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Manufacturing vs. Finance: Who wins?

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Manufacturing Goals: develop high-quality products and services in response to the demands of the market, improve efficiency and maximize capacity utilization.

Finance Goals: analyze revenue growth opportunities, control costs, and maximize profitability.

So, who wins? Whose priorities take precedence when it comes down to it and what happens when the demands seem to compete? The answer to that question may be simpler than you think. Quite often, the production side of the house and the finance side of the house are operating based on their own sets of data which have been created within their respective group to serve the needs of the group alone. Finance likely does not have access to production reports and production hardly ever has access to finance reports. But why? What if both departments operated based on the same data, viewed in the same way? Would it not be easier to understand where the priorities should be and how the ship should be steered?

Dashboards provide real-time visualization of data through graphs, tables, and other visualization techniques. Through the use of dashboards, the complexity of large volumes of data gets stripped away and instead gets presented through manageable, digestible chunks of information so companies can focus their attention on the areas of the business that need it most. The dashboards then serve as a common ground for further dialogue and present information to everyone in a way that is mutually understandable.

Although the data represented in dashboards can be gathered through multiple reports and sometimes multiple reporting systems, consolidating the data into one unified source provides a highly effective tool to generate actionable insight.

Crossroads RMC's Analytics Dashboard provides a pre-built connection to Infor LX / BPCS and Infor LN / Baan and includes a full suite of ready-to-use, standard dashboards that can jump-start collaboration between your finance and production departments.

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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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