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May 5, 2016

NORFOLK, VA —

Long-time open source advocate and xTuple customer launches business to provide software solutions to fellow manufacturers in Pacific Northwest

xTuple, global leader in commercial open source business management software for growing companies, announces its partnership with the newly formed consultancy, Jacobs ERP Solutions LLC. xTuple and Jacobs together will...

May 3, 2016

xTuple ERP 4.9.5 is now available for download from xTuple's GitHub repository or the xTuple PostBooks® project page on SourceForge. This release fixes bugs in Project Types, document associations, and a critical update to credit card processing using Authorize.net.

April 29, 2016

By Kim Cung

The City of Norfolk is helping local entrepreneurs with four unique programs.

One of them is the Norfolk Innovation Fund, starting out with half a million dollars. It will focus on providing money for businesses in fields including health care, technology, sustainability, life sciences and resiliency. The fund is the first Municipal Venture Capital Fund in Virginia...

April 27, 2016

How do you estimate the Return on Investment (ROI) of your business management system? What methodology should you use? Companies who identify their possible ROI — before the start of the ERP project (and measure it continuously throughout the implementation process) — stand to gain the most benefits from their ERP solution.

In this article, we explore a simple financial model that...

April 26, 2016

What is it worth to your business (and your bottom line) to lead a workforce that functions as a team, working together to meet and exceed customer expectations on product, delivery, price, and service?

The answer may appear obvious: the business will achieve peak financial performance and it will have enhanced value— both intrinsically, and to potential acquirers. Achieving such a...

April 21, 2016

If you are using the Authorize.net service to process credit cards, you have probably received some notifications from them about some upcoming changes. The only change that affects xTuple users is the notice that "Authorize.net is now using Akamai to optimize [its] Internet traffic routing, which includes your merchants' transaction requests."

xTuple ERP (all Editions) has been...

April 13, 2016

If you're the type of person who follows SVN commit records on the PostBooks site on SourceForge , then maybe you've already noticed how busy the xTuple documentation team has been the past few months. With almost 70 new features (and counting!), xTuple ERP version 4.10 presents a ton of new functionality that needs to be documented.

And our team has been on it!

For all you...

April 6, 2016

As a followup to our invitation to participate in Enterprise Solution Research earlier this year, we thought we'd share a few snippets from the results and offer the opportunity to obtain the final report from Cindy Jutras, president of Mint Jutras .

ENOUGH TRASH TALKING. LOOK TO OUTCOMES.

It seems Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has always gotten a bad rap. Everywhere we...

April 5, 2016

If you're interested in learning more about the new desktop shortcuts available beginning with xTuple version 4.9, we've just posted a new video explaining how these customizable shortcuts work .

That's right: these desktop shortcuts are fully customizable. With a few simple keystrokes, you can add links to your favorite xTuple screens right from the main desktop — and you don't need...

April 4, 2016

One of the neat things about the open source world is the ability to get your hands on an early release of new software. I'm happy to announce that the first beta of version 4.10 is now available for download and testing... and it's loaded with new features and fixes.

And that's not even the biggest news. There are two more major items coming. The first is probably our most-requested...

April 4, 2016

Version 4.10 || April 2016

xTuple ERP 4.10.0 beta is now available for download from xTuple's GitHub repository or the xTuple PostBooks® project page on SourceForge . This release includes approximately 150 bug fixes. The commercial editions and packages can be downloaded by commercial customers from xTuple's Community Website . See more information about deploying this release in...

March 31, 2016

In any large-scale business-to-business ( B2B) organization, there are a variety of reasons that you want to maintain customer records in your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. This helps you track sales by customer account, aids you in navigating a customer's past purchase history, gives you insight to the types of products in which a particular customer is interested, and gives...

March 29, 2016

Start Building Your xTuple Scripting ToolBox Today

This is a series of articles to give you the skills — and confidence — necessary to modify and extend the out-of-the-box xTuple ERP software. Thanks to the flexibility of open source software, you can tailor the World’s #1 Open Source ERP package into a custom fit for your company and/or customer....

March 17, 2016

What would you and your business do if you lost everything?

With just a click — deliberate or not — your entire digital world can disappear. And with it, untold dollars in lost revenue, not to mention the headaches and time spent in recovery mode.

Do you remember the last time you backed up your valuable business data? If not, it’s time to take action.

World Backup Day...

March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's one of the most popular celebrations worldwide, and here at xTuple, we're getting in the spirit too. In this issue, we're profiling a terrific (Canadian) customer who just happens to be called St. Patrick's Cabinet Making, a fantastic community member named Patty Davis, and updates on xTuple professional services from the fellow who runs it (who just happens to be named Jim McCluskey). And did I mention the Lucky Licenses promotion? If you've ever sorted through a field of three-leaf clovers looking for that rare shamrock, then you'll like this one — buy 3, get 1 free!

March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's one of the most popular celebrations worldwide, and here at xTuple, we're getting in the spirit too. In this issue, we're profiling a terrific (Canadian) customer who just happens to be called St. Patrick's Cabinet Making, a fantastic community member named Patty Davis, and updates on xTuple professional services from the fellow who runs it (who just happens to...

March 14, 2016

Perusing the 2016 prognostications, especially for the manufacturing industry , I stumbled across Brad Kuvin's recent editorial entitled, "One Word Likely to Define 2016: Volatility." Brad is the editor of MetalForming Magazine , a publication of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA*).

From Brad: "I'm hearing it repeatedly: Production volumes and order frequencies are wildly...

March 3, 2016

Businesses are in greater need of managing multiple disparate functions under one integrated system, now more than ever. Multiple departments pose insurmountable data processing and manpower requirements, which is why the implementation of an ERP system is of major importance. The ERP solution enables management to ensure departmental coordination and business operations function smoothly....

February 24, 2016

That's something we say a lot here at xTuple when people ask, " Why open source ?" Yes, we're proud to call ourselves the world's #1 open source ERP software. For us, though, open source is important because it is how we're able to make better, faster, cheaper software — not because we set out to make free software for some kind of ideological reason.

Turns out we're in good company in...

February 22, 2016

In large business-to-business (B2B) transactions, it’s typical for a business customer to have multiple users making purchases. A lousy, very unsecured solution to this problem is to create one account for the customer and then expect all their users to share that same username/password. Instead, a better solution is to associate multiple eCommerce accounts with one customer accounts.

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