What's in it for me? Release of xTuple ERP 4.11.0 final has new features you want and need

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Version 4.11.0 || August 2017

xTuple is excited to announce the major release of xTuple ERP+CRM version 4.11.0.

Read on to learn more about some of the specific features, changes and improvements that will help you Grow Your World™ using next generation business management software.

The Release Notes for xTuple 4.11.0 cover the complete list of changes. This post is all about why you should care.

Items of Note

Completed support for Landed Cost

If your company imports goods, you know about Landed Cost. In version 4.11.0 xTuple ERP now automates landed costs calculations. See the What does Landed Cost mean for your Bottom Line? blog post which includes xTupleU's "Support for Landed Costs" video for more detailed information.

Quality extension in the desktop client

The xTuple Quality Control extension has now been completely implemented in the desktop client. This is a commercial extension that covers the inspection and testing of items at various stages of the product life-cycle. It is built on top of xTuple's workflow engine, which is part of xTuple's "commercial core."

Simplified reversal of Accounts Receivable applications

There is now a simple way to reverse A/R applications:

  • Open the A/R Applications window — Accounting > Accounts Receivable > Reports > Applications
  • Choose your selection criteria and Query
  • Right-click on one of the application lines and you'll see Reverse Application 

It's as easy as that! We've made a similar change to simplify reversing A/P applications as well.

xTupleCommerce support

As noted in the Product Roadmap, we have devoted a lot of energy into xTupleCommerce support. We have several customers with live xTupleCommerce websites and are approaching version 1.0 status. Most of the database and desktop client changes are minor and probably not noticeable by non-xTupleCommerce users.

Inventory distribution

Another area of improvement is in the handling of inventory distribution. This affects all three commercial editions - Distribution, Manufacturing, and Enterprise. A large portion of the development effort for 4.11.0 went toward reducing database contention for lot-, serial-, and location-controlled items. Multiple people should now be able to manage controlled inventory without interfering with each other. We made a concerted effort not to change the user interface yet. That's a completely different kind of problem that will require thoughtful design to address.

Performance improvements

End users should see faster sales order entry and CRM account creation. In fact, the entire application should feel a bit lighter on its feet. We have found a number of ways to reduce the overall query load of the desktop client. There is more work to be done in this area so watch for more improvements in future releases.

 

Gil Moskowitz

Director Software Development
Gil joined xTuple in 2005 to develop the first version of multi-currency support in our products. He helped xTuple transition from its original closed source OpenMFG product to the commercial open source company we are today. Before coming to xTuple, Gil worked for several large and small software companies in a variety of roles, including Informix Software, where he managed the database backup/restore utility group. He always advocates for, and delivers, high-quality products through improvements to the software development process. Ask about his other jobs next time you see him — ! He has a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and an M.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University.