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Is it time to get more out of Infor LN & Baan?

Kathy Barthelt 0 1122 Article rating: 5.0

As crazy as it sounds, we’re about to enter the 4th Quarter of 2021. How are you doing on your 2021 goals? Planning for 2022 projects? Maybe it's time to get more out of your Infor ERP system.

TIME TO UPGRADE or NOT?

Is an upgrade to the latest version of Infor LN the goal for 2022? If so, Crossroads RMC brings 35+ years of industry experience to the table to ensure that your upgrade achieves the results you’re looking for and does so on time and on budget. Our goal is to delight your users and maximize the efficiencies that your business can gain from implementing best-of-breed business practices.

Crossroads RMC's team of expert consultants will...

Infor LN & Baan: Your ERP System Lies at the Heart of Your Business

Kathy Barthelt 0 1346 Article rating: 5.0

How Infor LN & Baan is utilized is critical to operating a stable, well understood, and effective business system. Knowing the current state of your system will enable you to make decisions to either better utilize your current ERP version or upgrade.

Crossroads RMC’s Infor ERP Utilization Review flushes out issues and areas for improvement. If your business requirements or your resources have undergone major changes since your original implementation, it is time to take a look at your ERP system to see if it is being utilized properly. The review is designed to work with your people to identify the best way to apply the powerful capabilities within the Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Financial modules within the Infor LN and Baan software to best suit the needs of your business, not only today but in years to come.

Learn more> or for more information please contact Kathy Barthelt,  1.630.955.1310 x113

Don't laugh - the average lifespan of an ERP system is 7-10 years

Crossroads RMC 0 3001 Article rating: 5.0

Don’t laugh! I know, I know…many of our customers say that after 7-10 years they are finally settling in after the implementation! We have seen many a customer stretch out the lifespan of their ERP system to 20+ years. That sounds great for the company’s bank account, but is it good for the business?

An outdated ERP system hurts your business in many ways, not just with slow performance. The best-of-breed functionality is now 2 decades old, and obsolete technology can't leverage newer technology. Lack of integration leads to siloed data that hurts communication and your internal teams feel the pain, and your customers are noticing. Poor visibility into your operations makes it nearly impossible to achieve industry-based regulatory compliance and meet financial auditing requirements. Not to mention the sheer size of Big Data that is being collected today vs. 2 decades ago or the fact that your vendor is no longer supporting your ERP version.

Let’s scrap it all and start over!...

Check-Ups are important… Including Infor LX & BPCS ERP Check-Ups!

George Moroses 0 3155 Article rating: 5.0

What would you say to someone if they never went to a doctor for a check-up, or never took their car in for regular maintenance, like an oil change?

You might say that they were asking for problems, right? The point of those check-ups is to catch a problem early, or better yet before it occurs. Going for check-ups gives you the peace of mind that things are running well and if an issue is identified early enough you can reduce overall risk. Regular check-ups can help reduce out-of-pocket expenses over time.

What about Finance, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Company-wide Check-Ups for your Infor ERP system? What will happen if you NEVER hit pause?

Here are some questions by department to consider.

Finance:...

Are ERP System Blockages Thwarting Your Progress?

Kathy Barthelt 0 3472 Article rating: 5.0

After a week of blocking the Suez Canal, the now-famous cargo ship, Ever Given has been freed from the 27,000 cubic meters of sand and mud that were surrounding the ship. Supply chains are flowing again. I for one am very glad to hear that the ship has been freed since coffee, toilet paper and a whole host of other items were being held up! In all seriousness, it was and is a crisis that will have ripple effects on the global economy.

As I often do, I started to relate this crisis to the world of ERP that we live in. Although we are not responsible for dealing with a situation like what happened in the Suez Canal, we all deal with problems in our jobs every day. Some of these problems are small, and some are not so small. Some problems are caused by human error, some by prevailing winds that blow us in a particular direction, and some by circumstances out of our control. It is what we do about the problems we encounter that make all the difference. We could bury our heads and hope the problems somehow go away on their own, or we can take action and do something to bring about the change necessary to get past the blockage.

I see “blockages” every day in working with my customers. Sometimes it is a lack of understanding of best practices in a given department, or a reliance on tribal knowledge that determines how and why something is done in the system, or inefficient manual processes destroying a company’s efficiency, or hundreds (or thousands) of customizations standing in the way of an upgrade, or employees labeling an ERP system as “no longer a fit” when their company is only using 10% of the available functionality in the system.

So, maybe today we could focus on what it would take to remove the “blockage” that we have in our way. What benefits could we realize if we worked together to bring about incremental change? Could we actually get that upgrade done? Could we start operating based on industry-leading best practices? Could we increase our market share? Could we decrease our costs and boost our revenue? All of this is possible.

