xTuple's Collective Brainpower Blog

June 21, 2016

The question is asked in businesses across the planet every day: “ Do I have the right level of inventory? ”

It reflects the age old business problem of balancing customer service levels with capital efficiency: carry too little inventory and risk a stock out giving a customer a reason to find another supplier, carry too much and tie up capital resources that could be invested...

June 15, 2016

PostBooks® 4.9.5 was recently released and the packages for Debian (including jessie-backports) , Ubuntu and Fedora have been updated.

Postbooks at pgDay.ch in Rapperswil, Switzerland

pgDay.ch is coming on Friday, 24 June. It is at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, at the eastern end of Lake Zurich.

I'll be making a presentation about PostBooks® in the business track...

June 13, 2016

At the end of this week, our lead trainer Mike Atherton will be offering a 6-hour remote training class designed to provide a beginning introduction to xTuple's open source report writer. By the end of the class, you will have learned enough to begin making minor changes to your own reports. You will also come away with a deeper understanding for the power and potential uses for xTuple's...

June 10, 2016


If you are using the Authorize.net service to process credit cards, you have probably received some notifications from them about some upcoming changes. The only change that affects xTuple users is the notice that "Authorize.net is now using Akamai to optimize [its] Internet traffic routing, which includes your merchants' transaction requests."


June 7, 2016

However you spell the word: Omni-channel, omnichannel or omni channel, instead of arguing about the correct usage, let's just accept that the concept is a force to be reckoned with, if you're doing ANY business online or in person.

We believe that Omnichannel is something new and important, evolutionary or even revolutionary, for businesses.

By no means is the concept new. "...

June 6, 2016

When you work for an open source ERP (enterprise resource planning) software company, there’s a unique value of community-mindedness involved, over and above the usual profit-making premise of a business.

xTuple has such a mission: to help small business grow profitably (any business — really — from the one that’s outgrown QuickBooks® to the enterprise that can’t afford SAP or Oracle,...

May 31, 2016

In the B2B (business-to-business) world, it is not at all uncommon for customers to have account credit or an authorized purchase amount. Are you prepared?

By allowing your customers to place orders using credit on their account, bill me later, or commercial credit cards, you are building a delighted customer interaction, getting them through the buying experience in a faster, more...

May 24, 2016

One comment that I always share with xTupleCommerce customers is that — to get the most bang for their buck — they must think of their B2B eCommerce solution as a tool for their customers — and other trading partners — rather than just an online store. The xTupleCommerce system is built to make things easier for our customers (the owners of the eCommerce website) and their customers. Our goal...

May 17, 2016

If you’ve ever worked on an eCommerce project — or any website for that matter, you know how important content is for increasing conversions. The art of fine-tuning marketing content, campaigns, keywords and product descriptions is essential for ensuring customers find your products, get engaged and make purchases. Ensuring that content management is fluid, easy and non-technical was...

May 13, 2016

About six years ago, René Raggl , a then 30-year-old account manager for a retail supplier in the Netherlands, raised his hand and volunteered to help with xTuple's German translation project. It was Raggl's first foray into the realm of open source projects. Raggl had been working with PostBooks® and he liked it. He quickly saw that with his language skills he was someone who could help, who...

May 12, 2016

During the development stage of planning and building xTupleCommerce (real-time, xTuple ERP-connected Sales & Customer Service online access for businesses), we found that offering the ability to work with pricing schedules on B2B eCommerce sites turned out to be one of the most desired features.

Not familiar with Pricing Schedules? Let me explain.

Imagine you are a...

May 5, 2016


Long-time open source advocate and xTuple customer launches business to provide software solutions to fellow manufacturers in Pacific Northwest

xTuple, global leader in commercial open source business management software for growing companies, announces its partnership with the newly formed consultancy, Jacobs ERP Solutions LLC. xTuple and Jacobs together will...

May 3, 2016

xTuple ERP 4.9.5 is now available for download from xTuple's GitHub repository or the xTuple PostBooks® project page on SourceForge. This release fixes bugs in Project Types, document associations, and a critical update to credit card processing using Authorize.net.

April 29, 2016

By Kim Cung

The City of Norfolk is helping local entrepreneurs with four unique programs.

One of them is the Norfolk Innovation Fund, starting out with half a million dollars. It will focus on providing money for businesses in fields including health care, technology, sustainability, life sciences and resiliency. The fund is the first Municipal Venture Capital Fund in Virginia...

April 27, 2016

How do you estimate the Return on Investment (ROI) of your business management system? What methodology should you use? Companies who identify their possible ROI — before the start of the ERP project (and measure it continuously throughout the implementation process) — stand to gain the most benefits from their ERP solution.

In this article, we explore a simple financial model that...

April 26, 2016

What is it worth to your business (and your bottom line) to lead a workforce that functions as a team, working together to meet and exceed customer expectations on product, delivery, price, and service?

The answer may appear obvious: the business will achieve peak financial performance and it will have enhanced value— both intrinsically, and to potential acquirers. Achieving such a...

April 21, 2016

If you are using the Authorize.net service to process credit cards, you have probably received some notifications from them about some upcoming changes. The only change that affects xTuple users is the notice that "Authorize.net is now using Akamai to optimize [its] Internet traffic routing, which includes your merchants' transaction requests."

xTuple ERP (all Editions) has been...

April 13, 2016

If you're the type of person who follows SVN commit records on the PostBooks site on SourceForge , then maybe you've already noticed how busy the xTuple documentation team has been the past few months. With almost 70 new features (and counting!), xTuple ERP version 4.10 presents a ton of new functionality that needs to be documented.

And our team has been on it!

For all you...

April 6, 2016

As a followup to our invitation to participate in Enterprise Solution Research earlier this year, we thought we'd share a few snippets from the results and offer the opportunity to obtain the final report from Cindy Jutras, president of Mint Jutras .


It seems Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has always gotten a bad rap. Everywhere we...

April 5, 2016

If you're interested in learning more about the new desktop shortcuts available beginning with xTuple version 4.9, we've just posted a new video explaining how these customizable shortcuts work .

That's right: these desktop shortcuts are fully customizable. With a few simple keystrokes, you can add links to your favorite xTuple screens right from the main desktop — and you don't need...