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Integrations, expansion and a sign of the times.

Integrations, expansion and a sign of the times.

On May 1, amid a pandemic and contemplation at the national level of whether states should begin to “reopen”, xTuple released v.6.0 to little fanfare outside our inner circle – our team and existing users. In addition to some anticipated updates to UI, the addition of new financial and operations KPI Dashboards — the first round of several more KPIs to come — and the bug fixes that come with any new release, xTuple v.6.0 includes an initial integration with QuickBooks Desktop (QBD).

For nearly 20 years, xTuple has been dedicated to helping manufacturing and distribution companies grow. Like every successful company, we have evolved to meet the needs of the market and our customers. In 2019, that evolution led us to refocus our efforts on our customers, and we rebranded our Services group as xTuple Customer Success. That same evolution has led us to pursue a series of integrations that began with Avalara, continues today with QuickBooks Desktop and will advance with upcoming integrations to support ecommerce and the disposition of excess inventory. As our new mantra dictates: xTuple will do whatever it takes to support manufacturing and distribution.

While our long-standing users have happily implemented the robust native accounting functionality that makes xTuple such a powerful tool, as we expand our solutions to support smaller (growing) manufacturers, this initial integration with QBD will allow companies in the early transition from spreadsheets to real ERP to implement the comprehensive functionality of the xTuple ERP platform, without disruption to their existing QuickBooks accounting processes.

We have always felt strongly that the robust Accounting functionality of xTuple is an outstanding solution for the needs of manufacturing and distribution – and for many years positioned ourselves as an “alternative” to QuickBooks. Our position hasn’t changed – we still feel strongly about the power of xTuple at any level of complexity. What has changed is our ability to offer an ERP solution to QuickBooks users that want to stay on QuickBooks.

QuickBooks is also a solid solution on a long path to growth and xTuple is happy to launch v.6.0 with an integration that helps keep our commitment to doing whatever it takes to serve growing companies – at any size and level of complexity.

Ned Lilly By Ned Lilly
Ned Lilly is president and CEO of xTuple. In October 2001, Ned co-founded xTuple, originally called OpenMFG, with the aim of bringing the worlds of open platform software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) together to solve the unmet needs of small- to mid-sized manufacturers. In 1999, he was a co-founder of Great Bridge, an early business built around the PostgreSQL database which is also the core technology for xTuple today. Great Bridge was incubated inside Landmark Communications, a mid-sized media company where Ned directed corporate venture investments, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and startup activity. Prior to Landmark, Ned worked for a regional technology group in Washington D.C. and had a brief first career in political media — television, radio and a non-partisan news wire. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from George Washington University.

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