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Disruptive technologies rev up need for open architecture business management tools

Wholesale Distribution - partsERP systems remain indispensable for distributors of all sizes and industries. Today’s quandary facing distributors, though, is that technology – and customer expectations – are evolving at such a pace that their ERP can’t keep up. History isn’t repeating; it’s accelerating at break-neck speeds. Disruptive technologies that came along once in a generation now occur yearly, driven by the global adoption of commercial open source technologies.

Those with older ERPs are scrambling today to make their systems ‘open’ enough to meet new and not-so-new demands. xTuple's lead software engineer managed many 90s-era proprietary distribution implementations for other companies. When he learned of xTuple’s dedication to open technology, he joined the team — to be part of the long-term strategy devoted to meeting the distribution industry’s present and future needs.

Business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce is one example of such ‘open’ disruption. Read more »

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Top technology plans for Distributors in 2014

In a recent webinar hosted by Modern Distribution Management magazine, distributors of all sizes were asked where they were investing technology dollars in 2014. The top three areas of spend were: Read more »

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eCommerce Profitability with Drupal & xTuple Web Portal

Online Business SurveyWe all know eCommerce will play an increasingly important role in how we operate our businesses. One critical aspect of successful online stores (example: Amazon, Home Depot, Overstock), is the tight integration with their back office applications — allowing for a valuable customer experience and increased efficiencies for the merchant.

With this in mind, xTuple recently announced an integration with Drupal, creating a rock solid eCommerce platform where data — items, inventory, sales orders, customer information, etc. — flows seamlessly between the store and any xTuple ERP Edition. We’d like to better understand your eCommerce needs — both B2B and B2C — so we can direct our efforts accordingly. To that end, we would very much appreciate you taking a brief online business research survey.

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