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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Did you know that you can manually enable Visual Help or Books Online files?

Under certain conditions in some Infor ERP VISUAL 6.5.x environments, security can impede the ability of VISUAL Help or Books Online from launching.

To manually enable this functionality, you need to:

1. Run Regedit
3. Right Click the Help folder.
4. Select New then String Value from the menu and add a new entry (Example VM.CHM).
5. Double click the new entry.
6. In the Edit String window, enter the path to where the appropriate .CHM file is located
7. Repeat the above steps to add VF.CHM, EIS.CHM, Barcode.CHM

Presto! VISUAL Help / Books Online is now enabled.

This edition of VISUAL Did You Know is brought to you by BizTech VISUAL Consultant, Ivan Wilson.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

OINK VISUAL User Group Meeting

OINK (Ohio-Indiana-Northern Kentucky) VISUAL User Group Meeting

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Time: 9am - 3pm EDT

Where: Cincinnati Sub Zero, Inc.
            12011 Mosteller Rd
             Cincinnati, OH 45241

Cost: In the past, OINK has charged each company an annual fee of $50 to be a ‘member.’  If your company has paid OINK (Steve Denkers) in the past year, the meeting will be free.  Otherwise, the meeting will be $50 per company.

Meeting Agenda
· 9:00 – 9:45 – Optional tour of Cincinnati Sub-Zero
· 10:00 – 10:10 – Group Business
· 10:10 – 11:10 – Costing Utilities – explanation and Q&A – Jim Kistner - BizTech
· 11:10 – 11:20 – Break
· 11:20 – 12:20 – BI Tools/Demo – Keith Crane & Matt Holbrook – Saberlogic (EDI demo from Mike Zaleski if time permits)
· 12:20 – 1:15 – Lunch – sponsored by Saberlogic
· 1:15 – 2:15 – Breakout Sessions:
      IT, Finance, Scheduling, and/or Inventory
      User issues with Visual
      Reporting tools & ideas
      Visual enhancement requests
· 2:15 – ??? – Group Discussions/Follow-up
      Breakout session follow-up – report back on all topics/all groups
      Open discussion.
Contact Peter Boers at for additional information.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

GSSI Achieves 93 Percent On-Time Delivery with Infor ERP VISUAL

Greater Data Visibility Reduces Lead Times and Increases Customer Satisfaction

ATLANTA - Sep 19, 2011 - Infor, a leading provider of business application software with operations serving more than 75,000 customers, today announced that Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. (GSSI), a market leader in ground penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction equipment, increased its on-time delivery performance level from 60 percent to an average of 93 percent with Infor ERP VISUAL's EasyLEAN module,  which alters traditional planning methods to reduce inventory and smooth production flow. Better control over labor and materials paired with greater data visibility cut lead times by more than half, thereby increasing customer satisfaction through punctual shipments and amplified throughput.

News Points
·         GSSI increased on-time delivery performance from 60 percent to an average of 93 percent using ERP VISUAL's EasyLEAN module.

·         GSSI also cut lead times from four weeks to two weeks through improved inventory visibility, with orders now ready to ship up to 50 percent faster than before. 

·         EasyLEAN enables better control over labor and materials, thereby reducing shortages on the manufacturing floor and increasing customer satisfaction through on-time deliveries.

·         Both intuitive and easy-to-use, EasyLEAN facilitates the integration of information from sales, operations and manufacturing departments, permitting the reduction of inventory through easier, accurate data access for management.

Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. Quote
"Prior to EasyLEAN, we had too many material shortages and inefficiencies on the manufacturing floor," said Jack O'Leary, vice president, Operations, GSSI. "Now, we have much greater insight into inventory and labor needs, allowing us to increase revenue without increasing resources. EasyLEAN enables better service for our current customer base with quicker delivery and shorter lead times, positioning us to outpace our competition and gain market share.  Punctual shipments lead to happy customers, which ultimately generates more revenue for our company."

Infor Quote
"Infor ERP VISUAL is an intuitive solution that integrates functional areas such as sales, operations and manufacturing, facilitating collaboration between each division to dramatically reduce manufacturing lead times while boosting on-time delivery and fulfillment rates," said Mark Humphlett, director, ERP Solution Marketing, Infor. "ERP VISUAL brings order to your orders, so shipments stay on schedule from the shop floor to the customer's location."

To view the full press release on Infor's website, click here

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ERP Myth or Reality?

My organization is too small for ERP.

This is a myth! ERP software is being deployed more and more in small and midmarket companies across a large range of industries. These smaller organizations who have implemented ERP are reporting improvements across process management, organizational efficiency, and knowledge management capabilities- which, ultimately, leads to higher profits, reduced expenses, more efficient employees and more satisfied customers.

While many believe that ERP is not an option for small and mid-sized businesses, research has shown that a well-managed ERP implementation can be a continuing source of cost savings and operational improvements.  Even small companies have been able to document the business benefits of ERP, not only in terms of quantifiable cost savings and schedule improvements, but also in terms of standardizing, streamlining, and accelerating business processes.  

Furthermore, companies without ERP often underperform even the worst performers of those companies with ERP in terms of process, organizational, and knowledge management capabilities. ERP has become much more affordable in recent years, and if you expect your organization to grow as the economy turns around, an ERP system will help you to better prepare for and manage that growth.