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xTuple Makes Business Management Software Easier for SMBs and Expands Cloud Service
xTuple, the leading provider of commercial open source business management software for growing companies, today announced the release of the latest version of xTuple’s flagship product and the expansion of the xTuple Cloud service.  New features of the open source ERP software include a QuickStart Wizard for easy system set up and an xTuple Desktop interface with sample graphical workflows for sales, CRM, accounting, purchasing, and manufacturing.

“Today’s release makes our solution significantly more accessible to small to midsized businesses without major internal IT resources.  The software is easier to use, less intimidating and more accessible for the average user,” stated xTuple CEO Ned Lilly.  “Life beyond QuickBooks doesn’t have to be hard.”

Significant new features and enhancements include:

  • xTuple Desktop: a loadable package, completely customizable, which allows users to create their own favorite places in the application, and even customized workflows for defined business processes and summary dashboards of key business metrics.
  • The QuickStart Wizard: an add-in package that complements the xTuple Desktop with an easy-to-follow guide for setting up a company from scratch.  It is available for purchase on the xTuple xChange for $30 for users with locally installed databases.  It is also included with the xTuple Cloud service at no additional charge.

xTuple PostBooks is the free open source offering, which is free and suitable for small businesses. xTuple Standard is a midrange commercial offering, which adds advanced inventory control, warehousing, and other features to the core package.  xTuple Manufacturing is the most advanced commercial offering, which is ideal for manufacturing companies in both discrete and batch process production; make to order, make to stock, or mixed-mode; even job shops and engineer-to-order.

xTuple Cloud Service enables users across all three editions of the software to run their database in the cloud via Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).  Following a very successful free public testing period, xTuple has incorporated feedback gathered over the past two months, defined the full commercial service and built the QuickStart Wizard to help new customers get started in the cloud. For information on pricing, visit www.xtuple.com/cloud-pricing.

Existing xTuple users can also elect to move their onsite database to the cloud.  Sanford, NC-based Red Wolf LLC, a provider of contract assembly, machining, and fabrication services, will be migrating its current five-user xTuple Manufacturing database to the xTuple Cloud service.  “As a small business with limited IT resources, we’re happy to have our xTuple business software run in a reliable cloud environment,” said Red Wolf President Kim Sutton.  “We have seen significant improvements in our business since initially implementing xTuple, and look forward to continued success with this new service.”

Recently, xTuple also announced the release of the xTuple Web Portal and the Time and Expense add-in package.  The Web Portal enables xTuple users to utilize their website to work directly with customers, suppliers, or other business partners.  The Time and Expense package provides companies with project accounting functionality by integrating billing and vouchering for professional services.

Published Wednesday, June 30, 2010 5:52 PM by David Marshall
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