Contact me today so that we can begin to work together to solve the problems that stand in the way of your progress.

solutions@crossroadsrmc.com or 800.762.2077

Stop viewing an ERP system review as your personal report card

It's a no-judgment-review - we promise!

Kathy Barthelt 0 4310 Article rating: 5.0

report card C minusWe all remember our school days and the nervousness that we felt when it came time to get our grades. Even if we were doing well, we were still nervous. Sometimes we experienced that same nervousness when it came time for a performance review in our job. Nervousness…sometimes dread…knowing that our performance maybe was not what we wanted it to be, or others expected it to be. 

Somehow I think the feelings that we felt in our past often find ways to creep into our present. I have seen this recently when I suggested an ERP system review to one of our customers. They immediately became flustered and thought about every possible problem that they knew existed within the software and how they were currently using it.

An ERP system review or more specifically a Utilization Review is NOT a personal report card, or performance review showing how well a particular individual does his/her job, nor is it an attack on the team that implemented the software. 

An ERP Utilization Review will:

Crossroads RMC's support team is friendly, well trained, experienced, and committed to resolving your support & technical issues as quickly & effectively as possible.

Crossroads RMC 0 4764 Article rating: 5.0

How good would you feel if you knew that 30+ years of ERP manufacturing experience was on the other end of the phone when you placed a support call?

That’s what our customers get when they call Crossroads RMC for help.

Crossroads RMC offers a number of services to help you make the most of your Infor ERP investment, regardless of the version of Infor LX, BPCS, Infor LN, Baan, or Infor M3, you are running. Our support team is friendly, well trained, experienced, and committed to resolving your support and technical issues as quickly and effectively as possible. To ensure all your support needs are met, we offer several different methods:

  • TELEPHONE SUPPORT:
    Our phones are answered by live representatives to ensure that you receive prompt, personal, and efficient assistance. These services are available Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET. We also offer standby support and after-hour support when requested.
  • ONLINE SUPPORT:
    Online support is available by logging onto your system using a remote connection. With a live connection, our consultants are able to view your system and troubleshoot issues in real-time.
  • REMOTE & ON-SITE CONSULTING:
    Consulting is an excellent option if more in-depth service, training, or troubleshooting is needed. End-User training or group custom training on new features and solutions is also handled effectively using this method of support.
  • BUSINESS ASSESSMENTS:
    Experienced Crossroads RMC Consultants will compare your existing business processes with your existing software and put together a detailed report of their findings. This includes recommendations for improving the day-to-day running of your business while getting the maximum benefit from your software. This also ensures that you are up to date with any features and technologies without adding disruption to your business.

Learn more about our support services>

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Tips:  LX | BPCS | M3

Did you know?  Product interface list, SYS635D

This program creates a report that contains all interface program call records that were created for the Infor LX programs specified in the range on this screen. The report contains a line for each record found. The line displays the following information:

  • The name of an Infor LX program that contains a user exit to an add-on program
  • The interface point in the Infor LX program, that is, an identifier of the point in the program code where the user exit is requested
  • The execution sequence number of the record, because more than one add-on program can exist that can run from the same interface point
  • The add-on program to call at the interface point. The Add-on Product Interface file, ZXI, stores the records.

Access: Menu SYS

Use the Invoice Level Inquiries program, ACR300D7, to perform online customer account receivable inquiries and to perform write-off transactions on open invoices. The inquiries display customer master file and credit information, open and closed invoices, debits, credits, payments, and dunning statuses. Additional detail information is available, such as original prefix and document number, customer order number, customer purchase order number, reason codes, and currency.

You can view closed items for a period specified in Transaction History System Parameters, SYS824D-01.

Open items are aged in one of five user-defined aging periods as defined in Accounts Receivable Parameters, ACR820D-01.

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Tips: LN | Baan

To use the ‘Use-Up’ or ‘Alternative’ functionality the correct ATP settings of the use-up item must be defined. Order Planning makes use of ATP to determine if there is still supply available. The component needs to have a CTP horizon greater than 0. Then a top down item selection should be chosen when generating order planning in order for the ATP checks to be done and for the system to plan for the correct components.

Selecting the 'top down item' box when generating order planning is essential because when order planning is generated for only the top level item the components aren't "really" planned for. But when a top down selection is run, the system goes through the BOM and plans for each component accordingly.

Transactions to be mapped - In the mapping scheme, you must define the ledger mapping and the dimension mapping for these types of transactions:

  1. Financial integration transactions resulting from logistic events in Operations Management.
  2. General Ledger transactions.
  3. Procurement card transactions in Accounts Payable.


In addition, to support dimension accounting...

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