xTuple's Collective Brainpower Blog

August 9, 2018

"xTuple has done more for my professional development in three months than Oracle did in my 12 years there," Rivera said. “The pace is better here; there’s less of that pressure. If you’re looking for a work/life balance, you’re probably not going to find that in Silicon Valley. Working a 60-hour week there is very standard continuously, it’s not just like it’s crunch time, put in a 60-hour week. That’s what people do as a baseline and some people do even more.”

August 7, 2018

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): A company can employ any and all marketing techniques and still not find value in them. This comes from a lack of assessing which parts are working — and which ones are not. Many companies use vanity metrics or metrics where the only purpose is to help you and your marketing team feel better about yourselves.

August 2, 2018

In early June, I produced a webinar on the latest in digital transformation for manufacturers (and distributors) with special emphasis on the benefits of a business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce system. In attendance were xTuple's existing ERP (enterprise resource planning) customers, people exploring new business management software, and others hoping to learn how all this will/can affect their business. We received great feedback about the content of the webinar...

August 1, 2018

Every morning I hit the ground running by listening to a daily Apple news podcast to get the latest goings-on in the world of tech giant Apple. Mac OS Ken, by his own admission, eats, sleeps and breathes Apple news and news related to Apple news. I've been a faithful listener for all of his more than 10 years producing a daily Apple news show; we're both closing in on our second decade of Apple-obsession! While I am interested in all things Apple, I keep a keen ear peeled for any news related to Apple Tech in the Enterprise...

July 31, 2018

While free accounting software that meets all of the needs of a small business is difficult to find, Fit Small Business — the leading digital resource for small business — compared over a dozen solid options and narrowed it down to the five (5) best. Evaluations are based on price, features and other criteria. In the top five is xTuple PostBooks®, named best for Manufacturing and Distribution businesses that want a system that integrates accounting, operations, sales and inventory all in one software for free.

July 10, 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) is radically changing the world as we know it — and ERP systems are no exception. In the manufacturing industry, ERP systems already work in sync with the cloud and other technological advances. However, implementation of IoT can truly change the game for many companies. So, what does the future look like for ERP and IoT?

July 9, 2018

Customer Relationship Management software manages the business interactions with current and future customers using technology to organize, automate and synchronize sales, marketing, customer service, and technical support business process in an organization. CRM enable better interactions between organizations and their clients. As the name suggests, they are basically meant to allow better customer relationships. Some of the functionalities one can expect from robust CRM software packages include...

July 6, 2018

FABTECH Canada 2018 was my first international trade show and my first time visiting Canada. Joining me at the xTuple booth was our VP Sales Wally Tonra, as well as a couple of our Canadian partners. Experts in the industries of metalforming, fabricating, welding, and finishing visited the Toronto Congress Centre in June looking for opportunities to think, learn, and network...

June 27, 2018

In this article, we explore the process of xTuple ERP (enterprise resource planning) internal bug tracking procedures to help answer questions regarding bug fixes and patches. xTuple has a specific, documented process for managing our bug list using CRM (customer relationship management) incidents for bugs, feature requests, support requests, and other internal work. Let's dive into the what and how of bug reports...

June 14, 2018

In this article, we explore the differences — and similarities — between MPS (Master Production Scheduling), MRP (Material Requirements Planning), and the business cases that warrant the use of each, in other words... When to use MPS versus MRP. Demand is a key driver for any inventory planning system, so let’s first start with a few definitions...

June 14, 2018

xTuple 4.11 delivers expanded real-time APIs along with xTupleCommerce Web Portal: xTuple open source ERP (enterprise resource planning) has released its latest version 4.11 which includes xTupleCommerce 1.0, the B2B (business-to-business) sales and customer service Web Portal. xTuple Commerce empowers small and mid-sized manufacturers and distributors with new digital technology to better compete and grow their business exponentially.

June 13, 2018

The fact that you’re considering an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) purchase is likely due to one of two scenarios: (1) your business has outgrown the scope that your current software can accommodate or (2) your organization is already quite large but has been making do with cobbled-together IT solutions. In both of these situations, you are probably dealing with several separate software systems that don’t talk to each other and limit holistic visibility into the organization’s business needs.

June 12, 2018

Material Resource Planning (MRP) buyers highlighted essential areas businesses hope to address in 2018, including: more than 70% of buyers are looking for purchase planning, demand forecasting, and master production scheduling; more than 65% of MRP software buyers are actually looking for a full blown ERP system; MRP buyers are more flexible with deployment options, only 14% require on-site installation; 29% of MRP software buyers are replacing QuickBooks.

June 11, 2018

With apologies to fans of the movie "Jerry Maguire"... there were some really interesting findings in a new study from the Harvard Business Review about what helps business attract and retain top employees. Yes, you need to show them the money... but what I found fascinating was how much people are coming to expect good technology support inside the company. One thing in particular jumped out at me in the article: Over 60% of respondants in this study wanted better access to business data.

May 24, 2018

Your privacy — and transparency — is important to us. If you're like us, you've been getting a lot of email in recent days about people making updates to their privacy policies to comply with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Here at xTuple, we're doing the same.

May 23, 2018

Free accounting software for small businesses? There’s an obvious value to anything free—it’s free. The “best” free software of any kind is easy to learn, easy to use, and doesn’t create an unending series of hurdles to overcome. Clearly, there are tradeoffs to be made. For example, open source software has value in being flexible, extendible, and malleable. It requires time and effort to take advantage of those things, but the time you spend balances with the value you get when you’re done.

May 17, 2018

"We have had good success bringing people form California, Boston, New York. About a third of our people have moved to Norfolk," says xTuple's president and CEO Ned Lilly. "A guy moved here from California from Oracle. He moved his family to Chesapeake... he moved here because he liked the cost of living, and he liked our business, of course."

May 17, 2018

The stakes are high, the competition is nimble, and budgets are tight. IN THIS ISSUE: Product News — New xTupleCommerce B2B Web Portal Demo; B2B Webinar — What's New in ERP? Business Happens on the Web; Meet the Customers — Instrument Meter Specialties Interview; Where's Wally? Making an IMPACT at the invitation-only IMPACT Manufacturing Summit; Winner Announced — HR & Payroll Survey; Partners — Why Working with Smaller Vendors Yields Big ROI; Staff Feature; xTupleU — upcoming Training; Need In-House xTuple Expertise? Post Your Job Openings (free!)

May 16, 2018

It's really, really, really here! I know, it seems as if you've heard us talking about this thing called xTupleCommerce forever, and you could easily think that it was a released product. The truth of the matter is, we've been working with a number of our fantastic customers for over four years to get to where we are today — proud to officially release xTupleCommerce 1.0. And yes, we've got special promotions for existing commercial customers who are ready to move on this exciting opportunity!

April 12, 2018

This is the story of the marketing journey of the Briscoe Manufacturing Company. Walt’s iPhone alarm rang at 5:45am as it always did, but he was already awake. And even though he was wide awake, he wanted to stay in bed. He didn’t want to go to work. Again. There was a time when he looked forward to going to work. But he was starting to dread it. Things were not going well there. He was beginning to wish he could run away from it all. He was feeling like a colossal failure.