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Infor LN & Baan: Integration from UPS® or FedEx®

Kathy Barthelt 0 393 Article rating: 5.0

What do you do when there is no pre-built integration from UPS® or FedEx® to your ERP system?

Call Crossroads RMC, of course!

That’s how one of our Infor LN customers solved their cloud implementation dilemma. Crossroads RMC partnered to streamline their shipping process on Infor LN 10.5.2 in the cloud. Four sites went live with RMCship in 2019 and as a result, they have increased accuracy by eliminating manual steps and streamlining their operations.

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

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

Kathy Barthelt 0 310 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

Infor LX & BPCS: Do You Need MES & Not Even Know It?

George Moroses 0 530 Article rating: 5.0

You know your plant better than anyone, and most likely you'd admit that there is room for improvement. Perhaps too many defects are causing costly issues down the road, or maybe your production is behind and orders are shipping late? Do you know what needs to be improved? Do you know about the root causes of the problems that you’re experiencing? Is it fair to say, you don’t know what you don’t know … yet?

MES helps you dig into the problem and better yet, SOLVES the problem!

What Is MES and How Does It Work?

Many companies still enter data manually or share work instructions on paper. Most of them, however, know there’s a better way to organize the mass of activity happening on the plant floor. MES provides visibility to that activity as well as the underlying data and uses that data to improve how that activity is done and makes it repeatable. MES connects multiple sites, integrates with equipment, and raises the effectiveness of business applications all to better optimize operations.

The 3 Pillars of MES:

  1. Establishing...

Infor LX & BPCS Tip: Customer Type

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Display Customer Type on Order Header Panel – 8.4. Enhancement

This enhancement displays the Customer Type on the Order Header – Billing panel. The Customer Type can be a pricing or promotion qualifier and may convey other important information about the ordering customer during the Order Entry process.

Programs or areas impacted include:

  • Order Header – Billing (ORD700D9)

Infor LX & BPCS: Explore IDF Programs

George Moroses 0 606 Article rating: 5.0

IDF (Infor Development Framework) configures your view of the application data without modifying the core application and its supportability. In version 8.3.4 and higher, IDF programs provide the replacement for most of the 300 series inquiry programs. Starting with version 8.4, Infor has added 100 series maintenance programs such as Item Master, Vendor Master, and Customer Master. With IDF, navigation drill-downs are far superior to any green-screen presentation of the data.

Included with IDF are several interfaces including:...

Infor LN & Baan: Trying to make your shipping labels generically work for all of your customers?

Kathy Barthelt 0 362 Article rating: 5.0

Do you have specific things that need to be included on your shipping labels for a given item/product line?

According to a study just released, in 2021 the growth of the Industrial Barcode Label Printer Market will have significant change from the previous year. Over the next five years, the Industrial Barcode Label Printer Market will register a magnificent spike in CAGR in terms of revenue. In this study, 2020 has been considered as the base year and 2021 to 2026 as the forecast period to estimate the market size for Industrial Barcode Label Printer.

Crossroads RMC's RMClabel software prints customer-specific, item-specific labels automatically. No one needs to decide which label to print… everything is set up ahead of time and no operator intervention is required.

Run as stand-alone, attached to an Infor LN or Baan session, or attached to Web Collect, our data collection application, to streamline your processes even further.

For more information please contact Kathy Barthelt or 1.630.955.1310 x113

Infor LN & Baan Tip: Save Space in General Ledger

Kathy Barthelt 0 768 Article rating: 5.0

One way to save space in your general ledger is to compress integration transactions. The transactions are combined into one ledger account number, and the detail is still available in the integration transactions sessions.

The compression is seen after the transactions are finalized. 

Compression is established in the mapping scheme by checking the box under the columns “Compression of Debit/Credit Transactions. This can only be done in a mapping scheme that is not activated. 

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Display Customer Type on Order Header Panel – 8.4. Enhancement

This enhancement displays the Customer Type on the Order Header – Billing panel. The Customer Type can be a pricing or promotion qualifier and may convey other important information about the ordering customer during the Order Entry process.

Programs or areas impacted include:

  • Order Header – Billing (ORD700D9)

This enhancement allows users to restrict access to purchase order print programs, providing additional security at the company and warehouse levels.

The purchase order print programs were updated to provide security validation for the user who selects the purchase orders to print. The security validation is controlled by the PO Print Security Validation flag on the Purchasing System Parameters screen, PUR820D-04.

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

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

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!

Is it that black and white though? There is an ocean between “do nothing” and “replace everything”. Taking incremental steps can give your organization a tremendous amount of benefit without the tremendous price tag that often goes with ERP replacement, but you need to be willing to take the first step. Maybe there is a manufacturing ERP add-on that you know would provide tremendous benefit and improve overall efficiency, or a web portal that you log in to that allows you to communicate with your suppliers, but it has no tie to your purchase orders, or maybe your team would benefit from a review of industry best practices and how that compares to how your ERP system is currently being used. Or at the very least you need to know if your ERP system is still meeting the organization’s needs.

Success will never be a big step in the future. Success is a small step taken just now.” – Jonatan Martensson

Crossroads RMC specializes in helping manufacturers maximize the benefit of “the small step”.  Not sure how Crossroads RMC can optimize your business?

Our Infor ERP Services can optimize your business with the following initiatives and many more:

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It's time to take the first step today!
800-762-2077  |  solutions@crossroadsrmc.com

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