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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Did you know that you can call VMDI Exchange from a command prompt?

That’s right – you can create an import file from your current planning tool, such as Excel, and then call VMDI Exchange using code, even from within the Excel sheet itself.

Update Visual orders, create them, and update forecasts – from within a macro, application, or VBA compatible products like Excel or Word.

VMDI Exchange can accept the normal switches in command line mode as well.

For example, to import a forecast file located at C:\Visual\EDI\ProcessingDir\, and to “Include today in proration”, you would call VMDIExchange like:


This edition of VISUAL Did You Know is brought to you by BizTech VISUAL Consultant Paul Turnberg.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ERP Myth or Reality?

Keeping your ERP system in sync with new technology improves business productivity.

This is a reality! As technology continues to evolve, it is important to keep your ERP Software, hardware and business systems up-to-date. If you don’t, your company could find itself backed into a ‘technological corner.’

As an example, New Microsoft Windows® Operating Systems come out every few years, and with that, Microsoft discontinues support for older versions. Companies who are running old computer systems such as Windows 98 and 2000 are at a great disadvantage and risk. With this scenario, Integration becomes difficult, newer ERP software applications may not be compatible, support may be hard to find, and those companies’ IT budgets are likely skewed toward maintaining those old systems...and those old computers are slower than molasses!

‘Productivity and Efficiency’ is the name of the game in Manufacturing. Whether on the shop floor or in the Front Office, keeping workers productive and efficient is the key to profitability.

In this economy, budgets are tight and it is not uncommon to see a great majority of budget dollars allocated to operating expenses such as Break-Fix Support and Custom Programming to keep old systems alive. Spending your IT budget on antiquated technology can delay or prevent strategic investment in the systems your company really needs! This undoubtedly restricts your organization’s ability to grow, and can certainly cut into your profits.

It’s also important to stay current with your annual software maintenance, as the updates and support will minimize downtime, optimize performance, and help your company stay competitive in the evolving marketplace.

Interested in the latest available technologies? Learn about Virtualization Solutions from Citrix and explore how it can keep your company productive.