xTuple's Collective Brainpower Blog

May 9, 2009

It seems like it's been relatively quiet from xTuple development in the last few months as the last two releases at first glance appear to be mostly bug fixes. However we have quietly been taking big architectural strides in those releases that will manifest themselves in the remainder of 2009:

First, we've partnered with BitRock to completely overhaul the xTuple installer program so...

May 7, 2009

We're happy to announce that the long-awaited all-in-one installers for xTuple ERP: PostBooks Edition, developed in partnership with our friends at Bitrock , are now available for download from Sourceforge .

There are installers for Windows, Mac OS X (Intel and PPC), and for the first time, an integrated installer for Linux as well. (Yes, we know you really want to build from source,...

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...

May 1, 2009

A knugget is a knowledge nugget. A small piece of useful information designed to help somebody out. We see them every day on our website. When somebody takes the time to answer a newbie's question in the forum, that's a knugget. Or when a power user posts an alternate workaround to a bug that already has a perfectly good workaround, that's a knugget. Or when a partner discovers a new method...

May 1, 2009

By The VAR Guy

Kerner's attendence for xTuple is particularly interesting. xTuple specializes in open source ERP for Mac, Linux and Windows systems. During a quick chat at the show, Kerner mentioned that xTuple's typical customer deployments involve 15 to 100 seats. And most of xTuple's initial partners are small VARs that apparently have five or fewer employees.

April 24, 2009

Everyone else seems to have an opinion on this one, so I guess I'll weigh in.

We've had a handful of interesting intersections with Sun in recent years, including getting the xTuple client working on OpenSolaris, and some very interesting conversations about adding UBL support to OpenOffice so you could save/load business documents (invoices, POs, ASNs, etc.) in either xTuple ERP or...

April 23, 2009

By Matt Asay

...given how dependent Apple's earnings are on a tightly integrated mass of proprietary hardware and software, it's perhaps cheeky in the extreme to suggest that open-source software can help, though perhaps not entirely unexpected considering the Mac's popularity with open-source advocates.

Yet this is precisely what Ned Lilly suggests in MacNewsWorld , and I...

April 21, 2009

By One Million Blog

Cost-cutting is still at the top of many an executive’s mind as the recession continues. Today’s Deal Radar company, xTuple, uses open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) to help enterprises streamline their operations at a lower cost without a vendor lock-in. Its main products, xTuple ERP: PostBooks® and Standard and Manufacturing Editions, include...

April 10, 2009

The video collection continues to grow covering a wide array of topics. The latest addition shows, in a single video, the execution of a comprehensive business process flow from end-to-end. It covers inventory management, purchasing, manufacturing, sales, accounts receivable and accounts payable in a single integrated flow. It is a great way to get acquainted with the application or learn...

April 6, 2009

By Tom Kaneshige

Business software has traditionally been Apple's forbidden fruit. Few, if any, of the popular ERP packages ran on Macs or required emulators to do so. But cloud computing and open source software have made platforms somewhat meaningless—and now ERP is within Apple's reach. "Things are becoming more platform agnostic," says Alex Morken, IT manager of Chris King...

April 1, 2009

On March 17 we launched a major update to both xTuple.com and xTuple.org. We'd been working on the new sites for a few months, and thought we'd give them the extra benefit of a St. Patrick's Day launch for good luck. (And yes, we did push back the original date of Friday the 13th — who says software people are all cold-eyed rationalists?)

March 25, 2009

One of the things I like most about the Translation Portal is how it demonstrates that open source is not just for programmers. Anyone with an Internet connection and a little extra time can sign up and get involved. It's that easy. And plenty of people have been doing just that. As of right now, the portal is currently hosting 16 translation projects. Not bad for a tool we released late last...

March 21, 2009

Professor Atherton has been hard at work again, this time to produce a training video for the xTuple online Translation and Localization tools . If you've been thinking about getting involved with the translation of xTuple into any of the sixteen languages currently under development, this demonstration video is just what you need. Jump in, take a look, and give us your feedback! Then head...

March 17, 2009

Everyday day the "noise" around Software as a Service ( SaaS ) seems to ring in my ears. The pundits just cannot stop talking about it, and there is certainly no shortage of companies out there with vested interests touting the great benefits of SaaS on their Blogs and Twitter accounts. My opinion on the matter is that SaaS is a fine business model, one of many that works for some companies,...

March 11, 2009

With the launch of this new xtuple.org website we're also launching the first web-based interface to xTuple ERP. It's our CRM Support module , a tool that allows us to display CRM data from the xTuple database directly on the web (sorry, only authorized customers and partners have access to the online support portal!).

This is the first of many ways we can expose xTuple functionality...

March 11, 2009

We all know the knock on corporate acquisitions - particularly in the technology world. They never work out, all the good people leave within twelve months and one day, the product has got one foot in the grave by the time the ink on the purchase agreement has dried. And that's all too often true - a point I myself often note over at The ERP Graveyard Blog .

But I'm here to tell you...

March 3, 2009

By Alex Woodie

While the recession has forced many major ERP software companies to retrench their operations, open source ERP software makers such as xTuple (formerly OpenMFG) are reporting an explosion of new business. The new momentum, xTuple says, is the result of organizations increasingly questioning the value of existing ERP contracts while simultaneously overcoming their...

February 24, 2009

By Jack M. Germain

As Ned Lilly sees it, any IT consumer that is not looking at open source needs to be looking for a new job. Lilly is president and CEO of xTuple. His company provides the PostBooks® Projects Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

February 23, 2009

By The VAR Guy

xTuple, a small provider of open source ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, has a few surprising statements for channel partners: The company is profitable and has no plans to launch a SaaS (software as a service) platform because President and CEO Ned Lilly does not want to compete with channel partners. But that's not all.

February 19, 2009


Demand for open source ERP drives banner 2008, strong start in 2009

xTuple, the leader in open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, today announced record revenue growth in 2008, with sales up 250 percent year-over-year compared with 2007. Tightening IT budgets across all industries are spurring a rise in demand for open source solutions, helping...