xTuple's Collective Brainpower Blog

December 12, 2017

xTuple’s local and traveling business team co-hosted a half-day technology event on November 10, 2017 — the xTuple Roadshow — featuring case studies presented by Pittsburgh-based ASSET STEM Education™ and RedCranial, a Mac OS-focused consultancy.

November 27, 2017

If you own a small business and need an accounting program but don't have a big budget, you may find that one of the accounting software programs listed below will meet your needs. It is a list of accounting software programs that are free, open source programs. These applications are alternatives to the traditional propriety accounting software programs such as QuickBooks and Peachtree with which most small business owners are familiar.

November 22, 2017

Why is LinkedIn® essential to your career success? Statistics don't lie: 98% of recruiters and 85% of hiring managers use LinkedIn® to find and vet candidates (according to researcher Viveka von Rosen — author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and founder of LinkedIntoBusiness.com ). And according to the Pew Research Center , LinkedIn® usage is highest among the educated and high earners....

November 17, 2017

My first trip to Chicago and to North America's largest convention center ( McCormick Place ) and to FABTECH (or any industrial trade show, for that matter) did not disappoint. I helped manage xTuple's FABTECH booth along with several partners and our VP sales Wally Tonra. Billed as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, I got to hear about...

October 26, 2017

Accounting software for Mac users isn’t as plentiful as its PC cousins, but there are still plenty of options. Here’s a list of Mac options from Capterra’s accounting software directory to keep your Apple-loving finances in line, presented in alphabetical order.

October 24, 2017

At xTuple, we make it OUR business to understand and support YOUR business. Those of you who have commercial support and/or professional services contracts already know how hard we work for you — and how much we care . Whether the questions are simple or the issues more complicated, we’re committed to seeing every challenge through. Our #1 goal is to make sure we’re doing everything we can to...

October 20, 2017

Norfolk leapt from the No. 4 city in 2016 to America's favorite place this year, earning top marks for things to see overall, the cleanliness of the city, and for the people, who readers described as smart, friendly, and welcoming to visitors. Sounds like a good reason to visit Norfolk. This year, small cities and major metropolises from every region in the country appeared on the list of America's Favorite Cities. Did your hometown make the cut?

September 27, 2017

Norfolk, Va., is having a moment. Home to the world’s largest naval base, the historic port city is in the midst of a revival. The newly renovated Waterside District lures with good eats; Virginia’s first light rail network glides through the streets; and colorful murals are popping up on historic warehouses in the NEON arts district. With a flourishing arts scene, Norfolk is coming into its own as a culture capital to complement the sun and sand of nearby Virginia Beach.

September 24, 2017

Thanks to everyone who has filled out our Human Resources and Payroll survey on how you manage your company's staffing. We've had a nice mix so far of our commercial customers, users of our free and open source ERP version PostBooks®, and more than a few people who aren't either but are testing the software. (Hopefully, they're planning to join the xTuple customer community soon!)

September 22, 2017

What do enterprise resource planning (ERP) and aviation have in common? As many of you with whom I have worked know, I am an active instrument rated private pilot. I frequently offer up this information when introducing myself in the hopes of encountering other pilots with whom I can share endless hours of hangar stories. And, it also tells me something about that person.

September 12, 2017

Anil Cherian of SDG Consulting Inc. co-hosts a half-day technology event on September 22, 2017 — the xTuple Roadshow — featuring a case study presented by Good-Lite Company. Located in Elgin, Illinois, Good-Lite traces its roots back to 1930, manufacturing the finest line of hand-held screening/testing equipment and charts ensuring a lifetime of good sight...

August 30, 2017

Being a die-hard Star Wars fan, I totally appreciated the reference used by manufacturing technology industry veteran Greg Jones in a recent article he wrote. In his article (shared with permission in its entirety below), Greg quotes a study on the troublesome skills gap in U.S. manufacturing...

August 18, 2017

In this issue: deep-dive product news about the latest release — version 4.11, a chance to help drive future product development and win a $100 gift card, ways to use training credits, xTupleCommerce at DrupalCon Baltimore show recap, partner news, and a special invitation to xTuple's Manufacturing Day℠ Meetup.

August 17, 2017

xTuple open source ERP+CRM 4.11.0 final release is now available for download from GitHub as well as the xTuple open source project page on SourceForge. Thanks to all in the open source community who contributed to this release, including Daniel Pocock, Scott Moore and Steven Buttgereit. This release includes fixes for almost 170 bugs and 38 feature updates.

August 17, 2017

xTuple is excited to announce the major release of xTuple ERP+CRM version 4.11.0. Read on to learn more about some of the specific features, changes and improvements that will help you Grow Your World™ using next generation business management software. The Release Notes for xTuple 4.11.0 cover the complete list of changes. This post is all about why you should care.

August 15, 2017

For companies involved in importing, the cost of freight and duty on items purchased overseas can be quite significant. In developing a fully realized product cost to maintain profit margins, their accounting department must capture every cost of doing business associated with each product. Freight and duty are such expenditures that must be rolled into the core item cost so values such as cost of sales are reflected accordingly. Processing this manually means extra work for your back-office. Automating these calculations is much preferred, much simpler, and delivers a much more accurate “landed cost” for ...

August 11, 2017

First off, ERP is an acronym for enterprise resource planning. Way back in 2009, when xTuple’s open source ERP software was less than a decade old, and we were still having to explain exactly who we were and what we did, I wrote a blog post: What IS ERP? (Hint: more than just Business Management Software). What is ERP? We think a picture is worth a thousand words. So, we created an infographic, an at-a-glance image that perfectly defines what ERP encompasses.

August 9, 2017

Project management is no doubt one of the most stressful jobs in any company. If you're a Project Manager (PM), then you're directly responsible — and accountable — for the success or failure of your project. Some PMs try to cope with the high level of stress, while some PMs simply ignore or refuse to recognize that they are under stress. Other PMs don't fare as well and suffer the negative impact on their personal health and well-being. Yes, taking on and rolling out a large project such as a new eCommerce launch can put loads of stress on you — and your staff. What if I told you that you'll be just fine, if you follow ...

July 31, 2017

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet — at least that's the theory — still popular these many centuries later, first written in one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays "Romeo and Juliet." The actual couplet is: "What’s in a name? that which we call a rose... By any other name would smell as sweet." Was the infamous playwright right? Or wrong? Modern marketing knows the truth. What we call a thing is important. It has weight. It matters. Whether you want to convey a negative or positive, strength or weakness, or a set of attributes that promises specific features and benefits and/or services.

July 24, 2017

Whether you work in sales and/or marketing, accounting or purchasing, or any of the myriad operational roles in manufacturing or distribution (or perhaps you inhabit the c-suite as an owner or CFO), if your business has more than ONE CONTACT to its name, your success relies on accurate information about your contacts — employees, suppliers and vendors, customers and prospects. Failure to keep your lists “clean” and orderly is not an option.