xTupler #24 — Training, any way you want it

Friday, June 1, 2012

xTupler #24  |  June 2012

Dear Community —

We're always looking for better ways to help people become proficient with xTuple software. Our in-classroom training classes are always well attended and offer great opportunities to network and share with other xTuple users; check out the upcoming back-to-back classes in the Washington D.C. area in August.

We know that a week's worth of travel to the U.S. is not always practical - or affordable - for everyone, and we've been working to develop new online offerings to help close the gap for users looking for a different kind of help.

Of course, we regularly host free webinars intended primarily as sales/demo type introductions for people learning about xTuple for the first time. And we've done some longer-form paid webinars around narrow topic areas like report writing or a particular add-on module.

I'm pleased to report that we continue to make progress in this important area, and the recent two-day, twelve-hour distance learning class on "Project Management and Implementation Methodologies" was a huge (and sold out) hit. It wasn't intended as a replacement for the classroom training - in fact, it's really best viewed as a follow-up to the "Setup, Configuration and Operation" class, particularly if you're new to xTuple or ERP in general.

If you're one of the thousands of companies that have downloaded xTuple and have some portion of your business running on the software today, the distance learning class is well worth your time. We're taking reservations for the next class now. The sooner you get in touch, the more influence you can have over when we schedule the class (we haven't finalized dates yet). Please drop us a line today at training@xTuple.com to learn more.

Thanks, as always, for your support of xTuple. Please let us know how we can help you grow your business, and grow your world.

Ned Lilly
President and CEO


  • Mobile Web Tech Tour
  • Where's Wally?
  • Distance Learning
  • Partner Growth
  • Company Store

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Career Opportunities

Tech Tour featured xTuple's Mobile Web App

Director of Product Development John Rogelstad ran the gauntlet of conference tours in May previewing xTuple's new Mobile Web App at PGCon in Toronto, the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco and O'Reilly's inaugural Fluent JS conference also in San Fransisco.

John reports that xTuple is on the cutting edge as the first company to adopt JavaScript on all three application tiers, including Client, Web Services and Database, and also to the first company to create an Object Relational Manager (ORM) that directly leverages PostgreSQL's native object-relational architecture.

L to R: Cole Davis, John Rogelstad and CEO Ned Lilly at OSBC, San Francisco

Cole Davis, lead Software Engineer on Mobile development, joined John at the San Francisco events. Above right, John does a live demo of the Mobile Web app, with his iPad connected wirelessly to the conference's projector. Ooooh...! Aahhhh....!

More photos at our Facebook page.

Video available on the xTuple YouTube Channel.

For more information and signup for the Mobile Web App beta: http://www.xTuple.com/beta.

Where's Wally?

xTuple's VP of Sales Wally Tonra has been busy with new Account Executive Stacey Pandeloglou and Software Engineer/Project Manager Tom Atkins who are focused on the wholesale distribution market. A new add-on package for this market, called xWD, will be available in August.

We've already signed our first several customers in electrical distribution - and recently became a Member Service Provider for IMARK, a leading trade group for electrical distributors. Read more on xTuple's Solutions for Distribution.

Tell us how we can help your business grow and be more profitable.

Contact Wally at sales@xTuple.com.

Join Us: Become a Certified xTuple Partner Today

We're growing and so is our need for talented ERP professionals all over the world. We'd like to invite you to join us as an xTuple Partner. Here's why:

  • xTuple solutions are much more than just ERP - xTuple is a comprehensive, integrated business operating system flexible enough to meet the needs of almost any kind of business.
  • xTuple offers unparalleled deployment options - xTuple runs on Windows, Linux, Mac and mobile.
  • xTuple is winning against big-name competition - xTuple has been chosen by thousands of small- to mid-sized businesses and powers numerous Fortune 500 and Global 1000 enterprises.

xTuple is growing - fast, and profitably. You can too! Download our Partner Success Kit at www.xTuple.com/grow.

xTupleR Staffer Feature

Scott Church
Sales & Support Engineer

Welcome, Scott, to the full-time xTuple team - now a Sales and Support Engineer.

