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xTuple 4.4: What’s New for xTuple ERP?

By on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog, High Technology | 0 comments

13 days ago, xTuple, who tend to release their products to coincide with Marvel-related events, shipped out version 4.4 on the new Captain America flick’s opening day. We at Paladin Logic, the xTuple Gold Partner of Texas, are proud to elucidate its features for you, our fair customers and technology connoisseurs. Without further ado, let’s dive into xTuple 4.4! The Long and the Short We’ll begin this with “the short”: Many menus and screens on the desktop client have been renamed to bring it in line with xTuple’s mobile web client. Sales orders can now be opened from the line item tab of the Sale screen. More Time and Attendance features have been added to the Manufacturing Edition. Shipments between multiple sites can be processed in the Shipping subsystem. Finance charges can be assessed for overdue payments on invoices. An option that requires items to be reserved before shipping has been added. Perhaps the most apparent (and most significant) update is #1, where the desktop and mobile web clients have been unified in an effort to make switching between the platforms seamless and continuous. As users have a wide variety of choices to access their business’s database — four desktop platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, browsers), and three mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) — xTuple judged that users should not have to learn yet another interface while they are on the go. Hence, this unification will serve to stamp out any confusion that has arisen in the wake of the mobile web client’s introduction. What’s more, critical improvements to existing workflows abound. The ability to create sales orders from the line item tab, time and attendance features, and the renaming of the menus and screens themselves — these features all simplify processes and increase operational efficiency in even more areas. In addition, the mobile web client will eventually support them, making your overall workflows smooth and fluid and enabling you to work wherever you have an Internet connection. Before you implement any major improvements, however, check against this reference guide to ensure that your modules will be compatible. For those of you working straight out of Postbooks, we have a treat for you. With what we are about to release,...

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What is Sales Acceleration Technology?

By on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog, High Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s understandable that you would ask. After all, the terminology spawned in what has recently been an unexplored field. However, most of the technologies encompassed under this label aren’t quite as novel as you may think. It is a collection of technologies that have been developed to improve various aspects of the sales process. Ken Krogue, a proponent of sales acceleration technology, argues that it builds upon the foundation laid by sales-related CRM and marketing automation, and leverages other technologies to bring in more sales faster: “It’s gathering real-time sales intelligence from LinkedIn, InsideView and ZoomInfo. It’s having something relevant to talk about when you call a new prospect besides just the weather. It’s connecting with social media, lowering costs, raising visibility, and generating leverage.” Sales acceleration by its nature requires a complete overhaul of sales department operations. It incorporates technologies in various categories into an overarching strategy of increased sales, including remote sales presentation (e.g. Citrix’s GoToMeeting), sales email (e.g. Hubspot), social networking tools (e.g. LinkedIn), and gamification (such as Hoopla), among many other categories that Krogue specifies here. Any effort to increase efficiency and profitability with these technologies is contingent on your company actually utilizing them for those goals, says Krogue. “[Some companies] made 22 dials a day before they used our power dialer, and they make 22 dials after. It’s crazy. That isn’t sales acceleration. 170 calls a day is sales acceleration.” Like any major change in sales procedure, it also requires that sales employees possess minds with the energy and openness to learn. Based on the list I’ve linked above, how do you think you want to streamline your sales process? Are you using too much technology or not enough of it? In what area(s) could you improve? These questions will help to guide your decision toward taking on sales acceleration at full...

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5 Reasons to Look for a Cloud-based ERP Solution

By on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog, Harmonize Your Business, High Technology | 0 comments

Today’s ERP systems are evolving at a breakneck pace, leading traditional methods of bookkeeping to retire from service for good. Records for purchases, production, sales, and even the dreaded returns are no longer at home in bulky file cabinets. Your staff are frustrated that they can’t access your data on the road. Even the top-of-the-line ERP systems from the late 2000s have seen better days. Having observed some indications of a need to upgrade your ERP system (or to get one in the first place), it’s time to consider five reasons to level it up to the cloud. 1. Savings abound in an upgrade. When you’re unloading your data from any and all of your in-house servers, you’ll enjoy an immense lift in upfront costs, operating costs, and time spent waiting on upgrades and services. How? Your servers draw electricity constantly, your IT managers install updates and features on them and maintain them at a relatively high price, and you may buy even more of these servers to commission and maintain. You’ll save some sanity from the unthinkable loss of your data from failed servers. And, if you want to save your IT professionals, they can oversee the status of their cloud-based database, assist other staff on connectivity and usability issues with the system and other IT-related inquiries, and ensure that any local database backup you choose to keep is secured and up to date. 2. Cloud systems are scalable and robust. You can claim as much or as little space as your business requires, and it can grow with your business. Even though you’re buying into a subscription model for large-scale storage, other ERP system owners like you are buying into the same scheme, which means that hosting comes in at a collectively low price. Chances are that even the larger space will still be cheaper than what you could feed your own server for the same time period. A good cloud ERP provider will even back up your data regularly and frequently to prevent any massive loss of data in a disaster. 3. Your staff will be relieved…mentally and physically. Rather than your staff grow more and more frustrated over modules that try too hard to work...

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3 Top Manufacturing Trends in 2014

By on Feb 3, 2014 in Blog, High Technology | 0 comments

2014 promises to be a year of great change and opportunity for the manufacturing world.  Several new technologies and trends are emerging that can transform and boost the industry, improving manufacturing communication, efficiency and economy.  Here are three trends that can revolutionize the manufacturing world. 1. More ERP functionality will be moved to the cloud. As smartphone technology improves, it will become easier to synchronize various parts of the ERP suite between smartphones and desktop workstations. They are all connected to the same foundational databases, and they enable users to respond to issues more readily and with increased flexibility. With cloud storage space at a relative premium, preference should be given to high-priority functionality that can be upgraded quickly and accessed easily. That way, all the essentials will be available on-demand—anytime, anywhere—while confidential data remains secure on the premises. 2. Supply chains are more connected than ever. Thanks to the rapid improvement and expansion of mobile technology, today’s supply chain has the potential to accomplish goals faster and more efficiently than ever before. With the help of cloud-based ERP systems, all staff involved in the supply chain can stay in the loop about any issues or blockers that surface during the production phase. For example, if a part isn’t available, one employee can note it in the system, alerting everyone in the supply chain so that the necessary production adjustments can be made. In general, mobile technology in concert with ERP systems will improve business productivity and efficiency.  Less time will be spent hunting outdated spreadsheets for important data, or manually entering changes as they happen. Instead, staff working with specific data will see the change as it happens. Managers will be able to easily and efficiently generate reports to track and maintain essential business information. For the manufacturer, all of this translates to a positive ROI and even a gain on resources. 3. 3D printing will become more widespread, sophisticated and affordable. That means even the plastic and metal used to constitute 3D-printed structures will become cheaper, stronger, and safer to use.  The ability to produce plastic-model prototypes will lend a strong hand to the creative process that backs up the manufacturing process.  In fact, 3D printing is...

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