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Infor LN Utilization Review & Process Improvement

Infor LN (ERP LN) Business Process Consulting & Utilization Review

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Crossroads RMC's consultants expertise comes from 30+ years of experience aligning Infor ERPs with manufacturer's unique business strategies. Our team excels at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of Infor ERP systems, and providing a comprehensive insight to improve efficiencies, lower costs, and maximize the return on your ERP investment. Whether you know exactly what needs to be done, or don't know where to start, Crossroads RMC works with your team to get you the most out of your Infor ERP.




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What is Business Process Consulting?

Crossroads RMC's consultants improve your Infor ERP system based on a pre-identified issue, often found during a Utilization Review. Our Business Process Improvement Consultants can fix your issue, train your team to resolve the issue, or work side by side with your team to resolve the issue.

What is a Utilization Review or ERP Assessment?

Crossroads RMC's consultants perform a complete review of your business processes that relate to your Infor ERP System. The assessment can be performed on-site or remotely, and include a comprehensive write up of the findings, prioritized recommendations that include estimated costs, benefits, and a plan of action to be systematically discussed with key management personnel. A typical Utilization Review is a deep dive that targets the business processes that require change to improve your system data and expected outputs, and typically takes a few days to complete. 

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Types of Infor LN Utilization Reviews

If your business requirements and your resources have undergone major change since your original implementation, it is time to take a look at your ERP system to see if it is being utilized properly. The Crossroads RMC Utilization Review is designed to work with your people to identify the best way to apply the powerful capabilities within the Automotive Exchange / ION, Technical, MRP, Supply Chain, Financial, and Manufacturing modules within the Infor LN software to best suit the needs of your business, not only today, but in years to come.

Automotive Exchange / ION Utilization Review analyzes these functional areas:

  • LN Master Data
  • Auto Exchange Set Up
  • ION Interface
  • How incoming/outgoing EDI messages and BODs are sent/received
  • How customers are currently set up
  • Transformation Services
  • Release Management
  • Shipping
  • Compliance
  • Administrative Functions
  • Exchange Services

Technical Systems Utilization Review analyzes these functional areas:

  • LN Infrastructure review (Install structure, services, components, etc.)
  • Internal Memory Management
  • Shared Memory Usage
  • User Setup
  • Authorizations (LN Authorization work bench)
  • Database Setup
  • Third-Party System Integration Review
  • DB User and Group Management
  • Backups, Log Monitoring, etc.
  • ION and LN UI Administration
  • Audit Management
  • EDI Setup
  • Performance Monitors/Boosters
  • Job Management

MRP Utilization Review analyzes the current setup and MRP reporting requirements for your organization to identify any missing or disconnected elements including the potential for improvement in the following areas:

  • Planning
  • Safety Stock
  • Scheduling
  • Production Operation Metrics

Supply Chain Utilization Review analyzes the current Warehousing, Procurement and Sales setup and requirements for your organization to identify any missing or disconnected elements including the potential for improvement in the following areas:

Warehousing:

  • Master Data
  • Inventory Planning
  • Receipts
  • Inbounding / Outbounding
  • Shipments
  • Cycle Counting

Procurement:

  • Master Data
  • Purchase Requisitions
  • Quotations / Orders / Contracts / Schedules

Sales:

  • Master Data
  • Quotations / Orders / Contracts / Schedules
  • Commissions & Rebates

Finance Utilization Review analyzes the current setup and the Financial reporting requirements for your organization to identify any missing or disconnected elements including the potential for improvement in the following areas:

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Ledger
  • Cash Management
  • Financial Statements
  • Fixed Assets
  • Budget Control
  • Financial Integrations
  • Costing

Manufacturing Utilization Review analyzes the current Manufacturing setup and requirements for your organization to identify any missing or disconnected elements including the potential for improvement in the following areas:

  • Job Shop Control
  • Assembly Orders
  • Assembly Line Configuration
  • Production Orders
  • Variants
  • Production Order Planning
  • Projects
  • Material Issue
  • Bills of Material
  • Routings
  • Engineering Data Management
  • Tools Requirements Planning

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How can a Utilization Review help my company?

Your ERP system lies at the heart of your business. How it’s utilized is critical to operating a stable, well understood and effective business system. Crossroads RMC's consultants have helped 500+ Infor customers increase the return on their Infor ERP investment by utilizing proven processes to optimize your manufacturing systems through the most cost effective means possible.

My ERP is
Stuck in a Rut

It's hard to stay competitive when business needs keep changing, but doing the same things over and over won’t yield different results.

Erosion of System Integrity

It’s time to evaluate the functionality of your ERP and how it supports your business strategy. Our team has developed best practices to improve the way your employees, resources and technology work together. Performed on-site or by video analysis.

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Our ERP Expert
Left the Building

Employees come and go, but not having the right people or tools to support your organization can be crippling.

Loss of Key Personnel

Our consultants have the tools to help you through any unique ERP challenge. You can rely on our 35+ years of consulting expertise and 24x7 support. Let's get started with a free 1-hour phone assessment so we can determine your next step.

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My Supply Chain
Needs Serious Help

The last thing you want to risk is your relationship with customers and suppliers, but having poor visibility to your supply chain does just that.

Changes to Supply Chain Requirements

Customer demands for reduced lead times and enhanced communication regarding product availability have placed increased pressure on production schedules and materials planning. Current processes need to be adjusted quickly to respond to these demands.

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Does my ERP
Need an Upgrade?

Businesses relying on outdated systems are open to increased vulnerability, decreased productivity and a loss of competitive advantages.

ERP Utilization Review

It’s time to evaluate the functionality of your ERP system and how it supports your business initiatives. Newer ERP versions provide easy to implement workflows, and take your business to the next level with a cost-effective solution on premise or in the cloud.

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FAQs

Infor LN Utilization Review & Process Improvement Consulting

Typically 3-5 days per functional area including the post review write-up of findings.

Subject matter expert(s) from the area being reviewed. Time required is mostly for a pre and post review meeting and accessibility during the review to answer questions.

If possible, make a test system available that is a duplicate of production, make sure subject matter expert(s) can be available when needed, identify objective for the review, secure VPN access for the consultant doing the review.

The consultant will create a post-assessment summary document detailing his/her findings and recommendations and will conduct a post review meeting to review the entire document with your team.

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