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Friday, April 18, 2014

This is the end of Windows XP

Support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. 
If you have PCs running XP, you will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. This ends all security updates, hotfixes, driver updates and support. Running Windows XP in your environment after the end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal your business information. 

April 8, 2014 has come and gone, and so has your support for XP. You have three options: 
1. Replace your old XP machines with PCs with newer operating systems
2. Disconnect your XP computers from your business network and internet
3. Keep your XP machines connected and hope for the best

You may be thinking, “But, Windows XP works great for us and we have no hardware issues with our computers, so why should we switch?"

Think about this… On April 8, 2014, Microsoft released the last batch of XP patches and explanations of what they fix. A few days after that, virus writers have deconstructed these patches and discovered the underlying security holes. Then, they release their viruses, ransomware, adware, etc. The next day, thousands of computers are infected by the malware, and even if it is removed and all normal precautions are taken, this virus will infect the computers again and again while the Windows XP PC is being used to access the internet.

Organizations that continue to retain a Windows XP environment not only are leaving themselves exposed to security risks and support challenges but also are wasting budget dollars that would be better used in modernizing their IT investments. Many options exist for businesses considering moving to newer PC operating systems. To understand the best options for your organization, you need a Microsoft Partner who will assess your business needs. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Add a webpage to your VISUAL toolbar for quick access

Let’s say you use MapQuest daily in your shipping department.  You can add the web page to the VISUAL toolbar. 

Make sure the line “UseToolbar=Y” is in your Visulal.ini file in the [Visual Mfg] section, as below:
[Visual Mfg]

If you don’t do this, you won’t see the buttons you will create.  

1. Log in as SYSADM

2. Go to Admin | Toolbar Maintenance from the Visual Banner

Each row in the table represents a button in the user toolbar, in a specific window

3. Click Insert to add a new row

4. Double click on the search icon  over the “Program Name” Column. 

5. Select the Shipping Entry  menu item, and click Ok

6. Fill out a row in the window as follows:
  •  Toolbar ID: Maps
  • Position: 1
  •  Tooltip: Map Quest
  •  Double click on the search icon at the top of the Bitmap column. (the search icon is a magnifying glass) 
  • Browse to the Visual Executable folder, and select a suitable bitmap.
  •  Find the path to a browser.  
    •     My entry to mapquest is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
  •      Click Save
You now have an icon in the Shipping window!

This VISUAL Did You Know Tip was brought to you by BizTech VISUAL Consultant, Paul Turnberg

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Take the time to do your ERP project right

In nearly every ERP Implementation Project, there is a sense of urgency to go-live.  And why wouldn’t there be?  You just made a major capital investment in purchasing a new ERP Software System, and the sooner you use it, the sooner you will see results.

One of the main reasons that there is urgency to go-live is because ‘Normal Business Flow’ is interrupted during an implementation. The business needs to continue to operate, yet valuable time must be dedicated to the project, processes need improvement, operational efficiency is desired and you can’t wait to get your new ERP system up-and-running.  Perhaps, more importantly, management does not want to spend a penny more on consulting or on their own team’s valuable time.  Sometimes, even the implementation consultants want it to go-live sooner due to other projects that need their attention.

While these may all seem like reasonable motives to finish the project sooner, this mindset could be disastrous for your organization. The tendency in this situation is to take short cuts and deal with it later, and many have created a mountain of issues by succumbing to this temptation.  All I can say is, “take the time to do it right, or don’t do it!”

Over the years, I have seen several companies make this mistake and create a disaster.  A few years ago, our company sold an ERP system to a Metal Stamping company.  From the onset of the selection project they were disorganized and in a hurry.  “We’re growing,” said the CEO, “and we need a new ERP system yesterday.”  They made a fairly quick decision to buy the ERP Software, and when they returned the signed agreements, they announced that they were going to ‘Go Live’ in a month- and they would do it themselvesbecause they had a few people that had implemented ERP systems before.

Do I even need to finish the rest of the story?  Ever hear the phrase, ‘Don’t try to automate chaos?’  Well it’s true, you get out of it, what you put into it.  After a couple months of partial system use, bad inventory numbers and no financial statements, they reverted back to their old ways and gave up on the new ERP software. “We were too busy to fix the issues and people stopped using it,” commented the CEO.  Well, 2 years later, yesterday is gone and this company continues to struggle to be competitive.  The results of their implementation- and many others- is why you must take the time to do your ERP Project right.

