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xTuple Partners with BitRock to Simplify Installation of Open Source ERP

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

xTuple ERP: PostBooks® Edition now even easier to install for non-technical users

xTuple, the leader in open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, today announced a partnership with BitRock to enhance the speed and ease of installation of xTuple ERP. With BitRock’s powerful multi-platform installer, even non-technical users can install the free PostBooks Edition of xTuple ERP, including the open source PostgreSQL database, in minutes.

PostBooks® is a completely open source, full-featured, fully-integrated accounting, ERP, and CRM system. Its user base consists of predominantly small to midsized businesses, many of which have little to no IT staff and therefore do not have the resources to undertake a complex ERP initiative. xTuple partnered with BitRock to provide a quick and easy installation process to eliminate technical barriers to even the smallest firms installing its robust open source ERP solution.

“We understand that some people are hesitant to evaluate and deploy open source technologies due to the complexity of getting them installed and configured properly,” says Erica Brescia, CEO of BitRock. “We aimed to solve that problem by providing a ready to run package that completely automates the installation process, and we’re pleased that xTuple has realized this benefit. Our partnership will enable xTuple to enhance the user-friendliness of PostBooks®, a move that highlights xTuple’s dedication to all its users – free and paid customers alike.”

Additionally, xTuple will utilize the BitRock Network Service, which will facilitate remote support of PostBooks® users by xTuple, and allow the company to continue improving PostBooks® to better serve its users.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for businesses of all sizes to evaluate and deploy our open source ERP,” says Ned Lilly, xTuple president and CEO. “xTuple ERP has been downloaded nearly 250,000 times already, and we believe this partnership with Bitrock will help us both reach many more new users and better service our existing users.”

xTuple (xtuple.com) offers a number of products and services to users to of the free PostBooks® Edition, including implementation assistance and training, helpdesk support, and upgrades to the commercially licensed Standard and Manufacturing Editions of xTuple ERP. PostBooks® is the open source core of xTuple ERP, and the client software is exactly the same across all three Editions; upgrading to a commercial product is a simple matter of running a five-minute script against the user’s existing PostBooks® database.

The new xTuple ERP installer runs on a variety of platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and numerous distributions of the Linux operating system, including Ubuntu, Red Hat, Novell SUSE, and more. They can be downloaded on the PostBooks® download site of Sourceforge.

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.