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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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