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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Webinar | Why attend VISUAL Focus?

Join us for a webinar: 

"Why I should attend VISUAL Focus" 

Do you have questions about VISUAL Focus? Attend one of these webinars to get them answered. Join us for a half-hour webinar to learn why VISUAL Focus is the premier VISUAL-only user conference of the year.

Attend this webinar to learn why this conference will provide you with more VISUAL session choices, more expert VISUAL resources from Infor Partners, and a larger, more diverse network of fellow VISUAL users in your specific industry to share ideas with than any other conference this year!
-Of course there is value in attending this conference, but how much? Our answers may surprise you.

-Learn how other VISUAL users will leverage their training dollars to improve efficiency and increase profits.

-Determine who from your organization should attend, and why.

-Review our plans to provide 120 educational sessions and brand new hands-on VISUAL Workshops

-Find out more about the numerous networking opportunities with users from businesses and industries just like yours.

-Learn about the VISUAL experts who will be on staff at VISUAL Focus to answer the questions that affect your business daily.

-Hear about how to get the best ROI on your ERP investment, and about other applications that can help improve and grow your business.

-And so much more!

Need help convincing your boss to approve your attendance? Click here to download our ROI justification letter.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

OINK VISUAL Manufacturing User Group Meeting | 03.21.17

OINK VISUAL Manufacturing User Group Meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time: 9am-3pm 
Where: SuperSystems Inc.
               7205 Edington Dr
               Cincinnati, OH 

Meeting Agenda
9:00am – 9:45am

Tour of SuperSystems (optional)

9:45am – 10:00am

Light Breakfast, Registration, Introductions, OINK Business

10:00am – 11:00am

“Extending Visual Functionality Without Writing Code”  - Jim Oakes, VP of Development, Super Systems. Using macros, reporting services and formatting of VISUAL reports for  small companies that want some “customization” without custom code.
11:00am – 11:15am Break

11:15pm – 12:15pm

“Tips for Upgrading VISUAL” - Michael Brown, BizTech and Don Fodor, Exhibit Concepts

12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch Provided by SuperSystems

1:00pm – 1:45pm 

“User Visual Tips Discussion” with Starbucks Gift Cards!

1:45pm – 2:00pm Break

2:00pm – 3:00pm 

Break‐Out Sessions and Wrap Up

Light breakfast and Lunch provided
Member Dues ‐ $50 annual membership per company covers all meetings / attendees

Please remit payment for 2017 calendar year made out to “OINK VM User Group”:
OINK VM User Group
c/o Cathy M Coletts
12011 Mosteller Road
Cincinnati OH 45241

For questions about OINK or membership dues, call Cathy Coletts at (513) 719‐3280

Friday, February 10, 2017

Michigan VISUAL Manufacturing Meeting - 3/22/17

 VMMIUG Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 9am - 3:30pm

Where: Michigan Technical Education Center (M-Tech)
             7107 Elm Valley Dr. Kalamazoo, MI  49003

Cost: $50 *checks payable to VMMIUG

RSVPs are needed by March 15!


8:00a – 9:00 – Registration 
Coffee/continental breakfast will be setup

9:00 – 9:15 – Group Business 
Ground Rules & Goals of the group 
Group Finance update

9:15 – 10:45 – Protected Flow Manufacturing
Mike Lilly and Lori Adams from Lillyworks

10:45 – 11:00 – Break

11:00 – 12:00  RF Plus
Josh Sugar from Portable Intelligence / Ben Spetoskey and Greg Foster from Nutech Systems

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 – 3:30 – Open Group Discussio

RSVP ASAP to Wayne Bourdage via email (bourdage{at}comcast{dot}net) or call 586-260-971. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) version 9.01 is now available

New CloudSuite Industrial updates include enhanced extensibility, enriched user experience and increased globalization support

from Infor:

Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced the availability of the upgraded edition of Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine). Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) is an advanced, highly flexible solution that offers companies the functionality needed to remain competitive in today's complex, global environment. With Infor CloudSuite Industrial, manufacturing and distribution organizations have a solution that meets their business-specific needs with role-based information, a personalized user experience, familiar tools, common navigation and last mile industry capabilities built in. From the small manufacturer with mixed-mode processes up to enterprise-sized OEMs with a complex MTO and ETO business models, Infor applications deliver specialized tools to help leading organizations operate more efficiently.