Doing it right means that you should: ensure the project has a sufficient budget; a committed internal team; a realistic project schedule that includes ample time for prototyping and piloting; and finally, take the time to test, test, & test again before go-live. 

Do it right and improve your business. Do it wrong and, well…

-Posted by Joe Zalewski, BizTech's Managing Partner & COO

Friday, February 28, 2014

OINK VISUAL User Group Meeting - March 12, 2014

When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 9:30 am
Where: Exhibit Concepts
               700 Crossroads Ct
               Vandalia, OH 45377
               (937) 890-7000

Meeting Agenda

  • 8:45am – 9:30am - Tour Exhibit Concepts (optional)
  • 9:30am – 9:45am - Registration and Light Breakfast provided
  • 9:45am – 10:00am - Introductions of leaders and attendees, OINK business
  • 10:00am – 11:00am - “Scheduling” This is an overview of finite scheduling, advanced capabilities of scheduling such as: master scheduling, capacity planning, how to deal with rework, etc. as time permits - Scott Jessup, VBS
  • 11:00am – 11:15am - Break
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm - “Customer Relationship Management (CRM)” This is an overview of CRM with time for questions - Scott Jessup, VBS
  • 12:15pm – 1:00pm - Lunch provided
  • 1:00pm – 2:45pm - Discussion (Break-Out Sessions or All Together)
  • 2:45pm – 3:00pm - Wrap Up

Member Dues - $50 annual membership per company covers all meetings / attendees

Please remint payment made out to “OINK VM User Group”:
OINK VM User Group
c/o Steve Denkers, MTM
1458 East 19th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

For questions about OINK or membership, contact Steve Denkers at (317)636-6433 x2805

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

VMMIUG Meeting- March 2014

Join us at the next VISUAL Manufacturing Michigan User Group meeting...

When:   March 26, 2014

Time:    8:00AM – 4:00PM ET

Where: Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center
            1645 Commerce Park Drive
            Chelsea, Michigan 48118

Cost: $25/attendee – Checks can be made out to “VMMIUG”

This meeting is a group effort. Your Participation will make it a success!


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

9:00 – 9:15 Group Business – Jason Snoeyink
• Ground Rules & Goals of the group
• Introductions
• Group Finance update
• VEGUG – Visual Enterprise Global User’s Group

9:15 – 10:30 – Meet the new VISUAL Product Manager – Rich Lagoy, Infor

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 12:00 – Exceptions Exposed – Paul Turnberg, BizTech

12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 – VMMIUG Enhancement Request discussion – Lee Stallworthy

2:00 – 4:00 – Open Group Discussion - Jim Thorpe

We hope to see you there!

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Happy VISUAL Implementation Team at Super Systems

Christy Resnik (left), Accounting Manager, and Patti Reeder (right), Project Administrator, at Super Systems Inc. in Cincinnati, OH are the designated 'Project Cheerleaders' for their Infor VISUAL Implementation.  Super Systems selected Infor VISUAL as their manufacturing ERP system last year, and BizTech is assisting with their implementation.  They plan to go-live with VISUAL in July 2014. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Did you know that you can execute conditional printing in the GL financial report writer?

Report Writer has a default Print Code of 0 on all the lines.  For lines you want to suppress change the Print Code to 1.  This can be done by highlighting the line and click on Edit Row.  Change the value to zero.

Open the QRP.  The account values are shown on the 1st line that states Line Description.  The totals are shown in the 2nd line that shows Line Description.  Click on the line you want to suppress.  Find a blank spot (not a field) so the entire line is highlighted. 

Click on Right Mouse Button, Select Properties. The Properties box will appear.

Conditional Display – controls printing.  If a line has a value of zero it will not display.  
Click on the formula … button.

In the formula box add the following   * (LINE_PRINT_CODE – 1).  You can select LINE_PRINT_CODE from the list or type it. 

Once complete, click OK to close the Formula Box then OK to close the Properties box.

You may want to repeat on other lines such as single underlines or double underlines.

This VISUAL Did You Know Tip was brought to you by BizTech VISUAL Consultant, Kim Worrall.