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Help us name our baby, and win xTupleCommerce license

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 09:44

It seems like a different era, but I vividly remember the excitement my wife and I felt when thinking about names for our two girls. We decided to keep it a mystery, so we had lists of both boy and girl names. Lots of discussion ensued — as anyone who's been in that happy situation can certainly confirm.

Global Hack-a-thon Success

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:51

So a handful of us got together a week or so ago to fix some bugs. No big deal, right? Actually it was.

Five xTuple partners and I met at erpDevelopers' worldwide headquarters in Chicago — many thanks to Jeff and Rob for their warm hospitality. We sat around a conference table for three (3) days and nights, collaborating and hacking. A few had done this before; others were fairly new to xTuple development. We spent a lot of the time talking about and working through git workflows, Qt stuff, bug tracker wrangling, and development environments.

Three benefits of B2B eCommerce for Manufacturers

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:07

Historically, manufacturers have avoided the adoption of Web technology, especially business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce, into their business plan. Manufacturing is known for its complexities and unique intricacies in planning, workflow, distribution and communications. Until recently, cost effective technology was not available to help manufacturers grow online.

From Zero to xTuple in 25 minutes (or less)

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 15:33

As its name implies, the xTuple QuickStart database is designed for speed. Its whole purpose is to get you up and running quickly, entering orders and collecting cash.

Just how fast can you get started? Well, two new videos from xTuple Product Evangelist Mike Atherton demonstrate how you can be processing real, actual orders for your business in 25 minutes or less!

Breaking News! Chicago development kidnapping in progress

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:26

This just in:  The infamous Chicago syndicate calling themselves "erpDevelopers" has sent us this "threatening" note regarding Gil Moskowitz, xTuple's director of software development, as follows:

"Once Gil lands in Chicago…he’s ours. The Ransom Demand will be horrific!!!!! Just a bunch of Chicago gangsters ‘doing their thing’!!!!!"

And this image was included in the note:

The Rise of Artisanal Manufacturing

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 17:04

Last month I attended the association for operations management (APICS) conference in Las Vegas. It’s been a while since I exhibited at that show  — partly because trade shows in general have been slipping downward on a slow decline since the early 2000s. Trades shows have always been a great way for companies like us to meet customers and prospects face-to-face and hear from the "horse's mouth" the issues that businesses are facing in the real world, every day.

Getting Started Videos — xTupleCommerce

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:53

You're trying to grow your business and gain a true competitive advantage — whether you're a traditional "brick-and-mortar"-only retailer who needs order entry; a manufacturer who needs a

Release Notes: xTuple ERP 4.9.2 now available

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:37
Version 4.9.2 || October 2015

New Order-to-Cash video series is right on the money

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:55

A new xTuple University video series presented by xTuple Product Evangelist Mike Atherton steps viewers through the xTuple order-to-cash (O2C) flow process. For anyone who isn't familiar already with this process flow in xTuple, I highly recommend you watch this series of videos. Mike has managed to present this material in easily digestible, bite-sized chunks. Most of the videos clock in around five minutes each.

Comparing Sage with xTuple

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 08:56

BusinessVision is a business management solution that became a part of Sage’s product portfolio after an acquisition. Initially, when BusinessVision had no associations whatsoever with the company, it was considered a well-respected business management solution in the business community, and was undergoing rapid development and innovation. However, Sage failed to keep up with the pace and made an announcement three years ago that BusinessVision will reach the end of its life.

APICS Supply Chain Professionals Get First Look at xTupleCommerce

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:28

I am very excited to be heading back to the APICS show in Las Vegas next month. This year, xTuple is a proud sponsor of APICS2015, the premier conference for supply chain and operations management professionals. It's been a few years since we have attended, and I am sure APICS, like lots of other conferences over the last decade, has seen some changes.

What are the (Hidden) Benefits of Implementing ERP?

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 07:53

A smart company’s leadership will always probe their operational departments on “How do we do this?” and “Who does this?” — followed up by the hard question “Why do we do this?”

Yes, the reasons vary widely as to why a business would want to implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. First and foremost firms want to knit the organization together on a common platform, an integrated business operating system. (That benefit alone warrants an entire article.)

xTuple Admin Utility (xTAU) Replaces xTuple Server

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 12:49

Today xTuple announces the release of the xTuple Admin Utility (xTAU), a toolkit for administering xTuple databases, including Web-enabled database servers. A web-enabled xTuple database allows users to access the database via the xTuple web client, and also includes the REST API, which is necessary to integrate with xTupleCommerce.

The pros — and pros — of outsourcing payroll

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 08:24

Payroll. It's a word that evokes a visceral reaction from most business owners. (And, let's be honest, business software vendors, too!)

It can be a real black hole for staff and management time — and expense. The very definition of something that's not a core competency for really any business BUT a payroll provider. Something that, in a nutshell, begs to be outsourced.

New policy on PostBooks® licensing

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:28

As longtime users of the free and open source PostBooks® accounting solution know, we've recently started requiring a license key for users of the software. Our policy has been that anyone who requires just a single concurrent user can get that PostBooks® key automatically here.

What's new in Custom Development? Commissions paid on Cash Receipts

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:18

Cash Commissions: This package created a report keying on cash receipts to determine commission payable. Logic was included to prorate commission based upon how much of the invoice was being paid and how much of the invoice was commissionable.  Commission rates were assigned at the sales rep level with two (2) different commission rates based on product category. There was also the abilty to set a commission rate at the item level.

What's new in Custom Development? Cut Pieces

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:12

Cut Pieces is a package developed for a supplier of sheet goods. The package added functionality to the sales order line entry that allowed the user to calculate total square feet of an item by entering quatity, width and length of pieces to be cut. The total square footage was calculated for the sum of all the cut pieces required of the item.

The information is stored in a charactieristic for the line item and is forwarded to any Purchase Order (PO) or Work Order (WO) created for the Sales Order (SO).

The Four Pillars of Commerce

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 04:35