Published on May 15, 2012
Hi, I'm Ned Lilly. I'm the President and CEO of xTuple. We are an open source business management software company.
In a few weeks' time, we will begin limited beta testing of a brand new xTuple product. The product is a full-blown Mobile Web app, which runs on tablets and smart phones (both Apple and Android). It also runs on any modern Web browser on a desktop or laptop computer.
OK, I'm out of breath already. A few quick notes: First and foremost, the Mobile Web app will complement - not replace - the xTuple Desktop client. You will be able to use both applications simultaneously on the same database. And we plan to continue supporting the Desktop client for the foreseeable future.
There's no additional cost for the Mobile Web app.
Several years in the making, this is the happy marriage of our customer's software maintenance dollars and our ongoing commitment to research and development for our products.
In addition to creating a brand new Mobile Web app, one major thing we'll be doing with the "4 series" (sounds like a BMW when you say it that way, doesn't it?) is to continue making the software more modular. That means that people will be able to use discrete pieces of the system separately, without having to implement a whole ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning] system.
So for our existing customers and open source users, maybe that's no big deal. Hopefully, you're already pretty happily implemented - but it might be easier for some newer companies to start with just one piece and gradually work their way up to a full ERP implementation.
I'm sure you've got lots of questions -- we will, of course, be producing lots of documentation, including Frequently Asked Questions for current users and -- I know this is a big one -- we will be providing a migration path for customers who want to transition their current scripted add-on packages to the Mobile Web app.
We're announcing the new product at the 2012 Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. We're very excited about the xTuple Mobile Web app. We look forward to working with all of you on it. Thank you very much.
President and CEO