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Reports Vs. Dashboards – What do they offer and which do I need?

Kathy Barthelt 0 15 Article rating: 5.0

Companies are collecting oceans of data, and struggle with transforming it into usable information. Most businesses focus on two methods of sharing data - the report and the dashboard. While these two terms mean many things to many people, it is important to understand what these terms mean and how the report and dashboard have similar features but they are not the same thing.  

What is a Report?

A report is meant to be used to gather detailed intelligence on the operations within an organization, thus a report can be either very broadly covering a wide scope of related information, or narrowly focusing on details of a single item, purpose, or event. All of this information, while presented in a report, is meant to be a snapshot in time.

Quite often, a report is built within the ERP system itself and often is constrained by the graphical and user limitations within the ERP. More often than not, large amounts of data are exported to Excel where added features allow for better manipulation of the data to a format that is digestible by users. Regardless, the data is only valid for that moment and time.

What is a Dashboard?

A dashboard is a graphical interface that provides at-a-glance views revolving around answering a central question. For example, an executive may ask you for up-to-the-minute details on "how the business is doing?". The answer to that question is as complex as the organizational structure of the company, but it is probably very simply measured with approximately 10 metrics. Those 10 metrics can likely be analyzed in chart form, and can and should be combined into one chart when the numbers are relatable or are on a similar scale. All these things should be considered when building a dashboard.

Dashboards, similar to the one in your vehicle, display critical data. Imagine driving down the road and having to push a bunch of buttons to find out how much fuel you have left, or having to pull over and pop the hood to check the oil pressure. It would be dangerous and a waste of your precious time. Your car's control panel or dashboard displays the most crucial information in an easy-to-use, graphical way.

How do Reports and Dashboards differ?

Increase Production by 10-20% - It's Simple!

Developed for Infor LX, BPCS, Infor LN, Baan & Infor M3

Crossroads RMC 0 1506 Article rating: 5.0

Studies show that merely displaying current production data to your workers via a dashboard increases production.

Improve the performance of your shop floor with Analytics Dashboard for Infor LX, BPCS, Infor LN, Baan, and Infor M3. It's simple to use and configure without programming knowledge. Display performance metrics in a grid, graph, chart, or any way that makes sense. learn more>

Analytics Dashboard Pre-configured views for Infor LX | BPCS | Infor LN | Baan | Infor M3

ERP Reports: Get EXACTLY what you need when you need it for as little as $125/user/month

Crossroads RMC 0 3459 Article rating: 5.0

Everyone understands the importance of ERP reporting, but what if you’re relying on the wrong reports?

Having access to ERP data in a usable format allows for a common understanding and the ability to take action based on what the data is telling you. What do you do if the way your data is presented is not useful, or flat out wrong?

How can your reports be wrong? That would mean that the data is wrong, wouldn’t it?
Not necessarily. Reports are wrong because they are stagnant. They represent the truth ONLY at the moment they are run. If that data is shared with others within your organization, the information the report(s) is trying to convey has already changed. Decisions are then made on bad information.

What is preventing you from upgrading your Infor LX or BPCS ERP System?

George Moroses 0 3926 Article rating: 5.0

Your answer to this question is likely customizations… customizations that were once the best thing since sliced bread but now have become the bane of your existence.

There is something you can do about it! 

Crossroads RMC has many options for LX & BPCS when dealing with customizations:

What is preventing you from upgrading your Infor LN or Baan ERP System?

Kathy Barthelt 0 4911 Article rating: 5.0

Your answer to this question is likely customizations… customizations that were once the best thing since sliced bread but now have become the bane of your existence.

There is something you can do about it! 

Crossroads RMC has many options for dealing with customizations:

LN & Baan Data Collection News – A BUSY 2nd Quarter for Crossroads RMC Data Collection!

Kathy Barthelt 0 6230 Article rating: 5.0

Crossroads RMC’s data collection implementation team was busy during the 2nd quarter of 2020 with 3 simultaneous go lives!
 

  1. FSB North America went live with Crossroads RMC's entire suite of warehouse management Data Collection applications for LN FP7
  2. Johnson Crushers International went live with Labor Reporting and Report Operations Complete for LN 10.6
  3. CTP/Tube Processing went live with Material Issue for LN FP6.
     

All installations included Crossroads RMC’s Analytics Dashboard which will be implemented to provide valuable insights into the data collection transactions performed in the warehouse and shop floor. 

Learn more about LN/Baan Data Collection - Web Collect (formerly RMC3) >
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Tips:  LX | BPCS | M3

Operations are automatically backward scheduled at shop order release time. The backward scheduling algorithm starts with the shop order due date and schedules each operation based upon the standard move and queue times in the routings and the number of days the job is expected to run at standard. The system calculates and stores the operation scheduled start date. The dates may be modified by the shop order maintenance program. The number of days that a job is expected to run an operation is dependent upon the available capacity for that work center and the total hours scheduled for that operation.

The backward scheduling algorithm also considers...

The Infor Development Framework (IDF) re-architects the way a user interacts with the application. IDF provides an efficient, task-oriented process to view application information that is contained within Infor LX. IDF enables users to configure their view of the application data without modifying the core application and its supportability.

The examples below describe how users can configure their display of data and maximize overall productivity:

  • Arrange application information into multiple groupings and sequences that make sense for the job.
  • Hide information that does not apply to a particular job or task.
  • Filter records to show only the information that applies to the job or task that the user is performing.
  • Customize the information for an individual user, for a group of users, or for all users.
     
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Tips: LN | Baan

To improve performance and reduce database growth, deleting records is highly effective. The disadvantage of deleting records is that data is no longer available. Usually, however, not all records need to be saved. For example, line activities are stored by warehouse. Normally, you do not need to keep these records. Therefore, after closing a warehouse order, line activities can be removed. The User's Guide for ERP LN Archiving and the corresponding Baan IV/V Guides describe several sessions you can use to delete old data. Other data such as items and business partners can be reviewed once in a while, after which you can delete the data you no longer need. For every order and contract table, a session is available to archive and delete old orders. In these sessions, you can specify several characteristics to select the orders to be removed, such as date or status. Run these sessions on a regular basis.

Did you know that you can send a broadcast message to users on the system? This is especially useful if you need users to exit their sessions, or in the event of system maintenance.   

  • For Baan IV users, see KB 22869250
  • For LN users, see KB 1830758
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