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May 24, 2017

CEO Ned Lilly honored for harnessing the power of global collaboration through open source development: Lilly will accept the 2017 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award presented to businesses in southeastern Virginia by Regent University School of Business & Leadership and Inside Business. Preceded by an entrepreneur panel discussion, the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award luncheon and awards ceremony will be held June 12, 2017, at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach.

May 23, 2017

Let’s face it. In the "high-school dance party" of software, enterprise resource planning (ERP) is the kid in the corner, shirt buttoned to the top, playing with his calculator while the other kids dance. ERP is complex, serious stuff: supply chain management, material requirements planning, master production scheduling, cost analysis, sales forecasting, financials. You need it to be successful, but you tend to keep it up and away from the customers. You don’t want them to see it — you want them to talk to sales, not operations and accounting. Right?

May 23, 2017

About 10 years ago, our daily newspaper wrote an article [Virginian-Pilot: Granby Street's hipness is luring high-tech workers] about our CEO Ned Lilly. A few days after it was published, his friends commented that they still don't know what he does. Yeah, it can be complicated. Most people are comfortable with word-processing and spreadsheet programs, and while there are some great features (linking sheets, etc), it's not a replacement for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. But what is ERP?

May 22, 2017

The xTuple Document Tab is the very useful way to attach files to documents and transactions in xTuple. Customers are always using it for things like attaching a copy of a Purchase Order (PO) to a Sales Order (SO). Or attaching a Customer’s logo art to the Customer record. It can come in very handy for customers who are regulated, and need to attach Certificate of Compliance to Lot of an incoming purchase of a Lot Tracked raw material. How about attaching a drawing to an Item Master?

May 4, 2017

Grab a cup of coffee, and let's chat. As you may have gathered from another of my blog posts, 6 Ways to Make Your ERP Work Better, I highly recommend customers and partners attend our Training Classes. Every user — even those in the software testing or research phase — benefits from more hands-on education. Not only can you learn how to setup and configure the software for your specific needs, you'll also learn tips and tricks for every day use of xTuple ERP. Group training has the added benefit of...

May 2, 2017

Whether you're new to xTuple or a long-time community participant, you'll undoubtedly agree that xTuple Forums are the best place to meet other users online. It's where ideas are exchanged and your most important questions are asked — and answered (or debated!). The forums are a great resource to tap into the xTuple open source ERP global community and our shared user knowledge base. Drum roll, please ... Out with the old, in with the new! We've been listening to your feedback and...

April 24, 2017

Why should SMB and enterprise decision-makers consider open source for their management applications? The debate around open source has been a hot-button tech topic for decades now. Ned Lilly, CEO of xTuple, discusses some of the intriguing value propositions offered by open source ERP software. With open source: code access provides new opportunities for customization; end-users have more impact on product development; and transparency elevates quality standards.

April 23, 2017

xTuple Partner Larry Cartee of Magical Custom Programming co-hosts a half-day technology event, featuring a case study presented by Hunt Engine. Located in Houston, Texas since 1985, Hunt Engine traces its roots back to the early 1950s with deep engineering and manufacturing experience for the energy industry. The company will share how xTuple solutions helped them meet the demand of their customers, compete better in the marketplace, and exponentially grow their business.

April 23, 2017

This week, Andrey Mikheychik, xTupleCommerce’s lead developer, and I will be heading to the largest annual Drupal event in the world: DrupalCon 2017, this year held in Baltimore, Maryland. Drupal, for those who don’t know, is an open source content management system (CMS) for building websites. Our team has used it as the foundation for xTupleCommerce. Andrey and I have been working with Drupal for over a decade, and we have extended the technology in some extremely innovative ways.

April 21, 2017

It's been a while since we talked in any great detail about xTuple's roadmap for the future, and I thought this might be a good time to do so. You can always look at the near-term xTuple development plan for the next couple of releases — which will include specification links to confirmed customer-sponsored features when available.

But I'd like to take it up a notch, if I could, and...

April 20, 2017

Largest independent online marketplace sees xTuple products well-positioned for best-in-class manufacturing and distribution operations solutions: xTuple announces the company’s top listing in GetApp's quarterly ranking which showcases the top cloud-based Business Management applications. Ranking is based on five unique data points: user reviews, software integrations, media presence, mobile availability and security.

April 19, 2017

From alternatives to Microsoft Office to full-blown ERP systems, open source software can provide free options for small businesses that don't have the budget for big-ticket enterprise applications.

April 5, 2017

Exploring the latest breakthroughs in sustainable technology and manufacturing solutions — xTuple is proud to announce being showcased in the 2017 season of the award-winning nationally televised series Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. Initial air dates include: Fox Business on Saturday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET (nationwide) and Discovery TV (regionally) Northeast and Southwest on Friday, April 14, and again on Monday, April 17 at 8:30 a.m. local time.

March 23, 2017

Here at xTuple, we're often asked, "what makes you different? Why shouldn't I go with one of the big guys?" It's a fair question, and our answer has usually revolved around open source, and how it enables us to deliver a higher quality, more flexible and less expensive solution. More recently, we've started talking about how xTuple is one of a very few systems out there with a fully-integrated Customer Web Portal.

March 23, 2017

xTuple open source ERP+CRM 4.10.1 patch release is now available for download from GitHub as well as the xTuple open source project page on SourceForge. A number of bugs have been fixed since the 4.10.0 release. Thanks to all who contributed to this release.

March 22, 2017

What is Industry 4.0? Since the dawn of the first Industrial Revolution (i.e., Industry 1.0) welcomed mechanization and steam power, a numbering system was been created out of necessity to delineate each "time period." Industry 2.0 came about with mass production enabled by assembly lines. Industry 3.0 saw the age of computers and robotics in manufacturing technologies. Industry 4.0 ushers in automation and data exchange with cyber-physical systems as they communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing. Industry 4.0 creates what is today called the "smart factory." According to Forbes...

March 17, 2017

Complimentary event features new online sales and service solutions for Manufacturing and Distribution: xTuple's team of technology experts takes the product on the road to share long-term strategies using the next generation in business management software, including online Customer Web Portal. Registration is now open for the series of events scheduled across the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

March 15, 2017

At xTuple, we're always looking for ways to help more manufacturers grow their businesses using the latest in business management solutions and digital technology. And I’ve read a few interesting articles on current trends in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry that made me stop and think about their marketplace opportunities.

According to Hedges & Company — a highly regarded...

February 21, 2017

Due to a recent increase in intrusion attempts on Internet-connected business databases, we are writing to strongly encourage all our users to review the security of your PostgreSQL database. The following information will guide you through the process of updating important security settings for your database server. The following steps (described in detail below) should be taken to prevent intruders from accessing your data.

February 8, 2017

Around the world, Valentine's Day (also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine) is an annual celebration of love and affection — February 14 for those of us here in the United States. While it's an occasion most often associated with flowers, candies, greeting cards and candlelight dinners, we're celebrating this year with Customer Reviews . Every day marketers are tasked with "tooting the horn" of their companies. And, touting the features and benefits of their products are delegated to the company's sales teams. As our good fortune would have it — open source ERP xTuple enjoys the value of a community of users who report bugs, submit feature requests, engage on forums with and for help, propose new code and extensions they've built to enhance the software, and review our products and services on highly acclaimed software review sites.