Scott joined xTuple in July of 2010 as a Sales Associate intern, working alongside Wally Tonra (VP-Sales) and Danielle Kerner (Business Development Director) to help develop prospects and generate new partners. Scott's time at xTuple helped him understand - and appreciate - the importance of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and how xTuple helps a business grow.

While interning at xTuple, Scott earned class credits at Old Dominion University for his study of the importance of ERP in supply chain management by attending xTuple's Setup, Configuration & Operation training class.

Scott recently finished his B.S in Business Administration, double majoring in Maritime and Supply Chain Management and Decision Sciences. Scott grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, and now resides in Norfolk and works at xTuple HQ.

Scott is on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Shop for all of your favorite merchandise and simply add the approved xTuple Logo.

If 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).

Questions? Email marketing@xTuple.com.

xTuple Partner Feature: Muse Systems

Muse Systems is a San Francisco Bay Area-based business systems services company and has been an xTuple partner since Muse's inception in 2009. Muse provides consulting services to dozens of companies using xTuple to run their businesses. In addition to xTuple, Muse Systems supports other open source technologies such as Drupal, does integration systems work and general information technology (IT) management consulting.

Steven C. Buttgereit, Muse Systems' founder and principle consultant, has nearly two decades of experience as an enterprise systems architect and IT manager. He held senior management positions with Virgin Entertainment Group (Virgin Megastores), Party America (now Party City) and Design Within Reach. Working as an ERP implementation consultant, Steve provided consulting and project management services to clients including 24 Hour Fitness, Gateway Computers, Kelly-Moore Paint Company and Ratner Companies (Hair Cuttery, Bubbles). Steve is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

"We continue to be enthusiastic supporters of xTuple. xTuple is in a 'sweet spot' as compared to ERP companies: xTuple is a company big enough to have stability and depth of resources, while not being so big as to lose touch with their customers. xTuple's current product and the new product [Mobile Web App] are adaptable to a wide variety of infrastructures from on-premise to cloud; and they have the openness, honesty, and community that comes with solid open source projects... what's not to like? We're really excited about xTuple's new product and we're convinced that it will provide even more opportunities for our customers," Steve says.

Connect with xTuple Partners at our community hub: www.xTuple.org

xTuple is Hiring!

xTuple is a Sponsor for the Mid Atlantic Developer Expo to be held Wed-Fri, June 27-29. It's one of a growing number of events we'll be attending as we ramp up our recruiting efforts.

xTuple has numerous career opportunities available for the right individuals. Check out our jobs/careers page for more information.

SUCCESS: Distance Learning

Let's do it again! Project Management & Implementation Methodologies

This advanced practices class - where you learn at the convenience and comfort of your own computer - with Director of Product Training (aka xTuple Evangelist), Mike Atherton, was SO successful, we sold out early AND have a growing list of future participants.

If you need essential strategies and methods for successfully managing the xTuple implementation process, add your name to the list for the next session to be scheduled. Email training@xTuple.com.

Training: FREE Webinar

Earn CPE credits
Webinar Series - xTuple for Accountants

For CPAs, accountants and financial managers seeking alternative solutions or outgrowing the likes of QuickBooks, Peachtree or MYOB. Join us this month with special guest, Will Bralick, xTuple Elite Partner and developer of the Fixed Asset Mobility package. Learn more about Will and his company, Paladin Logic.

Register now for this Accounting Webinar
Wednesday, June 20, 1:15 p.m. ET.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits are available for every training event offered by xTuple.


Training: FREE Webinar

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Webinar Date Change due to July 4 U.S. Holiday

The integrated Corporate/Customer Relationship Management functionality is core to getting the most out of the xTuple application (PostBooks as well as Commercial Editions). Organize, synchronize and manage ALL of your business contacts and communications, including sales and marketing opportunities, customer incident management, to-do lists, projects and more with xTuple's CRM.

Register here for CRM Webinar

Wednesday, July 11, 1:15 p.m. ET.

Seats are going FAST for Capital-area Training Classes

Two weeks (attend one or both) of xTuple Training coming to America's Capital, Washington, DC:

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

Bring the family and enjoy all that DC has to offer! Click here for Detailed Course Description and Registration.

About xTuple

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