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January 25, 2018

Authorize.Net Security Updates roll out in February 2018: If you are an xTuple customer who uses the Authorize.Net payment gateway to process credit card transactions in xTuple ERP, then you have probably heard about the security updates Authorize.Net is rolling out at the end of February 2018. xTuple is prepared for this event, having taken steps to implement the new TLS 1.2 protocol in newer versions of xTuple ERP. Anyone running xTuple ERP versions 4.10.x or later (e.g., 4.11.x) should not be impacted by this change. However...

January 25, 2018

Business software IT questions answered: One of the questions I am asked the most has to be: "What are the minimum specs for running xTuple ERP?" Personally, I am not a minimum spec person. My wife will attest to that! I like to think I'm a 'you get what you pay for and get what you deserve' kind of guy, but, really... if you're trying to run your business on the zero-to-cheap plan, then it's all just luck. I prefer maximum specs: What has the most horsepower? Lowest 0-60 time? Lowest ET in the 1/4 mile? With my 'more is more' philosophy in mind, allow me to answer a few relevant specification questions.

January 25, 2018

Progressive Drupal developers understand the technical benefits of Drupal 8: it’s more efficient, scalability is more reliable, and (once you understand it) it’s easier/faster to work with. However, from the perspective of a business decision maker, it’s not clear why the foundation of Drupal 8 would be more cost effective for an organization. Drupal 7 works just fine, right?

January 25, 2018

xTuple introduces open source xDruple to the Drupal Development Community: At the 2018 DrupalCon North America held April 9-13 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., xTuple will introduce the community to xDruple, available under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL). xDruple is a developer-oriented, object-oriented programming (OOP) application framework for Drupal 7 which is compatible with major core and contributed Drupal modules.

January 24, 2018

Inspection and Testing During Product Lifecycle: Do you need to meet standards of excellence and document regulatory and/or quality compliance? Want to easily manage and/or improve non-conformance with corrective and preventative actions? We're talking about ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and FAI (First Article Inspection) for your specific industry, important for both manufacturers and distributors.

January 10, 2018

Are you running your business with PostBooks® — the core of xTuple's open source ERP — the fully-integrated business management system featuring sales, accounting, operations and CRM in a single system? If you hold a one-user license, you may have noticed a license expiration message. Single-user keys expire at the end of this month, January 2018.

January 4, 2018

Manufacturing around the world is the backbone of a healthy economy — especially in xTuple's target markets of North America: the United States, Canada and Mexico. Manufacturing gives a country, state, region — even a locality — it's competitive advantage. Manufacturing is where business innovation lives. We can't say it enough. Here are 15 facts that you simply cannot ignore about the U.S. manufacturing industry — they bear repeating at the beginning of every new year. Thanks to Industry Week for sharing this infographic.

December 29, 2017

xTuple open source ERP+CRM 4.11.2 final release is now available for download from xTuple's GitHub repository as well as the xTuple PostBooks® project page on SourceForge. Thanks to all who contributed to make this release possible, including our CRM enhancements sponsor, Steven Buttgereit, Larry Cartee, Lee Gibson, Chris Lappe, Scott Moore, Mike Oligny, and Scott Zuke. This release includes bug fixes and features.

December 19, 2017

If you're buying gifts this holiday season, of course thanks go to Santa or whomever bears present-giving responsibilities in your life. Thanks also belong with the manufacturing industry. You may be finished already, need a last minute gift idea, or are late and need to kick-start your holiday shopping (like me!). In any case, I found this awesome list from SME* and had to share — while giving props to the manufacturer, distributor and everyone else in the global supply chain who brings happy holidays to us all.

December 13, 2017

In this issue: product news and Year-End savings — version 4.11 updates, FABTECH Expo recap, a chance to help drive future product development and win a $100 gift card, ways to use training credits, partner news, recap of last Roadshow in 2017 and 2018 Training dates announced.

December 12, 2017

xTuple’s local and traveling business team co-hosted a half-day technology event on November 10, 2017 — the xTuple Roadshow — featuring case studies presented by Pittsburgh-based ASSET STEM Education™ and RedCranial, a Mac OS-focused consultancy.

November 27, 2017

If you own a small business and need an accounting program but don't have a big budget, you may find that one of the accounting software programs listed below will meet your needs. It is a list of accounting software programs that are free, open source programs. These applications are alternatives to the traditional propriety accounting software programs such as QuickBooks and Peachtree with which most small business owners are familiar.

November 22, 2017

Why is LinkedIn® essential to your career success? Statistics don't lie: 98% of recruiters and 85% of hiring managers use LinkedIn® to find and vet candidates (according to researcher Viveka von Rosen — author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and founder of LinkedIntoBusiness.com ). And according to the Pew Research Center , LinkedIn® usage is highest among the educated and high earners....

November 17, 2017

My first trip to Chicago and to North America's largest convention center ( McCormick Place ) and to FABTECH (or any industrial trade show, for that matter) did not disappoint. I helped manage xTuple's FABTECH booth along with several partners and our VP sales Wally Tonra. Billed as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, I got to hear about...

October 26, 2017

Accounting software for Mac users isn’t as plentiful as its PC cousins, but there are still plenty of options. Here’s a list of Mac options from Capterra’s accounting software directory to keep your Apple-loving finances in line, presented in alphabetical order.

October 24, 2017

At xTuple, we make it OUR business to understand and support YOUR business. Those of you who have commercial support and/or professional services contracts already know how hard we work for you — and how much we care . Whether the questions are simple or the issues more complicated, we’re committed to seeing every challenge through. Our #1 goal is to make sure we’re doing everything we can to...

October 20, 2017

Norfolk leapt from the No. 4 city in 2016 to America's favorite place this year, earning top marks for things to see overall, the cleanliness of the city, and for the people, who readers described as smart, friendly, and welcoming to visitors. Sounds like a good reason to visit Norfolk. This year, small cities and major metropolises from every region in the country appeared on the list of America's Favorite Cities. Did your hometown make the cut?

October 2, 2017

xTuple open source ERP+CRM 4.11.1 final release is now available for download from xTuple's GitHub repository as well as the xTuple PostBooks® project page on SourceForge. Thanks to all who contributed to make this release possible, including Verlin Nooner and Scott Zuke. This release includes fixes for almost 80 bugs and a handful of minor features added. Our focus has been on improving overall quality and functionality.

September 27, 2017

Norfolk, Va., is having a moment. Home to the world’s largest naval base, the historic port city is in the midst of a revival. The newly renovated Waterside District lures with good eats; Virginia’s first light rail network glides through the streets; and colorful murals are popping up on historic warehouses in the NEON arts district. With a flourishing arts scene, Norfolk is coming into its own as a culture capital to complement the sun and sand of nearby Virginia Beach.

September 24, 2017

Thanks to everyone who has filled out our Human Resources and Payroll survey on how you manage your company's staffing. We've had a nice mix so far of our commercial customers, users of our free and open source ERP version PostBooks®, and more than a few people who aren't either but are testing the software. (Hopefully, they're planning to join the xTuple customer community soon!)