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Measuring the responsiveness of open source ERPs

A couple of years ago, it occurred to me it might be possible to compare open source ERPs, ranking them not by total number of downloads (a number which is easily skewed and/or misinterpreted) but instead by measuring how responsive we are to our respective communities. To get a reliable unit for measuring responsiveness, I decided to focus on bug reports. I liked bug reports because a) they are easily quantifiable and b) the information about them is readily available on open source ERP community websites.

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New online class: Accounting for Non-Accountants

If you're the type of person who has questions about accounting but are either afraid to ask or don't know what to ask, then you should consider joining xTuple's lead trainer Mike Atherton as he takes class members through the basics of accounting in his new online course Accounting for Non-Accountants. This is your chance to learn how to read financial statements. To understand the difference between debits and credits. And much more. Plus, your time commitment for this class is minimal. This six-hour short course is held in two sessions over one day. Continue reading to learn more details about this useful course.... Read more »

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4.0 Release Notes

The milestone 4.0 release of xTuple ERP is the product of a long release cycle in which over 400 enhancements were made—including the first ever Mobile Web client, optimized for a multi-tenant Cloud hosting environment. Many thanks to all in the community who have helped make this release possible. See below for more information about new features and bug fixes now available in xTuple ERP 4.0....

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Distance learning opportunity - PMIM

If you are currently involved in an xTuple implementation--or you are getting ready to start one--then you need to consider attending the upcoming Project Management and Implementation Methodologies (PMIM) class. This remote training opportunity will be conducted over two days next week, Wed/Thurs November 7-8. Led by xTuple Training Director Mike Atherton, this class will provide you with project management strategy you can use to help ensure your xTuple implementation is as successful as it can be. We still have spaces available for this course, so Register NOW!

See below for an overview of the topics covered in this 12-hour distance learning course: Read more »

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Commercial upgrade tips

When upgrading commercial editions of xTuple ERP, there are a few basic points to pay attention to: Read more »

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xTuple for Service Businesses

Wanted to announce the publication of our new guide for people who run or work in services businesses. This new book is called "xTuple for Service Businesses" and it's available to be read online for free. Or if you prefer you can also download a printable .PDF copy from our app store.

To coincide with this new release, we've also updated our guide for using xTuple in inventory-focused companies....

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Drupalistas needed for translation portal

If you or someone you know is a Drupal programmer--and you have an interest in translating xTuple ERP--then we have some news for you. Earlier this summer, xTuple published the source code for its Translation Portal software. This is the same software currently hosting 28 language projects on the xTuple community website. The source code was released as part of the PostBooks project and is available under the same open source license (CPAL) as PostBooks. So how does this affect you? And more importantly, how could this impact the growing international community? The answers are fairly straightforward. Read more »

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A pitch for patches

The paradigm shift Chris Ryan wrote about in his blog post last summer is well under way and proving to be very successful. I'm talking, of course, about the patch release strategy we adopted just about one year ago. Under this "new" paradigm, we've been able to quickly release the most urgent bug fixes to our users so you can have them as soon as possible. Read more »

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New support for translation during release cycle

Thanks to recent changes made to the Translation Portal, translators can now get a head start on their Tuple ERP translations. Gone are the days of waiting for the final release of xTuple ERP to begin translation work. Now translators can begin working as soon as the Beta for a new version is available. This change should make it much easier for translators to ensure their .QM files are kept up to date with the latest content. With this new process, it is even possible that translations could be finished before the final release is published! Read more »

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The Matrix, reloaded

There's been a flurry of product developments here at xTuple in recent months. I'm thinking about the release of xTuple 3.6, Email Integration in xTuple Connect, Project Accounting, the Fixed Assets packages, updates to Time and Expense, and the new Web Portal suite of products.  I could go on....  At xTuple headquarters, we're of course running our own business on all the latest xTuple software. We're using xTuple ERP to take orders, buy goods and services, track time against projects—and more. And our support and bug ticketing systems operate via the Web Portal. We're biased, of course. We think everyone should be using the latest and greatest xTuple software. But we also know everyone can't drop everything to upgrade every time a new version comes out.

Enter the Matrix. 

We recently updated the xTuple compatibility matrix to help make it easier for people to keep track of the various packages and applications they're using with their xTuple installation. We hope you'll visit the matrix page and become more familiar with how it works. It's a great resource if you're thinking of adding a new package to add to your existing xTuple system. Also, if you're planning to upgrade to a newer xTuple version soon, you can use the compatibility matrix to help navigate the process.

Of course, the easiest thing in the world is to let us handle the upgrade process for you. Read more »