The next generation Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine), version 9.01, delivers access to new capabilities supporting finance and human resource management; global operations with multiple currencies for customers and vendors; advanced "Pick, Pack, and Ship" capabilities and improved industry-specific features for manufacturing. The solution also incorporates the latest technology innovations from Infor: the Xi Platform including Infor ION, Infor Ming.le®, Infor BI, Infor Document Management (IDM), and the latest development framework, Infor Mongoose. Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) v9.01 offers new and existing customers advanced user experiences with flexibility to personalize and extend the solution using responsive design forms, contextual business intelligence reporting and more. Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) can be deployed either on-premises or in the cloud.

The newest Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) version offers enhanced manufacturing productivity - from improved machine utilization reporting and tracking to more advanced Gantt chart scheduling - to provide advanced planning and scheduling with quick access to schedules and drag & drop validations. In addition, new Infor Ming.le homepages have been created for the buyer, controller, customer service, executive, inventory control, production planner, project manager and salesperson roles. Each of these role-based homepages consist of unique widgets tailored to the unique requirements of each role. Users can add additional personalization to these homepages or create their own. The widgets also allow access to drill back to specific Infor CloudSuite Industrial information for focused decision making.

Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) also boasts more options to manage a global manufacturing business. In addition to the multi-currency features already provided, users can define multiple currencies for individual customers and vendors, to allow for more complex transaction currency exchange requirements, and so orders can be specified in a currency other than the customer default currency. Lastly, users will benefit from improved reporting on material transactions and can filter general ledger-posted transactions and other reports by unique document number.

Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) builds upon Infor's CloudSuite offerings available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), combining beautiful software with rich manufacturing functionality. Through a flexible, subscription-based delivery model, customers can lower IT expenditures while continuing to benefit from visibility across the global supply chain with system-wide transparency for all key stakeholders-from suppliers to customers.

"Manufacturers need solutions that can simplify complex supply chains and help them to deliver on time, every time, in order to get products to market faster and deliver on customer commitments," said Mark Humphlett, Sr. Director Industry and Solution Strategy, Infor. "With Infor, organizations can personalize and extend their ERP system to meet their unique requirements, and easily deal with daily disruptions from employees, equipment, and suppliers because manufacturing best practices and process flows are embedded within the application."

- See more at:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reduce the amount of space your SQL Server backup files need

Do you limit the number of backup files you retain because of limited disk space? 

Did you know that you can significantly reduce the amount of space your .bak files need by selecting a simple option in your backup procedures?

Within SQL Server backup, under "Options," there is a place to turn on compression.

This will significantly reduce the size of the resulting backup file.

NOTE: I have not seen it significantly increase the time it takes to complete the backup. I also have not had any problems restoring from a compressed backup file. 

Yes! This is available within your maintenance plans as well!

-Larry Tussing, 
 BizTech ERP Consultant

Monday, January 9, 2017

Top 17 issues affecting manufacturers in 2017 | Infor-sponsored webinar

Infor and IndustryWeek have teamed up to provide a preview of the top 17 issues affecting manufacturers in 2017.

We have tapped manufacturing experts from the US and UK to share their insider views. And, as a nod to the break-neck speed of change in manufacturing, we have given our presenters a time limit of 17 minutes each. Can they meet the challenge of quick-thinking and rapid assessment of complex issues?

Are you up to the challenge, too? The coming year promises to be a pivotal period in manufacturing. From the pressures of a global economy to issues around cyber security and protection of intellectual property to digitalization and the Internet of Things, 2017 promises to be a game-changing year.

