xTupler #29: Kicking into high gear

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,
ned signature
Ned Lilly
President and CEO
Where’s Wally? xWD Distribution Tip Off in Chicago
xTuple VP Sales
Wally Tonra


xTuple xWD Tip-off DealWally heads to the big game with Account Executive Stacey Pandeloglou and Software Engineer Tom Atkins. That game is the IMARK Showcase, an annual marketing conference and trade show that gives the group’s Wholesale Distribution members an inside track on the latest products.


Distributors have three problems: items, items and items.


There are just too many items available and/or needed for one distributor to carry them all; it’s a management nightmare.


To the rescue is xWD, the xTuple add-on package for Wholesale Distribution, making its industry debut at the 2013 IMARK Showcase this April. It extends xTuple ERP software’s enterprise-class functionality for companies with sophisticated inventory control needs, thanks to development enhancements led by close collaboration with IMARK members.


One feature of xTuple’s xWD is the External Vendor Catalog which gives access – via a company such as Trade Service Integrated Products – to every offering for immediate sales fulfillment and generation of a corresponding purchase order.


One of the primary motivations for the development of xWD was the integration of Trade Service with xTuple ERP. Established in 1931, subscription-based Trade Service, headquartered in San Diego, California (USA), serves a wide variety of distribution-heavy industries, such as electrical; plumbing; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R); pipes, valves and fittings (PVF); industrial; office products; and automotive. Trade Service is a content solution for these industries helping them effectively merchandise non-stock products (which could number in the millions of items) by providing standardized price updating services, catalog content and product reference publications. Today the Trade Service customer base includes approximately 20,000 contractors and 12,000 distributors in the U.S. and Canada.

xTuple’s First Day of Spring: New Sign at Headquarters

xTuple sign install - first day of Spring 2013

xTuple sign at nightThis year the first day of Spring, metaphorically a sign of new life, brought xTuple HQ a new sign of a different kind.


Delivery of the first of two LED-lighted signs caused a buzz of activity in downtown Norfolk, Virginia, thanks to xTuple ERP customer, sign manufacturer Blair Companies of Altoona, PA. The first new sign lights up the Bute Street entrance with the xTuple logo in channel letters mounted on a custom raceway matching the building’s exterior.


As an ode to our software development team and our global community of coders, the xTuple marketing department – with Blair’s help – designed angle brackets to replace the 1940s era lighted sconces that originally graced each side of the entrance.


You can see the entire (amazing!) installation and other pictures at thexTuple Photo Gallery.


Thanks for voting! 

SourceForge Project of the Month voting map


Our global community of satisfied customers and developers drove xTuple to enjoy a resounding victory for its enterprise resource planning software solution. Read more on xTuple’s win as SourceForge’s Project of the Month.

Watch your step! 

By Adam Alphin, Industries United


xTuple rug
xTuple floor mat at the front door!

Did you know about disabling slips and falls in the U.S….?

  • 9 million cases annually
  • $20,953 average cost per claim
  • $50,000 average cost to defend a lawsuit
  • 28% of workers miss work
  • 31+ days of work on average are missed

Those are big numbers for any business, let alone a small or mid-sized company. One of the best ways to avoid these risks is a proper facility mat system. Other great value-adds for a mat system include elevating your company’s image through overall cleanliness and saving money on the wear and tear of your existing floors.

Our new partner, Cintas, is the America’s leader in providing such a system. If you want to find out more about their floor cleaning solutions, download their full report and Safe Floors Brochure.

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xTupleR Staffer Feature 

Mike O’Donnell, Software Engineer

Mike O'Donnell, xTupleJoining xTuple in July 2012 after a college internship the previous summer, Mike is primarily focused on Mobile Web application development.

“I like the challenges I’m presented with – every day is a new puzzle, something new to figure out. But my absolute favorite thing about xTuple is that I get to work with such awesome people.  Everyone is really fun and friendly and it’s a really positive environment,” said Mike.

John Rogelstad-Mike O'Donnell-xTuple
Mike discusses Mobile Web with VP John Rogelstad on Halloween
(yes, that’s a Cowboy & a Zombie)

Mike graduated from Virginia’s James Madison University with a B.S. in computer science in May 2012. He got into technology as a kid “because my dad was a coder, and I wanted to be him.”

A guitarist in his spare time, Mike lives in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia.


xTuple Winter Holiday 2012-Mike O'Donnell
Dev-holiday celebration Winter 2012
xTuple Partner Feature:  Compusolv Data Management Consultants, Inc.


xTuple Partner shares better option for ERP resellers
xTuple Partner shares better option for ERP resellers

Compusolv DMC, Inc., in business in Northern Ohio-Pittsburgh (USA) since 1986, is heavily devoted to software customization to give customers exactly what they want. President Randy Saler joined xTuple as an Authorized Consultant in 2012, as he tells us, for that very reason, to leverage open source technology to give his customers not only what they want, but also what they need.


At a recent corporate training event, Randy expressed dismay that other large legacy software vendors required many third party applications, and xTuple ERP would delight his customers with the same functionality built-in.
Excited to join the team at xTuple, Randy  shared the importance of a software being nimble and flexible. Direct video link.

xTuple Customer Corner: Distributor – One Pack, LLC 


Unbelievable support forum on xTuple.org, says NJ Distributor One Pack LLC
Unbelievable support forum on xTuple.org,
says NJ Distributor One Pack LLC


George Kolbeck works for New Jersey (USA)-based xTuple customer One Pack, LLC, distributors of packaging supplies, janitorial supplies and warehouse equipment.


One Pack decided to use xTuple for the open source advantages (such as ease of use), and they love us for the unbelievable community support.


“I’ve had a few surprises with xTuple. It’s done things that I didn’t even think would be eligible to be tracked,” said George.


See the One Pack, LLC, video [direct video link]. 

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About fblauer

Fred Blauer is a senior consultant with more than 20 years of experience providing information systems consulting, ERP implementation, syste
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