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xTuple ERP 3.0 Debuts with Screen Builder and Product Configurator

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Latest Upgrade to Powerful Open Source ERP Application Driven by Strong Customer Demand

xTuple, the leader in open source enterprise resource planning software, today announced the release of xTuple ERP 3.0, with an array of powerful new tools that enable ordinary system users to get more functionality from the world's most advanced open source ERP system -- with no coding required. Among the key new features is a user-friendly Screen Builder for designing customized system dashboards and the world's only open source assemble-to-order (ATO) Product Configurator for streamlining non-inventory order processing.

"xTuple has the most powerful open source ERP system on the market, but there's been a perception that you need to be a C++ coder or database guru in order to make changes," said Ned Lilly, president and CEO of xTuple. "We've eliminated that barrier with a user interface designer that allows end-users to create new screens and menu options with literally no coding required."

With the Product Configurator — a major new feature unique among open source ERP offerings — sales, customer service representatives and even outside order systems can create configured product orders on demand, with a seamless integration through pricing, manufacturing, inventory and all other order fulfillment functions. Configuration begins at the item level, where list prices can be associated with characteristics, such as size or materials, which are selected at order entry and drive changes to pricing.

Other upgrades among the hundreds of enhancements in xTuple ERP 3.0 include:

  • Advanced Warranty Tracking that affords the option to pre-assign lot or serial numbers to Return Authorizations and provides a system for multi-level historical trace, lot/serial characteristics, and warranty registration and tracking for lot/serial controlled items
  • Improved Internationalization and Localization through enhanced visual calendars, and automatically formatted numbers, dates and times based on standard language and country translation settings — ensuring precision and consistency in processing for multi-geographic applications
  • User Roles and Groups configuration that provides enhanced system security and ease of maintenance by allowing administrators to set application-level privileges for employee groups and then assign individual users to these groups. Changes to group privileges are automatically updated for all users in the group, and users may be assigned to multiple groups
  • In addition to the Screen Builder, support for Javascript to allow power users to further customize application functionality

"I've spent 32 years in manufacturing, and have implemented a variety of ERP systems for various companies," says Wes Jacobs, General Manager of Creamer Metal Products in London, Ohio. "What's really impressed me is that with every release of their product, xTuple adds in more sophisticated features for power users — but they also continue to make it easier to use for the everyday person."

xTuple ERP PostBooks® Edition is the company's entry-level offering, available completely free and open source, and suitable for small businesses of all kinds. It includes full financials; robust CRM; sales and purchasing; financial and ad-hoc reporting; and lightweight inventory, manufacturing and distribution. xTuple ERP Standard Edition is a midrange commercially-licensed offering, which adds advanced inventory control, warehousing, and other features to the core package. It is a good option for distributors, retailers, light manufacturers, and anyone else who would prefer commercially licensed software. The OpenMFG Edition is the premium commercial offering, and is recommended for manufacturing companies in both discrete and batch process production; make to order, make to stock, or mixed-mode; even job shops and engineer-to-order.

The PostBooks® Edition is available free of charge under the open source Common Public Attribution License (CPAL), and is consistently ranked among the top ten projects on the SourceForge open source download portal. The Standard and OpenMFG Editions are available under xTuple's innovative hybrid license, whereby customers and partners have full access to the application source code, and any enhancements made to the product flow back to xTuple for review, quality testing, and possible incorporation into the baseline product. All xTuple ERP products run equally well on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, and are fully internationalized with multi-currency, support for multiple tax structures, and multilingual translation packs maintained by the global open-source community. All this and more, including public discussion forums, a documentation wiki, blogs, and the community issue/bug tracker, can be found at www.xtuple.org.

About xTuple, the world’s #1 open source ERP

Award-winning xTuple, makers of the world’s leading suite of open source accounting, Corporate Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), is supply chain management software for growing businesses to control their operations and profitability. xTuple integrates all critical functional areas in one modular system: sales, financials and operations — including customer and supplier management, inventory control, manufacturing and distribution — the powerful tools to Grow Your World®.

As a commercial open source company, xTuple works with a global community of tens of thousands of professional users. xTuple gives customers the ability to tailor solutions with multi-platform support for Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile as well as flexible licensing and pricing options. Connect with the company at www.xTuple.com, and join the innovation conversation with the open source community at www.xTuple.org.