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Spotlight on Support: Collaboration solves Windows 10 printer issue

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:35

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 problems, too. 

FAST-TRACK your success with Project Management and Implementation Management

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:51

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 process. And, the best part? It's led by Mike Atherton, xTuple's director of Product Evangelism. Arguably no one knows ERP projects better than Mike.

You're Invited to Participate in Enterprise Solution Research

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 14:20

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 also benchmark performance in the context of the benefits that business management software implementation brings.

Apple is in the Enterprise

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 10:37

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.

How to Use Special Pricing Agreements (SPA)

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 09:47

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 distribution market, and it offers a fully-integrated end-to-end software system for companies like yours with more sophisticated inventory control needs.

ERP is Hard, That's What Makes it Fun

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 16:12
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 the same problems for our customers.

Business Year-End Wrap-Up and Goals for 2016, Part Two

Sun, 12/13/2015 - 16:28
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 are safe-guarded and to minimize the opportunities for “bad behavior”? Are you finally becoming a public company and will fall under the scrutiny of outside auditors and all that an audit entails?

Business Year-End Wrap-Up and Goals for 2016, Part One

Sun, 12/13/2015 - 16:18
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 have in your Accounting Tool Box.

Help us name our baby, and win xTupleCommerce license

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 09:44

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.

Global Hack-a-thon Success

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:51

So a handful of us got together a week or so ago to fix some bugs. No big deal, right? Actually it was.

Five xTuple partners and I met at erpDevelopers' worldwide headquarters in Chicago — many thanks to Jeff and Rob for their warm hospitality. We sat around a conference table for three (3) days and nights, collaborating and hacking. A few had done this before; others were fairly new to xTuple development. We spent a lot of the time talking about and working through git workflows, Qt stuff, bug tracker wrangling, and development environments.

Three benefits of B2B eCommerce for Manufacturers

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:07

Historically, manufacturers have avoided the adoption of Web technology, especially business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce, into their business plan. Manufacturing is known for its complexities and unique intricacies in planning, workflow, distribution and communications. Until recently, cost effective technology was not available to help manufacturers grow online.

From Zero to xTuple in 25 minutes (or less)

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 15:33

As its name implies, the xTuple QuickStart database is designed for speed. Its whole purpose is to get you up and running quickly, entering orders and collecting cash.

Just how fast can you get started? Well, two new videos from xTuple Product Evangelist Mike Atherton demonstrate how you can be processing real, actual orders for your business in 25 minutes or less!

Breaking News! Chicago development kidnapping in progress

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:26

This just in:  The infamous Chicago syndicate calling themselves "erpDevelopers" has sent us this "threatening" note regarding Gil Moskowitz, xTuple's director of software development, as follows:

"Once Gil lands in Chicago…he’s ours. The Ransom Demand will be horrific!!!!! Just a bunch of Chicago gangsters ‘doing their thing’!!!!!"

And this image was included in the note:

The Rise of Artisanal Manufacturing

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 17:04

Last month I attended the association for operations management (APICS) conference in Las Vegas. It’s been a while since I exhibited at that show  — partly because trade shows in general have been slipping downward on a slow decline since the early 2000s. Trades shows have always been a great way for companies like us to meet customers and prospects face-to-face and hear from the "horse's mouth" the issues that businesses are facing in the real world, every day.

Getting Started Videos — xTupleCommerce

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:53

You're trying to grow your business and gain a true competitive advantage — whether you're a traditional "brick-and-mortar"-only retailer who needs order entry; a manufacturer who needs a