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April 4, 2016

Version 4.10 || April 2016

xTuple ERP 4.10.0 beta is now available for download from xTuple's GitHub repository or the xTuple PostBooks® project page on SourceForge . This release includes approximately 150 bug fixes. The commercial editions and packages can be downloaded by commercial customers from xTuple's Community Website . See more information about deploying this release in...

April 4, 2016

One of the neat things about the open source world is the ability to get your hands on an early release of new software. I'm happy to announce that the first beta of version 4.10 is now available for download and testing... and it's loaded with new features and fixes.

And that's not even the biggest news. There are two more major items coming. The first is probably our most-requested...

March 31, 2016

In any large-scale business-to-business ( B2B) organization, there are a variety of reasons that you want to maintain customer records in your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. This helps you track sales by customer account, aids you in navigating a customer's past purchase history, gives you insight to the types of products in which a particular customer is interested, and gives...

March 29, 2016

Start Building Your xTuple Scripting ToolBox Today

This is a series of articles to give you the skills — and confidence — necessary to modify and extend the out-of-the-box xTuple ERP software. Thanks to the flexibility of open source software, you can tailor the World’s #1 Open Source ERP package into a custom fit for your company and/or customer....

March 17, 2016

What would you and your business do if you lost everything?

With just a click — deliberate or not — your entire digital world can disappear. And with it, untold dollars in lost revenue, not to mention the headaches and time spent in recovery mode.

Do you remember the last time you backed up your valuable business data? If not, it’s time to take action.

World Backup Day...

March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's one of the most popular celebrations worldwide, and here at xTuple, we're getting in the spirit too. In this issue, we're profiling a terrific (Canadian) customer who just happens to be called St. Patrick's Cabinet Making, a fantastic community member named Patty Davis, and updates on xTuple professional services from the fellow who runs it (who just happens to be named Jim McCluskey). And did I mention the Lucky Licenses promotion? If you've ever sorted through a field of three-leaf clovers looking for that rare shamrock, then you'll like this one — buy 3, get 1 free!

March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's one of the most popular celebrations worldwide, and here at xTuple, we're getting in the spirit too. In this issue, we're profiling a terrific (Canadian) customer who just happens to be called St. Patrick's Cabinet Making, a fantastic community member named Patty Davis, and updates on xTuple professional services from the fellow who runs it (who just happens to...

March 14, 2016

Perusing the 2016 prognostications, especially for the manufacturing industry , I stumbled across Brad Kuvin's recent editorial entitled, "One Word Likely to Define 2016: Volatility." Brad is the editor of MetalForming Magazine , a publication of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA*).

From Brad: "I'm hearing it repeatedly: Production volumes and order frequencies are wildly...

March 3, 2016

Businesses are in greater need of managing multiple disparate functions under one integrated system, now more than ever. Multiple departments pose insurmountable data processing and manpower requirements, which is why the implementation of an ERP system is of major importance. The ERP solution enables management to ensure departmental coordination and business operations function smoothly....

February 24, 2016

That's something we say a lot here at xTuple when people ask, " Why open source ?" Yes, we're proud to call ourselves the world's #1 open source ERP software. For us, though, open source is important because it is how we're able to make better, faster, cheaper software — not because we set out to make free software for some kind of ideological reason.

Turns out we're in good company in...

February 22, 2016

In large business-to-business (B2B) transactions, it’s typical for a business customer to have multiple users making purchases. A lousy, very unsecured solution to this problem is to create one account for the customer and then expect all their users to share that same username/password. Instead, a better solution is to associate multiple eCommerce accounts with one customer accounts.

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February 19, 2016

Version 4.9.3 || February 2016

xTuple ERP 4.9.3 is now available for download from xTuple's GitHub repository or the xTuple PostBooks® project page on SourceForge . This release includes approximately 50 bug fixes. The commercial editions and packages can be downloaded by commercial customers from xTuple's Community Website . See more information about deploying this release in the...

February 10, 2016

NORFOLK, VA —

Open source ERP leader forges relationship with metal forming and fabricating industry

xTuple, the business management software company, revisits their "metal" roots, helping metal processing manufacturers and their distribution partners reshape their businesses, much like their products. xTuple vice president of sales,...

February 9, 2016

Earlier this month The NPD Group, a well known market research firm announced that business-to-business (B2B) commercial channel revenue grew for the fourth year in a row .

This is good news for companies of all sizes, and it really shows the economic health of the sector that supplies Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs). More and more in today’s marketplace, small and growing...

January 27, 2016

Janine Dueck of Instrument Meter Specialties (IMS) contacted the xTuple Help Desk recently with a report of an intermittent printing problem. The company, which is based in Lancaster, CA, sells a broad range of test instruments, panel meters, and components. At first, Janine said, the problem cropped up when they were printing packing slips. Gradually they found other reports with printing...

January 21, 2016

If you are new to ERP — whether you're exploring options for new business management software or working as a project lead, or you're a fairly new xTuple user — I can't recommend enough the upcoming Project Management and Implementation Methodology (PMIM) class. This is the easiest, most convenient way to learn the essential strategies and methods for successfully managing the implementation...

January 11, 2016

Mint Jutras, an independent research-based consulting firm, is conducting a survey on the current state of Enterprise Solution implementations. The research objective is to investigate goals and challenges, preferences and status of the business management solution(s) you use to run your business.

President Cindy Jutras, a keynote at xTupleCon14 , and her Mint Jutras research team will...

December 21, 2015

So it turns out, Apple is in the Business business. Who knew? These days, Business is not the first word that comes to mind when you think of Apple. It's more likely to be iPhone, or iPad, or even Mac. Maybe iTunes or Apple Music. But business? Not so much.

A funny thing happened while Apple technology worked its way into all of our lives, starting with the iPod back in October of 2001...

December 17, 2015

You're a distributor, and you have sophisticated inventory control needs. There are many ways to improve your operational controls — and your bottom-line profitability. Using Special Pricing Agreements (SPA) is one of them.

xTuple's Distribution Edition was designed by experienced distributors, like me, specifically for the electrical, HVAC, plumbing and industrial wholesale...

December 15, 2015

Let's be honest. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is hard.

There are lots of business problems to solve, and the whole point of an ERP system is unification and integration. It’s easy to dismiss ERP as a legacy holdover of the 80s and 90s, but that would be a mistake. There are many ERP vendors in the world, including xTuple, and we are all trying to solve some of...