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Sexy and we know it

We recently had a nice writeup from Jay Lyman of the 451 Group, a technology research shop. The second paragraph begins, "Enterprise ERP still isn't sexy, but xTuple makes things more interesting by...."

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Feature Mob 2: Update

xTuple ERP New Feature Mob 2 rewardUPDATE: Feature Mob 2 is SOLD OUT

Mobile Web / Pentaho Business Intelligence "thank you" gift added!

In late August 2013, I announced our Feature Mob 2, our second generation program of building out features by crowd-sourcing development of xTuple PostBooks.

The results to date have been exceptional — we've nearly reached our goal, and in record time. But some of you requested an interim funding level between $1,000 and $5,000, and perhaps an added perk, or reward, to go along with it. Some of you even asked for it by name — help setting up the new Mobile Web and Pentaho Business Intelligence components for your local xTuple server. That's a service just rolled out with version 4.1, and it's very much in demand.

As is always the case around here, we listened! And, you can see what levels may still be available by the rewards chart below. (I say "may" as all sponsorships are first-come, first served!)

PER YOUR REQUEST, NEW $3,000 LEVEL ADDED: Your added perk includes installation of the full server infrastructure to support the new Mobile Web client and Pentaho BI tools (which normally sells for $6,000). And, happily for our $5,000 and $10,000 level sponsors, they receive the added reward, too. What's not to love?

Contribution
Level (USD)
Contribute xTuple "Thank You" gift Limited Number
of Contributors
$100 BUY xTuple Feature Mob exclusive t-shirt  unlimited 
$250 BUY above, plus xTuple Lands’ End polo shirt  unlimited 
$500 BUY above, plus xTupleCon 2014 admission (2013 event SOLD-OUT)  unlimited 
$1,000 BUY above, plus xTuple Connect package
value $2,859.50
 only 10 6 available 
$3,000 BUY above, plus installation of new Mobile Web client & Pentaho Business Intelligence Tools
value $8,859.50
NEW
10 available
$5,000 BUY above, plus Enhanced Commissions package
NEW value $19,859.50
 only 10 3 available 
$10,000 BUY above, plus 5-user perpetual license, xTuple Enterprise
NEW value $31,415.00
 only 5 2 available 
Special Offer BONUS  xTuple "X" Embroidered Logo Ball Cap  FIRST 100 only 

Contribution amounts shown in U.S. Dollars

xTuple X logo ball capThere are still plenty of sponsor opportunities at the $100, $250 and $500 levels as well. Remember, the $500 level gets you a seat at xTupleCon 2014, and based on the response to this year's inaugural xTupleCon (SOLD OUT!), that will be a very hot ticket!

In case you missed it, here's the official announcement — with links to how you can contribute (or use "BUY" links above), and collect some truly awesome thank-you gifts!

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Feature Mob 2: Making PostBooks Everything You Want it to Be

xTuple X logo ball capUPDATE: Some weeks ago, I innocently posted a blog about my friend who used the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform to raise money to make a feature film based on the Veronica Mars TV show. It was enormously successful - they were hoping to raise $2 million, but finished with almost three times that amount, from over 91,000 individual backers. As they say in the movies, principal photography on the film is now underway. (I know, because I contributed, and get regular emails from the set. Woo hoo!)

Anyway, I thought wouldn't it be cool if we could do something similar - on an, ahem, much more modest scale - to get more people involved in the development of PostBooks and fill out some missing features that people are looking for. Well, be careful what you ask for.... you just might get it. We asked for feedback, and boy did you respond.

Contribution
Level (USD)
Contribute xTuple "Thank You" gift Limited Number
of Contributors
$100 xTuple Feature Mob exclusive t-shirt unlimited
$250 above, plus xTuple Lands’ End polo shirt unlimited
$500 above, plus xTupleCon 2014 admission (2013 event is sold-out) unlimited
$1,000 above, plus xTuple Connect package
value $2,859.50
 only 10 available 
$5,000 above, plus Enhanced Commissions package
value $13,859.50
 only 10 available 
$10,000 above, plus 5-user perpetual license, xTuple Enterprise
value $25,415.00
 only 5 available 
Special Offer BONUS  xTuple "X" Embroidered Logo Ball Cap FIRST 100 only

Contribution amounts shown in U.S. Dollars

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Free trial of integrated Desktop and Mobile Web clients!

If you've been around xTuple for a while, you probably used our Hosted Demo service at one point.  While you've always been able to download the xTuple client, and set up your own PostBooks database locally, many people have found it helpful to use the same client to connect to a hosted instance of their own xTuple Enterprise database.  We're pleased to announce the successor to that program - our Free Trial and Cloud 2.0 service. Read more »

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Save the date: xTupleCon coming in October!

UPDATE - Registration is now open!

By popular demand, and building on the success of PartnerCon 1 & 2, join us Thursday-Saturday, October 10-12, 2013, at xTuple Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, for the inaugural xTupleCon - bringing together the World's #1 Open Source ERP User Community.

Partners, customers, open source community members - all are welcome!

http://www.xtuple.com/xtuple-conference-2013

If you've got an idea for a session, please let us hear from you in the comments below....

Registration opens soon!

xTupleCon 2013 - the ultimate user conference! Read more »

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Kickstarting missing feature development for xTuple PostBooks

I have a good friend who was a producer of the cult TV show "Veronica Mars" from 2004-2007.  Recently, the creative team behind that show made Internet history in an interesting way - they partnered with the website Kickstarter, a resource for crowdsourced fund-raising, to raise millions of dollars to underwrite production of a "Veronica Mars" feature film.  As of this writing, over 50,000 fans have pledged anywhere from $10 to $10,000 or more.  Pretty cool.

It got me thinking about how we might do something similar in our xTuple community, and perhaps address some of the most-requested "missing features" in xTuple.   Read more »

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Free Versus Open Source in the Cloud

Why does Forbes keep indulging SaaS/cloud vendors looking to pick straw-man fights? (see also “The End of ERP” – and my comments there).

Bryan from Acquia makes the point well that open source and SaaS/cloud are mutually complementary, so I won’t try to add anything to that.

xTuple in the CloudMr. Cohen quotes a passage from Richard Stallman that I actually agree with – the distinction between open source as a product development model and a social cause. Since my company developed our entire ERP software system from scratch (http://www.xtuple.com) – and then decided to make it open source in order to grow a community of users who would help us continue to develop it, I naturally favor the prior view.

Mr. Cohen seems to be suggesting that open source vendors like xTuple came into an existing marketplace, somehow ripped off the incumbents, and then burned the forest behind themselves so that no one could ever grow a decent proprietary software company there again.

I submit that it’s more a question of natural evolution – as software systems become more commoditized, this happens anyway. Competition increases, prices come down, and the best business model wins in the end. Open source is a competitive weapon for my company against the bloated incumbents who are overstaffed, overfed, and build all that bloat into their pricing structure.

We innovate in *how we do business* – not how we record debits and credits in the general ledger. Consumers win. Tell me again how that’s bad?

Here's the full article. You decide:

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xTuple 3.7.0 now available

The latest version 3.7.0 of xTuple ERP, including the new Project and Enterprise Editions, is now available for download at SourceForge.  This is an incremental release, with a handful of significant new features, including improved support for multiple currencies in multi-company financial consolidation, handling of MRP exceptions, deeper usage of the parameter widget and characteristics, and much more, including hundreds of minor enhancements and bug fixes. Read more »

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Announcing new products and pricing

We're happy to announce two new additions (editions?) to the xTuple product line, and some simplifications to the pricing that will be effective April 1.  (No, it's not an April Fools joke... ) Read more »

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