|Greetings from Norfolk, Virginia, where spring is finally emerging!
You may have already heard, thanks to the overwhelming support from our community, that xTuple PostBooks was voted “Project of the Month” on the SourceForge open source portal. It was a tremendous honor for all of us, and we share the accolade with all of you.
So we started thinking about more ways we could engage with you to make sure this software is meeting your needs. Most major development on all xTuple ERP Editions today happens as a result of someone’s great need that spurs them to action, i.e., writing an enhancement themselves or working with us, or one of our Partners, to do so. We do not add new features for the sake of adding new features – that would be arbitrary and out of touch with the user base, a primary reason for the bloat we see in commercial software.
That is not to say we view xTuple as 100% feature-complete. While we believe the software meets or exceeds the capabilities of any modern ERP product in the mid-market, there are a number of small areas where we could do better. And we’ve been brainstorming ways to build that list, hopefully with the help of as much of our community as possible.
Then, fate intervened. I blogged recently about my friend who usedKickstarter to crowd-fund a new movie based on a TV show he produced several years ago. The response was amazing! As of this writing, over 64,000 people contributed, raising more than twice the amount of money they expected. Now, the “Veronica Mars” movie is interesting to people in a different way than ERP software – but it still seemed as if there was an idea there. So we asked for your feedback on missing features you’d like to see in xTuple PostBooks. And, did you respond! Over 50 detailed suggestions, which we are reviewing over the next few weeks.
What’s next with Kickstarter? We will condense the requests into a comprehensive list, one which is do-able in a relatively short period of time, and affix a cost to the work. Then, we will launch our own Kickstarter campaign, and just do it! In addition to great enhancements added to PostBooks (and yes, all of this will go to the free core product, not one of the commercial add-ons), contributors enjoy terrific “rewards” at certain levels. Stay tuned, we’ll be in touch soon with all the details!
Finally, one more exciting bit of community news to share. Many of you have asked if we ever planned to expand xTuple into the area of Human Resources Management (HRM). It’s not a core competency of ours, but we certainly recognize the need and importance of these systems – and particularly the value in having HRM information available in your ERP system. I’m pleased to say we’ve partnered with the global leader in open source human resources software, OrangeHRM. We are already using the integrated OrangeHRM solution internally here at xTuple and will be rolling out to our respective communities in the weeks and months ahead. If you’d like to be one of the first to try OrangeHRM with xTuple ERP, please contact us today.
Thanks again for your support of the world’s #1 open source ERP,
President and CEO