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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Financial Year End – Have You Done All You Need To Do?

I'm reposting this checklist for things to consider in order to finish out the year, and plan for next year…

  • Are your accounting records up to date so that you can make a projection of how the current year will turn out?
  • Are all account reconciliations currently up to date to facilitate the closing of the books after year end?
  • Are there accounts receivable that should be reserved for or written off prior to the end of the year?
  • If your business carries inventory, do you need to plan a physical count as of the end of the year?
  • Has depreciation on your fixed assets been recorded during the year? Have you considered depreciation on current year additions?
  • Have all new asset purchases and bank loans been recorded on your books?
  • Are there any liabilities, for example, pending legal actions or warranty issues, which will need to be recorded prior to year end? 
  • Do you have a plan in place to properly “cut-off” revenue at year end to properly match revenue and expense?
  • Will there be bonuses, profit sharing contributions or discretionary retirement plan contributions paid prior to the end of the year? How will these payments affect cash flow?
  • Will you be in compliance with your bank covenants at year end?
  • Do you need to make arrangements to receive statements as of the end of the year for cash value of life insurance, loan balances, etc.?

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (127)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Additional Electronic Signature Controls

Electronic Signature Controls have been expanded to include additional programs, files and fields.  

When manufacturing work centers are updated through Work Center Maintenance (CAP100), the system can now require Electronic Signature processing to complete the process. This enhancement allows for broader Electronic Signature controls.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (79)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Problems With Staying on an Old Porting Set

Here are some issues that you might run into if you stay on an old porting set too long:

  • Incompatibility because of operating system patches
  • Printing issues because of out-of-date libraries
  • Potential performance issues if binaries are not updated
  • Updating third party products may not be possible because of dependencies
  • Limited support from Infor
  • Issues with updating database software/patches because of dependencies (if database is also running on same server as application)

Need help getting on a newer porting set? We'd be happy to help.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (74)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Facility Security Ranges

Previously, a user was able to complete the Cost Transfer (CST920) process for any range of facilities regardless of their security settings established in SYS600.

This enhancement verifies the user security settings that were set up in SYS600 before processing cost transfers for a range of facilities in CST920. If the user has authority for a facility range, but there are facilities within that range that are not authorized, the program skips those facilities and complete the cost transfer process. This enhancement provides security in CST920 that prevents incorrect cost transfers from being processed.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (87)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Inventory Transaction Post to G/L by Cost Type

This enhancement provides a method to post material, labor and overhead values on inventory postings to the general ledger to meet financial reporting requirements. The solution provides an optional further breakdown of cost by cost bucket using the new G/L Cost Type.

The benefit this program provides is the ability to post detailed material, labor, and overhead values during inventory posting to the general ledger to meet financial reporting requirements. It also helps isolate import and transport cost elements required by some countries. Global companies with intercompany purchasing are able to isolate material costs so that it is eliminated at a consolidated level.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (200)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Inventory Tracking

Do you have a good handle on your inventory? Do you know when products need to be reordered and which are on their way? Are you able to find inventory easily within your facility, or are items getting misplaced and then unnecessarily reordered? Having a good inventory system in place will avoid unnecessary costs and save lots of time. We’ve been helping customers with this for over 20 years. Let us know if you need help getting started.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (124)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: How is Your Productivity?

Are your employees not as productive as you’d like them to be? 
Are jobs not getting completed on schedule? 

Without actual data, making decisions about how efficient your operation is will be difficult. Start tracking actual time to complete each operation. Compare different production lines running the same job. Is one line running more efficiently? If so, start looking at why. Track downtime, setup, etc. Once you start really analyzing each piece of the puzzle, you can begin to uncover areas that are ripe for improvement.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (124)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Understanding What Goes On – Out on the Factory Floor

Ok… so you want to know the status of a specific shop order that was released two days ago.

What do you do?

It’s a sure bet that you have a manager, supervisor, or planner who can walk the floor and find the order at whatever work center it happens to be at. He/she can then answer “what operations have been completed and how many were completed?” All this requires leg work, and of course, a fair amount of time.

Now, if you have setup your BPCS master files properly, and you report transaction activity, you should be able to get those shop order statuses much faster using the SFC300 Shop Order Inquiry Screen.

At your fingertips you can see:

  • Release date & due date
  • How many hours remain in total and at each operation
  • The quantity required, what was finished and the remaining quantity
  • What components (materials) have been issued

Pretty basic information, right? Are you getting what you need to know? If not, then you may want to reexamine how your BPCS files are setup and what transactions along with their frequency are captured.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (140)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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