Friday, December 16, 2016

BizTech's Holiday Hours

From all of us here at BizTech, we wish you a very merry holiday season and a happy and prosperous 2017!

In observance of the upcoming holidays, BizTech's offices will be closed from Friday, December 23, 2016 through Sunday, January 1, 2017. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, January 2, 2017.

While everyone at BizTech is looking forward to this Holiday Break for a chance to relax and spend more time with our families, we understand that many of our customers rely on BizTech Consultants and Technicians to be available for urgent issues at any time. 

If you or someone from your company is in need of emergency technical support while BizTech is closed, please do one of the following:

1. Send an email to and leave a message with details of the issue and your contact information.


2. Call 800-804-4715 and use option 1 
to reach our automated BizTech Help Center, where you will be able to leave a voicemail message with details of the issue and your contact information.

We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. Your request for support will first go to a manager for review. We will acknowledge your request, and notify you when a consultant or technician has been assigned to provide support. While most issues can be resolved remotely, we are prepared to travel to your location, if absolutely necessary.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cyber security and risk management for manufacturers


As more advanced technology makes its way into manufacturing- especially through IoT and cloud-based applications- manufacturers need to be fully educated on cyber risks, security and solutions.


From Infor's Manufacturing Matters Blog:

10 cyber risk precautions for manufacturers

Cyber security and risk management are important to manufacturers, but challenging to address. There are no easy answers to this growing concern. 

Manufacturers must take a holistic view, starting with becoming educated about the risks and possible solutions. To help companies understand what can do about cyber risk, Deloitte and Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) released the Cyber Risk in Advanced Manufacturing study.

“Given the highly connected environments manufacturers work in, and the pace of technological change they face, cyber risk is a top-of-mind industry issue. In fact, nearly half of the executives we surveyed lack confidence they are protected from external threats, and it is increasingly important for organizations to assess their organization’s risk profile and preparedness in the event of a breach or cyber attack,” the study reports.

An article by MAPI says, “Study results indicate nearly 40% of surveyed manufacturing companies were affected by cyber incidents in the past 12 months, and 38% of those impacted indicated cyber breaches resulted in damages in excess of $1 million.”

Read about the 10 Steps

 Find out how secure your business is with a Network Security Assessment


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Print VISUAL Vendor Payment Information Directly on 1099-MISC Forms with BizTech VizReports 1099

 BizTech VizReports 1099

BizTech VizReports 1099 is a reporting tool for Infor VISUAL designed to prepare and print Federal 1099-MISC tax forms by pulling vendor payment information from the VISUAL database.

View the BizTech VizReports 1099 brochure 
Order the Tax Year 2016 version today! Call BizTech at 800.804.4715.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

OINK VISUAL Manufacturing User Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Ohio-Indiana-Northern Kentucky (OINK) Infor VISUAL Manufacturing User Group is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016.


Bring your best VISUAL Tips with you to this meeting!

Where: Cincinnati Sub-Zero
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 9:00AM optional tour, 10:00AM meeting start
Cost: $50 per company (if 2016 dues not already paid)

Tentative Meeting Agenda
9:00am – 9:55am          Tour Cincinnati Sub-Zero
10:00am – 10:15am      Introductions and business
10:15am – 11:15am      CADLink Demonstration -QBuild Software
11:15am-12:00pm         Real-life implementation of CADLink -Discussion with Rey 
                                      Bustamante of QBuild and Troy Freeman, Director of Engineering  
                                      at Novae Corp.
12:00pm – 1:00pm        Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm         Guided Discussion -What is the best VISUAL Tip you learned in 
                                     2016? They will collect ideas on a whiteboard and vote on the best!
2:00pm - ?                    Voting on the best idea by users only
                                      *1st Place = $100 BestBuy gift card
                                      *2nd Place = $50 BestBuy gift card
                                      *3rd Place = $25 BestBuy gift card

Please RSVP by Friday, November 11 to Steve Denkers: sdenkers{at}majortool{dot}com or 317.636.6433 x2805.