xTupler #42 | March 2016
Dear Community —
☘ Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's one of the most popular celebrations worldwide, and here at xTuple, we're getting in the spirit too. In this issue, we're profiling a terrific (Canadian) customer who just happens to be called St. Patrick's Cabinet Making, a fantastic community member named Patty Davis, and updates on xTuple professional services from the fellow who runs it (who just happens to be named Jim McCluskey).
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Finally, an update from product development: (click "MORE" below for the rest of the story, including a major new update...)
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BLOG SERIES | Pierce Tyler
Spotlight on Support
BLOG SERIES | Josh Fischer
B2B eCommerce Challenges
- Release Notes: xTuple ERP 4.9.3
- Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International®
- US Channel Sales Grow, 4th Year
- FAST-TRACK success with PMIM
- Enterprise Research, MintJutras
- Apple is in the Enterprise
- Distributors: How to Use SPAs
- ERP is Hard, That’s What Makes it Fun (and we’re hiring)
- Define 2016? Volatility and Intimacy
- Benefits of ERP with built-in CRM
- Open Source-How, not What
- World Backup Day
Revisiting the company's "metal" roots, xTuple vice president of sales, Wally Tonra, attended the 2016 Annual Meeting of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International®, the premier organization advocating for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal processing, forming, and fabricating industries.
Trending topic? According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers contribute $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.40 is added, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. xTuple offers a complete — and scalable — software solution for manufacturers whether their business represents a hybrid process juggling fabrication, complete assembly, in-house product lines, and/or contract work; an OEM manufacturer; or a Job Shop.
Pictured: Buy the xTuple Supply Chain t-shirt and 20% of purchase price goes to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the educational foundation of FMA inspiring the next generation with manufacturing summer camps and scholarships.
xTuple offers Implementation Services for customers installing or converting their ERP system and Expert Consulting designed for complex tasks such as database tuning, application integration, audits and analysis.
New bundled savings packages (up to 30% off!): now available by the hour — as your day may vary!
Customer Conversations: St. Patrick’s Cabinet Making
Furniture & Furnishings Manufacturers build with xTuple
Original sponsor of xTuple Project Accounting
More than two decades ago, Ronald Amyotte delved into the field of architectural and commercial woodworking, indulging his passion for contemporary design. Ébénisterie St-Patrick (ESP) was launched, and his target market was the dynamic retail industry.
From ESP's first shop in an industrial loft in downtown Montréal to their current sprawling 75,000 square foot facility in Laval, ESP has become one of the leading Canadian manufacturers of premium-quality boutique store fixtures, millwork and architectural woodworking. They offer turnkey solutions to clients, managing and delivering projects around the globe.
ESP's streamlined production process and commitment to innovation has given them the flexibility to support a vastly diversified customer base, far beyond their original retail clients.
They were an original sponsor and co-developer of the Project Accounting functionality, which is available as an add-on package, or included with xTuple Enterprise.
Pictured: ESP Plant floor in action
Customer Conversations: Whitney Equipment Co.
Moving from Windows to Mac, we found xTuple
Patty Davis, controller for eight years, initially contacted xTuple in 2010. She was investigating enterprise systems to accommodate the company's move from Windows desktops to Apple products in order to dramatically reduce their down time from invasive and destructive malware/viruses. Five years post-implementation — with 30 Apple computers — their experience is still "very positive." Patty is a valued, and vocal, xTuple customer advocate. When she's not busy balancing the books at work, she enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her beloved horses Fantasy and Nuance. She occasionally writes for the Morgan Horse Club of Washington State newsletter, not to mention her many talents related to sewing and clothing construction.
Pictured: Whitney Equipment Co.'s Patty Davis with her Morgan Horse, Nuance
Open source is enterprise-level value for business needs, says Canada's Syntropy Group
VIDEO (click above): Solutions Provider Partner Tony Cancelliere and implementation consultant Luca Nalli of Syntropy Group, located in Toronto, Canada, discuss "Why open source?" with Channel Director Danielle Kerner.
Joined: September 2015
Mission: Helping interested contacts learn more about xTuple in support of the Sales Team
CV: Virginia Beach City Schools substitute teacher; Sales Rep for Trader Publishing Company; B.S. in Management Science from Virginia Tech.
Personal: Husband Richard; kids — William, 12, and Gabrielle (or Gabi), 8; cats Miller and Tinkerbell; and dogs Buddy and Cinnamon. Live in Virginia Beach and enjoy photography, music and sports. Love watching LIVE sports, huge Virginia Tech sports fan — especially football!
Hobbies: Volunteer of the Year 2013-2014 at King’s Grant Elementary, PTA, kids’ sports and other activities; played softball growing up and into college; played co-ed softball until kids.
Why technology as a career? xTuple’s Danielle Kerner contacted me about this sales opportunity — we worked at Trader together. My degree is Computer Science-based, and I worked in software as a government contractor for five years after college.
Why xTuple? Sales is a great fit for me, and I love the closely connected feel of xTuple. I can use my sales skills, and they afford me flexibility. I hope to be an asset in boosting sales growth through adding new customers!
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