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xTuple Unveils Powerful New ERP Features in xTuple 3.3

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New version of open source ERP software helps take growing businesses’ supply chains global, layering in international tax support and distribution resource planning

xTuple, the leader in open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, today announced the release of xTuple ERP 3.3, showcasing a robust international tax management system and over 100 new product enhancements. The new release is the culmination of seven months of collaborative development between xTuple, its customers and partners, and open source users and contributors in dozens of countries around the world.

While xTuple ERP is deployed in companies of all sizes (including several Global 1000 firms), it is a particularly compelling choice for small to midsized businesses around the world. It is for this reason that the International Council for Small Business, a membership organization supporting entrepreneurship and economic development worldwide, has partnered with xTuple to make its open source ERP system available to its members around the globe.

“The ICSB and xTuple have a common goal of sharing best practices to help small businesses grow and thrive,” said Ayman El Tarabishy, ICSB Executive Director. “We believe the open source development process, combined with xTuple’s global community of innovators and entrepreneurs, offers a tremendous opportunity for small businesses to acquire leading-edge technology and expertise at very little, if any, cost.”

xTuple ERP is widely considered the most highly capable, fully cross-platform open source ERP system available in the marketplace. In addition to improved tax management, version 3.3 also boasts a new distribution requirements planning (DRP) feature, a powerful function allowing users to generate planned transfer orders (to move inventory, anticipated order blocks or indirect materials between warehouses, as an example) either manually or by using logic contained in xTuple’s existing Material Requirements Planning (MRP) algorithms. Sponsored by xTuple customer Sitwell Furniture, a Mexico-based upholstery manufacturer and supplier for a major international furniture retailer, xTuple’s DRP capability enables users to manage and release planned transfer orders with the same tools used to execute similar activities for other planned orders.

“We’re happy to be able to directly impact the ongoing development of such a comprehensive, feature-rich piece of ERP software,” said Sitwell General Controller Alfredo Martinez.

In addition to their sponsorship of the DRP functionality, Sitwell was also part of a working group of users from five continents who contributed to the international tax development effort. Martinez further noted that “since going live with version 3.2 earlier this year, we have already seen tremendous efficiencies and improvements in our operations; now, with the features we helped develop for version 3.3, we have an ERP system that is well-tuned to even our most demanding business processes.”

Other new capabilities in xTuple ERP version 3.3 include

  • Improved support for email integration and electronic document interchange (EDI)
  • Consolidation of all customer information on one “workbench” screen
  • Numerous usability requests in Accounting, such as the ability to reverse and void Cash Receipts, and optional automatic forwarding of trial balances
  • Export all displays to OpenOffice document formats, as well as HTML and comma-separated text
  • Support for Qt version 4.5, now available under the Lesser GNU Public License (LGPL)

The PostBooks® Edition of xTuple ERP 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, where it has been downloaded over 260,000 times by IT and ERP professionals around the world. The Standard and Manufacturing 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.