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Introducing Madrigal

By on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Power of xTuple, Anywhere As xTuple Gold and Elite Partners, we at Paladin Logic, Limited are always looking for ways to help xTuple users get the most out of their xTuple software.  And so, today we are thrilled to announce the release of Madrigal SO and Madrigal ERP – a mobile port connecting the complete xTuple/PostBooks 4.0 (and later) Desktop client to your Apple or Android tablet. Madrigal SO and ERP are identical applications, the only difference being the number of simultaneous connections permitted. While Madrigal SO (Small Office) is a perfect fit for a small office or single user who only requires one mobile device to connect to his database at any time, Madrigal ERP is ideal for the larger enterprise or retail store that needs multiple mobile devices connecting to the database simultaneously.  However, the two applications can be used together without conflict.  For example, if you start out on Madrigal SO, you can choose to upgrade to ERP at any time and continue to use your SO application without conflict. Both Madrigal versions offer full Postbooks functionality on the mobile device: you can create quotes and populate them with line items, convert the quotes to sales orders, create purchase orders, issue materials, post production, ship, receive, and access and update CRM information.  Virtually every feature or function of the Desktop client is now at your fingertips on your Apple or Android tablet.  And best of all, anything that you do on the mobile client will synch automatically with your database, keeping your business information up-to-the-minute accurate across all your devices. While nearly all of the Postbooks functionality is available in Madrigal on both iOS and Android, there are some differences in how certain things work, owing to the tablet environment.  However, the required actions are intuitive.  For example, since there is no “right click” function on the iOS platform, tapping a finger or stylus on an item in a list brings up the right click menu. At this time, certain higher-level functions for commercial editions are not available on the iOS platform.  In particular, customizations that rely on embedded screens (UIForms) stored in the database will not load. A list of screens that will not load at this time can be...

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It’s Curtains for Windows XP

By on Mar 30, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The day of Windows XP is over. Recently, Microsoft announced that, on April 8th, 2014, they will be retiring the venerable  Windows XP operating system.  What exactly does it mean to retire an operating system?  According to Microsoft’s website: After 12 years, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities. If your business has been relying on the XP operating system, what does this mean for you? What End of Support Means When Microsoft stops offering support and updates for XP users, this can impact your business in several ways. As noted in the quote above, more modern operating systems offer improved security, improved accessibility, mobility, and manageability, and improved productivity. What this says without saying is, XP will become increasingly less secure, less efficient, less productive, and less manageable. Security risks are a hugely important consideration for business owners. Security risks threaten every aspect of your business operation, and after April 8th, no one will be able to help you address these concerns. “No further updates” means that whatever the current capabilities of this operating system are, that’s how it will stay. No matter how business software improves and grows, XP will be static and will not adapt to new demands and new potential. What Should You Do? As XP phases out, you should be on the lookout for replacement operating systems for your business machines.  This is a good time to analyze how you are using computers in your business — are you getting as much out of them as you can be?  Innovative new business solutions are constantly emerging which simplify, improve, and secure business data and processes.  If you’ve been relying on old machines with old business software, this can be a great opportunity to implement a new solution that will maximize your business’s efficiency...

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5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your ERP

By on Feb 17, 2014 in Blog, Harmonize Your Business | 0 comments

Technology is always improving, and ERP software is no exception.  For manufacturers and distributors, having efficient, smart, and integrated ERP technology can make the difference between surviving and succeeding.  Gone are the days of hand-written records of production, purchase, and sales.  Dusty file cabinets are not the way to maintain your data reports.  But ERP is more than just keeping your data on a computer. Here are 5 signs that it might be time to upgrade your system. 1. You don’t have an ERP system. Don’t be discouraged – this is more common than you think, but it’s never too late to shift from physical record-keeping to something more efficient and consolidated. And the good news is, ERP software is much more advanced today than it was even a few years ago, so jumping on board now means you will have to spend less time and money upgrading an old system. 2. You have an ERP system, but it’s not in the cloud. Older ERP systems offered some good functionality, but were unfortunately tied to your local machine. There was a huge risk associated with these systems, since if anything happened to them, the data essential to your business could be lost. New cloud-based ERP systems offer a layer of insulation, providing routine backups as well as secure off-site storage. Not to mention, having your data in the cloud means that you can access it anytime, anywhere. 3. Your ERP system doesn’t do what your business needs. Many ERP systems provide basic services and functions of general use, but these are often not useful to businesses with highly specialized needs. If your manufacturing business has unique requirements, it might be time to look for customizable ERP software. When you’re looking for a new system, try to find something that can be readily adapted to your needs. Many closed-source ERP solutions are resistant to customization. Open-source software like xTuple can be more agile. Ideally, you will find an expert who is willing to get to know your business’s needs and develop a solution that’s right for you. 4. Your ERP is too hard to use. The whole point of getting good ERP software is to minimize the amount of time...

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