually improve our development practices.

His first project as an xTupler introduced multicurrency support to the application - we gave him an easy one to start with!

Gil's passions, apart from perfecting the xTuple code, are reading, cooking and kayaking. He can be found on weekends with his wife and daughter, paddling the Lafayette River, Owl Creek, and other tributaries in our area.
Partner Profile
John Mertlick, J2M Solutions

"Mert" is a 30-year IT, manufacturing, and distribution management professional. His extensive experience has taken him all over the world, managing ERP implementations throughout North America, South America and Asia.

John MertlichMert has been a partner with xTuple since the early days. He's worked with some of our largest and most complex customers, skillfully guiding projects through to successful completion with his calm and collected demeanor. He works with his own local customers in the Pacific Northwest, and some xTuple direct customers around the U.S. as well. He's also active in the xTuple online community as well, providing answers to forum questions, offering suggestions for product improvement and ideas for new features.

When Mert isn't out delighting customers, he is off enjoying what his wife refers to as his sickness --- fly fishing. He has fished most of the trout streams in Oregon and southeastern Idaho.  Not only can he untangle the most gnarly of ERP challenges, Mert ties his own flies!!
Paris Show!Paris Show
Venez nous voir à Paris!

All this week, xTuple will be exhibiting at the  at the Porte de Versailles in Paris.  VP Sales Wally Tonra and his charming (and French-speaking) wife Caroline will be demonstrating xTuple ERP's multi-lingual, multi-currency, multi-platform, and all around multi-licious capabilities in booth #E-33.
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