xTuple's MOB Approach to Integrated Email

We also have an idea about how to make it happen, sooner rather than later. We're taking a page from some of the social network activity and local coupon businesses - we're calling it a feature-mob.

OK, first the solution: We propose to set up a solution where you can store designated emails in the PostgreSQL database, and sync selected folders from any IMAP mail server with that database storage. So all the email history you choose to include - sent and received - will be available to the xTuple application. The syncronization will run as a service in the background, so you don't need to worry about it.

We will also bundle a lightweight email client, built with Qt, with the xTuple solution. You won't have to use this bundled client to take advantage of the email functionality in xTuple, but you have the option.

Finally, we'll have an Email tab available in a number of places in the application, so you can associate particular email traffic with activities in the ERP system - both EDI-style documents you might mail out (quotes, order acknowledgements, invoices, purchase orders, etc.) and regular email correspondence that might be relevant to a particular customer, vendors, other CRM account, contact, or any other such object in the ERP system.

Sound good so far?

Our plan is to make this new functionality available as part of the ever-growing xTuple Connect add-in product (which is already a powerful integration platform that supports multiple means of real-time import and export from external systems, including EDI, websites, CAD/PLM, and much more.) It's the foundation for the outbound email capabilities in xTuple software today. xTuple Connect sells for $1995, and that won't be changing, even with the additional email functionality. It works with all three versions of xTuple (PostBooks, Standard, and Manufacturing).

But what we're going to do, based on the strong demand we've heard from our community, is throw the doors open so that everyone who contributes to the sponsorship of this new functionality gets the full xTuple Connect product at no extra charge. And the more people that participate, the lower the entry cost.

Here's what we're thinking:
  • Up to 10 sponsors: $950 apiece
  • 11-15 sponsors: $900 apiece
  • 16-20 sponsors: $850 apiece
  • 21-25 sponsors: $800 apiece
  • 26-30 sponsors: $750 apiece
  • 30-35 sponsors: $700 apiece
  • 36-40 sponsors: $650 apiece
  • Over 40 sponsors: $600 apiece

That means you could get the current version of xTuple Connect, priced at $1,995, for only $600! And for feature-mob participants only, we'll include the first year's maintenance - so you'll get the updated version with the new email capabilities as well!

So, how will it work?

This link will always display the current number of sponsors (and hence, the current sponsorship cost). To make this as easy as possible, we'll do this via credit cards. We'll process the initial charge for the sponsorship, and when the project is complete, we'll rebate everyone's cards for the difference between what you paid and the final price. So if you were an early sponsor (bless you), and paid $950, and the final price ended up being $600 apiece, we would rebate your credit card the full $350.

Please feel free to post a comment here with any questions about the development, or the feature-mob process. Our hope is that this can be a way for people to get some advanced functionality for less - and of course, we'd love for you to spread the word and get more people involved in the feature-mob. Please see the links below for talking it up on all your favorite social networks.