Norfolk, VA, – January 12, 2010 – xTuple, the leader in open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, today announced it has closed a very successful 2009 despite tough market conditions. In addition to doubling both its customer and partner base, the company experienced a dramatic acceleration of its global user community to over 20,000 active members. For most of 2009, and continuing into 2010, the free and open source PostBooks Edition of xTuple ERP was the #1 most active project on the SourceForge.net open source portal, having been downloaded over 320,000 times.
The addition of over 100 new commercial clients represents a doubling of xTuple’s core user base of manufacturers, as well as a growing number of distributors, retailers, and professional services firms. One such customer is Sprout Baby Food, a maker of organic food for children, founded by celebrity chef Tyler Florence. According to Sprout’s chief financial officer, Jack Crooker, “as a new and fast-growing business, we needed an affordable solution that would be flexible and easy to use. xTuple gave us all that without sacrificing functionality, and will grow with us as we continue to expand our distribution, including EDI transactions with large grocery chains. This was simply not possible with the others vendors in the marketplace.”
This growth builds on the mid-year launch of xTuple ERP 3.3, which marked the largest amount of input to date from end-users in both design and code contributions, and the recent version 3.4, which enhanced the fully-integrated CRM features and made it even easier for developers to build plug-in extension packages for xTuple ERP. Many of those extension packages can be found on the xTuple xChange, an online community marketplace of add-ons and extensions, which xTuple launched earlier this year. The xChange provides users with a convenient way to share and discover solutions ranging from third-party website connectors to handy “snap-in” tools that enhance the xTuple applications. And as a year-end “thank you” to the community, xTuple made xtPOS, its retail Point-of-Sale extension package, available free and open source as well.
“While 2009 was a difficult year for many, we were fortunate to see continued strong growth in both our product and our user base,” said xTuple CEO Ned Lilly. “We are very thankful for the incredible value that the international open source community continues to add to xTuple ERP. It is because of the contributions of those thousands of dynamic, talented professionals that we have been able to grow our product in both depth and quality without sacrificing its ease-of-use or affordability.”
xTuple ERP is available in the PostBooks, Standard and Manufacturing Editions. All three versions run equally well on Mac, Windows and Linux computers and are fully internationalized with multi-currency, support for multiple tax structures, and multilingual translation packs maintained by the global open source community. The PostBooks Edition of xTuple ERP is available free of charge under the open source Common Public Attribution License (CPAL). The Standard and Manufacturing Editions are available under xTuple’s innovative hybrid license, whereby customers and partners have full access to the application source code, and any enhancements made to the product flow back to xTuple for review, quality testing, and possible incorporation into the baseline product.
xTuple develops next-generation, enterprise-class business process applications powered by open source software such as Linux, PostgreSQL, and Qt. xTuple products give companies better control over operations, increased productivity, and measurable growth across all areas of their businesses — all at a lower cost of ownership. For more information, please visit the company web site at www.xtuple.com or the open source community site at www.xtuple.org.