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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.


February 19, 2016

Version 4.9.3 || February 2016

xTuple ERP 4.9.3 is now available for download from xTuple's GitHub repository or the xTuple PostBooks® project page on SourceForge . This release includes approximately 50 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 the...

February 10, 2016


Open source ERP leader forges relationship with metal forming and fabricating industry

xTuple, the business management software company, revisits their "metal" roots, helping metal processing manufacturers and their distribution partners reshape their businesses, much like their products. xTuple vice president of sales,...

February 9, 2016

Earlier this month The NPD Group, a well known market research firm announced that business-to-business (B2B) commercial channel revenue grew for the fourth year in a row .

This is good news for companies of all sizes, and it really shows the economic health of the sector that supplies Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs). More and more in today’s marketplace, small and growing...

January 27, 2016

Janine Dueck of Instrument Meter Specialties (IMS) contacted the xTuple Help Desk recently with a report of an intermittent printing problem. The company, which is based in Lancaster, CA, sells a broad range of test instruments, panel meters, and components. At first, Janine said, the problem cropped up when they were printing packing slips. Gradually they found other reports with printing...

January 21, 2016

If you are new to ERP — whether you're exploring options for new business management software or working as a project lead, or you're a fairly new xTuple user — I can't recommend enough the upcoming Project Management and Implementation Methodology (PMIM) class. This is the easiest, most convenient way to learn the essential strategies and methods for successfully managing the implementation...

January 11, 2016

Mint Jutras, an independent research-based consulting firm, is conducting a survey on the current state of Enterprise Solution implementations. The research objective is to investigate goals and challenges, preferences and status of the business management solution(s) you use to run your business.

President Cindy Jutras, a keynote at xTupleCon14 , and her Mint Jutras research team will...

December 21, 2015

So it turns out, Apple is in the Business business. Who knew? These days, Business is not the first word that comes to mind when you think of Apple. It's more likely to be iPhone, or iPad, or even Mac. Maybe iTunes or Apple Music. But business? Not so much.

A funny thing happened while Apple technology worked its way into all of our lives, starting with the iPod back in October of 2001...

December 17, 2015

You're a distributor, and you have sophisticated inventory control needs. There are many ways to improve your operational controls — and your bottom-line profitability. Using Special Pricing Agreements (SPA) is one of them.

xTuple's Distribution Edition was designed by experienced distributors, like me, specifically for the electrical, HVAC, plumbing and industrial wholesale...

December 15, 2015

Let's be honest. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is hard.

There are lots of business problems to solve, and the whole point of an ERP system is unification and integration. It’s easy to dismiss ERP as a legacy holdover of the 80s and 90s, but that would be a mistake. There are many ERP vendors in the world, including xTuple, and we are all trying to solve some of...

December 13, 2015

Let's talk about your goals for 2016

What would be some fantastic goals to set for the new year?

Are you considering new software? Do you work under a “corporate” umbrella which means that your month-end close just got reduced to five (5) days total? Are you a privately-owned company, but want to put procedures and policies in place to ensure the assets...

December 13, 2015

A shoebox stuffed with receipts. Missing documents. Tax deadline panic.

Are you a tax preparer's worst nightmare?

Here is an important list of things to remember (including tips and tricks) as you wrap up this year's business and close the books on 2015. Whether your year closes mid-year instead of following a calendar year, these are still good tips to...

December 9, 2015

By Drew Robb

The supply chain is getting a lot smarter, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). This added intelligence results in lower costs and added efficiency for companies like General Motors and Whirlpool.

Passive sensors in the supply chain are being replaced with more intelligent versions which put companies in a better position to exert more control over the external...

December 9, 2015

It's annual holiday party time at xTuple, and this year the "Ugly Sweater" award goes to CEO Ned Lilly (even though it was technically a vest, and a handsome one at that)! The Ugly Sweater contest dovetailed nicely with a fun product innovation from xTuple customer Brand Castle. Their famous "Grandma's Ugly Christmas sweaters" are a cookie-maker's delight and a popular choice for this holiday season! Ned's daughters made the cookies and decorated them just in time for the xTuple holiday party!

December 8, 2015

By Daniel Pocock

There are a diverse range of free software solutions for accounting. Personally, I have been tracking my personal and business accounts using a double-entry accounting system since I started doing freelance work about the same time I started university. Once you become familiar with double-entry accounting (which doesn't require much more than basic arithmetic skills...

November 30, 2015


xTuple open source ERP sows seeds of knowledge for food manufacturers and distributors

Norfolk, Va.-headquartered xTuple, the world's #1 open source ERP, today announced the first in a series of educational webinars designed specifically for the U.S. Food & Beverage industry. Spurred by a study conducted by WeiserMazars, a leading accounting, tax and...

November 19, 2015


Test drive of xTuple open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software now includes integrated business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce

Effective immediately, xTupleCommerce — the xTuple ERP-integrated Web-based tool for automating sales and marketing interactions with prospects, customers, business partners, and more...

November 19, 2015

It seems like a different era, but I vividly remember the excitement my wife and I felt when thinking about names for our two girls. We decided to keep it a mystery, so we had lists of both boy and girl names. Lots of discussion ensued — as anyone who's been in that happy situation can certainly confirm.

We're going through something similar here at xTuple. We already know quite a bit...

November 19, 2015

Our bundle of joy started life as the "xTuple Web Portal.” It connected a website front-end to the ERP back-end. Then customers started asking us to add eCommerce/shopping cart functionality — for both B2B and B2C sales. After all, who doesn't want to sell more stuff online? But, it's so much more than that!