xTupler #23 — It's a new era — Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

xTupler #23  |  May 2012

Dear Community —

I'm writing today with exciting news. In a few weeks' time, we will begin limited beta testing of a brand new xTuple product - a product which xTuple customers will receive at no additional charge, as part of their ongoing annual software maintenance relationship with xTuple.

The product is a full-blown Mobile Web app, which runs on tablets and smart phones (Apple and Android), as well as any modern Web browser on a desktop or laptop computer. It's unlike anything on the market today - written in 100% JavaScript, making use of a new generation of open source HTML5 technologies. It's actually faster than the existing xTuple Desktop client. That's something we never thought we'd say about a Web application.

The Mobile Web app will complement - not replace - the xTuple Desktop client. Both clients can be used simultaneously on the same database. And we plan to continue supporting the Desktop client for the foreseeable future.

And, as I've already mentioned, there will be no additional cost for the Mobile Web app. Several years in the making, this is the happy marriage of customer software maintenance dollars and our commitment to ongoing research and development for our products.

We're rolling out the Mobile Web app starting with version 4.0, due in early July, by doing a road show of three top technology conferences over the next few weeks (see below) to introduce it - and the underlying technology. If you'd like to learn more, please visit our online beta center for frequent updates.

Thank you so much for your partnership with xTuple. We look forward to working with you to make this new product deliver increased value for your business.

Ned Lilly
President and CEO


  • Mobile Web Future
  • Where's Wally?
  • Distance Learning
  • Partner Kudos
  • Company Store

Featured Events

  • Tech Road Show
  • BDO Annual recap
  • Start Norfolk winners
  • Capital Training

xTuple Mobile Web App Tech Road Show!

Planning to attend any of these upcoming technology events? Please come by, say hello and get a first look at the xTuple Mobile Web app!

PGCon (PostgreSQL Conference for Users and Developers) - xTuple Director of Product Development John Rogelstad presents "Using PostgreSQL in modern enterprise web applications" at the leading event for the PostgreSQL database - this Thursday, May 17th at the University of Ottawa!

ComputerWorld's Open Source Business Conference - John and Ned present "Rebuilding Enterprise Apps for the Mobile Web Future" on Tuesday, May 22nd in San Francisco. Several other xTuple staff, partners and customers will be on hand as well!

Fluent Conference - John and lead Mobile Web developer Cole Davis are featured in the "Startup Showcase" at this gathering of JavaScript luminaries on Wednesday, May 30th in San Francisco.

Where's Wally?

xTuple's Director of Business Development, Danielle Kerner, joined VP Sales Wally Tonra for a fast-paced, Texas Hold'em trip to Las Vegas in early May to showcase xTuple's solutions for the 900 accounting professionals in attendance at the BDO Seidman Alliance Annual Conference.

This conference marked the debut of our new webpage, The QuickBooks Alternative, which includes a white paper with 9 reasons to move from QuickBooks to xTuple, cases studies from former QuickBooks users that are now xTuple customers and much more.

And, of course, what's a visit to Las Vegas without an Elvis sighting? (or two? or even three?)


Contact Wally or Danielle at sales@xTuple.com for more information, including where Wally is headed next!


Startup Competition, Supported by xTuple

Winning the future through open innovation is a story with no beginning - or end. That was the biggest take-away from the second Start Norfolk build-a-business-in-a-weekend competition held at the end of April 2012 at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center.

L to R: Jonathan Aberman (Founders Corp, Startup Virginia), Marty Kaszubowski (Kaufman & Canoles Consulting) and Ned Lilly (xTuple CEO)

The metrics: over 275 attendees, 17 sponsors, 18 mentors and judges, 9 speakers and 73 ideas pitched. And we ended up a successful (as well as exhausting and exhilarating) weekend with 11 teams formed, over 1,000 lines of code written and three big, small business startup winners!

More on the winners - plus pictures.

xTupleR Staffer Feature

Mikhail Robert Wall
Development Team

Mikhail Robert Wall joined xTuple on November 14, 2011. As a Junior Developer, Mikhail is building the lightweight, mobile-deploy-able, next generation of the xTuple line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

He's a key part of the new launch as xTuple's Product Development, under Director John Rogelstad, split into two dev teams inside our 25-person company and pulled it off in record time.

Prior to xTuple, Mikhail provided consulting services at Amerigroup, a Fortune 500 company managing publicly funded health programs, for PlanIt Technologies.

Mikhail's early career was spent in the U.S. Navy from 1990 to 2006. He has a B.S. in Computer Information Science - Database Programming from ECPI University.

He lives in Virginia Beach with his Wife, Lisa; two dogs, Savannah and Lizzie; and two cats Annabelle and Mario, and he's also a comic aficionado and purist.

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If you're not satisfied with your purchase, simply return to Lands' End for replacement or refund. (Even after they've added our logo.) Screen print tees, non-apparel gifts and promotional items are covered by the same unwavering promise of replacement or refund.

No embroidery minimums! You can order just one of an item! xTuple has paid the logo set-up fee. So, in addition to the cost of item selected, you only pay the embroidery fee ($5.95 per item). Email marketing@xTuple.com.

xTuple Partner Kudos

Subject: [Bugs]: *RMA - New RMA line item not capturing the Service Order number for any line item after line item 1. To: Yellow Dog Consulting http://yellowdog.ca/

Kudos for xTuple Support Team! I have been in the IT field for over 30 years and sometimes things get overlooked in major release changes. The main issue is when a problem arises what support do you get. Norm [at Yellow Dog] is our main contact for issues in xTuple and has been excellent in responding and forwarding to xTuple. The response from the xTuple support team was also excellent. It took us 4 days of testing and attempting to find a workaround and in this time Norm opened a ticket with xTuple. The normal process is to evaluate the urgency and assign appropriately. Within a week xTuple raised the ticket to critical and resolved a major issue for our company. My hats off to Norm and the xTuple support team for a job well done.

Thank you Gary Nicklaw, MIS Manager, R&M Supply (More at our community hub: www.xTuple.org)

NEW: Distance Learning

Project Management & Implementation Methodologies

Learn from this advanced practices class - at the convenience and comfort of your own computer - while Director of Product Training (aka xTuple Evangelist), Mike Atherton, provides essential strategies and methods for successfully managing the xTuple implementation process.

Monday-Tuesday, June 11-12, 2012, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT both days. Click here for Detailed Course Description

Attend this live distance learning event if you are a/an: ERP Implementation, Financial or Operations Manager. Register now.

Save the Date for Capital Training

That's right! xTuple Training is again coming to America's Capital, Washington, DC, for two weeks of jam-packed learning:

  • xTuple: Setup, Configuration & Operation, In Class Monday to Friday, August 13-17
  • xTuple: Power User Training, In Class Monday-Thursday, August 20-23)

Join us for one or both weeks! Bring the family and enjoy all that DC has to offer! Click here for Detailed Course Description and Registration.

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